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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144471211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444712117
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Potter was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. She has lived in Los Angeles (which inspired her second novel) and Australia where she worked on Vogue and Cleo (and did rather too much sunbathing). She has also worked as a features writer and sub-editor for women's glossies in the UK including Elle, More!, OK! and Vogue. She now writes full-time and lives in Notting Hill, London.

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This rom-com taps into the longing we've all had to hit rewind when a relationship flounders - so we can do it all again, only better. (Glamour)

'This smart romcom is brilliantly dreamy and funny with a magical twist.' **** (Closer)

A new Alexandra Potter book is always something to celebrate. She's one of the only chick lit authors who puts a magical spin on her novels, and she's always successful at it . . . a great read (

'Funny, light and a great summer read - whether you're lying on a sunlounger or sitting on the train to work. A fab modern-day love story with a touch of magic.' (Fabulous)

Yet again Alexandra Potter has written an upbeat, quirky piece of chick lit that can't help but bring a smile to your face (

'Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. I have always been a big fan of comedic chick lit and this one hit the spot.' (

Fantastically funny (Elle on ME AND MR DARCY)

Feel-good fiction full of unexpected twists and turns (OK!)

A touching, funny love-story (Company)

Always perceptive, often funny, never dull (Heat)

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From the bestselling author of ME AND MR DARCY, this funny, magical love story is for every girl who has loved, lost and dreamt of getting her man back.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stella TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
First, a disclaimer: I'm a newcomer to Chick Lit. I read quite a bit but not in this genre so don't have a lot to judge this against.

That said, I thought this was a great read. My usual reads are urban/paranormal and come in black covers or apocalyptic fiction which have slavering zombies on the cover and as a rule anything with a pastel coloured covered doesn't even register when I'm scanning the shelves at the book shop or library. Lately though I'm getting burned out on the whole vampire/werewolf/demon thing and when I was offered a pastel covered book a while back I thought I'd give it a whirl to see what I was missing (that book was Out of the Blue by Belinda Jones) and I really enjoyed it so started checking out other pastel covers. I find that I really like the ones that have cartoony covers and that's what drew me to this one by Alexandra Potter.

Anyhoo, the book... I liked it. I wasn't sure at the start and got a bit lost with the mechanics of the wish fulfillment but by the end I was hooked and couldn't wait to see how it all came together.

It's the story of Tess who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend and she's heartbroken. She makes a wish on New Year's Eve that she'd never met him so that she doesn't have to suffer the pain of losing him and her wish comes true! It's as if they didn't meet. However, it's everyone else who forgets she ever met him, Tess herself doesn't forget and when she's given a second chance to do it all again, with knowledge of all the mistakes from before she's thrilled.

I have watched my fair share of 'RomCom' in movie form and this book is just like watching one of those. (I think this would transfer really well onto film and I'd definitely pay to watch it).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 5 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rahrah on 27 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is the perfect beach or lazy sunday afternoon read. It takes you to a place that is both funny and charming. The lead character, Tess, has traits we can all relate to. She is smart yet vunerable, disorganised but loyal. You instantly warm to her and sympathise with her desperate mission to make it work with her ex. Her Grandfather however provides the most emotive part of the storyline. Alexandra has created a character that you not only want to meet but adopt as your own! You won't what to put this book down. Her best yet.
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By Me, My Books and I on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Having read and enjoyed other books by this author I was really looking forward to this one. I loved the whole idea of Tess changing her actions to try to eradicate her regrets, I knew it would make for interesting reading.

The book began on New Years Eve so the fact that I started reading it on that date was perfect! Tess was apparently still upset over her break up from sexy American Seb and when it came to midnight she made a wish that she had never met him. This was the part that I was most looking forward to, I couldn't wait to see how her actions would differ from the first time around.

As with the other books by this author I did lots of laughing, there were many funny moments but a few stick out in my head - a fake sweat disaster, the after effects of spicy food and a military fitness class are all events in this book that you should look out for. Whenever Tess visited her Gramps in the nursing home I couldn't help but smile and I felt that this was a nice touch for the book as it gave it more of a family feel.

I was surprised to find myself getting annoyed with Tess as the book progressed, it seemed that she was trying to be someone completely different and I couldn't see why she would change her life just for Seb (who was also seriously getting on my nerves with his selfish ways). Saying that, I did find it interesting to see how she reacted to things with the power of hindsight under her belt.

Even though I guessed quite early on how this would end, I still enjoyed the journey to get there and I think that it sent out a good message - you should always be yourself!

This was an enjoyable book, not my favourite by this author but it was definitely a fun read.
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