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.