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review 2015-10-06 02:35
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
(Don't You) Forget About Me - Kate Karyus Quinn

After reading Another Little Piece, with all its twisty goodness, I vowed to read anything else that Kate Karyus Quinn put her name on. When (Don't You) Forget About Me came out, I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC. Sadly, I never got to this book back then. I've remedied that, and I'm happy to say that I was fairly impressed. This wasn't quite as twisty as I'd hoped, but it was definitely interesting.

 

Imagine a place where no ever gets sick. No one dies. People age at a snail's pace. Sound too good to be true? We all know that nothing comes for free. All magic comes with a price. In the town of Gardnerville, that price is a steep one. Quinn slowly creates a place filled with a dark kind of magic. The kind of place where secrets hide around every corner, and bad things happen to good people. I'll admit, I was intrigued to see where things went. If nothing else, this book is hard to put down. It's a little slow at points, but you'll want to know what happens next.

 

I think the one thing that makes this book a bit difficult to fall completely in love with, is the fact that it's just plain confusing at times. While the basic premise of the town of Gardnerville makes sense, there's a lot wrapped up in this one place. Skylar's mind was an odd place to be. She was as unreliable a narrator as they come, and trying to figure out the jumble of thoughts coming out of her mind was difficult. See, Skylar's sister Piper is the main fixation of this story. The one person who she knows, more than anything, that she needs to find. It's just a very convoluted process.

 

I know, this is a very vague review. If I say anything else, I'll spoil something. I will say that if you're looking for something a bit dark and twisty, something mysterious, this is a read that you might enjoy. Kate Karyus Quinn has a knack for writing the unexpected.

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review 2014-08-11 02:56
Review: Don't You Forget About Me
Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes - Jaime Clarke,Ally Sheedy

Really great collection of writers' responses to the films of John Hughes. I would have given it five stars, but it was shockingly short on reactions to "The Breakfast Club" while giving an awful lot of page time to "Ferris Bueller," which is just not right.

 

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review 2014-08-03 00:00
Don't You Forget About Me
Don't You Forget About Me - Cecily von Ziegesar IT'S OVER!

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I DID IT! I FINISHED IT!

It was good for 5 or 6 books, then I couldn't stand it anymore. But now it's over!

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HALLELLUYAH, BROTHERS! AMEN!
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review 2014-06-27 16:31
MINI REVIEW: (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME - KATE KARYUS QUINN
My mini review of (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn, a young genre bender (mixing elements of horror, magical realism, and contemporary) about a girl with memory problems who lives in and must learn more about Gardnerville, a paradise-like town hiding a grim truth, in order to discover herself and cope with her grief, published by Harper Teen on June 10, 2014.

(Don't You) Forget About Me - Kate Karyus Quinn | Goodreads

Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except...

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.



  • My experience with Kate Karyus Quinn's stories has been that they are always unpredictable. I think that I might know where the story is headed, but I forget that her stories are so unique and weirdly creative. Even if the plot has a typical structure (rise & fall action plot + climax), I don't know how she plans on resolving the various issues until I'm actually reading her resolution.
  • Kate Karyus Quinn also seems to be one of those rare authors whose work is very consistent. If you liked Another Little Piece, you'll probably like this. If you found ALP to be too confusing or thought it veered off into strange directions, you might think the same of Don't You Forget about Me. Both books are written in a similarly dreamy, twisted way and feature similar characters and romances. Reading this book made me think, "Ah, here's a Kate Karyus Quinn romance. Here's a Kate Karyus Quinn protagonist. Here's the atmosphere that Karyus Quinn creates." 
  • Don't You Forget About Me also has themes similar to those in Another Little PieceAgain there's the coping with grief twined with self-identity issues. There are characters with secrets, characters whose secrets make for interesting backstories that also feed into the dreamy, twisted atmosphere. There's a hint of romance that pushes along the themes and the plot as the protagonist learns to hold her own in her evolving world, which is one of the most creative I've read (and makes me wonder how Karyus Quinn comes up with her ideas). And again Quinn amazes me with her beautiful writing and atmosphere, and if you're looking for your next unique YA read, check outDon't You Forget about Me.
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text 2014-05-13 16:51
Summer Releases I'm Pining For!
Say What You Will - Cammie McGovern
(Don't You) Forget About Me - Kate Karyus Quinn
Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews
The Half Life of Molly Pierce - Katrina Leno
The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco

 

To kick off my Bout of Books participation right, I thought I'd tackle River City Reading's "Books You're Looking Forward To" Challenge!

 

The goal is create a list of books that you're looking forward to reading, be it books you already have, books that will soon release, or things you'd love to re-read. I decided to get myself ready for Summer by staring lovingly at the books that release June-August that I'm pining for!

 

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (Releases June 3, 2014)

I can't help but be swayed by the premise of this story. I know, I know, I'm a sucker for a good friendship to love book. This sounds so sweet though! Definitely summer reading material.

 

Don't You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn (Releases June 10, 2014)

Quinn won my heart with her first book, Another Little Piece. I loved the tension, and the way that she unabashedly wrote characters who were flawed. When I saw that this book also revolves around murderous teens, you couldn't have kept me away.

 

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews (Releases July 29, 2014)

I LOVE this series. Love it to the depths of the ocean and the ends of the Earth. Kate Daniels is my all time favorite female character, and her shifter hubby Curran ain't too bad himself :). Every title in this series automatically goes on my reading list, and I can't wait for this one! *squee*

 

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno (Releases July 8, 2014)

This book has me in its thrall, simply from the synopsis. A girl who leads a double life? Or maybe a girl who is possessed? Or... I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. 

 

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco (Releases August 5, 2014)

Okay, first of all? This cover. Who wouldn't be drawn to this cover? Second of all, this sounds a lot like a mix of THE GRUDGE and THE RING to me for some reason. Both of which I have a guilty pleasure for. So will I read this? You're damn right I will.

 

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