Don't You Forget About Me, by Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Book #: Standalone
Publication: June 10, 2014, by HarperTeen
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.
Okay so I know that this book has to do with songs, specifically the older ones that are found in our world today, but every time I see this book or think the title, all I hear is the song from The Breakfast Club, you know the 80's or 70's one?
♪Don't you forget about me... ♪
This book was absolutely horrible
riveting. It was supposed to be so good and after reading many reviews, I was totally ready for a 5 star book. All of the reviews were positive and I was getting my jetpack ready so I can fly with this one. But all I got was another horrible book from Kate Karyus Quinn. But in fact, this was the worst one.
Reading the summary and looking at the cover of this book just captivated me. This idea is so fresh and so new and adding some paranormalcy into it is even better. I love the idea of monsters and this strange beautiful world coming together. Don't judge books by their amazing-sounding summaries. No, just no. You will be left sad and crying if you don't listen to me right now.
This book was taken place in the perspective of Skylar, who lives in Gardnerville where nobody gets sick and everyone is happy... At least they're supposed to be. Every four years, the town takes innocent teenagers and turns them into something deadly, something not believable. Skylar recently has lost her older sister, Piper, to this craze and was locked up somewhere unknown. Now, Skylar has to solve the mystery of this town and the mystery of her sister and what really happened to her.
Gardnerville seemed like the perfect setting, and it really was. I loved the whole aspect and idea of it seeming to be the perfect town where nothing happens, but inside, it's the darkest place that you can even imagine. That's the gorgeousness of Quinn's settings, and just like in Another Little Piece, the idea was amazing.
The plot was absolutely horrible. I was so bored and I felt that everything was really messed up. There were no explanations and nothing interesting happening. I didn't feel the urge to read this at all and I was completely bored all throughout, except in the beginning. In the beginning, everything started off well and I was absolutely intrigued. It eventually came off slow, right about until Foote came to become close with Skylar, and that's the way I was left for the rest of the book. Nothing was happening and I felt like I skimmed through it and flipped through the pages because I was lost and confused.
The characters were pretty boring. I liked Skylar, though. She was kick-ass and hilarious even though she worried about things a lot, but we all get that, right?
Even though we didn't get to know Piper too well, I liked her from the memories. She reminded me a lot of myself. xD She was the type to take charge and was smart at the same time.
The ending was absolutely awesome! Another aspect I actually liked. It left me wanting more and made me wonder what was left in life for the characters.
In conclusion, this book was pretty bad. But there were a few good things about it that made me smile.