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It’s Not Me, It’s You Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007549474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007549474
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.7 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
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‘Witty, sharp and giggle-inducing … This is modern and honest romantic fiction at its most accomplished’ HEAT

‘If you love sparky comedies, this one’s for you’ GRAZIA

‘Who will love it? Want-it-funny lit-lovers’ GLAMOUR

‘An engaging read about finding yourself… I loved it’ DAILY MAIL

‘McFarlane’s writing will make you laugh out loud 5*’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Brilliantly funny stuff’ FABULOUS

‘A delicious feast of comic romance … Smart and funny’ SUNDAY MIRROR

‘[McFarlane] has pulled it out of the bag again, crafting an impassioned novel of female self-discovery … Jam-packed with quirky social satire that delights and entertains’ OK

Praise for ‘You Had Me at Hello’:

“Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem.” (Marian Keyes)

“The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day.” (Lisa Jewell)

“I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love – and in everything else for that matter.” (Minnie Driver)

“I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story.” (Katy Regan)

“Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude…You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air.” (Sarra Manning)

“Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!” (Claudia Carroll)

About the Author

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels. It’s Not Me, It’s You is her third book. She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.

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For me, Mhairi McFarlane is the number one rom-com author. Her previous books, Here's Looking At You and my all time favourite, You Had Me At Hello, feature characters written with the perfect blend of humour, heartbreak, wit, vulnerability and honesty that they elevate Ms McFarlane's work to a level all her own. When I got the opportunity to read an early ARC via NetGalley of her new book, It's Not Me It's You, I positively squealed with excitement, and let me tell you, that joyful anticipation was not misplaced. Ms McFarlane has written another gem of a book here.

The story centres around Delia, a 33 year old, red-headed Geordie who has passion for bright, figure flattering retro dresses, great shoes and flicks of black liquid eyeliner. At the start of the story, we find Delia living...comfortably. She is secure and comfortable in her relationship with Paul, her bar owning fella of the last ten years. She has fallen into a comfortable, if somewhat uninspiring, job as a press officer at the local council. She is content within herself. Then one mis-sent text message changes it all and flips the way Delia looks at her life on its head.

Oh how my heart went out to Delia when she read that text message! I'm sure we've all sent or received a message which has ended up going to the subject of the text rather than the intended recipient, but I doubt any of our mishaps have caused the utter devastation felt by Delia when she found out her rock of a guy had in fact been cheating on her with a younger model. I loved the "is this really happening to me?" slant on Delia's narrative in the immediate aftermath. It's such a great observation to have Delia feeling "what should I be doing now? How should I be reacting?
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I bought `It's Not You, It's Me' on the spur of the moment after seeing someone on my twitter feed talk about it. I recognised the author's name, Mhairi McFarlane, from a book I'd read a while ago - the equally brilliant `You Had Me At Hello'.

It's always with some trepidation that you start a second book by an author when you've particularly loved reading the first but I'm happy to say any such feelings disappeared by the end of the first chapter - that's all it took, one chapter and I was fully engrossed in the life of Delia Moss.

It could be in part because, as a fellow Geordie girl, I recognised the Newcastle landmarks. It could be in part because, as a former Newcastle City Council worker myself, I recognised some of my previous colleagues in the descriptions of the people she worked with. Largely, though, I think it's down to Mhairi's way of creating warm, likeable characters you can't help but want root for and want to see get their happily ever after.

I'm not going to go into any spoilery details but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, and a moment that brought me to tears. The plot itself is engrossing and the characters Delia meets along the way - The Naan (really), Stephanie, Adam, Kurt, Freya et al - make it all the more intriguing and addictive. Delia's relationship with Paul and her friendship with Emma as well as her relationship with her brother, all established before the book begins, also helps to keep things moving and help make Delia into a well-rounded, very credible character.
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Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I feel dead guilty about this review, but *in hushed tones* I haven't read any of Mhairi's books before, I have heard them raved about but for some reason they just haven't made it in front of me, I'm a bad bad book blogger but I shall make it up for it because after reading this total gem of a story I want more!!

Where to start?, the gorgeous Delia and her amazing sense of style?, Her befriending of a cyber troll called Peshwari Naan?, Her cheating scum bag of a boyfriend Paul?, an incontinent dog called Parsnip? God, I don't know, all of these things are just the tip of the iceberg to this brilliant tale.

Delia is a Geordie (Not a Geordie Shore on the lash getting MORTAL type), she is happy with her life, she has a job in local government PR, a nice house, a long-term boyfriend of ten years and of course the aforementioned Parsnip the dog.

The story starts of with Delia being asked to hunt down a cyber troll who is slagging of the local politicians, she starts on her quest to find this cyber idiot but before she can follow through on her quest she has an important thing to do.

She proposes to Paul, the scene where this happens, well I squirmed, Paul is very underwhelmed by the whole thing and quite honestly if I was Delia I would have slapped him but he makes it for it and they go for drinks to celebrate but whilst waiting for her man to get back from the bar Delia gets a text message from him, a text message that was not meant for her eyes and slowly Delia's nice cosy life starts to unravel.
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