It’s Not Me, It’s You
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
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 life 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.
I couldn’t resist, after reading You Had Me At Hello (review), I just had to read this book 😀 I had been seeing the book around in the last few months prior to picking it up that I just had to check out what it was all about.
Okay, it’s official, I really like Mhairi McFarlane’s books and I’ve only read two out of four to date. Delia Moss is such a relateable character that I felt much emphathy for; she’s quirky and friendly with quite interesting fashion sense (I dunno if I could pull off some of her outfits but they sound cute!), she’s adventurous and creative but also her own insecurities, namely when it comes to taking big risks. Again the author does such a wonderful job in portraying the rapport amongst best friends and some of the conversations that emerge when one hits their thirties (or maybe I’m just latching on to this greatly because I’m going through it myself). All of the characters that grace this book–well, most of them, anyway–were really interesting and really added to Delia’s life and story as she undergoes this journey in reevaluating her life and what she wants. There were some unexpected developments along the way, new friendships forged, other interactions questioned (hmm…that seems vague enough without revealing spoilers to the plot 😉 ). Oh, and like You Had Me At Hello, some really hilarious dialogue–this novel definitely has my kind of humour!
Admittedly the reason I didn’t rate it higher was because the work plot sort of dragged. Don’t get me wrong, Delia definitely ended up in a very weird situation work-wise and the characters involved were interesting, but the back-and-forth-who-do-I-trust, not to mention the all-around sleaziness of her boss just made me wish it would wrap up a little sooner so that I can go back to Delia’s main predicament.
And boy did it suck. I felt bad for Delia, finding out that her boyfriend of ten years has been sleeping with someone else. Within a few chapters, Paul definitely came out as the worst character ever (yes, even after the late reveal about his past and growing up), I couldn’t wait for her to leave his arse. But the author does a good job in portraying Delia weighing her options and why it’s not so easy for her to let go even after the way he hurt her and humiliated her. Yes, there was a moment towards the end where I was like “Nooooo!” and it reminded me a bit of the plot of You Had Me At Hello, but everything worked out in the end, so there’s that 😛
Overall I enoyed It’s Not Me, It’s You. It was funny, it had some great dialogue and lines, I loved (most of) the characters. I knew the moment I started reading it (late at night, right before an early morning shift) that this was a book that I was going to devour. So yeah, highly recommended 😉 (along with You Had Me At Hello).