Kate Karyus Quinn
(Don’t You) Forget About Me
HarperCollins Teen (CA: 2nd June 2014; US & AU: 10th June 2014)
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For most of this novel, I had no idea what happened and how everything fit together. The flashbacks confuse. The regular pill-popping seems a device for Skylar to conveniently enter an altered state of consciousness, and thus the reader not know what occurs before Skylar passes out and wakes up in a random place.
Admittedly, this novel is horror, or at the very least there’s supernatural stuff, so my logical brain couldn’t quite comprehend. By the last third of the book, I started to get it, but it’s kind of a case of too little too late.
This may be the kind of the story that improves the more times you read it. I only read a book once, but you may vary. It has a creepy town and a “reformatory” (not quite an asylum, but close enough for me), which are definitely in its favour. But I struggled with the illusions and wishes.
P.S. I’m totally adding A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran (So Far Away)” to my playlist.