(Don't You) Forget About Me

(Don't You) Forget About Me

by Kate Karyus Quinn

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(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Stephen King meets Tuck Everlasting in this eerie, compulsively page-turning tale of a girl haunted by the loss of her sister—and trapped by the mysterious power that fuels her small town.

Gardnerville seems like a paradise. But every four years, a strange madness compels the town's teenagers to commit terrible crimes. Four years ago, Skylar's sister, Piper, led her classmates on a midnight death march into a watery grave. Now Piper is gone. And to get her back, Skylar must find a way to end Gardnerville's murderous cycle.

From Kate Karyus Quinn, author of Another Little Piece, comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful novel that will thrill fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys and Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062135964
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 641,175
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and a menthol ChapStick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would . . . build character. She is also the author of Another Little Piece and (Don’t You) Forget About Me. You can visit Kate online at www.katekaryusquinn.com.

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(Don't You) Forget About Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Littlebookstar More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. If you didn’t know, I go into reading books BLIND. Meaning, I do NOT read the summaries before reading books. After reading the book, that’s when I read the summary…and let me tell you, I did not get the information that’s on the summary in the book. After reading Don’t You Forget About Me, I still did not understand what the “fourth year” was until I read the summary, and that’s really bad! The book should be the one that has the explanation of the world building, not the summary. For me, this book was just a hot mess. The world building was really bad because it was very confusing and lacked details. I think I could have enjoyed this book if the author put in more explanation of why Gardnerville, where the story takes place, is like that. Also, the main character, Skylar, is unreliable because of the pills she takes which just makes everything more confusing. What I do like though is the sort of mind blowing ending. It kind of cleared things up a bit about the world and Piper but it was still lacking. I also like how the chapter titles are songs. I think it would be really cool to be listening to the song while reading that chapter (if you don’t get distracted easily). Overall I just strongly disliked this book. I was itching for the book to end so I can pick up and read a new book (I hate not finishing a book I’ve started which is why I pushed through Don’t You Forget About Me). I did not care for the characters at all in this book because they just seemed flat to me. I also did not like how the story jumped from present day and then past. It wasn’t necessary in my opinion. The romance was also bad. This book is just very different. I think readers will either love it or hate it. I don’t recommend this book at all but if you do decide to pick this up just remember it’s not a fluffy read and get ready for a lot of confusion because of the weird puzzles the MC is trying to solve.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
(Don't You) Forget About Me was one that I decided to read without even paying attention to what it was about. The author was a familiar name (though I haven't read her other book) and other people seemed to be excited for it, so I thought, "why not?" Right now, I am incredibly glad that I gave this a chance. It took me by complete surprise. This book blew me away. After finishing it, I just sat there, stunned. It wowed me. It stole my words from me--I was speechless. Onto the specifics now (this may get a bit jumbled and random). The whole book was like a giant puzzle. You start off slow, trying to figure out where to begin, but the more pieces you piece together, the quicker you see where all of the parts fit. Then those last few pieces click together and you see the entire picture clearly. (I hope that makes sense. My thoughts and reactions to this book confuse even myself.) This book was a mind bender. It was tough to wrap my mind around what was going on and, most importantly, why. The concept, the idea, of this story was incredible. So creative. So different. I've never read anything quite like it. I loved how the author tied in 80's songs and movies/books like Wizard of Oz (where there's a seemingly more wonderful and happy world compared to a less colorful reality) with her story. They gave the book something even more extra. Some of the tie-ins also reinforced the overall points of the novel, which brings me to my next topic. I loved what this book was about. Well, what I thought its core point was--it can be interpreted in many different ways. I got this out of it: the more you take something from someone else, the more you lose that thing from yourself. The book was also about memories: forgetting the bad, holding onto the good ones. It's easier to forget the bad, to just push it aside and believe in other memories or even false ones. The book was a pretty slow one (or maybe that's because I just read it slowly and carefully). It was slow in a let-me-sink-into-the-words-and-focus-on-all-the-details sort of way. Sometimes, it felt like I was trudging along, and at one point, I was restless. I just wanted to get done quicker. However, the slow pace was so worth it. It fit the story and allowed for all those puzzle pieces to gather and start joining together. The last 25 percent was what sold me. Everything--the why's the how's the mysterious details, the puzzle pieces--all started to be revealed and then cleared some (I'll explain why I say "some" soon). I was glued to the story. I was caught up in trying to figure out what was going on. I was being more and more wowed every chapter. It was pretty darn exciting.  I do have to give this warning, though. (Don't You) Forget About Me was quite confusing, which is why I say the pieces were not cleared completely. I'm still trying to figure out some of the things that happened. Like I said, a lot of the ideas were tough to wrap my mind around. OVERALL Wow. Just wow. I love books like these--the creative and well written, yet quite confusing stories that involve many different pieces to reveal big twists towards the end. If you love books like that too I would definitely give this a try. *I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This has not affected my opinion of the book in any way.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Gardnervile is a strange place. Its a place that people come to if they are dying or sick. Its a place that cures their ailments and no one ever dies. You would think its a good thing but there's a nasty side to Gardnervile. Every four years exactly one of the young people cause a catastrophic event to happen that ends in tragedy.  When this happens they are sent to the reformatory. The place on the hill that seems to drain every person that goes there. No one returns the same. When a fourth year comes around and Piper leads all the teens to a bridge, a lot of them died. She was sent to the reformatory and since then Skylar has taken Forget Me Nots to escape. She knows she needs to save Piper and remember but forgetting is so much easier. Every once in a while you read a book and when you finish you are like, what just happened!! Half the time I had no clue what was going on, but because of the style of writing and the story it was a good thing! It had me guessing the whole way through and I never had any idea what was coming next. It truly is a book to be savoured. The book is told alternating between the present and what felt like letters or diary entries about the past, told about Piper, from Skylars POV. At first it was really hard to understand but as I found myself drawn into the authors style of writing I really enjoyed it.  Because Skylar is taking the drugs, her thoughts and memories are disjointed and often confusing. Every day she takes one of those purple pills and that day is one of bliss for her because its a day of fog, of no memories. She misses Piper so much and hates the Fourth years. At times she gets flashes of memories where she knows she has to free Piper and free Garnervile, but at what cost!!  When Skylar starts remembering and is more herself, you get a sense of her character. She is stronger but also so broken. There is such debt and sadness to her, its hard not to like her. Skylar is special, in fact a lot of people have powers but because Skylar is a Gardnervile her powers are stronger. She takes secrets. They call to her and while she can block them most of the time, the stronger ones get through. Her sister Piper can plant thoughts into peoples heads, thats how she got all the teens to follow her. With Skylar being able to take secrets you would think she knows all Gardnerviles ones but she doesn't. Its something she needs to figure out to save everyone. Everything about this book was awesome. The whole way through you are left wondering and thinking. From the town itself to the people in it, its shrouded in mystery. You never know whats going to happen or if there is anyone you can trust. Is everyone as they seem? This is the type of book that gives its secrets very slowly and unravels bit by bit. The author really knows how to keep the suspense going!! This is a book that will stay with you for a long time. With its exceptional writing, dark and creepy atmosphere and a unique story, Dont You Forget About Me is a book not to be missed. 
AlysonGreene More than 1 year ago
I love unreliable narrators and Skylar Gardner is a great one as she pops purple pills to forget her pain. This story takes place in the magical but dangerous town of Gardnerville, where every four years teenagers emotions turn deadly. But if the residents can survive adolescence, they just might live forever. Skylar is looking for her missing sister, but first she needs to stop taking Forget-me-nots long enough to remember what she had for breakfast. As Skylar uncovers more truths about her family, her town, and herself, she remembers why she wanted to forget. (Don't You) Forget About Me is creepy and beautifully written. I love the relationship between the sisters and I love the second-person flashbacks. The mysteries of Gardnerville unravel slowly, but they're worth waiting for. I love this book! If you like books by Dia Reeves or Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, you'll love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Don't You) Forget About Me is the second book by Kate Quinn. After reading it and her first novel, Another Little Piece, I would liken her to a lyrical Stephen King. Her writing is creepy enough to elicit chills, but her descriptions are poetic. I'm not into giving plots away, or rewriting the entire book, but I will say that this was an eerie ride, with a lot of cool plot twists. And for anyone who grew up in the '80's (or who just loves '80's music) - you'll love the musical references (mixed tape anyone?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so different from other books I've read. I was amazed by the way the author could weave the various plot lines and back story and keep it all flowing smoothly. The story is creepy, mysterious, and layered, all in good ways that keep it interesting.
cloudya More than 1 year ago
Imaginative and well-written. The author totally inhabits her main character. The prose is poetic and evocative, and the story itself is gripping and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend (Don't You) Forget about me to anyone who enjoys a good story slightly outside the realms of reality. The town of Gardnerville exists as a sort of sanctuary for those who are sick and looking to improve their health and extend their life. Of course there is a flip-side - those coming of age have powers that turn typical teenage moodiness into destructive behavior and force a large part of the population into a soul-sucking reformatory. The story follows Skylar on a quest to find her sister Piper after a particularly disastrous event, alternating between the present and the past. Quinn does a wonderful job developing character relationships, building tension and making you desperate to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay its fine
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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars (Don't You) Forget About Me is a different kind of read brimming with magical realism. No one knows why some things happen, and it doesn't matter. They just accept it as fact and don't probe too deeply into their fortunes. The magical realism also seeps into the writing of the story. It's dark and somber, filled with many bizarre, inexplicable events. It's the kind of read that will appeal to some readers and make absolutely no sense to others. I can certainly see why some people would love this book. For me, however, the narration was so tangled and confused that the story had fallen flat long before the big reveals happen. The story alternates between past and present. When Sky narrates the past, she talks in second-person POV to her sister Piper. In the present, the story follows Sky as she unravels the secrets behind Gardnerville and what happened four years ago. Alternating past and present seems to be an attempt to build tension and raise questions as we piece together Sky's memories. However, Sky's memories are so fragmented and come at us in no particular order; on top of that, she's very disoriented in the present and doesn't seem to know what she's doing. She comes across as a confused narrator, which seems to be intentional, but it gives no focus to the storyline and does little to help us really get to know any of the characters. Sky is the most developed character with much of the story depending on us getting into her mind. To a certain extent, I was able to connect with her if only in our shared desires to find out the truth. The problem is that much of who she is comes about through events that we only learn late in the novel, and for the most part she remains a recovering druggie who took pills to forget the past. This results in a broken narration that's confused and scattered. The same goes for Piper. The other characters fall flat and don't appear much even when they play important roles in Sky's life, which was disappointing as some of them were pretty interesting characters. I would have liked to see the story spend some more time on things that take place outside of Sky's mind. The plot twist behind Gardnerville was interesting. I almost gave the story another star for it, but all things considered the story fell flat for me. It was pretty exciting to finally unravel the mysteries of the town. However, the reveal takes place so very late in the novel that the story didn't have much time to redeem itself for me. It also didn't have much time to wrap events up, and it felt like there were a lot of loose threads floating around at the end. The ending was so rushed. Pretty much all this book has going for it is the mystery. Unfortunately, the story spends so much time in Sky's mind reconstructing her thoughts and memories that other areas fall flat. The premise is interesting, however, and I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy novels that take their time building mystery and intrigue to give a big reveal at the end. For readers looking for more character development and action earlier on in the novel, I would skip this read.