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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062135961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062135964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Skylar lives in a purple haze. Ever since her beloved older sister, Piper, led a group of local teenagers to their death, she's been trying to forget her life by swallowing pills. Skylar lives in Gardnerville, a creepy town where no one gets sick and everyone lives well into their second century. Well, almost everyone. Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are susceptible to violence and when they snap, they're punished in the reformatory. That's what happened to Piper and that's what Skylar fears will happen to her. But Skylar is not like other Gardnerville teens. She has an inexplicable power; a power so strong that she could destroy the town, the reformatory, even herself, anything to find her sister. Readers expecting a fast-paced plot won't necessarily find it here. Rather, they'll need to take their time following Skylar's drug-induced narration in order to see how all the pieces come together. Even though readers are inside her head, it's hard to know what truly drives Skylar other than her obsession with finding out what happened to Piper. Fans of Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) will enjoy this dark and magical surrealism.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ

From Booklist

Skylar lives in Gardnerville, a paradise where people age slowly, don’t get sick, and rarely die. Every fourth year, however, tragedy strikes in town—tragedies that are usually sparked by any intense emotions in the teens of the city. Four years ago, Skylar’s older sister, Piper, led half the teens in the city through town in the middle of the night to jump off a trestle bridge into the river below. Many teens drowned that night. The ones that didn’t, including Piper, were hauled off to the city’s Reformatory, a home for troubled children. Leaping back and forth in time, Skylar narrates chilling discoveries, sometimes speaking directly to her missing sister. When Skylar isn’t searching for ways to help Piper escape the Reformatory, she takes drugs to forget about her town’s tragedies and her family’s role in them. Quinn’s newest mystery is a complicated thriller with lots of twists, turns, and a large dose of fantasy. This title would appeal to fans of stories with odd time lines or a menacing tone. Grades 9-12. --Candice Mack

Customer Reviews

The author was going for a certain mood to this book and she achieved it.
Pacey1927
In the end, enough is explained for a satisfying end to the story but not so much that readers don't have things to consider afterwards.
Talvi
The book is well written, with some interesting (dark) characters, but it's very surreal.
OutlawPoet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tonyalee on June 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What.Even?

This book is weird. A good weird.... But weird nonetheless.

I was beyond excited to start this. I can't tell you enough how much hope I had that this book would blow me away. Let me tell you, nothing could have prepared me for it. NOTHING.

In Gardnerville, the residents live long, health lives. But. There is a price to pay. Every four years, a teen loses themselves and basically goes off the handle. There are other occurrences that happen each year, but, the fourth is always the worst. After the last fourth year, Piper, Sky's sister, brought many to their grave and injured a few others. Not to mention, things started to change. Sky, succumbing to forgetful oblivion with the aid of Forget Me Nots, must figure out what she has been trying to forget, in order to fix the things that have gone wrong.

That's just the tip of the ice burg.

This has dual narration, and I absolutely loved it. We not only get the current events going on but also in flash backs - told in second person narration - As pieces fold together, and we learn about the past events in Sky's life and Gardnerville. I can see other's having issues with this - as it did throw me at first - but it was so well done. (Anyone else noticing a trend with different narration styles? Neat)

Kate's imagination has no limits. There were some serious odd things going on. It was creepy as hell and here's that word again, weird. What I find most intriguing what the history of Garderville itself. You think you start to figure out what fuels it, how it works and the secrets. You'd be wrong.

Sky is one of those odd characters that are so unreliable it's not even funny. You question everything she says, does and thinks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure on July 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
(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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on July 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
(Don’t You) Forget About Me is, in a single word, bizarre. It is WAY out there. Kate Karyus Quinn’s first book, Another Little Piece, was out there too but in a more..relatable way. If you’ve read Another Little Piece, I’m sure sure you’re wondering what the HECK I’m talking about that Another Little Piece is relatable AT ALL – but the point that I guess I’m trying to make is that (Don’t You) Forget About Me is SO bizarre – WEIRD. At times, I wasn’t even sure that I wasn’t missing pieces of my OWN memories. Having to read and re-read and re-read almost every single passage and going back several pages to make sure that you didn’t accidentally miss or skip something turns old – fast. And after a while, it’s just plain annoying.

The writing is, of course, extremely good – lots of pretty prose. And the creativity is off the charts. But after I finished reading this book, I was just like – wait, what?

There are lots of things in this one that I liked: the weird world, the sister relationship, and those little pills (Forget Me Nots) but this was just a tad too weird, even for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book lover VINE VOICE on July 5, 2014
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What a mind*@*!! After reading two books from Ms.Quinn I can say that she is at the top of my must read list! Her stories are just totally bizarre, but they are unforgettable...no I did not mean to make that connection ha!

Okay so this story where to begin...I guess I will start with Sky. She is our main character and well her life isn't the norm. She lives in a town called Gardensville, this town is where people go who have terminal diseases go to be cured. There is something about this town that cures people, but with that cure comes the fourth year curse. Every fourth year a young person will suddenly go crazy and end up killing people. Messed up right?! Well this curse is just accepted and is part of everyday life in Gardensville. Sky's story isn't really about the fourth years though its about her sister Piper. Piper succumbed to the curse and now Sky has to find a way to get her back from the reformatory (the place where all the fourth years go to be rehabilitated). The story takes off in its own direction and man is it crazy! I learned from reading Another Little Piece that you can't even begin to puzzle everything together because the author has several tricks up her sleeve. So if you think you know what happens in Gardensville think again my friend, think again.

I really liked Sky. Yes she was a little wishy washy and I screamed at her to stop taking the forget me nots, but overall I really liked her character. She didn't really come alive to me until the end, but that didn't bother me. I was totally engrossed in her story and I wanted to know more about her and her unique ability.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the writing. The author has an amazing way with words that just captivates me.
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Kate Karyus Quinn has a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University and an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University. In addition, her short romantic fiction pieces have been published in Woman's World magazine.

After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, at age 22, Kate left her hometown for California and then Tennessee. However, just recently she made the move back home, with a husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character.

Kate is first and foremost an avid reader and unapologetic booknerd. Although, she mostly reads YA and romance, she often samples different genres in her constant search for the next great read.

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