by Kate Karyus Quinn
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Publication Date: June 10th 2014
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
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Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
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)
I had my doubts about the main character, Skylar, when I first met her in the book. After her sister was locked away for an incident involving over a dozen of her classmates, Skylar has lived in a drug induced fog, trying to forget the pain of her loss. She wants to forget everything, and she pretty much succeeded with doing exactly that. But when even stranger than normal things start happening, she realizes that it’s up to her to stop the disturbing cycle of events that keep tormenting the small town. Skylar definitely proves herself to be a determined young lady, and she definitely kept me guessing throughout the novel.
I loved that the chapter names in the book were song titles from the 80’s. I kept getting the songs stuck in my head, especially the one that the book is titled after, and it makes me want to go watch The Breakfast Club, or even Pitch Perfect.
The storyline for this book was definitely unique. I can’t say that I have read anything similar to it before. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that had me second guessing about what was really happening. That uniqueness made the book a very refreshing read, and kept me flipping through the pages. The pacing for the book was a bit on the slow side, but I think that just made it even more interesting to read, as I kept waiting to see what was going to happen next.
Overall; I found this book to be a very interesting read. It was kind of weird, but in a good, addictive way. I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.