Sunday 28 January 2024

Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane | Book Review

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My rating: 4/5
Publisher: HarperFiction
Publication date: 7th March 2019


It began with four words.
‘I love your laugh. x’

But that was twelve years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (© Tripadvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (© Georgina’s best friends) in bed with someone else.

So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something.

The only problem? He doesn’t seem to remember Georgina – at all…

I love Mhairi McFarlane's novels. I think when you look at the covers you assume they are a typical romance and while yes, there is an element of romance to them, the main subject matter is deeper. They always have McFarlane's Scottish humour throughout though! 

Georgina is 30 years old, she has just lost her job in an Italian restaurant and has walked in on her kind of famous comedian boyfriend shagging his PA. Both pretty crap things to happen in the same day, but both scenes are hilariously written.

After getting a job at a newly renovated pub, she realises that the owners are brothers and she has a past with one of them back in her school days. Lucas McCarthy appears to have totally forgotten her though and she doesn't bring it up either.

The whole novel focuses mostly on memory, grief and self development. I love how every single one of McFarlane's characters are fleshed out, from her family to her group of friends and even the Bob the stripper dressed as Thor.

A great read with a satisfying ending.

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