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

Posted October 3rd 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments


It’s Not Me, It’s You

Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlaneAuthor: Mhairi McFarlane
Narrator: Julie Barrie
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: November 6th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 14 hours and 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Star rating:
Heat rating: one-half-flames

An achingly funny story about how to be your own hero when life pulls the rug out from under your feet. From the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO

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.


The Faerie Queen’s review

Thank the book gods that ended the way it did.

Usually, I avoid books that involve cheating. It’s a very sensitive topic for me. And yet, this book kept me interested, if in a bit of masochistic way for a while. Things kick off with Delia Moss finding out her long-term boyfriend Paul has been seeing a younger woman, and we spend a lot of time with her processing this information and going off to find out who she is apart from Paul. She’d built her whole life around him, forgetting about parts of herself along the way. So while the soul-searching was part painful, it was also healing to listen to.

I enjoyed her time in London. Part of that is because I just like to read about familiar places, to be honest, but her fresh pair of eyes made me appreciate this city a bit more. (I’m still tired of it and want to leave, mind you, especially since the pandemic has made the city a bit eerie to be in at times.)

But more than that, I liked her quirkiness, and the friends gathered around her along the way. The Peshwari Naan storyline seemed like it was going to be more central at the start, but luckily it got pulled back in when I thought maybe it was lazily thrown in at the start to get in trouble at work and that was all. It was funny to see him turn out to be rather crucial.

There’s a bit of a heist element to the story at one point, which was both unexpected and very fun. It gave me a bit of extra pep and excitement while I was pottering around my flat, tidying things away. (Yay for multitasking while listening to audiobooks!)

And the handsome journalist? He was the best surprise of all.

All that’s to say, it was a bit painful to start with, but as Delia came out of the fog and started to be herself again, I found myself loving it more and more! And the accents in the audiobook made things even better.

P.S. I really hate Paul.


About Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1976. She went to school in Nottingham, studied English Literature at Manchester University and then returned to Nottingham to delight its citizens with her journalism. After roles as trainee reporter, reporter, feature writer and columnist, she realised she’d climbed to the very top of the mountain at the Nottingham Post and at age 31 decided to write a novel. Some very skint years followed, during which she thought she might’ve made a huge mistake.


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