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 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 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 Three jump to four, three jump to four, three jump okay stop procrastinating and make decision God dammit, my finally decision is rounded up FOUR STARS Click Click Click Taking the selfie of my determined and decisive face Who isn t a serious fan of 80 s greatest Brat Pack movies When Judd Nelson s bad boy character named John Bender punches the air, you may hear the blaring song in your head and start singing Simple Minds classic Don t You Forget About Me That was how I felt when I grip the book into my hands and accompanied by this motivational and inspirational but definitely not rational mood, I start to read it.THE THINGS I LOVED MOST Brilliant Scottish sense of humor and smart writing skills of the author I want to send friend request to her brain and start to talk with her like Steve Martin s character at The Man with two brains has done Slamming poetry parts which reminded me of s Marvelous Mrs Maisel s best stand up performances The evaluation of Georgina She learns to face the struggles with her past and solves her issues with her family The motivational message of the book Just make peace with yourself, learn to love your faults and mistakes and move on BUT THE THINGS PUSHED ME SO HARD TO GIVE THREE STARS I didn t but I was about to HERO Lucas He got on my nerves From the beginning his lack of attention, his behavior around Georgina made me angry Because as soon as I read the first part of the book, I started to think they made for each other but then some unexpected thing broke them apart I didn t like Lucas attitude as if he didn t even know her before Come on After 13 years you cannot completely forget the person you kissed and felt something before If you forget there is two explanations 1 YOU RE REAL DOUCHEBAG that s mostly what I thought for the hero 2 YOU MUST SUFFER FROM AMNESIA Nope, he was not a Memento man LACK OF ROMANCE PARTS There are too many characters on this book I enjoyed the best friends surrounded around Georgina who reminded me of Bridget Jones ultra modern version of gang And the troubled family members are also okay and entertaining But the focus on their stories affect the balance of the romance parts Till the end, we never see any close encounter or any big angsty revelations between the characters But I still enjoyed the funny and sarcastic tone of writing I laughed so much aloud at the Italian restaurant parts, my neighbors came to check on me and made sure I was not choking when my husband just shrugged and explained them that was my regular donkey toned laugh and Lucas last proposition speech soften me I no longer hold a grudge against him.I love the ending put a silly smile on my face I m a hopeless, idiotic romantic who feels delightful as soon as the characters find their HEAs So yes, this is my first book of the author I hope to read of her novels I end up with the amazing song s lyrics Will you call my name As you walk on by I dropped the mic and Nilufer has left the building Special thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the ARCCOPY in exchange my honest review I have one problem with Mhairi McFarlane s books I inhale them Every single time I sit down to read one I think to myself, savour it Beverley, because once it s finished, that s it , and every single time I devour it in a matter of hours Don t You Forget About Me is no exception, I couldn t put it down and was fully absorbed in the world of Georgina.If you haven t read a Mhairi McFarlane book before then you really should remedy that pretty quickly Her books are witty, sharp, precise and feel like you are falling head first into a really excellent romcom, like the ones Matthew McConaughey used to make before he became boring a serious actor.Georgina is working at a quite dire Italian restaurant in Sheffield when she is unceremoniously and publicly sacked To rub salt in the wound she then finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman He didn t think they were exclusive you see, even though they had been in a relationship for the previous 6 months Her brother in law wangles her a job at a newly refurbished pub owned by one of his clients Under strict instructions from her sister not to mess it up like she does everything else in her life she is stunned to discover that the owner is Lucas, her first love The problem He doesn t remember her Awkward Georgina is a wonderful protagonist who is faced with adversity in the form of a family who love her but don t seem to like her very much at times She feels like a failure, is unsure what to do with her life and is regularly reminded that now she is thirty that she should be married and putting her womb to good use Add to that an ex who is a gaslighting cheater and a flatmate who communicates in passive aggressive notes accusing Georgina of teabag theft and other minor misdemeanours and things are a bit rubbish for the lovely Georgina She keeps her head up though and surrounds herself with family in the form of friends who really get her and she shows how it is possible to rise to the top, even when others want to pull you down.Mhairi McFarlane manages to write sparky, strong characters and romance without it being the least bit schmaltzy In fact, if you think this is a book about boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries very hard to get girl back then you d be wrong Yes it s about romance, but it is also about not ignoring those red flags in a relationship, complicated families, turning thirty and not knowing what on earth you want to do with your life and the joy of really, really excellent friendships It is a thoroughly modern book which fizzes with anger at toxic relationships and the treatment of women at the hands of men Wrapped up amongst the laughs and the love is a serious tale of insidious behaviour and cruelty and yes I laughed, but I also did big snotty, ugly crying too Now, what on earth do I do until Mhairi McFarlane s next book You see, I knew I shouldn t have gobbled it up. I LOVED this novel From chapter one, I was chuckling I loved Georgina, who is fired from a job at a terrible restaurant despite doing nothing wrong Looking for solace, she stops at her boyfriend s house, only to discover him in bed with his assistant Scrambling to be able to pay rent, she lands a job as a bartender, only to learn that it is half owned by the boy she fell in love with in high school She s had no contact whatsoever with Luke in the 12 years since graduation because of a misunderstanding, and he s only become sexier with time Georgina is not a stumbling Bridget Jones type character She s competent, but events in her life have derailed her college education and her confidence in herself As events from her past haunt her and the guy she just broke up with continues to harass her, it s wonderful to see her evolve and grow She does this in part with the help of her friends, who are all empowering in a fun that is, you don t feel it s overtly political way About how when our parents or ex boyfriends don t care for us the way we should be cared for, we, counterintuitively, don t always take care of ourselves the way we should Getting back at them through self neglect not a great strategy, in case that s unclear Highly recommend Thanks so much to NetGalley for the sneak preview to this book, which RELEASES SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 in the United States. It doesn t matter if you take wrong turns Arriving somewhere you want to be, in the end, is what counts.I ve been wanting to read this since a friend hi AR five starred this many moons okay, it was like February ago It took me until this past weekend to pick it up and, sadly, only because I was meeting her at a signing Don t have a go at me, I m trying to play peacemaker. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor Oh my GOD have you been on Twitter too much again Why did I wait so long and y all non UKers have to wait even longer because this baby isn t out until summer fall for North America What are you looking for Hmm I think I d like someone who cares as much about me as I do about them That might sound a low bar But it s pretty much everything, and I ve never had that But, fittingly, this is a love story that is twelve years in the making It s a second chance romance It s one that ll make you laugh, cry, rage, and laugh as you cry It s poignant, it s heartbreaking, it s so effortlessly charming and real, and as a age redacted year old, this felt right up my alley I remember a remark my therapist made that was long lost in memory, until now no one else is going to fix you The only person who can fix you, is you So Coldplay lied.There is so much strength to this novel but, importantly, in George She is just. one of my new favourite heroines Because she is her own hero She fights for herself, she picks herself back up, all whilst fighting that inner voice that doubts, that wonders, that questions, that is beaten down by the lack of faith and shrugs and outright gaslighting from external forces She is just. gah Everything If you want to help me then I wouldn t mind a bit of faith and emotional support, thanks. Georgina, you re still working in bars at thirty You have no savings, no pension, no home No relationship What am I to emotionally support, exactly Me, as a person Aren t I enough She s also surrounded by a spectacular group of friends Her family is complicated but there s so much love there despite the ups and downs And the romance. I mean, it isn t one, really, but it s seriously swoon worthy and heartbreaking and also there s a dog Unbeknownst to me, I was a treasure trove of interesting things, once someone turned up to be interested in them.Anyway If I had my way this would be mostly just me c ping the entire book into quotes because it feels like I highlighted the whole thing For the funny moments, definitely and mostly, but also the quiet ones The ones where George s strength won through The silly moments The sad moments This has it all To be honest, a lot of counselling appears to be accepting that you re up to your tits in shit and finding you re zen about it Saying at least my tits are warm.I m so so glad this book was put on my radar but, importantly, that I had a kick in the ass reason to pick it up I can t wait to devour McFarlane s backlist and I seriously can t believe I have signed copy of this baby in my hands Because either way it was going to find it s way onto my shelf.4.5 I didn t know yet that small moments can be incredibly large stars I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review. Because with a title like that a woman my age doesn t even need to know what it s about before clicking the request button Some notes I had during my reading com, less rom women on the verge stories that I am hungry for really angry incisive, cutting observations about gender politics and heterosexual relationships 4.5 stars I don t read hetero novels very often It takes a rare mood, and just as importantly, a recommendation from a well aligned friend I m hugely enjoying something I didn t expect to enjoy whatsoever, so the sense of enjoyment is potent two and half times the strength of a scheduled pleasure.Honestly, I can t even say I was armed with that right mood when I cracked this one open But I d requested the ARC after said recommendation, and I figured what the hey The pub date wasn t for a while, so if I wasn t feeling this straight shit, I d just put it on the back burner for that mood to come I didn t think I could convince them I d be that stupid Victory pyrrhic.Fast forward slightly than a day later, and I was done a flayed, wrung out, and happy reader I had face hurts from laughing And yes, maybe a little from crying too, what s it to you Here s what life has taught me so far don t worry about that thing you re worrying about Chances are, it ll be obliterated by something you didn t anticipate that s a million times worse.I don t always put a lot of quotes in my reviews, but I was powerless to resist doing it this time I could include 10x as many and still not come anywhere close to the number of brilliant lines I highlighted I value humor highly and it s rare to find it firing on all the cylinders that it was here it s what hooked me in right away To be honest, a lot of counseling appears to be accepting you re up to your tits in shit and finding you re zen about it Saying at least my tits are warm.HOWEVER This story was so much than these quips imply So well beyond that that it drives me to reflect, not for the first or fortieth time, on how much I loathe the chick lit label and its insinuated frivolity An author this intelligently witty has so much to deliver than just funny, and McFarlane did it with grace, profundity, and emotion I experienced the story right along with the protagonist, and I even took away several nuggets that I want to remember and apply in my own life.Thanks, Hollis, for being so discerning and persuasive that I was compelled to seek out and devour this straight shit It was a wonderful experience ARC requested and received from NetGalley and the publisher. Lemme tell you my story before you throw stones.This is a fun story but it s not what I would categorize as a romance It s chick lit Chick lit that reminds me a lot of Bridget Jones s Diary only Georgina is probably wiser than Bridget.They both get into wacky situations regularly, they re both British and they both have a core circle of friends that stick by them through thick and thin.I actually really like Georgina and empathized with her familial trials and tribulations She s a generous friend, kind to others, loyal and has a hard time with conflict which has landed her in some unpleasant situations and taken a bit of a toll on her psyche Her humor is VERY British and sometimes that misses the mark for me but here it was mostly a win Had I gone into this expecting a modernized version of Bridget Jones s Diary in all likelihood I would be singing its praises right now.But I was expecting a romance and the guy who forgets her from high school and she have no relationship development At all There s actually relationship info development between Georgina and her ex who is a special one He was not boring nor was this story and on those two fronts, I will give credit where credit is due But at the end of the day it just didn t meet my squishy marshmallow expectations and I found that frustrating The premise of first loves reuniting is what caught my attention, plus the title, but the focus was not on them reconnecting Rather that took a secondary role to Georgina coming into herself which is fine but not what drew me to the book in the first place However, my opinions are my own and YMMV.I m somewhere between 2 3 Stars but will round up because it held my attention consistently An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. MY RATING 3 5 STARSI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review This is my first novel by Mhairi McFarlane and it won t be my last She s been recommended to me a lot after I asked a lot of people who their favourite romantic comedy author was besides my queen Sophie Kinsella However, it was only until I received an ARC that really pushed me into actually reading her stories Don t You Forget About Me follows the story of Georgina who used to work as a server in one her city s nastiest Italian restaurants until she was unjustly fired from her job so that the chef owner of the place can save face when a famous food critic accuses them of reheating food instead of making a new one Down in the dumps, Georgina accepts a job working as a bartender to an event and there meets a man who offers her a position at the pub he partly owns It isn t only until she meets the brother of the man who offered her a job does the past come barreling back to her Turns out, her first love, Lucas, grew up to a handsome man Through working together regularly, readers will slowly see how both characters get rid of their early awkwardness after they both realize their shared histories While the book first started off strong, the novel failed to meet my expectations nor did it keep my attention I have a new quirk where I get peeved when the story line drags and the book is thick Pretty much nothing was happening except for Lucas clearly not remembering Georgina and not realizing her pain because she really believed they had a once in a lifetime connection Lucas mostly played it off as that he fooled around so much that he forget who he hooked up with and I just rolled my eyes Not attractive and not romantic in a hero in my opinion Georgina herself also went through some troubling stuff in the past She was voted most likely to succeed so why is she working in a pub Due to traumatic events with her late father, Georgina lives with regret and pain which left her idle in a world that kept moving forward Readers will appreciate the serious undertone of the novel but otherwise, it s justbland MY RECOMMENDATIONI enjoyed the humor of the novel but unfortunately, it didn t meet my expectations If you re into a slow chick lit novel then definitely, pick this one up. I don t know if the author or the publisher or even the editor is aware that the word g py is a slur and shouldn t be used as a casual descriptor for a character but now you do I would advise y all to take it out ASAP.
- 432 pages
- Don't You Forget About Me
- Mhairi McFarlane
- 27 July 2017 Mhairi McFarlane