Title: Don’t You Forget About Me
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
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You always remember your first love. Don’t you…?
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…
My first impression? Fun Fact, this book, and the author are based in the UK, I honestly had no idea so some of the slang I had to google, I think that is a country barrier, nothing wrong with the book! It actually brought me more into the atmosphere. As someone who has an abnormal obsession with the UK, I totally loved this book. Mhairi wrote the characters perfectly, making them so relatable and talking about real-world situations. I find that with some romance novels they can tend to be a little over the top, but this one isn’t. Everybody felt really… well, real, and genuine.
I think my favourite scene would be any scene when Georgina is talking with her friends. They are all so uniquely themselves, speaking their mind and not being afraid to express their opinion. It always felt to me like they were a true group of friends, like maybe the ones the author has in real life, or the kinds of friends you would see as a group in a sitcom. I think they add a fun twist to the story, like Georgina’s sounding board. When she is struggling, they are always there telling her whats up. This is especially true when she tells them about walking in on Robin shagging his PA. I’m just surprised they didn’t tell her sooner that they hated him!
In the novel, Georgina and Lucas are tiptoeing around a moment that happened to them in high school. It isn’t until almost the end of the novel that you learn about what happened the night of prom. Georgina was sexually assaulted by a guy at school who was popular, they were seen walking out of the bathroom together and she didn’t know how to react, just in shock about what had happened. She looked around to find Lucas, and saw him kissing another girl. She thought that he didn’t care about her when in fact, he was crushed she went into the bathroom with the other guy. For years the two of them were hurt over this moment, without realizing what either of them were thinking. When Lukas hears her side of the story during the Writers Competition they finally come together, listening to each other’s version of what happened that night, both feeling awful and wishing they had spoken about it sooner. This finally brought them together after all these years of being hurt. Even if something awful happens, don’t assume you know how that other person is feeling. No one had any idea what had happened to Georgina that night in the bathroom, until YEARS later.
Who Should Read This?
Anyone! I think that will always be my answer to every book but I think it is really great. It is a contemporary romance novel, it follows Georgina in her late twenties trying to figure out her life. Her family not approving of her job choices, and her experience with her therapist. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to Georgina and Lukas through this story.
4/5 , It is great and easy to read! I couldn’t put it down.
Moral Of The Story: you don’t know what people are going through, be there for them, and remember that communication is huge in a relationship, never assume, and never be afraid to talk about any problems.
Have you read this book? Leave a comment down below about what you thought, and what your favourite scene was!