- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (2 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008335923
- ISBN-13: 978-0008335922
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Don’t You Forget About Me
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‘I loved it! So funny and warm – a delicious read’ Marian Keyes
‘Wildly funny and wildly romantic… Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game’ Louise O’Neill
‘Beautiful, funny and heartbreaking’ Giovanna Fletcher
‘Funny and heartfelt, full of humour and wisdom, I absolutely loved it’ Katie Fforde
‘Intelligent, edgy and laugh out loud funny – a romantic comedy to love’ Sunday Mirror
‘The perfect mix of comedy, whip smart dialogue and all the feels’ Fabulous
‘Mhairi gets the mix of laughs, romance and serious emotional depth just right in this page-turner that stands out from the crowd’ S Magazine
‘Hilarious, clever and beautifully written’ Daily Mail
‘Fiery, feminist, fit, filthy and very timely … astonishingly good’ Harriet Reuter Hapgood
‘A warm belly full of joy from start to finish!’ Holly Bourne
‘Mhairi’s best yet: nobody does modern love like her, hilarious, devastating and real’ Laura Kemp
Praise for Mhairi McFarlane:
‘An effortlessly brilliant read – will have you laughing when you shouldn’t and sobbing when you least expect it’ Giovanna Fletcher
‘Totally hilarious and wincingly real’ Jenny Colgan
‘Her best yet – write faster!’ Holly Bourne
‘No-one writes such wry, emotionally complex romantic fiction’ RED
‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama… the ultimate holiday read!’ GRAZIA
‘Warm, nuanced, compelling’ STYLIST
‘Intelligent and insightful’ HEAT
‘Sparky, smart, sore-stomach-laughing kind of read’ FABULOUS
About the Author
Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 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 five books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.
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Another Mhairi McFarlane novel is always cause for celebration, and ‘Don't You Forget About Me’ is no exception. It’s about a young woman called Georgina who has just turned 30, but finds she increasingly can’t ignore all the ways her life keeps sputtering to a stop … it’s probably tied to her Dad’s tragic death when she was a teenager, the high-school sweetheart that got away, and the night that clouded all of her romantic relationships ever after.
But when said high-school sweetheart returns to town, and Georgina finds herself inadvertently working at the pub he and his brother own – she’s both excited and terrified to have him back in her life. Except for the fact that Lucas claims he can’t remember Georgina at all – suddenly Georgina feels robbed of their memories and what he meant to her, but at the same time … maybe this can be a clean-slate for the both of them? Maybe this is a blessing in disguise?
‘Don't You Forget About Me’ has the feel of Jojo Moyes’s ‘Me Before You’ – but only for the fact that both Georgina and Lou Clark are having to confront a traumatic event from their teenage days, that is maybe part of the reason they’ve land-locked themselves to their hometowns. It’s one of the darker backstories McFarlane’s explored in recent books, and I thought she did is exceptionally well. Maybe a little too well for the heart-in-throat, cold-sweat breakout that I shared with Georgina as she confronts this moment from her past. But McFarlane should also be commended for the many types of abuse she highlights; from micro-aggressions to emotional manipulation, financial abuse, weaponized public embarrassment, and outright physical abuse. Everything within is something women will be intimately and tragically familiar with as the tools of abusers – that McFarlane highlights them with the upmost gravitas in this contemporary romance is powerful and satisfying, while also very unsettling.
I also read ‘Don't You Forget About Me’ and felt oddly reminded of ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney, the adult literary juggernaut novel of last year. It’s mostly in the fact that both novels begin back in time by exploring the first romantic relationship of two teenagers, who decide to keep their dalliance a secret from their friends, family and classmates … in both instances; Rooney and McFarlane write the “young adult” portion so beautifully that I actually found myself hoping to stay in that time-period for longer (maybe even the whole book?). They differ of course though, with the leap-ahead; Rooney’s novel becomes about these two people trying to always (and sometimes awkwardly) retrofit themselves around each other’s new adult lives. McFarlane tears the teenagers apart, and the story is of their reunion as adults – when only our protagonist is claiming to remember who and what they were to each other.
This is the crux of McFarlane’s book and the story; as she asks how long we can go on ignoring the big, impacting moments of our lives; the ones that built us up, and tore us down. How long can we go on kidding ourselves, and others – merely by refusing to confront the past?
She delivers so many decisively satisfying sucker-punches in this book; all of which are tied to Georgina slowly building herself back up bit by bit. I will say that I thought we’d get a few more chapters/moments of Georgina and Lucas though (a backstory to Lucas’s dog Keith is given, and tied to a potential other antagonist from his life – but then nothing becomes of it and I got the distinct impression that maybe a whole extra chapter and scenario was oddly axed or forgotten to be added?). It leaves an odd feeling of not having *quite* consumed the whole – like a piece was missing?
But that’s a small complain of an otherwise thoroughly lovely book, from a favourite author. A book that had me weeping in some parts, and laughing hysterically in others – such is life.
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All of her stories are funny, sharp and the slow-burn romance will with guarantee tug at your heart. But what I love the most about her books are the woman empowerment that hits me right in solar plexus.
In this story, we follow Georgina who can find something fun in every bad situation, and while it keeps a lot of grief away, it's also a self-defence technic that makes her forget herself in the situation, and by that let herself down.
It has cost her on many parts of her life, and we follow her journey while she tries to find her voice in all the bad that keeps her down – bad jobs and bosses, an AWFUL ex-boyfriend, mum's new boyfriend, and even her own family's lack of faith in her.
By the end of the story, I felt like giving Georgina a hug. She's so much fun and has such a sunshine nature that made her a really likeable character, and I would very much have liked to visit The Wicker (Lucas's pub) to join her for a pint.
A read that will make you cry and laugh at the same time.
I loved it.
Although it is a chick flick that has some darker undertones, it still leaves a good feeling in the end.
Georgina’s long held dream to be a writer has never materialized. Georgina seems to be stuck in the recently coined term, adultolescence which her judgy family continually reminds her that it is not on. She and her friends frequently bemoan the vagaries of dating and finding “the one” as since they hit their thirties. Working with Lucas McCarthy, her old flame, Georgina finds she is still very attracted to him, but he holds her at arm’s length. The romance in this story is quite slow burn.
I was expecting more of a romance; most of this story is more typical of the Women’s Fiction genre that focuses mainly on Georgina’s self-analyzing introspection as well as interactions with family and friends. As with a lot of people who however deal with their lives through humor, Georgina’s antics have some dark undercurrents. Since the author is British, there a lot of slang terms that will not be familiar to Americans, but readers will get the gist. Also something I find common in Brit-Lit is though this is labeled a romance, steamy scenes are few and far between or not even on the page. The humor in the story definitely helps to level out some of the angsty parts.
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