It's Not Me, It's You
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: October 25, 2016
One high school girl's comedic examination of her dating past as told by the friends, family, and boys who were involved! Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she's been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. She runs the prom committee, how could she not show up with somebody? Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. How come none of those relationships ever worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery decides to investigate. In history class she's learning about this method of record-keeping called "oral history" and she has a report due. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. Avery tracks down all of the guys she's ever dated, and uses that information, along with thoughts from her friends, family, and teachers, to compile a total account of her dating history. Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she's spent time with -- just in time for prom night!
A young girl goes over her dating life.
This book captivated me from the very beginning. I knew nothing about the story prior to picking it up. Please, do yourself a favor and read the audiobook. The audiobook added so much more to the story. There is a full cast with multiple narrators! It really brought the plot to a whole new level.
The whole book is basically told in interview form. Avery, the main character decides to interview multiple people to figure out an oral history of her dating life. She wants to know what went wrong and if she's doomed to ever have a good long-lasting relationship. Avery decides to write this history all down and turn it in for her final history project.
There were many times while reading this story that I broke out into laughter. It's hilarious! The story is beyond relatable. It's Not Me, It's You was everything that I needed in a contemporary romance and more. It's a quick read and flowed beautifully. I adored the writing style. It was beyond interesting to see all the different characters and their points of view.
The only negative I have to say about this book is that it is on the predictable side. All in the best ways of course. I shipped the main romance in the book big time. That's the only reason why the book did not get five stars from me is because of the predictableness. This is one of the funniest books that I have read in awhile. Who doesn't love some good high school drama? Finally, a book where a girl is popular and not mean! This book is a rare gem to find and I am very grateful that it fell upon me.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Confederates Don't Wear Couture, and the upcoming It's Not Me, It's You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently, she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.