Don't You Forget About Me

Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishing date: 2018
Pages: 432

Georgina is having a really bad day at work and her life starts to spirale down when she is fired on the spot and finds her boyfriend in bed with somebody else right after that. She then gets an opportunity to work in a newly opened pub in her town, but it turns out that her new boss is also her first love, whom she hasn't seen in twelve years. And what's worse - it seems that he doesn't remember her whatsoever...

"I was a treasure trove of interesting things, once someone turned up to be interested in them.

I was sitting here for several minutes trying co come up with an elaborate sentence that would encompass how much I loved this book. But then, there is no other way to put it - I just really loved this book! It was super funny but also touching. Even though this book contains all of the ingredient you would expect from a chick-lit novel, it actually reads as a literary fiction. Mhairi McFarlane has a very distinctive and unique writing style that's very satisfing to read. It's clever and observant in a way that makes you feel like you're on a conjoint joke with the author herlself. On so many occasions, I was like: "Ah, I know how that feels." or "Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you mean, sister." It's so nice to read a book about a complex character with her own issues, and yet feel completely understood, too. It made me connect with the story on a very high level.

"Your real probelms are never the things you fret most about. This has an upside - sometimes you've fretted without cause."

The narrative of the story was very raw and straightforward. The author wasn't trying to polish things up at the expense of sincerity. But with her warm sense of humor she still made the reading experience feel lighthearted. There were a lot of moments that made me lought out loud, which is something that very rarely happens to me. Usually, I am amused in my mind, without expressing it on the outside. But this book was just something else. I had the best time during reading it. The only thing is that I could've done with more romance. Mhairi McFarlane does write romantic tension like nobody else. It makes you feel all the feelings and more, so it really is a shame that she is so scarce with it. Although, the amazing ending made up for it. It was to die for...