Mary Catherine Whelihan dreaded the reunion at Our Lady of the Seven Dolors School. She, her former classmates and neighbors gathered to bury the dead. The exact number of funerals had yet to be determined. Although an acclaimed novelist, many of Mary Cate’s childhood issues haunted her especially the humiliation she had endured as the outsider and as the target of every bully in town. Beside her debt of honor to the deceased, Mary Cate’s agent had arranged a speaking engagement at Seven Dolors, and there was a chance of meeting her fellow outcast and potential love interest, Gene Marcasian.
In Don’t You Forget About Me, Erin McCole Cupp cooked-up a blend of Revenge of the Nerds, Stand By Me,Prizzi’s Honor, Erin Brockovich with a garnish of Flavia de Luce on steroids. Mary Cate’s adult-life friends lovingly encouraged her to return to her home town. The tone darkened quickly once she arrived and then became downright scary as Don’t You Forget About Me built to a ferocious climax.
Erin McCole Cupp’s smooth, embracing prose thoroughly engaged this reader, launching sympathetic vibrations in my memory banks. Her frank discussion of the collision between environmental pollution and modern reliance on pharmacology, personalized the story to the point where it drew readers to reflect on the impact of this clash in their own bodies and souls. Mary Cate and her friends developed fully as the story progressed. Not only did they not forget about her, they stood by her in when it counted. They were characters the reader could love—well, most of them.
Encore! There’s a sequel in the works.
McCole Cupp, Erin. Don’t You Forget About Me. Pakenham, Ontario: Full Quiver Press. 2013.