Six Similarities Between The Breakfast Club and (Don’t You) Forget About Me


Kate Karyus Quinn joins us this week to talk about her new book (Don’t You) Forget About Me

The title of my book (Don’t You) Forget About Me is better known as the title to the song that plays at the end of the terrific and classic John Hughes movie, THE BREAKFAST CLUB*. If you haven’t seen this movie – GAH GO WATCH IT NOW! If you have seen it, then let’s sing together, “I say:  la la la la…”


*More recently this song was part of the awesome mash-up at the end of Pitch Perfect, but let’s ignore that little fact for a moment, cause I’m trying to make a point here.

While my book is in no way inspired by or meant to be a retelling of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, after thinking about it for a while, I realized that the two of them do share more than an awesome song. And when one starts thinking about how two separate things overlap in strange ways, there’s nothing to do but make a Venn diagram and start listing the similarities.



Similarity #1

My main character, Skylar, is a bit of a basketcase.



Similarity #2

Drugs. Although, not the same ones. In DYFAM the main character takes a purple pill called a forget-me-not.



Similarity #3

Skylar would 100% agree with sentiments from several members of The Breakfast Club.





Similarity #4

Teens locked away guilty (or perhaps not truly guilty?) of various crimes.



Similarity #5




And finally…


Similarity #6

When I used to wear my hair shorter (and redder) I was told that I looked quite a bit like Molly Ringwald. I don’t know that I ever saw the resemblance, but I’ll let you be the judge of that one.


-Kate Karyus Quinn 


About the Book: In (Don’t You) Forget About Me the town of Gardnerville seems like a paradise. But every four years, a strange madness compels the town’s teenagers to commit terrible crimes. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, led her classmates on a midnight death march into a watery grave. Now Piper is gone. And to get her back, Skylar must find a way to end Gardnerville’s murderous cycle. Start reading (Don’t You) Forget About Me here!

Have you added (Don’t You) Forget About Me to your TBR list? Let us know @HCCFrenzy!

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