Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
With each chapter a salute to better music, this book is an awesome read. Sure, the music isn’t a huge part of the story but it’s still intense. The magic, the town, and the people. The in between chapter at first don’t make very much sense but after a while, they start to come together piece by piece. Unfortunately, the romance is contrived and pointless. I liked the love interest but he’s too predictable with him and how things plays out. Still, I liked this book! It’s really different.
The world building is pretty flimsy and spotty. Not very much is properly explained, I was left confused and only able to imagine half of this mysterious town. But that’s not the only thing that’s badly explained, there’s the relationship between Elton and Skylar that’s beyond half-assed. Even at the end, nothing about them is explained just like with the relationship between Foot and Skylar. Foot just sort of shows up and he has this blanket and then BAM! Everything and everyone is like, “OMG! This is the missing baby!” That’s it.
Nevertheless, I did like the writing. It’s really refreshing just like the cool way the author decided to name her chapters using song titles and then matching the song titles to the chapters. After I finished reading (Don’t You) Forget About Me I went and listened to all of the songs mentioned. The only relationship that I did enjoy reading is the one between Piper and Skylar which is amazing and is explained so well and is so realistic that I was pretty shocked once the truth came out by the end of the novel. I felt the pain that Skylar felt when her family told her the truth.
(Don’t You) Forget About Me is a mysterious story about a magical town. I loved the mood and the magic but hated the relationships and flimsy descriptions. Still, I recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something creative and different to read about. Also if you need help with some old tunes to listen to.
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