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(Don't You) Forget About Me

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,721 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
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, Skyla
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Apr 21, 2014 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Holy crap! I feel like my brain is totally spent after this mind-f*ck of a book! Books like these are so hard to review, so I'm going to do my best to make sense of my thoughts. First, I gotta warn you this not the kind of book that will mesh with everyone. For one, it's so different it breaks all molds of normalcy ever built around story-telling. For another, it introduces the kind of paranormal where you have to go in with an open mind, and just accept this town for what it is (similarly to Te ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Kaitlyn marked it as to-read
Okay, so maybe I've been watching Pitch Perfect waaay too often lately, but I can't be the only one who gets the song from the final performance running through my head whenever I see the title of this book. Yup...this scene:

*randomly breaks out into song*

Seriously though, I can't wait to read this book. Sounds amazing!
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on This Social Potato

“There is always a price to be paid”

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I am so happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. I read Another Little Piece last year and fell in love and that was when I knew that Kate had to go on my (mental) ‘I will read anything this author puts out’ list. When I heard that she had a new book coming out, I went bzerk and flailed and stalked Edelweiss continuously to see when it would be
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Maybe I'd once dreamed of a perfect Gardnerville too, but I'm older now and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that there's always a price to be paid.

There really really really isn't a way to express how I feel about this book and there is literally no shelf to place this on because I can't even explain it without spoilers galore. It was unique, engaging, confusing as hell and altogether heartbreaking. I don't quite know when I started to feel for this main character or even her el
Christy LoveOfBooks

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 informatio
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Skylar lives in a place called Gardnerville. In Gardnerville nobody ever gets sick, and most people live to be over 100-years-old, well MOST of them.
Every fourth year the teens in Gardnerville go a little crazy, and usually people die. Newcomers don’t seem to be dissuaded by this though, and continue to arrive.
What this book is actually about though is beyond me.

This book wa
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Interesting plot. I just felt it was a bit predictable and slow in some areas. The characters really weren't written that great. I had hoped but this just fell flat.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
My status updates for this one are literally all positive. Because until like ~85% of the book, I LOVED this. Like the mystery, the intrigue, the weird supernatural aspect to it: it had me roped in. BUT THEN THE ENDING RUINED IT. Like this book went from 5 stars to zero stars real quick imo. The ending was SO STUPID. I don't understand how people can like it at all. But let me tell you the good things first.

The supernatural element to this one was super interesting. Teens raging with hormones wo
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
I think there's some magic in this story, not fictional magic, but the kind that enchants its readers and grapples with their memory of reading the book. See, all the while reading (Don't You) Forget About Me, I was alternately thinking about the last exam due the next day, how the story feels protracted it seemed and all the other jaded feelings. Somewhere along the way, however, I was enchanted into Gardnerville, and now there's a price to pay.

Now all I think about are the lingering and mesmer
Jun 01, 2016 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Para quien quiera leer algo diferente.
Recommended to Adriana by: Aideeeee
Primera lectura: 17/10/2014
Segunda lectura: 22/5/2016

"Say it with me now, Wills. Once like it's our curse. A second time as if it's a relief. And finally like it's nothing but the plain and simple truth. Let's say it now, so we both remember.
There's no place like home.
There's no place like home.
There's no place like home."
Jaime Arkin
I have to tell you guys... I don't even know what to say about this book and every single time I think about what I want to write (which is often) I start singing this damn song. *shakes fist at Kate Karyus Quinn).

But in all seriousness I'm not sure what I can or should tell you about this. You will be confused, you will think it's a strange read and the story itself is so bizarre... But you won't be able to stop, and when everything is pieced together at the end you will be amazed at how much
Aug 28, 2015 Aideeeee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lectores Intensos, Atrevidos y Salvajes
Recommended to Aideeeee by: El universo
Una agradable sorpresa.

Me encontré este libro gracias a mi ceguera (di un mal click) y se me hizo bonita la portada, entonces leí la sinopsis y no le pude decir que no.

Sky es una chica desequilibrada mentalmente que vive en un pueblo mágico donde los habitantes son longevos y cualquier enfermedad puede curarse. ¿El precio? Quedarse. ¿El 'pero'? Cada 4 años los adolescentes se vuelven locos y violentos.

En el camino para intentar comprender los desvaríos de la protagonista en busca de su hermana,
Aug 29, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it

...But this was a fourth year in Gardnerville, and there were no happy endings.
I wasn't sure what to expect with (Don't You) Forget About Me, but I am pleasantly surprised with the result. This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but fans of magical realism and unique and strange novels (think Nova Ren Suma) are going to devour.

We all know the saying "if something sounds too good to be true it probably is", right? Well that quote applies perfectly to Gardnerville - a small town where n
Jun 11, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the narrator voice. It was rich and complex, full of little wisdom nuggets, and unique. I can't say that I have ever encountered a narrator quite like Skylar. No spoilers, but I will say that up becomes down in the end. It was beautifully written, and the anticipation builds sweetly and slowly. I liked that the romance played a minimal amount. The true love story here is between two sisters who have been separated. Piper has been sent away, and Skylar is left to mourn. Quinn doe ...more
Michelle Arrow
*1.5 star rating*

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 jetp
Rebecca McNutt
I liked this book, despite its often ridiculous and overly dramatic plot. Don't get me wrong, I like reading fantasy and paranormal, but this was just too weird. Nonetheless, it wasn't bad.
Jun 04, 2015 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
**4.5 stars**

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My mind is numb after finishing (Don’t You) Forget About Me. I did NOT see that end coming. I’d read in several reviews before I read the book that this book basically f*cked with their minds, and so while reading the book I tried to come up with several possibilities. Obviously, I didn’t think it through, because my mind? B-L-O-W-N. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t read this one until now. It’s been on my shelf for mor
Sep 12, 2014 Pao rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it's labeled under:

It's deffinitely going to caught my attention. That's like Wonderland to me; the more f****d up the book, the more I'll end up loving it.

After all the 5 star ratings and the dazzling reviews here, I thought I was in for treat with this one for sure. Well, at this point I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS BOOK WAS ABOUT AND THAT IT'S FREAKING UPSEATING! I feel like it was a huge disapointment and waste of my time. One minute it was talking about pills, th
Lisa Mandina
Jun 11, 2014 Lisa Mandina rated it liked it
Thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this. I didn't get to it until the day before my e-copy would expire, but it was a read that I was able to pick up and get right into.

I'm not sure exactly what to think about the book. It was a very unique story. I love how the title, as well as the titles of many of the chapters, were the names of songs I remember from the 80's. It definitely had me reading to the very end to try to find out exactly what was the real st
Jun 04, 2014 Celine rated it it was amazing
It's a truth universally acknowledged that if the book is weird and crazy, Celine will love it. And Don't You Forget About Me is all kinds of crazy. It's a frigging rainbow of crazy.

Every four years, the teens in Gardnerville go mental. They blow shit up, murder, commit suicide, or simply explode up because of pent up energy. During a bad fourth year, someone made the sky go dark for six years. And during one particular fourth year, Piper made fourty teens jump off a bridge to their death. Skyla
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

I wanted something different, something out there and so I picked this one up. With a premises like this one, how could I not be in for one wild crazy ride?

This book delivered that is for sure. I don't even know where to begin to describe the sheer unusual-ness of this read. The characters and their bizarre fourth year behavior. The messed up town, The Reformatory, the pills...I could go on and on but I won't Instead, I will say this, if you are tired of all the sameness out there in this genre,
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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This was one of my most highly anticipated reads, but I oddly enough didn't have high expectations of it. I liked the author's other book, Another Little Piece, but it didn't wow me. Along with that, this book doesn't have an extremely high average rating on Goodreads. But the fact that I didn't have high expectations made me love this book even more. I was not disappointed by this book at all.

This is an extremely weird and cr
Jun 03, 2014 Celine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
This review also appears on YA Midnight Reads

How does one review a book like this? The only way I can describe (Don't You) Forget About Me is in one word: crazy. To be honest, I still feel a bit... off. This book was such a crazy ride of twists and madness and so much weirdness. And I can tell you right now: this won't be everyone's kind of crazy. Some people are going to hate this book, or feel exceptionally "meh" about it. Some might not be able to handle the crazy - because it starts on page
Kirsty-Marie Jones

I know I've said it before, but this has to be one of the hardest books to review because the slightest thing could really turn the way you think about it and ruin the whole build-up to the reveal. I'll start by telling you about the town, Gardnerville. It's a coincidence that I was watching Haven while reading this, and in a way Gardnerville is a lot like Haven. Weird, complicated, something lurking behind what we see and what we don't see. And just like Haven, Gardnerville is a special place w
Feb 07, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book; I liked it a lot. Probably would have given it five stars if it weren't for the ending.

I liked the little twists and turns along the way, but the ending was a little too much to understand, it was a bit too sudden. All at once, Skylar's sense of reality is shattered and people are dying and life as they know it is over and that seems to happen in the last, I don't know, 50 pages or so.

Besides. I really loved the sister, Piper. She was wild and creative and everythi
Apr 09, 2016 Whitney rated it liked it
Welcome to Gardnerville. It’s paradise! Have a disease or disability? Come to Gardnerville where you will be healed and can live well past 100! Skylar can take people’s secrets. In turn, she has gaps in her memory from all the secrets she takes. Her older sister Piper can make anyone do anything just by saying it. Together they record their days on cassette tapes. Skylar is pretty much doped up every day so she doesn’t have to remember what she dealt with the day before.

Every fourth year in Gard
Jul 15, 2014 Leisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
This is truly one of the strangest stories I have read. Sometimes while reading this I was thinking, "What? What is going on here?"
Someone else on Goodreads paralleled this to the tv show Haven. I agree with that reviewer. There was some pretty strange things going on, couldn't tell if they were real or imagined and which version was correct. Or if neither version actually happened, but then sometimes I have trouble following Haven also.

If you do read this, then I "triple dog dare you" to to no
Jul 14, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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 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 tha

Ah,Don't You Forget About Me, the book that makes me start singing/humming/whistling EVERY SINGLE TIME I think of it. Curse you, Kate Karyus Quinn, and your catchy earworm titles. I haven't read her debut title,Another Little Piece, so I had no idea what I was getting into inForget. And now that I'm done... Well, I'm still not quite sure what I read.

Seriously, WHAT DID I JUST READ?! What happened? What's going on? Is this real life?

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Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character. Another Little Piece is her first novel.
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