Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

by Mhairi McFarlane


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Don’t You Forget About Me is one of those books I couldn’t put down. Crackling with energy and wit, I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud. Mhairi McFarlane’s voice is as clear as a bell—she makes you laugh, but she also makes you feel. I adore her!” — Sally Thorne

Internationally bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane delivers a funny, romantic, heartfelt novel perfect for fans of Josie Silver or Sally Thorne, and anyone who loves Bridget Jones or Fleabag!

You always remember your first love... don’t you?

If there’s anything worse than being fired from the lousiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else. Reeling from the humiliation of a double dumping in one day, Georgina takes the next job that comes her way—bartender in a newly opened pub. There’s only one problem: it’s run by the guy she fell in love with years ago. And—make that two problems—he doesn’t remember her. At all. But she has fabulous friends and her signature hot pink fur coat... what more could a girl really need?

Lucas McCarthy has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but he’s also turned into an actual grown-up, with a thriving business and a dog along the way. Crossing paths with him again throws Georgina’s rocky present into sharp relief—and brings a secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows what happened twelve years ago, and why she’s allowed the memories to chase her ever since. But maybe it’s not too late for the truth... or a second chance with the one that got away?

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ISBN-13: 9780062958464
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 39,652
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree. After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written six books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.

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Don't You Forget About Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
gaele 26 days ago
Georgina is a people pleaser, a particularly solid trait to have when you have had every serving job possible, from barmaid to waitress at the most incongruous ‘Italian’ restaurant in town. When a critic comes in and things become more fraught, a stand-off with the boss/cook leave her without a job and a desperate need to spend some time with her clever stand-up comic boyfriend. But arriving at his flat, her phone calls to him are ignored – she watches this – and uses her key to enter his apartment – where she finds him in a compromising position. Georgina, being who she is leaves, but not before her ex tries to gaslight her, turning the tables as if his lack of control is down to her actions. Not exactly the most flattering light to meet the heroine, and in a mix of flashback and current narration, her voice shows us just how insecure and issue-laden she is. Always hoping for better, her jobless state is an “issue” for her mother and sister, and her mother’s new husband is displaying issues that rattle both Georgina and her sister, even as our heroine can’t apply the sight to her own life. But her sister’s husband gives her a referral to a recently renovated Victorian pub, a one-night gig that will help put some cash in her pocket while she’s between yet another of the low-paying and certainly no-future jobs she seems to take. Turns out, her first true love in 6th form is one of the brothers that owns the pub, and while he isn’t welcoming or mentions that he knows her, his brother offers her the job on a permanent basis. With Georgina still reeling from her boyfriend’s infidelity, her first love’s seeming amnesia about who she is, her mother, stepfather and sister all bemoaning her ‘career choices’, fashion and well – just about everything: she’s not immune to the struggles. In fact, smart and quite kind, Georgina is mired in her own old unresolved issues, from missing her father to feeling unworthy and worrying all about her desire to write while actually not doing anything about it. Starting off with her as a mess held together with bits of band-aids, a bright smile and funky pink coat, with the help of her friends, some honesty from her first love and a bit of oomph from sharing her story in a 3 part contest, Georgina starts to pull herself together and deal with issues that she not only stuffed away, but never mentioned. Failing to “read’ people’s interest or reaction to her after a particularly tragic incident just as she was finishing school, what she really needed was to sort things out for herself and discover why she was, despite her potential, languishing with ‘go nowhere’ jobs. Mhairi McFarlane has the ability to write a heroine that while intriguing, could quickly become wholly annoying and not dive over the line to active dislike. Georgina was clearly beset with issues that started with the tensions between her parents and her close tie to her father, her relationship with her sister, and her ability to quickly ‘judge’ just what someone would want or need from her to keep them happy. Afraid of conflict, and perhaps afraid of actually ‘digging’ into her own issues, the growth trajectory for Georgina made her one of those people who finds (with support ) the way to a happier and more fulfilled life – and gets a chance to revisit the past in new ways previously thought lost. Full of moments both sweet and bittersweet, with a dash of laughter and several tears, this is a story that feels as if the life we are learn
Anonymous 2 days ago
mhairi MacFarlane can do no wrong! the book is wistful and fun. characters with depth and also sexy.
JillJemmett 6 days ago
This book was hilarious and heartbreaking. I kept laughing out loud at the beginning. Georgina reminds me of a grown-up Georgia Nicolson from the series by Louise Rennison. She has hilarious anecdotes about working in various restaurants and bars. She also has a great outlook on life, which came across in her funny stories. This story took a dark twist that I didn’t see coming. It happened close to the end. The twist changed the way I thought about Georgina, and made her seem like a much more intense character. I loved this book!
katey_reads_ 7 days ago
I was expecting a cutesy rom-com and instead I got a story about female resilience and how to cope with bad men, bad family members and bad career luck. Hilarious and adorable!
bookchickdi 19 days ago
Mhairi McFarlane's novel Don't You Forget About Me opens in 2007 as high school student Georgina Horspool is paired with shy Irish transfer student Lucas in her English class to discuss the book Wuthering Heights. They get along so well that Lucas becomes Georgina's first real boyfriend, and when he asks her to prom, she is so excited, especially since they plan to spend the night of the prom together in a hotel. But as the most popular athlete pulls her off to the side, their plans are derailed. Fast forward to today, and Georgina is a waitress at the worst restaurant in her town. When a food critic comes into the restaurant, and the food is abysmal, the owner throws Georgina under the bus and publicly fires her. Her prospects for employment are dim, her roommate is awful, she catches her boyfriend in bed with his assistant, and her family thinks her life is going nowhere, so things are bleak. When her kind brother-in-law gets her a job as a bartender for a hot new place opening up, Georgina is excited when she hits it off with one of the new owners, Devlin. Then she meets the other owner, his brother Luke- as in Lucas, her first love from high school. Lucas doesn't remember her (or he pretends not to remember her), and Georgina is torn. She loves this new job and she is good at it, but she doesn't know if she can work with Lucas. He lives above the bar, and she will have to see him every day. Devlin really likes Georgina, and he is impressed with how great she is at her job, so she decides to stick it out. A contest comes along where people are urged to talk about your worst date, and Georgina's screws up her courage to tell her story about her worse date with old boyfriend, and she is a hit with the crowd. Just as you are wondering what happened back in 2007 to cause Lucas and Georgina to never see each other again, the entire story is told. Can they forgive each other and become friends or even get back to where they were? Don't You Forget About Me is a terrific story, and I really liked Georgina and the brothers, and seeing their relationship grow. McFarlane has some very funny turn of phrases here, and the TripAdvisor reviews for the awful restaurant are classic and had me laughing out loud. If you liked Bridget Jones Diary, and you want a book that will take you away for a few hours, Don't You Forget About Me fits the bill. I recommend it.
book_junkee 21 days ago
Between that cover and the synopsis, I was expecting a fairly fluffy romance. Let me tell you right now, this is not that at all. I might have liked Georgina if the story would have been about her. Instead there’s eleventy billion characters and plot directions and I found myself skimming through anything that wasn’t her and Lucas. As for Lucas, I didn’t feel like we actually learned anything about him. Plot wise, it’s a mess. The writing was all over the place and I never felt settled. I will say there are a lot of great passages about misogyny and gaslighting and how women are expected to act and I think a lot of those sections are was kept me interested. The last two or three chapters felt focused and would have been worth the wait if this book wasn’t 400+ pages. Overall, I was completely misled by the synopsis. I don’t think I would have requested it if it would have been more accurate and I’m left wondering if two stars is too high. FYI: there’s a very long scene of a character talking about being sexually assaulted. **Huge thanks to William Morrow for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous 27 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for sending me an e-galley of this book! Don't You Forget About Me is a heartwarming tale of first love, loss and finding your way. I want to preface this review to say that the blurb that lead me to deciding to read this book did read like a romance, but I saw it was categorized as women's fiction, which I don't usually read. I was pleasantly surprised. At the beginning of the book there's a lovely flashback of Georgina when she's in high school, I assume it's high school because I'm in the US and this is called "sixth form" and they mention prom and going off to college so, she's a senior. We get to see her interacting with a quiet Irish boy in her English class as they share a project on Wuthering Heights (which I need to read, more so after this). Lucas is bright yet quiet and very sweet. The type of boy I would have gravitated to when I was younger so I was a fan. Flash forward to Georgina when she's hit the big 30 and she's working in a really horrible faux Italian restaurant called "That's Amore!". With light run in that had her pinned between the incompetent and cocky chef and a food critic, she's fired. Things don't slow down from there when instead of going to face her roommate she decides to go to her boyfriend Robin's place and catches him in bed with his personal assistant. Again, I want to say that I was thinking this was more of a romance, probably an adult contemporary romance so I was thinking I'd see Lucas again fairly soon, but it took a while. I was beginning to lose hope until he showed up as 1 of 2 bothers that owned a renovated bar called "The Wicker" which Georgina's brother in law set up a small job to help out the now out of work Georgina. Lucas, now calling himself Luke, doesn't remember Georgina, but she remembers him in this half hope, half agony sort of way (Not Bronte, I know, but still works) thinking that she could have a clean slate while remembering how things were between them and very clearly beginning to have feelings for him. This is more of a slow burn in terms of the romance and there is a fair bit of happenings before things develop including Robin, the cheating a-hole, being super manipulative, which might trigger women who have experienced such a guy in their own lives. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story, coming into it thinking it was a romance. It did have kind of the Bridget Jones vibe, but not really. Reading a few other reviews it really felt like some of the people reviewing didn't finish and were flustered by the plot not picking up or not behaving like the romance the blurb suggests. If you're put off by other reviews. Don't be. The romance takes its time to bloom, but it's well worth it and it's meaningful and sweet. Lucas/Luke is amazing.
miareese 28 days ago
This was SO GOOD. It was funny, sad, sweet... so much more than I expected. I went into this thinking it'd be your standard romance- cute, fluffy, sexy, but this was surprisingly deep. All I can say is: READ IT.
AmyM43 29 days ago
4.5 Georgina Horspool has just been fired from the grossest most unsanitary restaurant in Sheffield. To top off her night she then comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with his personal assistant. Kind of adrift after the double whammy, and needing money to pay bills, Georgina jumps on the next opportunity to come her way: tending bar at a newly opened pub. The catch - and based on how things have been going for Georgina you know there is one - is that the pub is co-owned by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. Seeing how Lucas has grown and changed, and seeing his business success, makes Georgina take a look at her life. Where once she was voted most likely to succeed, in the past twelve years she's only been jumping from one dead-end job to another. The problem, however, is that Lucas seemingly doesn't even remember who Georgina is. With Lucas showing up again in her life, Georgina is forced to examine some deeply held secrets from her past. A secret that ultimately tore young love apart. This is the first book by Mhairi McFarlane that I've read. It took a few chapters to really grab me. Starting out with a Prologue of "Then" readers are introduced to a young Georgina at the end of sixth year. We see her paired with a young Lucas in literature class. We see them begin to fall for one another. We get to the moment before everything went wrong when we're pulled out of the "Then" and thrust into the "Now". This is intentional on Ms. McFarlane's part for sure and I appreciated this fact because in order to understand the impact of the things that happen we need to see where Georgina is now. How her life has transpired since. The only thing I can complain about is the fact that I didn't feel quite the depth of devotion between young Lucas and Georgina that I feel should have come across. Seeing as how important their connect is/was to Georgina, I wanted to feel it more from the onset. Then, his forgetting her later would have been more of the blow I think it's expected to be. Moving on, once I got past the first couple of chapters and really began to get a feel for and understand Georgina, I just didn't want to put the book down. It's undeniable that there's something that's held Georgina back all these years, something that has left a lasting impact upon her, and the driving force is witnessing Georgina come to terms with it, and speak her truth. I don't want to give too much away as I loved seeing the story unfold not really knowing - although certainly suspecting - what happened. I really loved Georgina's character. Despite a sense of aimlessness - at least according to her family - she's a good person who works hard and tries really hard to do right by people. It shouldn't matter what her profession of choice may be, but to her family, she can't be successful without the 9-to-5 job with a pension, or somesuch. I liked that Georgina finds happiness on her terms and doesn't buckle under pressure from her family. I love the tension between Lucas and Georgina. I mean, did he really forget her? Is he faking? Georgina's recollection of their brief time together marks a significance that isn't something easily forgotten with time and space. Their obvious pull towards one another is so palpable. But, again, I liked that, despite the memories seeing Lucas again conjures up, it's not only about Lucas, it always remains Georgina's story and her feelings. She's never overshadowed. Don't You Forget About Me is
Anonymous 29 days ago
This is Georgina‘s and Lucas book, Georgina gets fired from the worst restaurant in town and when she goes home early and she finds her boyfriend in bed with someone else! She takes the first job that comes her way and it’s as a bartender at a newly opened pub. The only problem is the pub is run by the guy she fell in love with years before! Lucas is a brooding hot sexy man he runs the local pub and has an awesome dog! Lol Georgina is the only one who knows what happened 12 years ago and why she allowed the memories to haunt her ever since! Maybe it’s not too late for the truth, or a second chance with the one that Got away? This was a slow burn romance, just some mild heat it was definitely written very well and it was funny at times I didn’t understand some of the British dialogue if that’s what it was LOL but it was just OK for me I liked it but it definitely wasn’t my top favorite it was A little slow for me. Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sharing this book with me!
Readaholic19 3 months ago
Don't You Forget About Me is a story about two friends, Lucas and Georgina, who met in school and ended up dating one another. They drift apart for unknown reasons and reconnect when Georgina is hired as the bartender at the bar Lucas owns after she's fired from her waitressing job at a local Italian restaurant. I'll be honest and state that I couldn't really connect with the characters. I understand that Georgina is going through a tough time, especially after she was fired and then found her loser boyfriend in bed with someone else. But this book had a hard time holding my interest. There's major miscommunication between the two leads that could have been solved by simply discussing what happened between them. I didn't really care for Lucas and there was no spark between him and Georgina to make me want to root for these two to end up together. There are some very important topics that were discussed and I think that Mhairi McFarlane wrote those specific scenes with a lot of emotion. They connected me to Gerogina the most. Overall I would give this 2.5 stars. **Thank you to William Morrow Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for my honest review**
Avid_Reader_LB4 3 months ago
Oh, if they could turn back time! What a great story! Witty, charming and moving, with some fantastic secondary characters like Georgina's constantly carping housemate Karen (Jammy the pet tortoise better,hide while he can!). Heroine Georgina has job and man problems and her family could be ALOT more supportive of her life choices. But what an adventure, complete with a totally inappropriate Thor look-a-like stripper and a philandering ex boyfriend who haunts Georgina's place of business and becomes her worst nightmare. Her confusing connection with her handsome employer at the pub is a bit mysterious and complex. The climax and closing are brilliant! This book was a joy to read. The author found just the right mix of action and internal dialogue. Yes, there are LOL moments, but the emotional content is what held me. I so recommend this book and will definitely be looking for more works by the author. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
magicalreads7 3 months ago
**I received an ARC from the publisher. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I absolutely ADORE Mhairi McFarlane’s books, and this one was no exception. I’ve reread Who’s That Girl? a million times, so I was so eager to see how her follow up would be. Don’t You Forget About Me is a hilarious tale of finding yourself, second chances, and growing up. There is a trigger warning for described sexual assault in this book. There is just such lovely character development in this novel. Georgina has basically been in a ditch, professionally. She’s dating a comedian who turns out to be cheating on her, and, oh yeah, tries to gaslight her throughout the novel. But she’s had enough, and I loved following her as she grew into her full potential throughout the book. Up till now, her life has pretty much been defined by horrible occurrences: she was sexually assaulted at a high school formal; years later, her father died, causing her to drop out of university in her first year; and now her boyfriend’s gone and cheated on her after she was fired by her godawful boss. However, throughout the course of this book, Georgina comes more to terms with herself instead of blaming everything on others. She takes her fate into her own hands because she is more than what has happened to her; she is more than the men who have ruined her life. This is perhaps the heaviest of McFarlane’s books (that I’ve read), mostly because of the sexual assault. It is not, in a way, a big part of the book; in fact, it’s described at the very end. Yet it’s there, sometimes, in Georgina’s daily life, how she’s acted, how she reacts to people. Don’t You Forget About You sends a very powerful message against sexual assault in this way. More prominently is the second chance romance (in a way). Georgina and Lucas took A-Levels together (please correct me if I’m wrong, I’m American), but their passionate fling was cut short and years later, Georgina somehow ends up working in Lucas’s bar. Anyways, Lucas is the best and I miss him. We’re talking broody; we’re talking hot; we’re talking about the chemistry that they have together. Their banter is so great, and you could cut the tension between them with a knife, it was so thick. This is possibly the most romance heavy of McFarlane’s books (that I’ve read), and I loved it for this, so much. I’m honestly still screaming about the ending! I also loved the side characters. Georgina’s friends are the best. They support each other through ups and downs. Her sister means well and tries her hardest. Lucas’s brother adds some more humor into an already humorous book. The writing is always my favorite aspect of McFarlane’s books. She writes with such a cutting wit; I actually found myself laughing out loud at this novel. Don’t You Forget About Me contains the strongest parts of McFarlane’s books: witty humor, realistic characters, and adorable romances. It also sends a powerful message about sexual assault, and how people are more than what their experiences. In short, Don’t You Forget About Me is a story of letting other people in, of second chances that are really third and fourth ones, and of finding yourself when you thought you were lost.
bookbruin 3 months ago
I am a sucker for second chance romances and when I read the blurb for Don't You Forget About Me I was hooked. Sadly, the playful cover and heavy on the romance blurb was a bit misleading. The book would probably be more accurately categorized as women's fiction (even though I'm not a fan of that term). The writing was wonderful and witty, but I don't consider this book a light and fluffy romcom. I had trouble understanding all the british-isms and I also struggled with the flow and length of the book. Some very serious topics were discussed in the story, but often times the point was lost in all the extra details and descriptions. I think if I had gone in knowing that Don't You Forget About Me was going to be more of a journey of self discovery, healing, forgiveness, and self love, I would have enjoyed the book more. There is romance in the book, but it really didn't come into the story until after the halfway point/closer to the end. I really would have loved more scenes building the connection between Georgina and Lucas in the past as well as the present. The flashbacks were so sweet between them. What saved the book for me were the final chapters. I got teary eyed when hidden truths were revealed and the ending left me with the hopeful and happy feeling I had been searching for the entire book. Overall, this was a good read, but those looking for a lighter romcom should look elsewhere. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
Michele-G 3 months ago
This was the first book I've read by Ms. McFarlane. It took me a little while to settle in with her writing style, but once I did, I found it quite enjoyable. My next battle was connecting with the characters, particularly the heroine, Georgina. I would say that the first portion of the book was probably a solid 3 stars for me because of these issues, but once I hit the second half, it became an absolute 5 stars...hence, the overall 4 star rating. Georgina is a down on her luck waitress who within the course of just a few hours, both loses her job and finds her boyfriend "in the act" of cheating on her. She's recently turned thirty and her mother and step-father won't stop nagging her to grow up and get a real job. Basically, life is anything but satisfying at this point. She does luck into a position as a bartender at a new bar. However, that too has a twist to it when she finds out that one of the owners was her high school boyfriend, Lucas, who hasn't spoken to her in years and basically broke her heart. Then, to top it off, Lucas acts as if he doesn't know her when they meet. Could things get any more embarrassing for Georgina? Actually, yes they can and do. Lucas is a difficult character to figure out. He definitely acts as if Georgina means nothing to him and shows no sign of recognition. Yet, how do you not remember your ex-girlfriend from high school? He is a very private person and gives away very little of himself while his brother who is the co-owner in the bar and the one who actually hired Georgina, is the outgoing and friendlier one of the two. If you jump into this book and find you are having a tough time connecting with Georgina, keep going. You will eventually understand and get her back story. There are things that happened to her earlier in her life which led her to be the person she now is. There are some scenes in the book where my heart broke for her...literally. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
JW88 3 months ago
As the story begins, Georgina is definitely having a streak of bad luck. On the day she is fired from her waitressing job at a bad restaurant, she arrives at her boyfriend’s home to find him cheating on her with another woman. This type of luck is not too unfamiliar to the almost 30 year old, having accumulated her share of bad jobs, romances and family discord over the past decade. In fact, nothing has been the same since that fateful night during her last day at school when her life changed. This was the night that Lucas McCarthy and she were to take their relationship to the next level. Instead, he disappeared from her life. That is, until she takes a job in the bar he owns with his brother Dev. The book started off a little slow for me, but soon held my interest. The story is meaningful and relevant , covering the subjects of misogyny and sexual assault in a sensitive manner. I felt strongly for Georgina as the story of her past unfolds, cheering her on and understanding more of the woman she has become. It emphasized how fleeting moments of engagement with others can transform how we feel about ourselves - which in turns alters how we interact and relate to others. On a less serious note, the book has moments of humour and pure joy. I loved this book and look forward to reading more books by Mhairi McFarlane. Thank you to Edelweiss Plus and William Morrow for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.
Jypsylynn 3 months ago
Don't You Forget About Me is more chicklit than romance in my opinion. Georgian is seriously unlucky and down at an age when she should be building her life up. Some things do start to turn her way and maybe begin turning her luck around. I like the characterization of Georgian as a person with some growing up to do, even though she's in that thirtyish should already be grown place in her life. It's taken her longer than average to figure out her life, but she is making progress toward positive change. I wasn't interested in the romance aspect of the story. I found her individual story more compelling because so many of us have made bad decisions and ended up nowhere. Georgian is proof that no-one is hopeless, but you have to do the work. She's an inspiring character with charm and wit. I enjoyed this story and hope others will as well. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
booklover_lexi 3 months ago
Does anyone else sing this title every time they read it or is that just me?? “You always remember your first love… don’t you?” Georgina works for the crappiest Italian restaurant. Not only does she get fired, but she shows up so surprise her boyfriend and finds him between the sheets with someone else. Now without a job and a boyfriend, she takes a temporary gig bartending for a wake at a new bar that hasn’t opened yet. She is so thrilled to be offered a full time job but there is only one problem... the man she fell in love with twelve years ago is a co-owner.. And doesn’t remember her at all. Lucas has grown up since the last time she saw him twelve years ago on prom night. Still as handsome as ever (if not more), but a little more brooding and a business owner with an adorable dog. While Lucas has become a successful grown up, Georgina dropped out of college and has been working crappy jobs ever since. She is aspiring to be a writer but hasn’t written anything since her diary entries about her days with Lucas in High School. Crossing paths with him again brings back the pain of what happened twelve years ago and why the memories of that night have haunted her ever since. But maybe it’s not too late for the truth, and just maybe, a second chance with the one that got away. It’s always a bad idea starting a book at 9pm. I could not put this book down and read well into the early morning to finish! If you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella, you will love this book! I loved the humor and it didn’t overshadow the serious topics in the story. I could relate to Georgina because she is clumsy and has terrible luck, yet she laughs off her misfortune. I saw immense character growth for her which I always love in a novel. This is a story of romance and self discovery with sass, witt, and depth. I absolutely loved the characters! If you love second chance tropes and hilarious scenarios that will have you laughing out loud, this should definitely be on your reading list! Mhairi McFarlane did an amazing job with this novel and now I want to read all of hers other novels as well. Thanks so much to William Morrow Paperbacks / HarperCollins for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
thereadingchick 3 months ago
Fired from her waitressing job and finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman is not the way Georgina saw this day going when she got out of bed that morning. At thirty years old Georgina has struggled to find her place in this world only wanting what anyone wants, the love of a good man, and a job she can feel proud to go to every day. When she lands a job at a pub owned by her ex high school boyfriend she dreams of having a second chance at love, but is hurt when Lucas doesn’t seem to recognize her. Don’t You Forget About Me is the story of how Georgina’s past and present collide, and how, just maybe, things may start to go her way. There were a lot of things I liked about Georgina, she didn’t take the crap that was dished at her (an inordinate amount of times!), she had a wonderful group of friends, and she was always striving to be better. As this was a slow burn novel I really come to care for Georgina but I’ll admit her struggle with self confidence wore thin for me. If it hadn’t been for a pivotal plot point when she entered a stand up writing competition at the pub where she works, I may have lost patience and put down this novel. It was the story she told that night that caught my attention, and I thought there might just be more to this novel than pining for the ex who doesn’t seem to remember her. We start to get hints of a trauma that may have contributed to how Georgina ended up still waiting tables and hooking up with losers at the age of thirty. Finally, the story flowed and time flew until it was 1am, I was blowing my nose and drying my tears and reflecting on how this story was so well pieced together and where my feelings turned from “meh” to “I really like this!”. One of the things that I enjoyed throughout the entire novel were Georgina’s group of friends. They were supportive, funny, snarky, and didn’t hold back from letting her know their thoughts about anything and everything. A good group of friends in a novel can help a reader understand their main character better and I really believe that was the case for Georgina. By hearing about Jo’s dissatisfaction with her own relationship the reader could draw a line between a healthy dissatisfaction and the unhealthy boyfriend choices Georgina had made in her past. It also helped the reader really want that healthy relationship for Georgina and Lucas adding to the tension in their story arc. You’re probably wondering why I haven’t said much about Lucas since he’s the love interest for Georgina and this is a love story. I guess that’s because Lucas was kind of a mystery to me. He was a little stand off-ish, partly because he pretended like he didn’t know her for a good portion of the novel and he was kind of a quiet guy. He was likable, but it wasn’t until the end of the book where he had a defining moment and had probably one of the most romantic dialog’s in a romance I’ve read in quite awhile that I really liked him for Georgina. It was a REALLY good monologue. LOL. My feelings for this book were kind of all over the place. The first third was a solid three- good but not great. The middle of the book picked up and started to hold my interest. The characters became more interesting and less annoying- a solid four! The last quarter of the novel was riveting, emotional, and un-put-down-able, and I’d give it a five. If you get to the 3/4 mark of this novel and you’re wavering between reading one more chapter or getting a good nights sleep, be warned. You will NOT
kozbisa 3 months ago
This was my first McFarlane book, and it hit all the right notes for me. There was a lot of laughing, as well as tears, and I thought it was a wonderfully told tale of a woman trying to get her life on track. George had been sort of floundering since her father's death. She was working in a dead-end job and in an unhealthy romantic relationship. It might have seemed like misfortune at the time, but I think losing her job and her boyfriend were two of the best things to happen to George. It pushed her into a new opportunity, and allowed her to grow and come to terms with events from her past. I found it really easy to love and have empathy for Georgina. She was extremely amusing, kind, loving, and caring. She was also very complicated, and I really enjoyed the way McFarlane slowly revealed all her pieces until I was able to get the complete picture of who she was. In her present, Georgina was trying to deal with being reunited with "the one that got away". This was her first and epic love, the one who imprinted himself on her soul, and his re-entry into her life churned up bits of her past, which she had never come to terms with - the grief of losing her father, her conflicted feelings regarding him, and the pain of losing Lucas. These were things that were holding her back, and it was fantastic and quite satisfying to see her work through it all. Though there were many emotional parts, this book was also quite hilarious. A lot of the humor was provided via Georgina's friends. Everyone needs a ride-or-die squad, and this one was top-notch. Individually, they were interesting, but together, they were gold. I always had such a good time with this group, and it warmed my heart the way they supported Georgina. I would call this women's lit, but it also had a great romantic element. Be warned: there was not a ton of romance going on, because this was really about Georgina's healing journey and her finding her way, but there were some fantastic moments, and that ending! My heart exploded from that speech. I think I might have gotten up and applauded. It was just that good, and of course, the happy tears were flowing freely. Overall: I throughly enjoyed my first Mhairi McFarlane book, which had just the right balance of humor and emotion, and left me in a state of elation.