Book Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

It’s Not Me, It’s You is about Delia, a ginger Geordie who works in a council press office and decides to propose to her boyfriend on their 10th anniversary. Only then she discovers that he’s been cheating on her with a nine-years-younger student and, very quickly, her whole life is different. She visits her best friend from university in London, gets a job in PR and meets a whole new crowd of questionables, while still dealing with those blighting her life from Newcastle. And it’s all brilliant.

I was expecting this book to be entertaining thanks to Mhairi’s previous two offerings – especially the hilarious You Had Me At Hello, following a court reporter and an unlikely reunion – and I was not disappointed. This was actually my long weekend holiday reading and I could barely put it down, despite being in Paris…

Delia is intelligent, witty, lovely and hilarious. She cares for her family and best friends and always wants to do what’s right even though it’s hard – even after Paul’s bombshell. Her family are quirky and interesting, especially her reclusive gamer brother Paul who often comes out with the most insightful things. The people she meets along this journey are invariably memorable – sometimes for the right reasons (Steph, Joe) and sometimes for the wrong ones (Kurt). The less said about Adam the better as he brings his own emotional rollercoaster which will certainly keep the reader committed.

I don’t want to say too much more because readers should just get stuck in and join Delia’s suddenly topsy-turvy life along with her themselves. But it’s funny, warm, enlightening and a joy to ride. And it was fun for me, as a journalist, to see the inside of a council press office!


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