(Don't You) Forget About Me

(Don't You) Forget About Me

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Traces the emotionally complex journey of a teenage girl haunted by the strange disappearance of her sister and the secretive power that fuels a hometown where virtually nobody ever gets sick or dies.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062135988
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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FindingJane Feb 25, 2016

Shifting back and forth between timelines is evidently going to be Ms. Quinn’s writing style. Those expecting linear storytelling are going to find themselves infuriated by the author’s refusal to be bound by such rigid structure. She also has a fondness for music from the 1980s. That has significance, too. Baby boomers should not be surprised when an old 80s power ballad flows into their heads as they read.

This story exhilarates and frustrates in equal measure. At first, I too was irritated by the abrupt changes in perspective (I shouldn’t have been; I encountered the exact same method in Ms. Quinn’s novel “Another Little Piece”. I was silly enough to think that was a one-time quirk.). But slowly the altering temporal storylines make sense and a more-or-less recognizable pattern emerges.

The past of these people is malleable, altered by shifting perceptions that give this story a dreamlike quality, the kind where you’re certain reality is all wrong but you can’t bring yourself to wake up from it—until it turns into a nightmare that you can’t escape. The central character of Skyler is herself both dreamer and dream, as she struggles first to thrust the past from her and dig into it to search for a truth that she herself might not want.

The characters try frantically to carve out a meaningful existence in a world that has lost all meaning and a town that is quietly but determinedly pulling itself apart at the seams. Ms. Quinn takes an old fairy tale and gives it an even darker and uglier twist than the original. It takes a while for that tale to show itself, buried as it is under the artful cloak she has draped around it, but the revelation is well worth the wait.

This book is one that will divide its readership; readers will either love it or hate it. But, if you make it to the end, you can’t shake free from its tenacious, haunting spell.

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