Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted June 10, 2014 | 61 Comments

Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn(Don't You) Forget About Me
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Welcome to Gardnerville.

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

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.

Last year I read Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn and was thoroughly impressed with her debut novel. It was amazing and so unique. So when I saw Don’t You Forget About Me, I didn’t hesitate to get it. I didn’t even read what it was about. Just based on my experience with ALP, I already knew that I wanted to go into this completely blind. Honestly, I suggest that to everyone. I know you all can just go read reviews for this book somewhere else that will give you a bunch of information about the story, but trust me when I tell you to experience this book for yourself. I’m telling you, it’s quite the ride!

Every time I read the title, the song Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds popped in my head. So when I started the book and saw that each chapter is titled after an eighties song, I got a little giddy and I had a new song stuck in my head with each chapter. Eighties music rocks! However, this takes place in current day.

Seriously, this book was so damn good! Quinn is without a doubt, a fantastic writer with an amazing imagination! She writes such unique stories, and I love that it felt like I was working out a puzzle as I read it. There were hints dropped throughout, and I had a pretty strong feeling about what was going on, but Quinn keeps you on your toes the whole time. It has an amazing blend of magical realism, mystery and horror that is so well done, that I’m literally in awe.

The setting is unique (there’s that word again). Gardnerville is a place to both love and fear. No one gets sick, but there is a price to pay. You have cancer? Move to Gardnerville and you’ll be cured. But once you move there, it’s hard to leave. And every fourth year the town requires payment for its gifts. Deadly payments. With four years passing since the last payment that involved her own sister, Sky is pushed into discovering the town secrets and figuring out how to stop the Fourth Years.

The characters were interesting, to say the least. I’m not going to get into details because it’s hard to without giving spoilers. However, I will say that I loved Sky. She drove me crazy at some points, but it isn’t in a bad way. I know that might sound odd, buy it should make sense once you read this. I loved going on this insane journey with her.

Don’t You Forget About Me proved that Quinn isn’t a one trick pony. After being blown away by both of her books, I will continue to blindly go into anything she writes, knowing that I’m going to get something exceptional. So do I recommend this book? Absolutely, without an inkling of hesitation.


61 responses to “Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

  1. Yay, I am so happy that you loved it!!! I love this one too. It was one those that I kinda thought I was going a little crazy reading. It’s just that good. Wonderful review girl!!!

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  2. I saw this book but I didn’t think much of it b/c I didn’t know the author. Do you think: 1. we should have it in the library? 2. I should read it? Okay, #2 is a no-brainer from your review. I can kind of tell from your review, tho, it would be a good mystery (?) for our shelves, tho 🙂

    I’m sort of back but still brain dead… don’t expect too much smart from me (derrrrr o.O )

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    • Christy

      Yes, yes, yes … yes to everything you asked. 😛 Seriously,read this sucker and get it for the library.

      You were gone? I didn’t even notice. Kidding! I actually did. Did you kill too many brain cells on your Chicago trip? lol

  3. I did love her first book more than this one but I am so not surprised you loved this Christy, I knew you this would be your kind of read for sure and that you would like the main character.

    I do love this author’s imagination and will continue to buy and read her books because I know I will truly be getting something unique in them.

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    • Christy

      You haven’t read ALP? These books are pretty different, but both still have that amazing Quinn quality to them.

    • Christy

      Oh, you need to read this. I can’t remember if you’ve read ALP. If you haven’t, then read that one too.

    • Christy

      Yes, it’s a standalone. Both of her books are. And I can’t tell you if it’s a HEA … that is kind of a spoiler. 😉

  4. I remember seeing a lot of reviews when Another Little Piece came out! I’m glad to see Don’t Forget About Me did not disappoint. And now I’ll have that song in my head all night!
    Thanks for the great review!

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  5. I’ve heard great things about her writing, and I do love the unique vibe of her works. I’m gonna read this baby this summer, that’s my plan right now. It might fail, because I just managed to read Killing Sarai like a week ago I think, so that’s how slow my plans become realities, lol!!! But I most def wanna read this, cause if you loved it, chances are I will most likely love it too 😀

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    • Christy

      Oh man, wasn’t Killing Sarai amazing? I just finished Reviving Izabel a couple days ago … love! Yeah, you for sure need to read this one too though. 🙂

    • Christy

      She is without a doubt a very talented lady. I can’t wait to read more. No matter what she puts out there, I’m reading it.

  6. I haven’t read her first one, but I’d heard about the D.I.D aspect (I think- I could be thinking of something else) which I thought for a while was going on with Sky too. Left me with some surprises, that’s for sure. So crazy though, haha. But get what you mean with her, I loved her even if she did annoy me a little at times, I liked the post-pills Sky more.

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  7. I have Another Little Piece on my kindle but have not read it yet! I really should get on that since you really enjoyed it so much and it sounds like a total mind-fuck. I love mind-fucks! LOL. I’ve seen this book too and the premise, like ALP, intrigued me as well! I’m so glad you ended up loving this too and this proves to me that the author has more up on her sleeve and that she’s not a one hit wonder. Awesome review Christy, I am definitely up to be blown away by this author 🙂

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