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


Title: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Published: HarperImpulse: Harper Collins December 2014

Status: Read from December 03 to 04, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Witty, charming and a little bittersweet, I really enjoyed It’s Not Me, It’s You, Mhairi McFarlane’s third novel.

Delia Moss brushes aside the lacklustre response from her partner of ten years when she proposes, after all he said ‘yes’ and that was all she wanted to hear. What she can’t ignore is the text Paul erroneously sends to her minutes later;
‘C…She’s proposed. Don’t know what to do. Meet tomorrow? Pxx’
C, Delia discovers, is Celine, a twenty four year old student with whom Paul has been having sex for the last few months. Delia is devastated, and after quitting her Council job in the midst of a particularly uncomfortable team bonding seminar, flees to London to stay with her best friend, Emma.

At 33, Delia finds herself having to start again and McFarlane captures her character’s initial sense of bewilderment and hurt well and I couldn’t help but cheer her on as she slowly gathered strength. Delia has never been a risk taker so she is relieved when she finds a job in a small PR company but it all goes pear-shaped very quickly, her boss is an amoral lecher, and she is blackmailed by a handsome yet unscrupulous journalist, Adam. As the situation grows ever more complicated, Delia is forced into deciding what she really wants to happen next.

An eclectic cast of supporting characters including an internet troll, a Scottish roommate and Delia’s fish-and-chip-frying brother add warmth to the story, a disapproving colleague, pompous politician and ridiculous restaurant critic provide the laughs. Parsnip, Delia and Paul’s dog, may even bring a tear to your eye.

I was a little disappointed that my digital ARC didn’t include Delia’s comic strip (I’m assuming the finished copy will) but It’s Not Me, It’s You is a smart, funny and engaging story of taking risks in love and life.


It’s Not You It’s Me is available to purchase from

HarperCollins AU I Amazon AU I via booko

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cleopatralovesbooks
    Dec 06, 2014 @ 22:07:45

    I’m quite intrigued by this one although it isn’t my normal genre but sometimes it’s good to mix things up. Oh how much easier life was before the accidental text!!



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