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(Don't You) Forget About Me

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,185 ratings  ·  480 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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Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“My life. It’s not right. It didn’t begin like yours. It won’t end like yours either.”

When my kid brought this home from high school for his nightly required reading, I was all in for a buddy read. Not only because both my kids have been a bit scumbaggy in the past and fibbed about reading when actually they were smuggling iPhones/Pods up to their rooms or sitting on the toilet staring at the wall rather than attempting to expand t
Rashika (is tired)
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“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 woul
Ashley Daviau
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting this book to be a cutesy little contemporary story but I was definitely way off! But I'm glad I was so far off because it was a fantastic and quite unique paranormal story and I loved everything about it from beginning to end!

The whole concept of the town of Gardnerville drew me in right from the start and it only got more interesting as it went along! Every time I thought I had something figured out, a new twist was added in and the town became more and more mysterious and I lo
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. ...more
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 inform
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
Stuti Rai
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Para quien quiera leer algo diferente.
Recommended to Adriana by: Aideeeee
Shelves: favorite-books, 2016
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."
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
the premise is cool, but for a book with this many plot twists/reveals, i just don't think they came together the way they needed to. there was a LOT of different threads, some that panned out in a cool way, and some that just made the whole thing hard to follow. definitely an enjoyable, interesting read though! ...more
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
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
Jun 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
It was okay. There weren’t as many twists as I was led to believe and any that did happen weren’t explained that well/at all, so I’m still confused on how a few things happened. Not the worst book, but not the best book
Jun 18, 2014 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 t
Mar 19, 2014 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
Aug 26, 2014 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
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
**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
Lisa Mandina
Jun 10, 2014 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
Michelle Wrona
*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 je
May 04, 2014 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
Alexandra Christo

This is the most wonderfully bizarre book I've read in a while.

The key thing you need to understand when going in to this, is that you can't trust anything anyone says. Everyone talks in tongues and secrets, words coated with something other than what they're saying. Even Skylar, our narrator, can't be relied on, because she swallows so many memory-fogging forget-me-nots, that her past and present all blur away in smoke.

Gardnerville is a town that sickness and death have abandoned. For over a hu
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
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,
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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
Shae McDaniel

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 in Forget. 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 lif
Jina |  RomanticDeception
I feel so wiped out after reading this book. But WOW!!!!

This is a hard book to review because I'm feeling way too many emotions at the same time. So, this book starts off by throwing you in the midst of a bunch of hectic stuff going on. It is confusing as hell and honestly it took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on. This book is pretty slow paced and at first I wasn't sure I'd end up liking it as much as I did. Because the author is doing this slow build up till half way through
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4.5 stars


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 th
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Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has a BFA in theater and an MFA in film and television production. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, three children, and one giant dog.

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