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Don't You Forget About Me

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  888 ratings  ·  198 reviews

After earning rave reviews with her rock-and-roll memoir But Enough About Me, Jancee Dunn takes on fiction in this comically poignant debut, a perfect read for anyone who has ever looked back nostalgically and wondered what might have been.

At thirty-eight, Lillian Curtis is content with her life. She enjoys her routine as a producer for a talk show in New York City starri

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Published July 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published January 1st 2008)
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Gretchen Alice
Normally I wouldn't have picked up this book, let alone finish it, but I needed something to read at work. My original review was going to be short and scathing, but the more I thought about it, the more I had to say.
#1. A bunch of hastily thrown together 80s references do not a tribute novel make. Is that a proverb? No? Well, it should be.
#2. The main character has zero redeeming qualities. My gosh, she was awful. What's worse, it's HER telling the story.
#3. Everyone in the novel thinks they'
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It's always impressive to me when an author can present an unlikeable protagonist that I keep thinking about when I have to put the book down. I haven't wanted to slap a fictional character (that wasn't part of a Stephenie Meyer novel) upside the head more since I read Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep. Lillian is a near-40-something going through a mid-life crisis. Freshly divorced and rootless, she moves back into her parents' house to reassess her life and attend her high school reunion. She ends up t ...more
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Ugh -- I haven't seen such an unlikable character as Lillian Curtis in a long time. At first, she's introverted, quirky, and completely taken by surprise when her husband asks for a divorce because he's bored with her. Upon moving home to live with her parents in the suburbs, she INSTANTLY reverts to the personality of her 17-year-old self and becomes selfish, insecure, and mean. Although I do realize that "you can't go back again" is the lesson of the book and that Lillian's series of transform ...more
When I first starting reading this book, I was completely turned off. The main character regresses back to when she was in High School. She perceives her current situation as worse. Totally shocked to find that her husband of several years is unhappy and leaves her. She's completely devastated and ends up moving back home with her parents. After the High School reunion, the book started to be somewhat interesting to me. It starts to become somewhat obvious to Lillian that she is acting like a ch ...more
This is basically an 80's flashback from a 30 year old, newly divorced woman who should know better, but acts like she is still in high school. She is self-centered, a little odd, but boring.
This whole thing sounds good-in theory.
But, it is soooo boring, I'm about 50 pages away from being finished but it's just going to find a place on my shelf considering the only redeeming quality it possesses is a pretty cover!

Sidenote: the whole time I was reading this
kept popping in my head. I think
Although I very much liked Dunn's memoir, I found her novel less rich and funny than her own life story. I guess maybe I'm so introspective that it was hard for me to get behind a protagonist that seemed to have so little insight into her own motivations and desires; she seemed adrift, but without drive even to find a direction. Although Dunn does pepper in some solid pop culture references and I appreciated the zest of the Vi character, overall this was a bit blander than I'd hope for.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Oh dear.
It really pains me to rate this 2 stars.
I really liked the begining.
The middle was blahh.
And I admit, I skipped to the reunion part.
Skimmed through the Christian part and figured out I want I needed to know.
All in all not as good as I had hoped. :(
I've read two memoirs by Jancee Dunn so far this year, and now I've finished her foray into fiction, Don't You Forget About Me, which was so similar to her memoirs that I had to keep reminding myself that she was not, in fact, the main character. I had the same problem with Nora Ephron, after reading two memoirs then Heartburn, in which the main character bore a striking similarity to Ephron. Still, they tell you to write what you know, and that must have worked for Dunn, because this was a fun ...more
This is the first book I've read by Jancee Dunn, and I really enjoyed it!
Her writing was comically entertaining, and the story and characters were relatable. The title itself is based on the song from The Breakfast Club, possibly my favorite John Hughes 80s movie of all time, and the book is sprinkled with references to films by Mr. Hughes and other 80s tidbits, which I loved.
The characters were well-written, although the character development in certain cases (okay, most) was extremely predict
Honestly, I almost gave up on this one a few times, but after I got past the second or third chapter it got better. I enjoyed reminiscing about music, clothes, etc from the '80s, but other than that, this book wasn't that remarkable to me. It wasn't horrible, but not a total waste either. I felt that some characters were annoying, and the main character seems to be extremely self-focused and completely clueless about how her actions affect anyone, including herself... if she was someone I knew i ...more
Unfortunately, this book just wasn't very good. Still, I can't resist the 80s and NJ references so I kind of enjoyed it. Jancee Dunn's first book, a memoir, was way better.
Did not enjoy this book. Forced myself to read until the end because I wanted to see if she got the guy. Glad THIS one was a library book.
This is an easy read, albeit not my typical read. I picked it up because I was overdue for something light. There are a multitude of funny moments and pieces in this book. However, one knock I would have with the book is that she spends way too much time painting the picture of her high school years--I'm not talking background information, it's like 100 or more pages at the beginning of the book, rather than developing the and moving the plot forward, it's too much background information. It's w ...more
Predictably, I "heart" the eighties. We romanticize the decades when we were young, and most often the years between ages 15 and 25. I spend a lot of time visiting the eighties in my mind and I doubt, after 20 years of doing so, that this era will fade anytime soon. Why not? I was young, my responsibilities few and my spare time copious. All of my friends were alive. And so were their parents. Despite the protracted drama and self criticism of those years, most of us had high hopes as teenagers. ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Kellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women nearing their 20th class reunion 2008-2011
Recommended to Kellie by: Julie
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Do you remember your high school years? If so, were you one of the popular crowd or one of the smart kids? Were you a cheerleader or did you play in the band? Did you blaze new trends? Or did you do your very best to blend in with the crowd? If you could revisit that time in your life, would you? These are the themes in this very funny and relatable book.

If you are anything like me you try your very best to block out any and all memories of high school. Those four years were quite possibly the
I really liked this book and found myself laughing out loud many times. Although I missed being an 80's teen (graduated 1979)I moved to "Jersey" in 1985 in my early 20's so I could relate to much of what Jancee wrote about. Not to mention that most of my girlfriends are 80's gals! I liked Lillian's wit and sense of humor, I think I "know" her parents, and loved Vi, the very cute talk show host with a lot of great advice for her young tv producer.

I loved how the book ended up - pretty much where
Sep 19, 2008 Chuckell added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jerseyites, girls who like pink
What the hell? This isn't Gossip Girl Book 11!

Hell, it's not even that long-awaited autobiography of Jim Kerr I've been waiting to see published. I'm particularly interested in the Chrissy Hynde years, obviously.

I never realized until just this moment that I am exactly four days older than Patsy Kensit.

Anyway, just kidding--I bought this book because Jancee Dunn's memoir, But Enough About Me was charming as all getout and also because I met her in person
Anita Smith
Wow... this book certainly seemed to get slammed a lot by other readers. Personally, I enjoyed it. Was the main character selfish, insecure, and flawed? Yes. In real life, are people selfish, insecure, and flawed? Yes. Was the main character blindsided by a divorce and came home and reverted to feeling like a kid again, being taken care of by her parents? Yes. In real life, when people are hit with an unexpected loss or a breakup, do they just want to curl up in bed and feel comforted and safe a ...more
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This one is probably on me... I saw the cover with an audio tape on it, saw that the title was a reference of a beloved 80s tune, and I remembered seeing Jancee Dunn's name on the covers of Rolling Stone back in my younger days, so I figured the book would be right up my alley.

Instead, this book was one of those "get the rug pulled out from under you, return to the safety of the familiar, regress to hard, then figure out it's all okay" kinda books. I realize that's under-selling the book, and p
The book started off ok and then got progressively worse. At first the main character seemed like an average character, albeit hard to connect with, and somewhat plain, boring, and unmotivated. I found her personality to be slightly annoying but not so bad that I couldn't continue reading. However, as the book went on, Lilian became so mean, petty, and selfish that I loathed her and had to skim through the rest of the book because I absolutely could not stand to read about her. She became so wra ...more
As a child of the 80s (I graduated in 1990), I enjoyed the flashback aspect of this novel. The music, the clothes, the teenage dramas.[return][return]However, the story seemed to drag on forever, full of constant, unnecessary name-dropping from the 80s. And Lillian started to get on my nerves, she was so intent on reliving her high school days. I wanted to yell at her a couple times to just grow up and move on already! What 38-year-old woman would act like this?[return][return]It was predictable ...more
Yea this book wasn't very good. I listened to it to and fro from work, so it was a bit of a waste of my time but I guess it wouldn't have been any better spent listening to the radio. Don't you forget about me is about a woman who is stuck and unhappy. You basically "watch" this woman making mistake after mistake and she's so droll you can't really align yourself with her enough to feel badly for her. I just sat there and wanted to strangle her for being so lame. But there was a point where she ...more
Don't You Forget About Me follows Lillian Curtis after her husband of 10 years asks for a divorce. This is also the year of her 20 year high school reunion and with nothing else to do Lillian decides to go. So, before the reunion she lives with her parents in her childhood bedroom that is exactly the way she left it after high school graduation. While looking forward to the upcoming reunion Lillian begins to remember her high school days as much better than they actually were. Only after hooking ...more
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The supporting cast (Vi, Ginny, and Dawn) is wonderful and more three-dimensional than our “heroine." At the time I read this (over five years ago), I didn’t find much I liked about the main character. There are moments, however, that I eerily related to her (especially feeling that friendships in New York can seem more superficial than anything else), but then I kept thinking: How can this 38-year-old woman be THIS blind about her love life? Was she really that damaged from her divorce from an ...more
This isn't one I would recommend. I couldn't get finished with it fast enough, not because I loved it, but because I was ready to get it back to the library in order to check something out worth reading. There is no point in glorifying the glory days is right!!! I will give the authors memoirs a try but as far as her works in comical fiction I would stay away from this one.
I am caught between liking this book and really liking it. I thought the writing was quirky and laugh out loud funny at times (CVS is like a suburban Tiffany's!!). The characters were real and mostly likeable (the father with his bagged meals, Dawn and her willingness to give her friendship with Lillian a second chance, Vi and her vivacious love of life). Lillian's downward spiral, however was very painful to watch. I wanted to reach through the pages to slap her for the way she treated people w ...more
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A writer for Rolling Stone since 1989, Jancee Dunn was a correspondent for Good Morning America and an MTV veejay. She has written for GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, and other publications. (from the publisher's website)"
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