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

Title: It’s Not, Me It’s You

Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm

Pages: 293 Pages

Publisher: Point

The Blurb

Did you hear…?

NATALIE WAGNER, random freshman: Avery Dennis–the Avery Dennis–got dumped right before prom.

COCO KIM, best friend: Avery has never been dumped! Well, okay, except for this one time.

BIZZY STANHOPE, officially the worst: The head of the prom committee doesn’t have a date to the prom. It is beyond pathetic.

JAMES “”HUTCH”” HUTCHERSON, lab partner: Did Avery really swear off dating until she discovers why her relationships never work out? I’ll believe that when I see it.

ROBBY MONROE, ex-boyfriend: Did you get interviewed by Avery Dennis for her project?

TRIPP GOMEX-PARKER, ex-boyfriend: Avery Dennis is straight-up interviewing everyone.

AVERY DENNIS: recently dumped/topic of much gossip: Okay. Everyone is talking about it, so let’s talk about it…

From rising star Stephanie Kate Strohm, this is a laugh-out-loud look at one girl’s epic dating history, as told by her friends, family, and foes.

The Review

I always wanted to go to an American high school. I think it was a mixture of watching Saved By the Bell as a teenager and reading the Sweet Valley books. As an adult who now works in a school I am still oddly fascinated by them. I think that is why I enjoy YA fiction so much. It is quick view into a world that I never got to see up close.

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm is exactly what I imagined the all American high school experience to be; football games, summer camp and prom. That seems to be the end goal for Avery Dennis; to go to prom. Firstly she has to figure out why her relationship’s past always seem to fall apart.

Told from various different perspectives, Strohm’s story comes in an almost documentary style that is quirky and enjoyable. The characters foibles are clear and Avery’s journey of self discovery is one you want to be a part of. A very fun read.

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm is available now

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35 Stars

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