Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, NetGalley

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

dont you forget about me

Don’t You Forget About Me is a story about a charming (or sometimes not-so-charming) disaster of a late 20-something woman named Georgina bouncing around from waitressing job and terrible boyfriend to waitressing job and no boyfriend. Her family is terrible, her friends are eclectic, and her new boss was her high school boyfriend. Hurricane Georgina has nothing to worry about, obviously.

I am not really sure how to review this book because I feel like I am commenting on two totally different books.

I read the last 40% of this book in one sitting–It was so wonderful. Georgina’s last entry into the open mic night at the pub had me in tears, and I was totally swept away by the story.

However, I had the hardest time reading the first 60%. The story felt disjointed and I was often left wondering what the heck was happening. Why did we keep having random walks down memory lane into her childhood? What purpose did the curry story serve? I didn’t read much more than a chapter or two at a time because I got frustrated too quickly with the seemingly random plot points.

By the end, the bigger picture is obviously more clear, but I wish the first half had captured me as much as the second half did. I like the overall message of the story, but perhaps the writing style and I did not agree.

(Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. On sale August 2019)

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