Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Book Review - Don't You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping

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Title: Don't You Forget About Me
Author: Liz Tipping
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 6th June
Rating: 3.5 Stars

An athlete, a princess, a brain, a criminal, a basket case...Cara Dunham is definitely one of them. But stuck in her small hometown, with no prospects of escape, she's struggling to find her thing. Her life is more book club than Breakfast Club and there is no Judd Nelson in sight!
So when Cara is invited to a school reunion she knows this is her chance to channel her inner Molly Ringwald and grab her John Hughes moment, once and for all. Because her teenage love, Daniel Rose will be there, the coolest boy at school and the one that got away.
But transforming into an 80's icon isn't easy and Cara enlists the help of her oldest friend, Stubbs, to teach her all she needs to know about being cool and quirky - a la Ringwald.
Except Stubbs thinks she's perfect, just as she is and takes it upon himself to show Cara that her life might not be 'movie perfect', but there is always another take to get things right...

I found Don't You Forget About Me to be an enjoyably predictable book, by that I mean I guessed who would end up with who, and vaguely what the overall outcomes would be, but due to a couple of unexpected moments, I did really enjoy the story too. 

However I found that main character, Cara just grated on my nerves a lot, with her perception of how she was at high school, and her continued attempts to find her "thing". She is a big Molly Ringwald fan, and wants to be just like her, including an epic amount of bidding on ebay for her cardigan, and wanting to work out if she really is an athlete, a princess, a criminal, a brain or a basket case, as per The Breakfast Club, in the lead up to her high school reunion. 

When she was at school, Cara, Verity, Stubbs and Divvy were all a group of, well I don't want to say outcasts, but the poorer children in the school and they missed out on lots of trips and experiences as a result. School though left its mark on Cara a lot more than everyone else, and she is determined to reinvent herself for the reunion, and ideally get the man she fancied back then. 

In the mean time she enlists Stubbs to help her out, and in exchange will help him get a date with the girl he fancied. This leads to the best friends spending a lot of time together, as they discover new things about each other and about themselves. 

This was a reasonably easy and fast book to read, which was easy to follow, even if I wasn't Cara's fan. I will admit though that I much preferred the author's first book Five Go Glamping, and hope future releases may be closer to that and less predictable to the average romantic comedy fan. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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