It’s Not Me, It’s You (Review & Giveaway!)

It’s Not Me, It’s You (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!Title: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Author:  Mhairi
McFarlane
Publisher:  Harper
Published Date: 9th April 2015 (in America it is May 19th)
Rating: 4 stars
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: An achingly funny story about how
to be your own hero when life pulls the rug out from under your feet. From the
author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO
Delia Moss isn’t quite sure
where she went wrong.
When she proposed and
discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was
her fault.
When she realised life would
never be the same again – she thought it was her fault.
And when he wanted her back
like nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to
blame…
From Newcastle to London and
back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome
journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she
can ever get her back.
Review: As soon as I saw this book on Edelweiss I had to request it! I had read You Had Me At Hello a while ago and absolutely loved it. Ever since then I discovered that this book was to be published the next year (this year) and I was anticipating it for SO long. And then finally I had it! I was a bit surprised that this chick-lit book was about 600 pages. What could possibly go on in this novel that needed so much detail and pages?
This book follows Delia after she discovers that the man she has been dating for years has cheated on her. And she moves to London to start a new life for herself. I loved Delia’s character. She was creative, humorous and had her own independent way of thinking. She also draws a comic which helps her come to decisions on what she wants to do and guides her in her life problems. I got the impression that if I ever met her in real life I would like her a lot!
I found that this book had a very realistic way of dealing with the idea of an affair and a break up. I have never experienced anything like that being only sixteen, but I did get the impression that all the thoughts that ran through Delia’s head were ones people in this situation could be thinking, and that was she did was mostly justified as well.
When she is in London Delia meets Kurt who gives her a very dodgy job. There’s Emma, her best friend from university and Steph her workmate. And then there is also Adam, who manipulates her into becoming a double agent in her workplace. I kind of liked Adam from the beginning and his character kept growing on me because we would never be sure of the reasons for what he did. There is also an online friend who Delia makes and talks to throughout the novel.
Delia refers to herself as The Fox and I think it suits her perfectly.
There is a love triangle in this book BUT DON’T PANIC because it is one of the most justified love triangles you can ever read about. Of course you are going to get conflicted feelings when you have been with someone for ten years and then you are trying to move on and find someone else, but still have feelings for your old mate. So in that essence, there is a faint love triangle. But mostly I would call it twisted emotions.
There is a lot of referencing in this to other things, like movies and telly shows. There is a lot of British language and I can tell that this is a very British read (which doesn’t mean others won’t like it). But if you aren’t understanding the references and so on I would understand how other people could be confused. I did think some descriptions of setting were a bit overdone and could’ve been better written with much simpler language. But
then again, I think that is all part of her writing style.
The only reason that I didn’t give the book the full five stars was that it became a bit long and dragged out in pages (back it being 600 pages long again!) I feel like it could’ve been cut down in some places. But at the same time, I couldn’t stop reading and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. So it was all good ^.^
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Olivia’s Question: Have you read a book that seems to be very immersed in your own culture/the language they use there?

 

Olivia-Savannah x


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