My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Gardnerville is a paradise, a place where the sick will be healed and the healthy can live forever. But everything has a price, and whatever magic allows Gardnerville to work its miracles also has a dark side. Every fourth year, the town’s teens are at risk for exhibiting erratic and often violent behaviors.
As a Gardner and a descendant of the founding father of the town, Skylar knows more about the past than she wants to. The last fourth year saw her older sister Piper leading sixteen of her classmates to the suspension bridge where they willingly threw themselves into watery graves below. Memories of Piper from before that fourth year are too painful for Skylar, so she indulges daily in Forget-Me-Nots, little purple pills designed to wipe clean short-term memories.
To forget is all Skylar wants, but there is a weight of responsibility on her that she can’t seem to shake. In her lucid moments she records herself on her mom’s old cassette tapes, reminding the next day’s Skylar what she must do in order to break the cycle of violence that Gardner feeds itself on.
Kate is a fellow Class of 2k13 member, and I also happen to think she’s a pretty great writer and person. To help celebrate each other’s new books in 2014, we’re each writing about and giving away each other’s ARCs. So, here on my blog you have a chance to enter to win an advance copy of (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and over on her blog you can enter to win an ARC of IN A HANDFUL OF DUST. Pretty cool, right?