It’s Not Me, It’s You Review

Synopsis from Scholastic Inc:

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!

About: It’s Not Me, It’s You is a young adult contemporary written by Stephanie Kate Strohm. It was published on 10/25/2016 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 288 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, humor, romance, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.

My Experience: I started reading It’s Not Me, It’s You on 8/25/2018 and finished it on 8/30/2018. Most adorable read! Love the layout. There’s hardly any narrative at all so the read flow easily and quickly! I like the humor and the variety of characters and their backgrounds. I like the unique plot! This book is definitely a fun read, a nice break from reading slumps. Liam’s and Erza’s story are hilarious and Hutch is my favorite commentator. That first boyfriend and Tripp’s story were unexpected, but cute. Coco’s life at home is relatable to many Asian readers. Most of all, the characters in this story have wit!

This book is told in the first person point of view following Avery Dennis, a popular high school senior who always has a boyfriend, until the unexpected incident. Avery is doing an Oral History of her dating life for a school project and she does it by interviewing students, especially all of her ex-boyfriends. Her classmates range from random freshmen to enemies at school sharing their opinions of Avery Dennis. Sometimes Avery adds a few notes to students’ comments to defend herself or expand the idea. Avery wants to understand herself through the perceptions of others.

It’s Not Me, It’s You is a fast paced and laugh out loud read! It definitely has the voice of high school students. All of the characters are likable, even the worst ones. I like the worst ones like Cressida and Becca because their opinions sound reasonable. I like the positive vibes this book gives its readers, reminds me of Kasie West’s books. I think this book is very well written and developed. It sure keeps me hooked. I love the fun cover as well. I like the romance stories, especially not knowing what to expect next. This book is fantastic and I highly recommend everyone to read it!

Pro: fast paced, page turner, positive vibes, humor, high school, boyfriends, diversity, cover,

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink and Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the forthcoming The Taming of the Drew, to be published by Sky Pony Press in spring 2016. She’s a high school special education teacher and working actress in Chicago who is a tireless promoter of her books. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Scholastic’s website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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