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Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

Escrito por Mhairi McFarlane

Narrado por Madeline Gould


Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

Escrito por Mhairi McFarlane

Narrado por Madeline Gould

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4.5/5 (100 valoraciones)
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10 horas
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Sep 10, 2019
ISBN:
9780062958488
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Internationally best-selling author Mhairi McFarlane delivers a funny, romantic, heartfelt novel perfect for fans of Josie Silver or Sally Thorne, and anyone who loves Bridget Jones!

You always remember your first love...don’t you?

If there’s anything worse than being fired from the lousiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else. Reeling from the humiliation of a double dumping in one day, Georgina takes the next job that comes her way — bartender in a newly opened pub. There’s only one problem: It’s run by the guy she fell in love with years ago. And — make that two problems — he doesn’t remember her. At all. But she has fabulous friends and her signature hot pink fur coat...what more could a girl really need?

Lucas McCarthy has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but he’s also turned into an actual grown-up, with a thriving business and a dog along the way. Crossing paths with him again throws Georgina’s rocky present into sharp relief — and brings a secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows what happened 12 years ago, and why she’s allowed the memories to chase her ever since. But maybe it’s not too late for the truth...or a second chance with the one that got away?

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Sep 10, 2019
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9780062958488
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Sobre el autor

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree. After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written four books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.


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  • (3/5)
    There are so many good reviews about this book... and it's not bad, but there is something missing. He & She are both over 30 but they act like 17... It wasn't as good as If I never met you.
  • (3/5)
    A very sweet story of self-discovery and dealing with the past to create a better future. Often hard to follow dialect and British terminology though.
  • (5/5)
    This is an adorable rom com in modern day London. Just the thing I needed to pick up my spirits and left me grinning ear to ear in the end. I highly recommend!
  • (3/5)
    Super predictable but fairly enjoyable. It is not really a romance but a sort of coming of age story/ accepting yourself story. I could have gone without the last chapter, fairy tale romance ending that wasn’t necessary. Some good parts about misogynistic behavior.
  • (4/5)
    4.5* Enthusiastic stars. Funny, romantic and insightful. In a few words, just great.
  • (4/5)
    4.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.He chewed his pen and gave me a guarded smile. Something and everything had changed. I didn’t know yet that small moments can be incredibly large.Don't You Forget About Me is a moving standalone that I would consider women's fiction with about 15% that could be considered romance. Told completely from Georgina's point of view, we're introduced to her on a night she gets fired from her waitress job and catches her boyfriend cheating on her.So Lucas is now a grown-up who owns and runs places. I’m thirty and begging to work in them. The indignity.Through Georgina's reminiscing, reader's learn that she was a typical student just wanting to be liked and that she had a secret romance with a bit of an outcast named Lucas the last year of school. On a night that was supposed to end up special for her and Lucas, something happened and they ended up never speaking again, until Georgina's brother-in-law gets her a job at a pub Lucas and his brother are newly opening. Lucas behaves toward her like he doesn't know who she is and even though that breaks her heart, Georgina pretends they never met too.I shake my head and fight to get control of my vocal cords. “I’m writing about my worst day at school for a writing competition at the pub,” I gasp. “And I know they want something funny and light and easy. But my worst day at school. It was terrible. I think it might’ve ruined my life.”I somewhat struggled with the first half of the book. Georgina's inner musings dominate and the tone from her reads a bit hyper, distraught, and rambling. Georgina's life is laid out, with her feeling like a failure, still dealing with dad's death, friends, and family issues; it's more structure of our lead character's world. This made it at times plodding for me to get through but when towards the middle when Georgina is settled working at the pub, starting to deal and interact with family, friends, and starting to write by competing in a stand-up performance at the pub, this opens the story up and Georgina interacts with the outside world more, bring in more emotion.The price of keeping the secret, it was too high to keep paying.While I would give the first half 2-3 stars, the second half is 5 stars all the way, rarely have I read a story that packs such emotional punches. In the beginning, Georgina hints at what happened her last night of school, I'm sure most will guess, but the second half she lays it out there and the author did a beautiful job of writing Georgina's emotions as she confronts, deals, and shares such an impactful night of her life. Secondary characters, like her friends and family, are brought even more in and the emotional ties between them added so much to the story. This also helps to bring Lucas even more into play and the later half is where there is a stronger romance genre feel. These two don't have a lot of moments together but you'll feel and remember each and every one.Sometimes the truth is messy and difficult but it isn’t always best left. Sometimes it saves you.This story is about all the laughter that hides the pain and relationships that can weaken and strengthen you. Georgina started off a little bit left of center character with a circle of family that brought messy emotional ties, friends that supported her and pushed her, and a first love that acted like he didn't know who she was. As this was more women's fiction, Lucas' character was lacking a bit in feeling completely filled out but the way he shows up in the end came pretty close to making up for it for me. I would have liked more of Keith the dog and the beginning to be cleaned up in terms of flowing better but the second half was pretty close to perfection. If you're wanting a story to make you feel, Don't You Forget About Me packs a heck of an emotional punch that will have you smiling through your tears.
  • (3/5)
    Georgina Horspool fell in love hard towards the end of sixth form with Lucas McCarthy, the quiet, observant, Irish boy she was partnered with for a project on [Wuthering Heights]. Over a decade later, Georgina is still struggling to find her way in the world and has just lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day. When she's offered a job at a new pub, she jumps at the chance even after learning that one of the co-owners is Lucas whose life has had a much stronger upward trajectory than her own. As Georgina tries to figure out what she wants from life she can't also help wondering if Lucas even remembers her from their teens.Filled with a multitude of laugh out loud moments, there's also a strong heart at the centre of McFarlane's novel. Georgina is a sympathetic protagonist as she grapples with the pains and traumas of her past, while also trying to figure out just what she wants to do with herself. While the cover might leave you with the impression that this is a fluffy romance novel, the romance is secondary to Georgina's own journey. Full of Britishisms, this novel should appeal to fans of Bridget Jones.
  • (4/5)
    Cute story and characters, if a little expected at times.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Georgina Horspool is a thirty-something waitress at one of the worst restaurants in Sheffield. She gets fired and humiliated in front of the other diners so that the chef can save face with a restaurant critic. To make an already crap day even worse, she walks in on her boyfriend in bed with his PA, he claims that he didn't know they were "exclusive". Her brother-in-law gets her a job as a barmaid at a newly renovated pub that is owned by some of his clients. Under strict instructions from her less than supportive sister, she is told not to mess it up. The only problem is that the bar is owned by her first love—the boy she fell in love with in high school—only he's no longer a boy. Lucas McCarthy has grown into a devastatingly handsome, successful man, with a dog. In a cruel twist of fate, Georgina, voted "Most Likely to Succeed" has managed to only have dead-end jobs the last 12 years.Getting reacquainted with Lucas brings to the surface an event from her past, one that she has tried to push down ever since it happened. Georgina is the only one that knows what really happened on the last day of school and why it has haunted her ever since.So when a book is named after a kick-ass song that's associated with a kick-ass movie that defined your generation, you read it!McFarlane is a great writer. There were so many cheeky bits—she's really witty—yet at the same time, there were some beautiful and tender moments. Georgina is a wonderfully-flawed protagonist who is vulnerable yet strong, and is layered and complex. I felt for her. Her family don't seem to be overly supportive or encouraging, in fact there were times where I questioned if they even liked her. She is constantly reminded about her failures and that she should be married by this point in her life (cue eye roll). But how is she supposed to get married when she seems to attract complete wankers! Speaking of wankers, her roommate was a total pill, and truth be told, I could've done without her and been relived of some of the bulk of the story.This book is so much more than romance. It is funny, sweet, and heavy at times. McFarlane explores some complex relationships, and the dynamic of not being where you thought you'd be later in life and what that does to one's psyche and worth. She created some endearing and engaging characters and I would certainly recommend Don't You Forget About Me.
  • (4/5)
    Don’t You Forget About Me took me by surprise, and I’m totally fine with this. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting a light-hearted romantic comedy but what I got was slightly different - there is actually more comedy and less romance and the author Mhairi McFarlane shines a light on some serious and timely issues. This wasn’t a straight forward romance story, in fact the romance aspect was more of a peripheral thing. I found Georgina to be quite a complex main personality, she undergoes great character development over the course of the book and above all else learns to love herself, which was quite empowering. Georgina navigates through her adversities with grace and relatability and she demonstrates that it is possible to rise above, despite those who want to tear you down.Don’t You Forget About Me deals with family drama, love, loss, friendships, mental health and toxic relationships and it is written with wit and recognisable British comedy. There were funny moments, sprinkles of romance and times that made my heart break. I found the book to be more of a slow burn but easy to read, which made the romance aspect and Georgina’s realisations seem more genuine and natural. I have to admit though, at certain points I didn’t get some of the popular culture (British?) references and it broke the flow of my read and my thoughts wandered a bit and for this reason rated the book slightly lower.Overall I found Dont You Forget About Me to be a heartwarming and entertaining read. This was the first book i read from Mhairi McFarlane and it definitely will not be the last
  • (4/5)
    This is probably the first time I’ve chosen to read a book because I can’t read the title without wanting to burst into song. The Breakfast Club was my favourite movie as a teen, and ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ by Simple Minds plays during the film’s closing moments, as John Bender (ie. Judd Nelson) punches the air.Mhairi McFarlane’s book doesn’t really have any connection to the movie, though the story does begin in highschool as Georgina falls in love with her classmate, Lucas, only for the relationship to end abruptly. Nearly twelve years later Georgina is having a tough week. First she is fired from her waitressing job, and next finds her boyfriend in bed with his personal assistant, then when she is offered a great new job, she discovers that the co-owner of the business is none other than Lucas, who seems not to recognise her.While marketed as a romcom, and I don’t dispute that Don’t You Forget About Me is both romantic and funny, the term doesn’t give McFarlane the credit she deserves for the serious issues she explores in this novel. I really enjoyed the humour that moves between the dry and somewhat slapstick, but the story also packs quite an emotional wallop that I didn’t expect. Key is McFarlane’s examination of Georgina’s experiences at the hands of men behaving badly.I really liked Georgina and found her to be authentic and relatable. She is funny, though she often uses humour as a defence, and strong, even if she doesn’t recognise it. While she doesn’t get much emotional support from her family, (gotta love her Nan though), her friends are wonderful. But there is no denying that Georgina is stuck, and needs to find a way to move forward.Witty, heartfelt, and moving, I enjoyed Don’t You Forget About Me. Don’t ‘walk on by’ this one.