Forget About It

Forget About It

eBook - 2007
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"From the acclaimed author of Stupid and Contagious comes a hilarious new tale of a woman who fakes amnesia in order to leave her mediocre life behind and live a life that is truly unforgettable"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : 5-Spot, 2007.
ISBN: 9780446198462
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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FindingJane Oct 23, 2016

This novel has all the ridiculous tone of a French farce, one filled with misplaced identities, lies, deception, cheating, multiple partners, adultery, meddlesome friends, bickering family members, tangled legalities and other assorted foolishness. It’s mainly played for laughs and you sense that if people are getting hurt it’s only the ones who have it coming to them. One unspoken character that looms large in this novel is that of New York City. Jordan has the typical love/hate relationship with the Big Apple that most New Yorkers do. She can’t afford to keep taking cabs but her apartment isn’t situated for easy access to public transportation. So she rides a bike and frequently comes to work spattered by mud that makes her look like a Jackson Pollack painting. But she adores New York and we are treated to several scenes of her wandering around the city, frequenting her favorite spots and suddenly enjoying the sights like any rubbernecking tourist. The food, the open-at-all-hours stores, the crazies who live on the street. What’s not to love? Jordan herself starts off as a milksop, a sheep and a doormat. She might as well have “Welcome” tattooed on her forehead and a “Kick Me” sign tacked to her back. You understand the exasperation of her friends who keep telling her to take charge of her own life. At the same time, Ms. Crane pulls you deeply into her psyche as Jordan explains why she lets her boss steal her ideas, her boyfriend treat her like a well-trained pet and her mother and stepsister insult her tastes, ideas and pretty much everything about her. Jordan’s a good girl, a sweet girl, but Ms. Crane has deftly dodged making her into a loathsome Goody-Two-Shoes. Instead, she gives Jordan a streak of rebellion, as the heroine uses an injury as an excuse to make over her life. It’s a second chance to get things right. So what if she’s deceiving almost everyone? What could go wrong? Naturally, matters get pear shaped and the results are suitably risible and awful. Jordan is forced into growing up and accepting some things in her life and letting others go. This makes this into a more-than-pleasant romantic comedy even if it does come complete with a happy ending (although not a marriage—let’s try to avoid some clichés, shall we?). There’s a sense that everything will turn out for the better, if not the best. The writing is excellent, the characters crisply drawn and the dialogues and mise en scenes are adroitly managed, sometimes to hilarious effect. E.g, when Jordan is placed on display at a “Remember me?” party set up by her well-meaning busybody friend Cat, we see each of the various people and all their mannerisms and ticks along with Jordan’s growing sense of discombobulation and mortification as she is dragged from one horrifying scenario after another (her former grade school boyfriend has not aged well; her babysitter remembers when she would spatter her surroundings with her own feces). It’s a terrific scene; you could almost see it played out on the stage. This is an edgy comedy but with enough romance to please. You’ll find yourself wanting to reach out and hug Jordan. I know I did.

Jan 27, 2010

A step above the ordinary "romance novel". Interesting plot twists, and a fun premise. A light, entertaining read. Perfect for a holiday takealong.

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