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Forget This Ever Happened

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  47 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
Hardcover, 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
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Paige Green
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leah (Jane Speare)
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Claire is sent to the small town of Indianola to take care of her grandmother for a long, hot summer, she doesn’t expect much. She certainly doesn’t expect the possible unraveling of the town’s very existence—with her as the focal point. The author channels strong Area X vibes in a 90s setting and with a queer romance for the ages. I couldn’t read fast enough despite the intangible sense of unease that strengthened with each page. A vague sense of nausea with a side of ringing ears accompan ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing


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
Jennie (IG: SeahorseStories)
I received a complimentary copy of Forget this Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke from Holiday House through Edelweiss. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Forget this Ever Happened comes out on October 6th!
It's summer of 1993 and Claire's parents have dropped her off to spend the summer taking care of her sickly grandmother. Indianola, Texas is a small town and Claire quickly starts to realize it's not your typical town. When a monster appears in her grandmother's
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
***ARC Review***

Forget This Ever Happened is such a cool book!! Not quite scary, but sufficiently eerie, this story had me hooked right from the beginning. The town of Indianola is draped in mystery and the plot kept me guessing. In this novel, there are two main creepy and abnormal presences, an absolutely terrifying cheerleader and strange, furry, lizard
–like monsters. The former, Audrey, was perfectly creepy and very interesting, I really liked her role in the story. Whereas the latter felt
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
Paige (pagebypaigebooks)
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
John Clark
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A first maybe romance is brought to an abrupt halt when Claire is hauled off to the small town of Indianola, Texas by her mom, who never listens to what's important to her daughter. Sentenced to take care of her failing grandmother, she's supposed to be satisfied with being a servant more than a companion by promises that she'll love the ocean and everything else will fall into place. Her memories of the place are hazy and shaped by every other Christmas visits that last only until her equally d ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Starr ❇✌❇
I received an ARC from Edelweiss

Claire has to spend her whole summer away from her town, her crush, and her mother, to take care of her grandmother. It's bound to be boring, and, with her grandmother's attitude, frustrating. What Claire doesn't expect is for the appearance of strange creatures the town calls "monsters", and for their existence to be so normal to everybody else. No one thinks the town can change, or do anything about the monsters- even when they start breaking the rules, and g
Justice For Readers
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book with a totally tangible 90s vibe.

Claire is being forced to spend the summer taking care of her ailing grandmother in Indianola, Texas for the entire summer. With a mom who doesn’t seem to care dropping, her off to a grandmother that Claire barely knows and who seems to care for her about as much as her mother does, Claire is dreading the summer in a town that is desolate and too dang hot! She longs for the town she left behind and the boy who takes up all the space in he
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review. This book was an absolute unexpected gem. This book started out as the story of a teenage girl who is forced to stay with her grandmother over the summer to help her out because she's sick, and quickly turned into a twisting and turning sci-fi story that I couldn't put down. The 90's nostalgia was on point with all the things from VHS tapes to Walkmans. Along with the confusing feelings that C ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Danny Santana
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
Pam Carlson
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Houston-based Claire is certain her summer will be ruined when she is stuck with caring for her grandmother in the nowhere coastal town of Indianola, Texas. She meets Audrey, perfect cheerleader and Julie, monster exterminator. Time spent with Audrey fogs her mind while Julie confuses her heart. She has a boyfriend; how could she be attracted to Julie? Julie knows she is gay and fights her feelings for Claire each time she is called to take care of the monsters that visit Claire. Everyone but Cl ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Actual rating: 3.5🌟

I got interested on this book because the synopsis mentions 'a fissure in time and space' and something about forgetting things when you leave the place. It sounds unique and very intriguing for me so I downloaded it from Edelweiss as it is a DRC.

This book is in a dual pov format. Both the main characters, Claire and Julie, are likeable. So no problem there. The mystery was slow to start and very confusing. I thought of a lot of possibilities but did not get it at all.😅

It's no
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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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.

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