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Forget This Ever Happened

Cassandra Rose Clarke

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Holiday House
01 February 2022
Sometimes there's a town called Indianola.

And sometimes there isn't. A New York Public Library Best Book of the YearJune, 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 sweltering, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.

Except there is something remarkable. Memories shimmer and change. Lizards whisper riddles under the pecan trees. People disappear as if they never existed. Yesterday keeps coming unspooled, like a video tape. And worst of all, a red-lightning storm from beyond our world may just wipe the whole town off the map, if Claire and her maybe-girlfriend Julie can't stop it.

Because reality doesn't apply in Indianola. Indianola is not supposed to exist.

Surprising, brilliant, and, like, totally tight, Forget This Ever Happened is speculative horror at its finest, featuring a queer romance from a queer author and dark, dazzling world-building.
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Imprint:   Holiday House
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   301g
ISBN:   9780823451296
ISBN 10:   0823451291
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cassandra Rose Clarke has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Phillip K. Dick Award, and is frequently published in magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. Her 2012 novel THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year. She is a graduate of Clarion West, the country's premier writing program for speculative fiction.

Reviews for Forget This Ever Happened

Small-town politics, weird creatures, and LGBTQ first love elevate this fast-paced piece of speculative horror from nostalgic homage to gleeful update. . . . Clarke (Star's End) unfolds the town's mystery with a compulsively building menace, while delightfully alien monsters, sweet queer representation, and a riot grrrl soundtrack keep even tense moments fun. -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review The slow-burn lesbian romance, convoluted family mysteries, and the paranormal aspects of memory loss and the nature of reality will hook readers. . . . Will send readers through a twisty labyrinth to a satisfying conclusion. -Kirkus Reviews This quick, fun sci-fi mystery is uncomplicated but intriguing, has a fair amount of buried small-town resentments, and involves a sweet queer romance plotline. The disorientation Claire feels as she makes her way through Indianola is shared by the reader to fun and atmospheric effect, and the depiction of the benign, but deeply out-of-place, monsters is well done. A fun, mysterious read for fans of light sci-fi. -School Library Journal Clarke slowly ratchets up the tension of this fascinating, genre-bending mystery. . . . A sweet romance between Claire and Julie balances the more gonzo elements. Original and compelling. -Booklist


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