Books on sale in supermarkets always get me. Whether it’s the 2 for £7 deals or the £4 paperbacks, it’s rare I leave a supermarket without a new book to work through. This book, however, is a little different. I spotted it in Tesco. It’s a pretty bright cover so you can’t really miss it.
I knew immediately I wanted it but, as I found out when I got home, this wasn’t the first time I’d thought the book looked good…
Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, also, to my awful memory and my bank account for forgetting all about it.
This is your warning: spoilers ahead. I tried to make this spoiler free but I just can’t. The ending made me cry happy tears. I can’t ignore it.
Title: Don’t You Forget About Me
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Page count: 420
It began with four words. I love your laugh x
It’s safe to say, Georgina Horspool has “A Lot”™ going on. Whether it’s working in “The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield” or her ridiculous wannabe comedian boyfriend, life isn’t quite as it should be.
So, when Georgina gets sort of fired from the aforementioned restaurant and is subsequently hired by some Irish brothers, life certainly gets a bit more interesting. It turns out, one of those brothers is her first proper boyfriend from high school and their relationship, in true Georgina style, didn’t end in the best way. Cue stolen glances, reminiscing and some incredibly awkward encounters.
I laughed until I cried.
Don’t You Forget About Me is absolutely hysterical. It feels like a more modern Bridget Jones – with actual female empowerment instead of empowerment resting in the arms of a traditionally handsome man… I mean, sure. The handsome man exists in this book too, it’s just this one has been written to actually reflect the life of a real person.
And I think that’s the thing that got me with this book – it felt real. We’ve all had that dickhead ex who just won’t leave you alone or gaslights you until you feel like your head is going to explode, and yet McFarlane has made it that you’re that friend who sees the person clearly for who they are, who rolls their eyes whenever said ex-boyfriend appears in any situation and is absolutely horrified at the levels they would go to to get back at a woman. And those scenes with the ex made me laugh until I cried.
The other great thing about this book – the ending.
This is your last spoiler warning. Stop now. Go read the book. Come back.
I was got. I was gearing up to be SO DISAPPOINTED in the ending. Lucas can’t just go back to Ireland and they stay friends and go about separate lives. I was wholly convinced. Then the most perfect thing happens that I actually, genuinely cried! Turning up at Georgina’s birthday celebrations and saying all the things you wanted him to say when he was being a neanderthal with zero emotional capabilities. It was absolutely amazing and I bawled like a baby (my boyfriend had to go and make me a cup of tea). McFarlane could probably turn to write crime fiction the way I was put off the scent!
I totally connected to Georgia – I think we’ve all felt that hopelessness of not knowing what we should be doing – and I have already recommended it to several other bloggers who have devoured it in one sitting!
Go and read this book!