Book Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

it's not me, it's you


Title: It’s Not Me, It’s You
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published in: 2016
Pages: 288
Genres: romance, contemporary fiction, realistic fiction, epistolary


“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!

-from Goodreads

My Review

Popular girl Avery Dennis was just dumped by her boyfriend, Luke Murphy, only two weeks before prom. Everyone at school is talking about it. When her history teacher assigns the class an oral history project, she decides to make hers about her dating history. She’s trying to figure out why all her relationships ended and see if they tell her anything about herself. So she interviews her ex-boyfriends,  friends, and classmates. In the process, she learns some important things about herself and realizes who she might just be in love with.

Avery Dennis is one of the most popular girls in her small private school. She’s almost always had a boyfriend and has never been dumped before now. So when her boyfriend breaks up with her, it’s shocking. I felt that Avery was mean at times and often superficial, placing a very large importance on prom. I also felt that she was overdramatic and kind of selfish.

In It’s Not Me, It’s You, Avery revisits all her past relationships and tries to analyze them with help from her lab partner, Hutch. Along the way, she learns some things about herself, her past relationships and why they didn’t work out, and who she’s in love with and possibly has been for the last four years. In between interviews with her ex-boyfriends, Avery, being head of the prom committee, finishes the arrangements for prom also with help from Hutch. The novel ends with Avery finishing the assignment and getting her grade from her teacher on it.

The whole book was written in interviews, making it sort of like an epistolary novel. It took a little while to get used to it being told at so many different perspectives, but once I got used to it, it was a quick read.

I overall thought It’s Not Me, It’s You was okay and would recommend to someone looking for a lighthearted cute romance novel.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


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