This book had me at the title. When I saw that the epigraph was a couple of lines from the lyrics of the song, well, let me tell you, my nostalgic heart couldn’t wait to get into this novel. Seriously, who doesn’t love this song! But this novel isn’t about Simple Minds or my nostalgia, this is Georgina’s story.
Don’t You Forget About Me was my first book by Mhairi McFarlane. I’m also happy to report that it certainly won’t be my last. It was a highly entertaining read. With a colorful cast of characters, plenty of humor, and a touch of romance, this book was definitely a well-rounded read.
If romance is what you’re looking for, this book does have a love story that will make your heart flutter, however, this book delves much deeper than that. It went places where I didn’t expect it to go. The cover and synopsis of the book are adorable and pleasing, but don’t be fooled by all the cuteness, this book delivers a story that is relevant and emotional.
Georgina is a fabulous character. She is smart, witty, outgoing, and a great friend, in fact, I wanted to be her friend. As she approaches her thirtieth birthday, she realizes that her life isn’t where she thought it would be, personally or professionally, and her mother and sister continually remind her of this fact, too.
Between her ex-boyfriend, her dismissal from her waitressing job at a less than subpar Italian restaurant, and her well-meaning but opinionated family, there’s plenty of snark and hijinks. Throw in her new boss, who also just so happens to be her old high school love interest, who doesn’t seem to have any recollection of Georgina at all, and you’ve got yourself a very interesting story. Honestly, how could anyone forget Georgina?!
Georgina was an endearing character. She had me rooting for her from the very beginning of this novel. There was so much more to her than her big smile, hearty laugh, and fluffy pink jacket. She was a character who needed a big hug and a supportive “go get ‘em, girl!” I was completely invested in her story. I felt as though I knew her. The story was never rushed along. Mhairi McFarlane developed her characters, made me feel as though I were witnessing it all firsthand, and kept me engaged in the story.
As I mentioned, this book ventured far deeper that I had originally thought it would, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. It had me at the title, made me want to know the characters, and delivered a story that made me laugh and pulled at my heartstrings.
I am looking forward to reading more books by Mhairi McFarlane.