Author: Alexandra Potter
Series:
 None
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 401
Published: July 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First Sentence
Dear Diary,
Seb and I broke up.
Blurb

After a bad break up, doesn’t every girl want the same things?

  • For her ex-boyfriend to stay single forever…
  • Or maybe emigrate, to a remote, uninhabited island?
  • Better still, that she’d never met him in the first place!

But what if one of those wishes came true?

Tess is heartbroken when Seb breaks up with her and can’t help blaming herself. If only she’d done things differently. If only she could make right all her regrets… But she can’t. It’s over. She has to forget about him. Drunk and upset on New Year’s Eve she wishes she’d never met him.

But when she wakes up to discover this dream has come true, she realises she has a chance. To do it all over again. And to get it right this time…

Thoughts

This was my first Alexandra Potter book despite having a couple of her others on my chick lit shelf for a little while now and I must say that I was delighted. I didn’t go in knowing what to expect from her, and I honestly didn’t have a clue what I was going to get short of girl makes wish, wish comes true, zany things happen. Of course it has the usual chick lit formula but personally, I think this is what I love most about chick lit. The plot is safe. It’s like a warm snuggly blanket and you know you’ll leave the book with a warm feeling and a smile on your face and Don’t You Forget About Me did just that.. though I wish we saw a little more of the ending!

The premise promises a fun little chick lit magical realism and this is exactly what you get. Tess makes a drunken wish on New Year’s Eve and spends the next couple of days truly believing that she has gone mad as nobody can remember Seb or her having a relationship with him. It isn’t until the diary she kept while with her ex turns up that she realises something must have happened and figures that hey, why not try again? This time she can fix everything she did wrong, right? This is the part where alarm bells go off in my head, as they often do in chick lit novels, and I want to shout at the protagonist for caving to manipulation and self-doubt. I think I disliked Fiona’s trying to be somebody she isn’t even more. Putting on a posh accent and trying to impress a group of self-important Chelsea girls.. I just couldn’t get my head around the whys of this but then Tess wasn’t much better, trying to be somebody she wasn’t to impress Seb and then judge Fiona for doing the same thing. It made for a good ending but Christ it annoyed me while reading.

I also found it quite annoying that rather than just not swearing, she would go all.. “that thing he does with his… *interruption*” Or the one that really got me: vajayjay. It felt a little immature to me. Very teen. Either use swears and ‘dirty’ words, or don’t, there’s really no need to hint.

Despite my annoyances, the fun of this book really was in watching Tess and Fiona try to be people that they just aren’t and the resulting mess they found themselves in. It was a lot of fun to read and I did find myself giggling away a fair bit and by the end of the book I had tears in my eyes and a feel good feeling. I felt that the things that annoyed me were worth it for that ending. And at the end of the day, the worse she feels trying to be somebody else, the sweeter the ending when everything comes together.