Goodreads synopsis: 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 life 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.
This book was, quite simply, perfect. In fact, it’s a bit of a struggle to review It’s Not Me, It’s You. I loved every single second of it. And I’m pushing it on to people. A lot. I’ve already given it to someone for their birthday. But I can’t for the life of my articulate with any sense just why this was so good. So please excuse my bumbling attempt at a review.
Delia was a charming character, the kind you just want to be best friends with. On the night of her tenth anniversary with partner Paul, she proposes…and is not greeted by the reaction she expected. The fallout from that night is the catalyst for Delia to take one gigantic leap of faith which proves tough at first, but positively swoon-worthy by the end.
Although there’s no doubt Delia is a smart and enthusiastic character, she does make some rather silly decisions at times. But that’s what I loved. She felt so relatable and incredibly real.
It’s Not Me, It’s You was a wonderfully formed novel. It’s all at once charming, compelling, witty and intelligent. At over 500 pages, its size is, at first glance, intimidating to say the least. But as soon as I started reading, I just couldn’t stop and breezed through this as if it were a quarter of the size. Reading this felt like being curled up in bed on a rainy day with a cup of tea. From the very first page, it felt comfortable and familiar. Yet the plot continuously kept me guessing and I would never have seen that ending coming. Needless to say, I can’t wait to read more of McFarlane’s work.
As well as absolutely loving Delia as a character, I also adored her best friend Emma. Fierce, fabulous and ready to go into battle for Delia at any moment, she’s the kind of girl everyone needs on their side. On a more personal note, I have to say Adam was just my kinda guy, and a journalist to boot. But I was continually impressed by every single character in It’s Not Me, It’s You. They were all so real, it felt like these were people I’d known for years.
By the end of It’s Not Me, It’s You, I couldn’t stop grinning. It was just so sweet; a brilliant contemporary novel with real heart. Save it to read when you’ve got the whole day to curl up and get lost in Delia’s world.
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