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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
Published by William Morrow ISBN 9780062958464
Trade paperback, $15.99, 432 pages

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.

Thanks to TLC Tours for putting me on Mhairi McFarlane's tour. The rest of her stops are here:

Instagram Features

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Wednesday, September 11th: Instagram: @booksandblends
Wednesday, September 11th: Instagram: @somekindofalibrary
Thursday, September 12th: Instagram: @readingmama_reviews
Friday, September 13th: Instagram: @lauralovestoread
Saturday, September 14th: Instagram: @bookishanki
Sunday, September 15th: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark
Monday, September 16th: Instagram: @bookapotamus
Monday, September 16th: Instagram: @kmc_reads
TBD: Tuesday, September 17th: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver

Review Stops

Tuesday, September 10th: Instagram: @diaryofaclosetreader
Thursday, September 12th: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, September 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, September 17th: Stranded in Chaos
Wednesday, September 18th: PhDiva
Thursday, September 19th: Reading Reality
Friday, September 20th: Instagram: @bookishanki
Monday, September 23rd: Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader
Tuesday, September 24th: bookchickdi
Thursday, September 26th: Instagram: @storiesandcoffee
Friday, September 27th: Instagram: @beauty_andthebook_
Friday, September 27th: Booked J

1 comment:

  1. I loved the TripAdvisor reviews, too!!! This is maybe the first book that I've read that's had something like that and I thought it was so fun and original. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours