Today I’m delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping.
An enjoyable tale of Cara, who wishes her life was set in an 80s movie. It’s a light-hearted look at being who you want to be, rather than living in the past with misconstrued ideas of other people’s perceptions…
Together with her friend Verity, our leading lady Cara works in a DVD rental shop (I was going to say video shop, but then I really would be back in the 80’s) and she is really stuck in a rut. We’re introduced to two male characters, Stubbs and Divvy, who were part of their crowd at school. They all lived on the “other side of town” where money was much tighter. They felt very different from the rest of their year – those kids who were able to afford the school trips and pointed out that Cara and her friends had hand-me-downs for uniform… Stubbs is now working as a bingo caller, which allows him to have a social life whilst at work and makes for some amusing one-liners.
Cara and her friends are invited to a school reunion… Cara is totally daunted by the prospect – her one-time great love (who didn’t really notice her) Daniel Rose will be there, but sniggering Alpha female April Webster will be the star of the show… oh what’s an 80s loving girl to do?
Well the answer is (obviously) that she will channel Molly Ringwald (her heroine) and transform herself for the reunion ball. Cue some amusing scenes (albeit a tad predictable) and some references to some 80s classic films (including Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, two of my all-time favourites!
So in summary, this is not a hard-hitting challenging book which will leave you cowering in the corner. Nor is it a literary epic that will wow you and win all the awards this year — it’s a fun beach read or perfect for a comfort-read. Thriller readers are best to avoid this one unless they’re after 80s nostalgia.
MetLineReader rating 4* 📽📽📽📽
Don’t You Forget About… visiting the other stops on the blog tour!
About This Book
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. And maybe the hero she’s dreamed of has been under her nose the whole time…
From the author of the hilarious Five Go Glamping comes your perfect summer read
About the Author
Liz Tipping is an author and blogger from Birmingham, UK. She writes romantic comedies and my books “Five Go Glamping” and “Don’t You Forget About Me” are published by Harpercollins. She is represented by Juliet Mushens at United Talent Agency.
As well as reading and writing novels, and blogging, she enjoys watching John Hughes films and science fiction box sets. She also loves reality television, Irish sausages and ginger beer, camping, glamping , polka dots, adventures to the seaside and having a natter on twitter. She lives with her husband and their beagle, Mary.
Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping was published on 6th June 2016. My thanks to Harper Collins for a reviewer’s copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.