Don't You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar Review

The last book, minus the prequel and the time jump sequel. We are finally going to know how the last of the summer went before everyone goes off to college…or doesn’t. I gotta say this summer has dragged on forever and I’m kind of glad it is over.

Now…where to begin?

I think back with Dan actually, I know I like to talk about Blair but we will get to her later. Dan has been annoying me so much again. Sure his gay thing was kind of funny in the last book, but now? I’m over it.

He is still so confused in this book as to what he is and even though he told everyone he was gay…he doesn’t really feel it. But he thinks he should be since apparently everyone in his life kind of suspected that he was. So in typical Dan fashion he just kind of goes with it. Until he once again realises that he should be with Vanessa – because you know that’s how these things go. Dan gets with Vanessa, he hates it and breaks up with her, he dates someone else (regardless of gender I guess), and then realises Vanessa is the one. Honestly. Almost as worse as Nate Archibald, but not quite…

So yeah Dan isn’t gay. What a revelation. Him and Vanessa get back together. I’m over it. Next. I mean I’m still surprised he is not all caught up in Serena again like he was in the TV show, but at the same time I was kind of relieved that didn’t have their on-again off-again thing. Except he did have that just with Vanessa. I don’t know. At least him and Vanessa are similar, whereas he and Serena aren’t so like it does make more sense for him to be with her…

Speaking of Vanessa – her sister is getting married! Random but sure why not. I was not really sure where this whole wedding thing was going but turns out it wasn’t a big deal it was just something to happen in Vanessa’s life. Cool.

Vanessa is struggling with her feelings with Dan (again) because he says he’s gay and she’s trying to respect that but at the same time she wants to be with him. And they both are reading each other’s actions, interpreting them wrong and decide not to talk to each other when the easiest solution would be to just talk? Honestly rolling my eyes at them every time, if they were good friends then they should be able to talk about things in the first place but I guess that’s not a thing? I suppose as artists they should just be able to interpret their feelings by looking at one another…but no such luck.

Also in this book Vanessa randomly decides to get a makeover from Blair which is kind of cute. I do wish they had amped up their friendship on the TV show because it is unlikely but I did like it. OMG I just remembered they roomed together in NYU on the TV show so technically that is the same as the book…but that being said they never became friends on the show. Oh well.

Side note: Jenny came back in the end but nothing really important came of it. I missed her being around but I suppose she has no use to scheme or anything when she’s going to boarding school like she wanted to reinvent herself like Serena did. Plus summering in Europe is the best way to come back to school with an air of mystery. So yay for Little J.

Moving onto the Blair, Nate, Serena love triangle…I’m just gonna put it out there – I hated this. So much. I don’t even know why because this did kind of happen in the TV show and like it has happened in the book before but like…some part of me thought we were done with it. So the fact it has come up like this again and also so strongly…I can’t. I mean I said before I thought Serena had only loved Nate as a friend and we were good with that – but I guess not?

So Blair and Nate come back from their month long boat trip and things are great, until Nate finally tells her he is not going to Yale and Blair is angry with him for ruining her dreams. Hey – we have not heard about her wanting to live her best Audrey Hepburn life in a while…must be the ghost writer.

Anyway since Blair is mad at Nate he decides to turn to the only other person in Manhattan he seems to feel close with – Serena. Somehow they end up falling into bed together and everything is just perfect again. Serena tells Nate how she feels and he agrees – he does love Serena. I’m over here shaking my head because he literally stole Viagra because he couldn’t get it up for S a few books ago but sure…

Continuing on Serena’s movie (remember that thing) has its release date moved up so she has to do a press conference for it and this is where it is revealed that the director wants to film a sequel with our leading lady S of course. This is where Serena thinks that maybe Yale isn’t for her and she should defer for a year so she can do some acting. Because let’s be real – Serena doesn’t plan for the future. She just goes with the flow and is up for anything.

Looks like Nate will also end up staying in the city next year because he bailed on his summer job with Coach and so will have to repeat his senior year of high school. Ouch. Though with this news, S thinks it makes sense to stay in the city so that she can go on and have a real relationship with Nate. And N, thinking he can have his cake and eat it too thinks maybe staying in the city wouldn’t be too bad with S around. He could see her on the weekdays and be with B in Yale on weekends. Sneaky.

Too bad for Blair though who is planning to do everything she can to keep Nate with her and away from Serena and the city. She doesn’t know they slept together but it is only a matter of time before that comes out right? B has these visions of Nate and her being together in New Haven living the practically-married life she had always imagined for them. Nate can just travel up and down from Yale to school everyday – easy.

Things all come to a head at B’s going away party held at the MET. We find out that B got her dad to have a word with Yale and now Nate can go with her to New Haven and they can live the perfect life. Too bad Serena is planning on breaking B’s heart because her and Nate are finally going to be together like they’ve always wanted…with Nate Archibald in the middle stoned and thinking what’s a guy to do? He has to choose.

Nate’s decision is to not choose either of them at all. He realises that he has always been there with both of them, and coming between both of them that maybe he should just remove himself from the picture entirely.

And so with that we have B and S, friends once more. B headed off to Yale, S going on to persue her acting, Vanessa in NYU going back to filmmaking an Dan headed off to whatever college he decided on…

I’m not going to lie the ending is kind of cute, I never saw it ending badly, everyone was going to have a good ending. But at the same time it bugs me a little bit that Nate just copped out of a decision but it makes sense for him because he’s Nate.

As for S and B, well I didn’t expect either of them to be too mad at the other one for long because they have always been the bestest of friends. Nothing can come between them, even Nate though he tries and sometimes succeeds.

Side note: love that they are setting up for the spin-off books with the mention of the Carlyles – I don’t think I will read those. But if I ever do it will probably be a while before I get to them, I am a little bit excited to step away from this world of the Upper East Side.

I feel like I purposely have disliked the last few books because they were ghost written. I mean part of it is that even though it is mostly the same style as the novels there is a slight difference and I feel like I felt it. Or maybe I’m just being dramatic lol. But at least the next couple books are written by the actual author, so let’s see if we can end it on a high note.

You know you love me,

~ Courtney x

Day6 In London!

After finding out I missed Day6 last year I made sure it wasn’t going to happen again.

I have listened to Day6 since I found out they were coming to KCon NY 2016. Let’s set the backstory.

So I was going to KCon with my friend Jasmine but I was kind of new to KPop at the time. I knew of Girls’ Generation and a couple of other people but I wasn’t super into it which meant I had no idea who anyone coming to KCon was. I felt like such a fraud so I had to do some research and listen to some music.

With Day6, it was amazing, literally there was not a single Day6 song that I didn’t like. I don’t know what it is about them but their music is always a bop. So I knew I would enjoy them.

That was the first time I ever saw them live and I thought it was great. All of KCon was amazing.

Now with lots of KPop idols coming over to the UK on world tours, I thought I would keep a lookout for when someone I liked was coming over.

I’m pretty sure I only found out about Day6 in London last year in February? I am still not the biggest KPop stan so I don’t keep up all the time with news and everything but I was so sad that I missed them. Like I said, I’ve never not liked a song from them so I know a concert of theirs was gonna be insane.

I don’t really know how to describe the experience, it was the first time I was going to a standing concert and I wanted to be near the front because, if this was the only time I was going to stand at a concert, I wanted to be close. So we spent most of the day queuing haha.

I thought queuing was going to suck, just me and my brother standing in the cold for hours. Which it partly was. But then, everyone around us in line was pretty friendly so we made some friends which made the time pass quicker because you had new people to talk to and fangirl over Day6 with.

I’ve never been a part of anything like it before – sure I was at KCon but because we were seated, we didn’t line up until it was time for doors to open. But being surrounded by all these people that love the same thing that you do, and understand you – it’s so communal. Like everyone is nice and supportive and people are handing out cute freebies and everything it’s great.

That’s not to say there isn’t a bad side to KPop fans like there are any fandoms but on concert days it’s super positive and fun.

When we finally got into the venue the energy was incredible. I just remember feeling kind of in shock, like Day6 were right in front of me? Singing the songs that I had been listening to for years? It was crazy.

I’ve been to other concerts before but this one was different. I just felt differently about it.

I had the best time and will definitely be going to their next tour if/when they come back. I just really felt in the moment with them, jumping around and having a blast. It was great.

Then after the show was the hi touch and I was super nervous about it. I mean it’s always nerve-wracking meeting your faves in real life.

It kind of passed in a blur the things I remember the most were Young K looking directly into my soul, I swear he caught me off guard so much. I also remember feeling Sungjin’s presence as a leader, I don’t know if that makes sense but it just sort of radiated off him up close. And then Jae saying “thank you for coming out tonight” – I know he was saying similar things to everyone but something about it to me stuck. I wish I could remember more of my time with Wonpil and Dowoon but it kind of passed me by quickly. I hope if I get the chance to do another hi touch with them I get to spend more time remembering the other members.

Then just like that it was over…and I’ve been thrown back into my fangirl days but only this time it’s about Day6. I’m pretty sure the last time I fully fangirled over something like this it was Twilight haha I thought I had kind of moved on from the fangirl part of my life but I guess not.

I’m now constantly on Twitter and reading people’s tweets about the band and always wanting news on what they are up to next. I definitely think I’m in love with them, and I’m not mad about it.

And so yeah that’s where I’ll leave this little post. It’s been 2 weeks since the concert and I’m still not fully over it. If you want to know more about my trip to London and the concert you can check out my vlog below. (It was originally going to be like 3 videos but I just ended up editing it into a huge 40 minute one haha.)

~ Courtney x