Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for a book about getting out of toxic cycles, going for what you want, and finding happiness for yourself.
Title: Don’t You Forget About Me
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Content Warnings: rape, stalking, cheating, sex, emotional abuse, drinking, gaslighting, death of a parent
Rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Unspoilery Blurb (Taken from Goodreads)
If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.
Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.
Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…
This book totally caught me off guard! I expected it to be a stupid, fun romantic comedy that didn’t have much depth to it, but I was so wrong. This book was a wonderful story about doing what is best for yourself and your emotional health. The characters in this book were so relatable, and although everyone had exaggerated characteristics, I still felt like they were real people.
Georgina was a hilarious narrator, and I loved hearing about her life and how she viewed everything. She was over the top and witnessed a ton of drama, and it was wonderful to see her finally standing up for herself.
I really enjoyed this book and the depth that it went into about emotionally abusive and manipulative relationships- both romantic and familial. There was a ton of great stuff in this book, but I would be aware of this content before reading if you have experienced any type of abuse in your life. Take care of you. ❤️
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic comedy about making things happen for yourself and finding happiness.
The job at the bar was amusing, and I loved the brothers! Seeing Georgina working around Lucas was amusing, and I enjoyed her finally writing and sharing her stories!
The romance was sweet and fun to follow. I totally shipped them from the get go. I loved their confused history and how complicated everything was between them. It was amazing when they finally talked, and I am so proud of Georgina for sharing her story with everyone (well mostly Lucas) even though it was super painful and sad.
I hated her ex so much! He was an arrogant, selfish jerk and he would not leave her alone! I wanted to attack him for stealing Georgina’s journal and trying to play it off that it was her fault- oh, and you know cheating on her, playing it off, and hurting her! I’m glad he finally stopped and she stood up to him, but all in all I just hate him!
There were also some great supportive characters in this book! I loved seeing Georgina and her sister’s, Esther’s, relationship get better throughout the book. Also it was nice to see Georgina’s amazing group of friends who had her back the whole time! I loved when Kitty got the other bar job because she was hilarious!!!
Overall, I had a fun time reading this book, and I feel like Georgina grew a ton during this story!
Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Be strong, stay safe, and change the world!!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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