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Don't You Forget About Me

Written by: Mhairi McFarlane
Narrated by: Madeline Gould
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You always remember your first love. Don't you?

It began with four words.

I love your laugh. x

But that was 12 years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (TripAdvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (Georgina's best friends) in bed with someone else.

So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something.

The only problem? He doesn't seem to remember Georgina at all.

©2019 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"I loved it! So funny and warm - a delicious read." (Marian Keyes)

"Wildly funny and wildly romantic. Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game." (Louise O'Neill)

"Funny and heartfelt, full of humour and wisdom, I absolutely loved it." (Katie Fforde )

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IMO, Unlistenable

I think I am the only one who felt this way, but I found this narrator unlistenable. The story is sweet enough, I guess, but I had to stop about 4 hours in because I simply couldn't tolerate it anymore. I had a hard time distinguishing characters and often found myself wondering who was speaking. I wanted to enjoy this book because I was looking for a "fluffier" listen. Couldn't do it though. Sorry!

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Couldn’t put it down

This book was laugh out loud funny. Poignant. Very Clever dialogue. A really great read.

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Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved the narrator. I usually listen when I’m walking the dog or cooking.

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Shockingly witty, touching and hilarious.

Let me start by saying, I expected nothing when I downloaded this book. I was looking for something I wouldn't mind falling asleep during, because I was being kept up really late by my toddler as he worked through a bout of congestion. Regardless, not only did I not fall asleep during this at all, I actually absolutely loved it.

I will admit this is not my genre. I'm usually listening to distopian fiction or a psychological thriller of some sort, definitely bleaker fare than this. So, I can't make any comparisons. I also never listened to this author before and have no idea how this book stacks up against the rest.

However, all that aside, here's what I can say about this book. The story is truly touching. I both laughed out loud (a few times actually!), and cried. The characters have depth, and although it is a love story, that's really not the central theme. It's about loss, coming to terms with the past, and consequently, moving on and embracing the future.

It is written well. Really well. The humour is sharp, I actually cackled in a few places. Although the story is occasionally predictable, the rawness of some of the moments still caught me off guard.

Finally, the narration leaves nothing to be desired. This is the right balance between acting out the various characters and telling the story as a single person.

Well done!

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Great read

A good story without being cheesy. Amazing performance. Started off a bit slow, like with most audiobooks, but quickly became something I wanted to listen to all the time.

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A cute read

while I wouldnt say it was great, it was a very cute and enjoyable story. I personally found it a little hard to follow sometimes but overall I enjoyed it. Had a few good laughs!

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Absolutely amazing!

This book gave me all the feels. I was laughing and smiling and sometimes frustrated and sad. I highly reccomend it for anyone looking for a slice of life novel with a bit of romance. And the narration was one of the best, a great job. I'll be looking more into Mhairi McFarlane's novels. I am hooked and how the way she writes.

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I can't finish this

This is the first book I've read by this author, and I can tell by reading other reviews of it that she's quite popular. I understand the charm, her style is very Jill Mansell, with a charming female protagonist who goes through a series of kooky misadventures but triumphs in the end, and falls in love (almost as an after thought) along the way. I get it, I do, but I've personally read too many of these and I need to move on.

I might've made it through, but the slow pacing just didn't pull me along - a lot of the scenes and characters felt superfluous, particularly as reading the summary makes you think the main plot will be the love story, but the book itself drags on and on with only passing allusions to Lucas (who honestly, seems a bit of a drip). She's a good writer, and I would possibly borrow one of her books from a library, but I wouldn't spend a credit.

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absolutely loved it! Great light read!

I absolutely love the way the story was told. full of relatable experiences and hilarious, only too true events of a woman in her late twenties. I felt the end was a bit rushed but overall great.

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Could not put the book down

I thought this would be another typical love story but I was captured by the twists and turns. Enjoyed very much.

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  • 2019-07-09

Fantastic (Especially for Rom Com Fans)

Excellent performance and SUPERBLY written, this more than satisfied my Bridget-Jones-Four-Weddings-Golden-Era-Rom-Com itch. It has a backbone of real emotion, is very enjoyably witty, and has a genuinely likeable heroine. I can't wait to read/listen to more from this author.