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

4 out of 5 stars

A surprisingly fun read. I think this is really cute even though after reading through the first few pages, I was already about 90% sure where the story was headed. And yet, I was still 100% engaged. The format is quite creative because it’s written as an Oral History project submitted by Avery Dennis to her teacher, Ms. Segerson. It’s kind of like the actual transcript of the interview conducted by Avery and her lab partner, Hutch, of all of Avery’s ex-boyfriends to track down why all Avery’s past relationships ended and particularly why Avery’s recent boyfriend broke up with her a few days before prom.

At the surface, it may seem like the writing is lazy but as I thought of it more, it was actually craftier and more detailed because each character gives his/her unadulterated opinion of Avery giving the readers an accurate picture of Avery’s character even though Avery has her Editor’s Note after each interview entry. Lol. The readers also get to know the characters being interviewed through the way they talk and think. It is really so much fun.

Yes, there are stereotypes but you’ll get surprised by what’s mixed in those stereotypes. Avery herself is supposed to be a stereotype,-the popular, and pretty blond but the interviews testify that she’s a passionate athlete, a really smart, funny and kind girl. She’s into Science and makes excellent lab reports. There’s this buff athlete who does ballet and stuff. It’s really sweet and hilarious. Also, there is this adorkable nerd I am sincerely rooting for so everything’s all good.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

4 thoughts on “Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

  1. This was my first Strohm book, and I instantly fell in love with her quirky characters and humor. The format was one that was new to me, and I ending up really liking it.

      1. Thanks for letting me know. I’m definitely going to hunt for those titles after the community quarantine. Hope you and your family are well. ☺️

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