Title: Forget This Ever Happened
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, LGBT, Sci-fi, Historial fiction, Thriller, Romance, Mystery
Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola.
And sometimes there isn’t.
Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it’s run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.
Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly.
But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it… and if you stay, you have to live with it every day.
Because there’s a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town–the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire’s questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape–she might never leave.
Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation.
Five Reasons You Should Forget This Ever Happened:
- The nostalgia of the 90’s hit me deep in the gut and brought me right back to my childhood. I remember the first walkman I had and I was obsessed (yes this was actually after CDs were popular).
- Perfect atmosphere for spooky season!! The vibe of this book is a slow kind of eerie chill. You don’t get jump scenes, but there’s this lingering feeling that something is quite wrong.
- This was almost like a family saga, with the timeline of the past familial events being important. Really liked this sorta dual timeline happening.
- The mystery and sci-fi aspects kept me guessing throughtout the whole book. I loved when we finally saw all of the pieces come together.
- CLAIRE AND JULIE ARE THE SWEETEST AND YOU NEED THIS SAPPHIC RELATIONSHIP IN YOUR LIFE.
Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, the author and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It’s summer of 1993 and Claire is ready to spend her time relaxing by the pool and with her new crush, Josh. But when her Grammy needs in person help in the rural town of Indianola, Claire’s mother packs her up for the summer. There’s not a lot that’s remarkable about Indianola, but there are several very strange things happening around town, especially the lizard like monsters that appear.
“All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps…. The music it creates is music she has always known, and it shudders deep down inside of her like an echo.”
Claire’s Grammy is constantly pushing her to befriend Audrey, the perky but terrifying cheerleader. Claire would much rather hang out with Julie Alvarez, daughter of a powerful family in town and long time rival to Grammy’s family. Julie and Claire begin investigating the town’s history and stumble upon a secret between Abigail Sudek and Javier Alvarez that would’ve been the talk of town had it gotten out.
“Marriage is an act of aggression. It’s war for a more civilized time.
The atmosphere of this story was so well crafted. I got the nostalgia from the 90s, the eerie and creepy vibes from the thriller/mystery of Indianola and a bit of sci-fi with the monsters thrown in. Each of these pieces grabbed my attention and would not let go. I would plan to read bits everyday and end up reading much more than I thought. My curiosity was part of the reason and the other reason was the characters.
“Claire feels like she’s watching some sort of mating ritual that she doesn’t understand.”
This above quote is literally me to straight romance now lmaoooo. Sorry I had to. Julie and Claire had such an awesome friendship. As they bond more, feelings begin to develop on both sides and it was just so cute. Julie is Latina and a lesbian, but Claire has only ever thought she was straight. Granted none of these words are used in the text, but we see Claire question her sexuality and feelings for Josh and now Julie. It was really well done and while Claire does suffer from some internalized homophobia, she manages to overcome this.
Overall, this was such a strange story but I absolutely loved it and wholeheartedly recommend it!
About the Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke’s work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She grew up in south Texas and currently lives in Houston, where she writes and serves as the associate director for Writespace, a literary arts nonprofit. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. Her latest novel is Halo: Battle Born, out now from Scholastic.
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