ROMANCE

Don’t You Forget About Me

Morrow. Sept. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9780062958464. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062958471. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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After being sacked from her waitressing job at a terrible restaurant, Georgina Horspool heads to her boyfriend’s place, where she catches him in the act of cheating. As if things couldn’t get worse, she takes a gig as a bartender at a new pub only to discover it’s owned by Lucas McCarthy, her first love from when she was a teenager—and he doesn’t remember her. Meanwhile, Georgina is still grieving her dad’s death, she feels like a disappointment to her mum for not having a more successful career, and she’s constantly having to deal with conniving men. Amazingly, Georgina continues to view the world with warmth and humor, which is apparent through her smart, light-hearted, first-person narration. Her interactions with a lovely group of supportive friends add levity to this second-chance romance. ­
VERDICT McFarlane (After Hello) uses Georgina’s voice to explore how humor is used to mask pain as well as to help understand and get through it. Successful as both a romantic comedy and an insightful look into finding one’s voice, this is a story readers will flock to for the laughs and remember for its realness.

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