October 11, 2020 , Sun
Review: Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose ClarkForget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Published by Holiday House
on October 6, 2020
Pages: 336
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3.5 Stars

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.

Listen, I love me a good genre-bending thriller. So when I had the chance to sign up for TBR & Beyond’s tour of Forget This Ever Happened, I jumped on it. A town that’s not supposed to exist? Monsters? Queer romance? ABSOLUTELY, I’M READY.

I haven’t read anything like it, which was incredibly refreshing and I genuinely loved the 90s throwback (the book takes place in the 90s so pop culture references galore) and the SNES is one of my favorite gaming consoles and it gets a lot of love from this book.

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