Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane | ARC Review
Release date: January 10, 2019
How I got the copy: HarperCollins Canada
I heard of this book from a YouTuber I enjoy to watch that talks about books among other topics on her channel. She’s very enthusiastic about Don’t You Forget About Me but I couldn’t find that same enthusiasm for it. But I am in the latter, a ton of people really enjoyed this book but it didn’t make any impression on me and, for the most part, I struggled to read it.
Georgina wants to be a writer but has never written anything. She’s been fired from the worst restaurant in Sheffield and on the same day finds out she also has the worst boyfriend in the world. Her family doesn’t understand why she’s still working at restaurants and bars and her mother would love for her to get a “real job” meaning a desk job. There’s family trauma, dysfunctions, and she desperately needs to find a new job to pay her rent this month. Luckily, soon enough she’s recommended for a job, temporarily, and discovers her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, is the boy from high school she fell in love with… but he doesn’t even remember her!
Right from the start I had a hard time with it. The first chapter is of the Georgina’s past about her first love from high school, which I found slow and hard to get into. I love reading about romance and about people finding their place in the world but this one fell flat to me. getting into chapter two way easier and I enjoyed reading about a quarter of the book until I started to feel the story to drag again. It has a sense that not much is happening and what is happening is superficial and not very interesting in my opinion.
Unfortunately, the story didn’t hold my interest, it’s extremely slow and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Mhairi McFarlane has many back list titles and they’re all highly praised. Maybe I’ll give the author another try and see if this book just isn’t for me before saying this author isn’t for me, I’m just in no rush.
*A copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review*