This is my first Mhairi McFarlane novel and it certainly won’t be the last! I picked this up on a whim and the story was so entertaining that I ended up finishing it in two sittings. 🙂
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
My Rating: 3.25 / 5 Stars
Genre: contemporary romance
If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.
Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered—barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up along the way, with a business and a dog.
Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…
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.
This was such a fun and cute read! Mhairi McFarlane is absolutely amazing in bringing her quirky characters to life! We follow the story from Georgina’s point of view – and boy has she had a rough day! But at the same time, Georgina was funny and relatable, and I loved her viewing the world from her perspective. I mostly listened to this as an audiobook and there were so many parts when I burst out laughing in the middle of the street.
I am also such a sucker for second chance love stories. They are probably one of my favorite romantic tropes. Even though Georgina and Lucas dated in high school, something (obviously you don’t get to find out until the end) ultimately ended their perfect relationship, and now they have the chance to rekindle the love they once had by working together in the same bar. In a way, the plot of this story significantly deviates from traditional romance stories. Usually, we see our two main love interests finding love, and then there is some type of unresolved issue that causes the couple to go through unnecessary tension in the last quarter of the book. In this case, McFarlane really builds up the story until the end – which works so much in this case (also, it’s time we get rid of those annoying miscommunication tropes)! So if you enjoy traditional fluffy romance, this might not be the book for you as it reads more like a romantic dramatic comedy.
I loved reading about Georgina’s relationship with her friends, but her family was honestly the worst. I don’t know if the author was trying to go for a funny, dysfunctional family, but most of it just seemed really unnecessary and annoying to me – especially when it didn’t really help to drive the plot.
1. Georgina’s stepfather is verbally abusive.
2. Her parents were initially against Georgina’s ex-boyfriend. But upon having one 5-minute conversation with him, they suddenly decide that he’s husband material. Like what?
Another reason I have to dock stars for this read is Georgina’s long train of physically and emotionally abusive exes, and that doesn’t even include the crazies that appear in the bar. At first, it was comical to read about her ex wanting her back again as an ego flex, but this happened over and over again mainly as a way to drive Georgina and Lucas together. In the end, I’m rolling my eyes and thinking that we need a restraining order for this guy.
Finally, another reason why this book ended up being an average (though entertaining) read for me was that there were a lot of unnecessary complications at the beginning that made it hard for me to understand what was happening. We are introduced to so many random characters that I couldn’t effectively follow the plot. And in a lot of these cases, we don’t ever read about them again – so what was the point, McFarlane?
Overall, I liked this book and thought it was an enjoyable and quick read. If you’re looking for a more traditional fluffy romance, this is definitely not for you. If you like romantic dramas, check out this book and other works by McFarlane.
As always, drop a comment and let me know what you think of this book!