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18599667Published: June 10, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except…

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, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all. (goodreads.com)

I really liked ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE. It was weird and different and creepy all wrapped up into one. With DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, I’m not sure what I got. I think the concept was creepy but the execution of it was a bit far-reaching.

I really don’t know what to make of this book. I thought maybe, like with ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, time will let me really sink into it and absorb it and then it’ll hit me. That doesn’t appear to be happening. Every time I look back on the book I just wonder what it was I read and not in a freaked out kind of sense.

The voice read like it was rally disconnected from everything. I’m sure that was half the point because the main character was high for half the book and trying to forget everything. But it also felt like the concept was beyond the scope of the characters too. And anything relevant to the current timeline of the story was told in flashbacks. So as a reader I didn’t “live” through any of the horrible events that had taken place in Gardnerville. They were just retold to me. I think the intent was trying to kind of set up an urban legend sort of tale, where stories are passed on from the character to the reader, but it wasn’t working for me. It just distanced me from everything.

There were a few little plot twists thrown in at the end and while I thought they were neat, a couple of them came out of nowhere. So their explanations, and what they were revealing, were tempered down by me going, huh? Where did that even come from?

The story was just really discombobulating. I’m trying to think back on it now and pull my thoughts together and it’s all one giant haze. And I don’t mean that to be in line with the story and how it plays around with forgetting things. It’s just all one giant mash-up of a book with a lot of elements that seemed thrown together and maybe at one point they created a cohesive story, but reading it it didn’t work out quite so well.

I wanted to be creeped out, but I was little more than confused. I wanted to be blown away, maybe even have my mind blown. Instead I just frowned a lot and tried to make sense of this piecemeal plot that had a high concept aim but fell short of that original goal. This one . . . just isn’t for me. Quinn painted a nice picture with her words, but it wasn’t very cohesive, I don’t think. It just felt off.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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