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

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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