It's Not Me It's You ARC Tour -- Hot Guys, Hackers & Alter Egos

It's Not Me It's You | Mhairi McFarlane
Release Date: May 19, 2015 | Harper
Genre(s): Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Pages: 531
Edition: ARC Paperback
Source: TLC Blog Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher and TLC Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

I remember when I first received this book in the mail. I pulled it out of the package, and marveled at how cool the cover looked. (not the same edition shown in this review) I ran my fingers along it's smooth surface, I even grabbed it by it's spine, and with the same wrist motion like I was fanning myself, I watched the pages flop back in forth -- because what book lover doesn't love a floppy paperback? As I'm standing in the middle of my living room, watching and listening as the book makes a flump, flump, flump sound, (okay that's not exactly what it sounded like. Shut up and bare with me!) I then noticed with a sudden dread . . .

This book was damn near 600 pages.

I needed atleast a good 3 or 4 days to take this massive baby down, but with falling behind in blogging, and trying to play " tag you're not it anymore " with all of my ARCS, I feared that (1) This book would drag. (2) I'd end up hating it, and that always results in a DNF. (3) Because of the length and the amount I had to read, I'd be late posting my review for the tour. 

Number one and two were easily cancelled out, but number three and I are headed to the battle field, and I shall be the victor!

Plot -- Oh How I Love A Good Scandal.

After taking down chapter one and moving on to the second, I just KNEW I was going to enjoy It's Not Me It's You. Not even 30 pages in, we witness our main character Delia Moss, go through what I call an " unnatural mid-life crisis. " She proposes to her boyfriend Paul on their 10 year anniversary, (very courageous of her might I add) and although he said yes, you can sense a little apprehension in his vibe.
Paul is a bartender, so to celebrate their to-be-union, they decide to have a drink at one of his favorite spots. 

Now here is where shit hits the fan. 

C. Something's happened with D and I don't want you to hear it from anyone else. She's proposed. Don't know what to do. Meet tomorrow? P Xx

The text message quoted above, was from Paul who meant to send it to his side chick, a 24 year old student named Celine. (He's 34 btw) Because he's a dickhead, he accidentally sends it to Delia, who might I add, is still sitting with him at the bar. 1+1 will always equal 2 folks, so it didn't take a rocket scientist to discover that Paul is indeed cheating on our main character, and has been for quite some time. He's such an arsehole right? (I've been brushing up on my British, hehehe)

What I loved is that Delia didn't do anything DRAMATIC. She moved in with her parents until she sorted things out. She didn't quit her job (although she does leave for a different reason) and she didn't do anything like bleach her hair, or cut it off and purchase a new wardrobe in hopes to " reinvent " herself. Nope, she picked up the pieces, and after the offer from her bestfriend Emma, she moves to London for a fresh start, and a new change of scenery, and boy does she get it.

Characters -- One Word: Eclectic.

Besides the concept, the characters were my absolute favorite aspect of this story! They were wild, eccentric, nerdy, and just all around enjoyable. First of all, I connected with Delia on soo many levels. She worked in the PR/Comm field, but went to university to study Graphic Art. In her teenage years all the way through Uni, she wrote and drew a comic series called " The Fox " which served as her alter ego. This female superhero lived underground, rode a magic bicycle, and fought urban crime. How cool is that? As you can tell from my blog, I also have a superhero alter ego. fANGIRL Warrior not only slays reviews, but she kicks literary ass, one book at a time. It's definitely clear that McFarlane wrote this book for me.

My next favorite of the bunch was Peshwari Naan, a.k.a Joe. At Delia's previous job before she moved to London, she was assigned the mission of tracking down this obnoxious hacker/internet troll who went by the name of Peshwari Naan. He was harassing workers from her company, (in a hilarious way) and her job was to get him to cut the shit. After Delia leaves her job and lands another in a different city, he manages to track her IP address like the cool nerd that he is, and they spark a pretty interesting friendship. It wasn't hard to see that Joe had a crush on Delia, but with his extreme crippling social anxiety, he feared that he would do nothing when he met D but shiver and stutter because of his condition. I wanted so bad for Delia and Joe to be a couple, I mean HELLO he's a hacker, he's also caring, funny, and just so freaking adorable. I actually think she's saving him for me.

From bat shit crazy bosses, cute-stealthy hackers, (yes I have a crush on Joe) to sexy-but-arrogant rival journalists, the characters in this story will keep you on your toes. Either that or giggling like a maniac.

Last Impressions -- Pretty Damn Entertaining.

To be honest, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. I was a bit nervous about the length, because let's keep it real, what contemporary book needs to be almost 600 pages long? Fantasy yes, contemp, hell no. Thank the bookish gods, because not only did the story NOT drag, but it was fast faced, down-right hilarious, and was the right amount of fun I needed to pick me up after a few disappointing reads. It's Not Me It's You, was a spunky story stuffed with an entertaining plot, amusing/crazy characters, that was lastly wrapped in a nerdy bow, so if you're in the mood to be tickled with laughter, and to have your spirits lifted, I HIGHLY recommend picking this up!

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