Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me
ashley | I’m sorry, but I cannot read the title of (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn without singing Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. You know, the song from the Breakfast Club? I can’t help it! This is, of course, intentional. Every chapter is named after classic 80s tunes and I fell in love with this book before I even made it past the table of contents.
Imagine a place, a magical place, where no one ever gets sick and those that are already sick, miraculously become well, as long as they remain in the magical place. Seems too good to be true, right?
I loved this premise for a story, it was not only clever, but Quinn was able to flex her imagination within this magical realm and some really cool powers and tragedies came as a result. This was a very bizarre, sometimes messy, all the time creative piece of work and I haven’t enjoyed a book of this genre as much as I enjoyed this in quite some time.
It is a bit of a complicated read, though, flipping between past and present, but more concerning is the fact that Skylar keeps downing these forget-me-not pills that make her forget full days at a time, which is really confusing when you’re trying to help her piece together what is happening in the town. Is Skylar haunted by her memories? Are the glimpses of her sister she sees just drug-induced delusions? The way the townspeople mistake her for her sister from time to time, is that just a mistake or is something more happening? That is the messy part, there are big pieces of the story that aren’t nicely fitting together. But that’s also what keeps you turning page after page. There are so many questions and mysteries throughout the book and they string you along like a loyal little puppy right until the end.
The biggest thing that I ask a book is to keep me on my toes, don’t be so transparent that I see right through what you think is a deceiving and complex story line. (Don’t You) Forget About Me is not transparent. While some things should seem obvious after you discover them, somehow you don’t put it all together that easily. Or maybe that’s just the magic of it all.