Thursday, 30 April 2015

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 ^.^

Giveaway Time! Win a paperback of It's Not Me, It's You! Open internationally.


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

44 comments:

  1. You make the storyline very appealing in your review. Wouldn't it be great to go back and see if you influenced anything around you? Well done.

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  2. I love these kinds of books!!!! I'll definitely read this real soon because I'm a huge fan of these kinds of books :) I'm surprised you enjoyed the love triangle haha :) lovely review!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. Ooh I am glad you are and would love to know what you think of it once you are finished! This love triangle wasn't prominent at all which was why I didn't mind it.

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  3. I'M SO ADDING THIS BOOK TO MY WISHLIST! I've seen it before and I've heard great things about it so, yep, I'm definitely picking it up and as you said, I could imagine the love triangle. Even though, I wouldn't call it that way. It's the struggle of the past and the need to move on. Fantastic review!

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    1. I am glad you are adding it and I am looking forward to knowing what you think afterwards! And I can understand what you mean about it not really being a love triangle, but something else. I just couldn't think of a better word for it!

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  4. Wow, such an excellent review, I'd love to read this book! :-)

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    1. I hope you do end up trying it! I am glad the review was informative enough for you :3

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  5. Hi Olivia - I can imagine it would be a bit drawn out at 600 pages. I don't think I'd ever seen a chicklit that long. Glad you enjoyed it though. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It did begin to feel a little bit like that at times. I didn't expect it to be so long for a chick lit!

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  6. It seems like the writer wrote about a subject that most adults could relate to. That alone will probably make it a very popular read.
    toyastales.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope not too many people can relate to this one! But I understand what you mean, and I think that will make it all the more appealing.

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  7. This one sounds exciting and It's my first time coming across it. Added to my wish list!

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    1. I hope you do enjoy it! It really was a fab and fun read.

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  8. I don't like love triangles but if you say it's justified then I'll give it an opportunity!

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    1. This one actually couldn't make better sense!

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  9. An actual good love triangle, this sounds pretty intriguing - Most of the ones I've read have been a fail for me these days, I'm glad you could enjoy though & 600 pages is very long! Eeekk.. I do want to give it a try though. Lovely review overall.
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. But this one was very faint, which is why it works in my opinion. And yes, a very long ride but worth it in the end :3

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  10. 600 pages?! I really want to give this one a try. I haven't been reading too many chick-lit recently. Great review!

    Meredith @ A Book Lover's Corner

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    1. Everyone needs a dose of chicklit once in a while. You should definitely check this one out!

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  11. This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I love chick-lit books! I might not agree with the genre title, but once summer is around the corner I go crazy with buying the chick-lit I plan to read all summer. I don't know why I'm only into chick-lits when it's summer, but our relationship works great so far! And this book sounds awesome, might have to put it on my shopping list!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I hope you do love it if you try it! And I do think the genre suits summer, in strange way. Maybe because so many of them are set in that season?

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  13. Sorry to hear it drug out some but the realistic approach and portrayal sounds well done

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    1. I think the negative point wasn't too bad because there were so many more positive ones.

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  14. I need a good funny romance to read!

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  15. Haven't read a lot of books in this genre, I'll definitely have to give it a try! It sounds really interesting. And your review is amazing!

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    1. Thank you <3 It definitely is a worthy book if you are only sampling the genre as well.

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  16. Fab. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win this! :)

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  18. Well I read Pride and Prejudice, I think that might be what your wanting to know.

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    1. The definitely could be! I have read that one as well but I strongly disliked it :(

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  19. I read the Harry Potter books and those seem to be.

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    1. Currently reading those myself now!

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  20. Delia sounds delightful and I love the setting. The cover is adorable.

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    1. She was a great main character. It was a very good story overall.

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  21. I loved this book (I reviewed it here - It's Not You, It's Me), you are right about it being a British read but I think it will appeal to all! Great post!
    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. Glad you were able to read this one and enjoy it so much as well!

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  22. Glad to see the the triangle is justified.

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    1. It was a fab read, and this time it worked out.

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