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.
How good is that song! Sorry this one disappointed. If it only started to pick up in the last third I’m surprised you made it so far, that takes commitment!
I enjoyed the earlier parts, too – they just didn’t make sense at the time, so I couldn’t properly connecct 😉
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