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Before I Forget Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034095292X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340952924
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 23.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,617,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Melissa Hill (:)

'Laugh-out-loud humour and a thrill to read' (B)

'Feels as good as a gossip with your mates' (New Woman)

'More twists and turns than a rollercoaster a cracker of a read' (Mail on Sunday)

'A melodrama for our times' (MX magazine, Sydney)

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The new brilliantly warm, funny and touching novel from number one Irish bestseller, Melissa Hill.

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Format: Hardcover
I've waited all year for this book to be released since I first heard the storyline which I thought was amazing. It lives up to every single expectation. Abby walks under a ladder and gets hit on the head and is told she may lose her long term memory. To try and prevent this she makes a list of unforgettable things to do with her life, and her family and friends row in and help too. The items on the list were wonderfully inspiring but I particularly enjoyed Abby's changing relationship with her family and the tender way this was explored. I was also completely gripped by her relationship with Finn and what was going to happen between them, as throughout there was this compelling undertone that something was going to go wrong. Like Melissa Hill's other books, this was a complete pageturner and I just can't figure out how she does it. Fantastic book which I would recommend to anyone. Well done!
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Format: Hardcover
This is the first Melissa Hill book I have read, and it didn't disappoint. I could hardly put it down. I was gripped by Abby's story. She has an accident, and afterwards is warned that she is likely to suffer memory loss, though the doctors are unsure as to how bad this will be. There are so many twists. The theme of doing the things you've always wanted to do, Abby's relationship with her various family members and friends, her romance with Finn, and her character generally, as she battles against losing her precious memories, all add up to make a heartwarming story. I'm looking forward to reading more of Hill's books.
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Format: Paperback
Had my reservations about this as the cover is ghastly and the back description doesn't tell you much about what it's really about but a friend has been raving about this author so against my better judgement I decided to give it a try. It was such an inspirational story about Abby who has an accident and will lose her memory. I was fascinated by the medical stuff and on the edge of my seat all throughout when she kept getting lapses and I couldn't wait to find out if she was indeed losing her memory. The love story between Abby and Finn made it even more gripping and their meeting in New York at Christmas was so touching and beautifully described that I got goosebumps reading it. If I'd known that New York was going to be featured in this book I'd have bought it in a heartbeat as I am a sucker for books set there especially at Christmas. All in all a fantastic book and a big surprise for me. My friend was right and I have just ordered another Melissa Hill book.
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Format: Hardcover
I got this from the library at Christmas. Not my type of book as I usually go for crime or historical fiction.
The story is unusual with loads of twists I couldn't put it down
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Melissa Hill's books are definitely a step above the usual chick lit. This was truly a great book. It was such an inspirational story about Abby and her (potential) memory loss. There is a great love story underneath it all and it was a very cleverly written story which left you really cheering for Abby and Finn. There is also a Christmas element to this story which is always lovely to read at this time of the year. Definitely one to re read at some point and encouragement to try more of her books!
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Format: Paperback
Despite being a huge Michelle Hill fan I was slightly dubious about this topic- there are several fictional books on the same idea, for example Sophie Kinsella's 'Remember Me? and having read all her other novels I knew full well her talent for turning everything on its head and was sure this time she wouldn't be able to catch me out- yet she did...several times. Her talent for dialect was also particularly clear in this novel, I could constantly hear Finn's dad speaking. I had finished it the day after I bought it!
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Format: Paperback
Excellent! Only way to describe it.. when I read the back of the book didn't think I would enjoy it but it was very good and huge twist at the end which doesn't disappoint! This is the third or four book of Melissas that I have read and I feel its been the best!
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My first read of a Melissa Hill book and I think I started with the wrong novel of hers- given that I've heard so many good reports about her work. In my opinion this was ok, but *just* ok.

The premise of the story was excellent- a girl getting over a broken heart wishes she could forget her pig of an ex-boyfriend and what he's done to her, but when a freak accident means she could lose most of her memories entirely, she sets out to make sure she has the best year of her life. On paper it all sounds good, and admittedly it reads pretty well- but some parts of the story were overly cheesy and I have to admit that the characters were quite annoying. Aspects I found really irritating included main character Abby's rich Victoria Beckham like sister who apparantly can just swan off shopping whenever she wants, spending her husbands money like there's no tomorrow. I also found Abby quite tiresome in places- you don't always have sympathy for her situation which I think is what the author was going for. I've read that Hill writes in a similar style to Marian Keyes or Cecilia Ahern, but in my opinion she sadly isn't as good.

Parts I liked: Abby meeting Finn in New York, and Finn generally- what an adorable (if unrealistic!) example of a man. Their romance was sweet and touching and added a nice dimension to the story. I also liked Abby's family who were incredibly sensitive towards her situation. The twist towards the end of the novel was entertaining too and I admit I didn't see it coming, but Hill is sadly no Picoult and couldn't quite pull it off. It ended up being overly confusing.

Would I read another of Hill's novels? Yes- because I love chicklit and I'm pleased to have found a new writer in the genre. I sadly just didn't love this one as much as I'd hoped. Nevertheless, I reckon this would make great beach reading.
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