Don't You Forget About Me

Don't You Forget About Me

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It began with four words. I love your laugh. x. But that was twelve years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (© Tripadvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (© Georgina's best friends) in bed with someone else. So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something. The only problem? He doesn't seem to remember Georgina at all...
Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780008335922
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,22 cm.

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knechtdskm
Apr 05, 2020

I enjoyed this novel about finally being brave enough to look at your past and see how it has affected your present. While the cover and synopsis make this novel look like a typical rom-com, the book actually spends more time looking at the psyche of the heroine. I enjoyed the wide cast of quirky characters. I find that well-rounded side characters lend an air of authenticity to stories, since most people do not live in a vacuum in which we only interact with 2-3 people everyday. Georgina's struggles to communicate with and connect with her family, her friends, her co workers, her former school mates, and her roommate gave her story a more realistic feel and made it easier to relate to as a reader. I was moved by her insights into her own motivations and choices, especially as she opens up about a painful event in her past which she hadn't even shared with her therapist. While she seemed to be self aware and in charge of her own life at the beginning of the story (even while admitting that it was a bit of a mess), her journey to self knowledge in the book led her to realize that she was more reactionary than proactive. This novel is the second book by Mhairi McFarlane that I have read and both books were a pleasant revelation to me. I especially enjoy the fact that Ms. McFarlane writes heroines who find their own way to happiness and only after achieving that happiness on their own do they truly embark on meaningful and fulfilling romantic relationships. The men in the two books I've read are also three dimensional characters, even if they do possess swoon worthy characteristics that may be too good to be true. Although the ending of this novel was lovely and did bring a sense of completion to the story, I think it would be very interesting to read a sequel to one of Ms. McFarlane's novels. After the heroine starts on her chosen path to happiness and begins this new romantic relationship, then what happens? Does she continue to find fulfillment and enjoy this new relationship, or are there more bumps in the road ahead? All in all, this story was a pleasant diversion and I enjoyed it. I also found it to ring true to the experience of sexual assault survivors. Although the topic was handled well, it might prove provoking for some readers.

LibraryRosanna Jan 24, 2020

I adored this book! From its beautifully flawed characters dealing with past hurts and present struggles, to its wonderful second-chance romance, it ticked every one of my boxes. I love the heroine Georgina, a woman who is "taking the long way around." She is completely relatable and I had so much fun rooting for her. I devoured this book in one weekend, and it gave me such enjoyment. A great read.

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midori_hon
Nov 15, 2019

a welcome respite from the preceding book i read that was necessary but unsettling (catch and kill by ronan farrow.) this story actually had emotional subtext/substance and compared favorably to marian keyes, exploring georgina's relationships with her family and friends rather that just the meet cute -> infatuation -> misunderstanding -> reconciliation that is found in carelessly written romcom.

DCLadults Oct 10, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. This quirky romantic comedy has just the right balance of wry humor, emotion and romance. Publisher’s Weekly calls this one “romantic comedy gold” and I agree.

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Athena48
Oct 04, 2019

Fresh, has lots of heart and a lovely emotional journey.

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darladoodles
Sep 01, 2019

Both hilarious and heartwarming. I would go to see this movie! Georgina is spinning her wheels in the hospitality arena. Unlikely and outrageous events seem to follow her around resulting in frequent job changes. Catching her semi-famous comedienne cheating on her the same day she gets sacked lands her at rock bottom. Her brother-in-law fixes her up with a one-day gig tending bar for a funeral reception and while there she bumps into her first love -- but he doesn't seem to recognize her! More than a fluffy romance, this book uses the lense of "Wuthering Heights" to explore Georgina's relationships with her friends, housemate and her family. Will she ever get to be a writer? Will she have the nerve to use her own material in the open mike contest at her bar? There is lots of snarky dialogue as well as a great cast of quirky characters. Nana Hogg may have a small role, but she will not be forgotten.

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jeanie123
Aug 27, 2019

This was a great, fun and easy book to read; a highly entertaining romance. I laughed out loud many times, but I also got misty-eyed several times as well. It really hits all the emotions in well-timed hills and valleys. There are quite a few UK references and use of slang that can be a bit confounding at times (like what is IRN BRU?) so I looked up some, but not all of them. The story is strong enough to ignore these if you want to, but I highly recommend looking up what a Calippo is when that reference is used near the end of the book. I couldn't stop laughing at that one! The one major flaw I found with the book was the male lead character Lucas who seems to be a real unicorn of a guy; very noble, patient, self-aware and quick to apologize. If only! This is the first book I've read by Mhairi McFarlane, but it will not be my last. Highly recommendable!

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jfd5
Aug 16, 2019

Enjoyed it from beginning to end. A light read, perfect for the summer time.

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CoMoReader
Jun 16, 2019

Don’t You Forget About Me is one of my favorite books from the past few months. It’s got a great slow burn of a romance, a very witty main character and a cast of wonderful friends of the sort we all wish for. The plot and character revelations along the way were so enjoyable, I almost hated to get to the very satisfactory ending. I’m going back now to read Mhairi McFarlane’s previous books!

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