Don't You Forget About Me
by Mhairi McFarlane
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2019. 430 pages. Fiction
Georgina is approaching thirty, but her life still hasn't taken off. She has been flitting from one job to the next and has never found a guy worth sticking with... well, not since her high school days when an "old flame" of hers was more like a roaring fire. But since then she has been striking out, especially with her latest boyfriend, whom she discovers in bed with another woman only hours after Georgina was fired from her latest waitressing job. When she gets a job offer from a new, trendy bar in town, she is mortified to see that her "old flame" is the co-owner, and he doesn't seem to remember her at all. But Georgina is determined to make the best of the new job and dedicate her off-hours pursuing a passion for writing that she's been putting off for years.
This book is much less about romance and much more about Georgina as a character, and her struggle with internal (and some external) demons from her past. Before her life can move forward, she must grapple with experiences which are only revealed slowly through the course of the book, but as she begins to address them, she begins to find a way forward with her life. Seeing Georgina grow made for a fulfilling read, and almost made up for the fact that I got the Simple Minds song in my head every time I looked at this cover!