Don’t You Forget About Me, by Liz Tipping

7 Jun
don't you forget about me liz tipping

Four of Five stars

I spent my teenage years in the 1980s, so when I heard there were going to be a lot of John Hughes references in this book, I was sold.

Liz Tipping has written a book that is nothing more than light, funny, fluffy chick-lit. That is all it pretends to be and it does it well. And it’s basically the plot of every 1980s/John Hughes film: Girl doesn’t feel good enough, Girl pines for big shot Guy, little shot Best Friend pines for Girl, Girl gets makeover and all the right stuff happens in a big sweeping romantic ending.

It’s a decade after high school and Cara doesn’t feel good enough or successful enough to attend a reunion ball, especially when she knows her high school crush will be there. On eBay, she buys Molly Ringwald’s cardigan from Pretty in Pink, and her friend Stubbs decides to help her pull an Eliza Doolittle. The plot then moves along exactly as you expect it would and I can’t say it doesn’t end exactly as you expect either. But just as with any 80s movie, where you ALWAYS know how it will end, the ending is still so terribly, romantically satisfying, no matter how corny it is.

When I say it’s a light fluffy chick-lit, I really mean light and fluffy. There’s not a lot of tension, just a few misunderstandings and then everything gets wrapped up nicely. I have to take a star off for not being just a tad bit meatier. Even the girl set up as the enemy just peters out and ends up a friend. It was such a simple story that I was thinking of giving it three stars… but then came the corny romantic ending – think John Cusack from Say Anything, or Richard Gere in Officer & a Gentlemen – I mean those endings are about as corny as they come, yet every girl wants someone standing outside her window holding up a boombox (Alas, an iPod would not have the same effect). There is something about those over the top romantic scenes that sort of win over your heart, and this one did just that.

So the book gets 4 stars for being exactly what it’s supposed to be (light, fluffy chick-lit), having likable, lovable characters, and a romantic ending that even melted this ice queen’s dark cold heart, just a little. It’s a perfect summer book, or one of those fluffy books we always need to help clear out our heads in between the harder stuff. I genuinely enjoyed it.

Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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