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Forget This Ever Happened

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Sometimes there's a town called Indianola.

And sometimes there isn't.

Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.

Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Holiday House
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daph pink ♡
DNF- page 120

Well guys , we are back at it again !

"This month is the month when I will try not to DNF more than 1/2 books ”

Maybe that doesn’t seem like such a bold claim, but you probably aren’t taking into account that I have already DNF 2 books so it will be my third , I know it hurts my feelings too so I came up with some really strong reasons!

✏ There are some all bland characters here , especially both the MC they don't have life or something.

✏ The story is one the weirdest , dumbest shit
ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.

4 fascinating stars!

Cassandra Rose Clarke has been one of my favourite authors ever since writing The Assassin's Curse back in 2012, and she did not disappoint here. Forget This Ever Happened was intriguing, mysterious, confusing and really sweet, and I enjoyed every second of my read.

Forget This Ever Happened begins with one of our MC's, Claire, travelling to her grandma's house in Indianola, Texas
All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps. Everyone in the town overlaps with everyone else, and together they create the music of Indianola.

4.5 stars

This was way creepier than I'd expected! In a good way, of course - I was anticipating a sort of mystery-paranormal-urban-fantasy, and this felt like a seamless, atmospheric blend of sci-fi-thriller-horror with a shimmering thread of a super soft sapphic love

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, the author and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

It's summer of 1993 and Claire is ready to spend her time relaxing by the pool and with her new crush, Josh. But when her Grammy needs in person help in the rural town of Indianola, Claire's mother packs her up for the summer. There's not a lot that's remarkable about Indianola, but there are several very strange things happening around town, especially the lizard li
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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📗 I loved Cassandra's previous book, The Assassin's Curse, so when this was released it was very high on my wishlist! Set in 1993, I think this book could have been absolutely terrible and I still would have loved it, because Claire and Julie were such an incredible couple that I rooted for the whole way through.

📕 There's a lot going on in this book. A girl travelling to a small town for the summer, set in 1993, a sapphic romance, mysterious monsters that you
Landice (Manic Femme Reviews)
This book started out a little slow but morphed into an absolutely wild ride! Loved the absolute nostalgia, and I enjoyed escaping 2020 by way of the 90s for awhile. Only downside was that the book eventually ended, and I had to come back to the present. Also featured a sweet sapphic friends to lovers slow burn romance. Will add more to this review later, when I recover from the mindfuckery and can better collect my thoughts!

**ARC Note:** Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for t
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Rep: bi mc, latina lesbian mc

CW: homophobia, internalised homophobia, natural disasters, memory manipulation/gaslighting, gun usage, cops shown sympathetically

It’s 1993, and Claire has been sent to the Texan coastal town of Indianola to look after her ailing grandmother, who doesn’t like her very much, for the summer. She quickly discovers that ‘monsters’ showing up is a regular occurrence for the people living there, but nobody ever remembers that the monsters exist onc
This is a "what the hell am I reading" kind of book and "please can I get more?". :D
I went into it practically skipping the summary and just wanting to be surprised for as long as I could, and I sure got my wish, lol
Very well written, with atmospheric crisp lines full of "showing" (you know what I mean?),that got me out of a prolonged reading slump.
The characters are interesting with well developed stories. The budding romance is cute and tender.
"The stepford wives" part was as expected scary an
Sakina Carter
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the book, however, I think it could have been better if it focused a little more on the monsters instead of the almost day to day life of Claire and Julie. I was expecting something more with the monsters, I was actually hoping Claire and Julie would team up with one of them and embark on a great adventure.

Also, it probably would have been more believable if they were younger, I couldn't imagine at 17 years old hanging out with someone because my grandmother told me to, I have a teenage
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Holiday House for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book follows 2 main characters, Julie who lives in Indianola, and Claire who is visiting for the summer to care for her Grandma. Claire soon finds out the town's secret: monsters live in Indianola, but as soon as you leave the town you forget this secret. Julie and Claire team up to investigate the town's history and potentially save it.
What I Didn't Like:
Plot. The plot was both ridiculous and boring. Clair
This was so good! So atmospheric and so gay! 😂 Loved the plot and the writing style, although the pacing could be better. There were some science fiction elements into it that kind of reminds me of Stranger Things, too. Overall, a great read!

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Julie Anna
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for an ARC. All opinions are my own.

Forget This Ever Happened has such an interesting an unique premise for those who enjoy YA mysteries with a bit of a sci-fi twist. We start off in a small Texas town in 1993, and for starters, I loved experiencing a YA book in a different era. With the exception of historical YA fiction, I feel like it’s rare to see YA books in decades other than the present. This added several details and interesting el
Paige Green
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Forget This Ever Happened

Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Bisexual main character, latina lesbian main character

Recommended For...: thrillers, romance, sci-fi

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: YA Thriller

Recommended Age: 16+ (homophobia, gaslighting, guns, violence, cops shown sympathetically)

Publisher: Holiday House

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Sometimes there'
Danny Santana
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story takes place in 1990 and Claire goes to a small town to take care of her grandmother and out of nowhere strange monsters appear trying to talk to her. Apparently these monsters are common in the city and they are harmless, and then Julie appears to do pest control to take care of the monsters and the two start a friendship. And they begin to discover that their ancestors have a common past, that they are connected to monsters and that the city's existence is in danger due to acracks in ...more
Justice Hill
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
Thank you very much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I do not normally read science fiction or mystery books. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I am always drawn to another book in the fantasy genre and then I sometimes low-key forget there are other genres out there (I need to do better haha). But, boy was this a great re-introduction to the science fiction genre for me! This story was so rich and really
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book, really enjoyed the setting, the plot with the town, and the romance! Really great read!
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
This was a very strange little book but also really entertaining. The romance was a little rushed but still super cute. I also loved the Villain in the end and premise was so unique.

My full review will be live on my Instagram tomorrow as it’s my stop on the blog tour.

Thank you again to Pride book tours and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-stand-alone
I wanted to read this book based on the queer romance, which was amazing, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the horror aspects too!

I'm not a big fan of horror, but this book wasn't jump-scares and torture scenes, but a creepy and unsettling darkness. Which is the type of horror I like! It reminded me of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast or the Pan's Labyrinth movie. You are introduced to a small town that you've likely driven through before, familiar in a way that pulls you in. But something
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to Holiday House Publishing for providing a digital ARC of Forget This Ever Happened in exchange for an honest review.

Forget This Ever Happened has interesting, unique characters and a fresh plot, but its ultimately hindered by Clarke's attempt to set the building blocks for her plot twists.

This book features the whole "good character is secretly bad" think but the problem is, Clarke doesn't allow her characters to fall for the good bit even before anything is amiss so we're left with wa
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book 3.75/5 stars.

Claire and Julie were adorable, hot sapphic messes that I couldn't help relate to (their ANGST... unparalleled). However, it wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through this book that i really got truly invested. The book dragged for me a bit, but I think if you are a usual spec fic fan, you might enjoy it better (I rarely read spec fic, but I HAD to bc sapphics in Texas in the 90s?? Amazing).

I will say, while there's no homophobia on the page, there is a bit th
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um, hello? Why didn't anyone make me read this sooner? For one thing, I feel like the first line of the book description is pretty misleading—I really thought this was going to be about a disappearing town, and that's... well, sort of a thing? But not really. But what this book IS about—gothic horror in the stifling coastal heat, shy queer romance, monsters and memory weirdness—are all incredible. The sense of unease is palpable and kept me hooked from start to finish. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Pride Book Tours and the publisher for an ARC of this book!

It's 1993, and Claire is sent to stay with her Grammy in the small town of Indianola, Texas for the summer. Claire thinks it will be a boring summer of chores, taking care of Grammy, and missing the boy she has a crush on, but she quickly realizes there is more to Indianola than meets the eye.

Before the book is over, Claire and her new friend Julie will have to face monsters, aliens, storms, and their own family histories. T
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sapphic
3.5 Stars

FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED is this quiet, bizarre, mind-bending semi thriller, sapphic little sci-fi gem that caught me by surprise.

I don’t usually read books that are described with the words “horror”, “aliens” or “monsters”, but I’m a sucker for anything ’90s, which is when this story takes place, so I just had to try. So imagine my surprise when I found myself up at 3 am, head pounding, flipping age after page.

I’m no good with summarising books, so let me just tell you what you can fi
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, edelweiss
Is it magical realism? Science-Fiction? Fantasy? A horror story? Ultimately Forget This Ever Happened doesn't really know what it's trying to be. While filled with two likable main characters and a sweet queer romance that wasn't enough to sustain the flimsy plot.

In Forget This Ever Happened Claire has to spend her summer helping out her sick grumpy grandmother in Indianola. She misses Josh, the boy she has started falling for and isn't happy to get dragged away from. Claire sees her whole summ
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This is probably one of the more bizarre, beautiful, and bewildering books I have read this year. It is simply amazing!

Immediately upon starting the story, I fell in love with the strange “Twin Peaks” like vibe it offered. Yes, I said Twin Peaks and not Stranger Things, because after all, the story IS set in the 90s! Weird monsters living in power plants and people losing their memories as they leave town? Take about creative
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Paige (pagebypaigebooks)
I have to say that this book blew me away with how much I enjoyed it! There was never a dull moment in the plot, keeping you on your toes the entire time. Once I thought I knew what was going to happen, it changed again leaving me surprised and intrigued. At many points I had to force myself to put it down because I work to do, but I just had to know what would happen! I really appreciated the writing style, which I think contributed to the binge quality of this book, We follow both Claire and J ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it (Link To My Spoiler Free Review) ...more
Laura (crofteereader)
Teenage girls confronting their romantic feelings for each other, their nerdy interests, and trying to do it all in a monster-infested town where you can't trust your own memories? Oh and it takes place in the 90s? Count me in.

I loved that this wasn't a "coming out" story. The attraction between Claire and Julie was natural and fit with the plot. I also love that this was, essentially, unlike any other book I've read. We had bits of classic Gothic (ie only our MC is remotely concerned by the wei
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summe

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