Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review: It's Not You, It's Me - Kerry Cohen Hoffman

Where I got it: ARC from my collection
Rating: 1.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Super cute!)
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 176 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Henry dumps Zoë and that's when all the madness begins. Zoë knows she's in love with Henry and he must feel the same way, so if she can only show him and prove to him and...then she'll get him back. Except things don't quite go according to plan, especially since Zoë won't heed the advice of her friends. Eventually they form a plan that's a little more sane and a little less stalker-y, but will it work?

I really tried to like this novel. If Zoë wasn't in it, I probably would have. SHE IS COMPLETELY CRAZY! Not like mental illness crazy, but WHAT WAS SHE THINKING! She climbs a tree outside Henry's bedroom window and slips a poem, A POEM, through his open window. I really don't know why his mum didn't get a restraining order after this incident. Then there's the time Zoë makes a collage to win him back...SERIOUSLY?!?!?!? A freakin' collage. At first I tried realating to her when she was worried something was weird between her and Henry. I've certainly gone into panic mode before about a guy when I was a teen. "Oh my goodness he didn't wave with both hands like he always does, is he mad?!?!" But beyond that, Zoë was amazingly impossible to relate to. I can't even believe one of her friends didn't slap her to make her come to. I also can't believe that any guy could be attracted to her after witnessing her complete insanity. This could have been a cute little story, but Zoë completely ruined it by being a lunatic.

First Line:
"Three weeks ago, Henry held Zoë's face between his hands and kissed her for the 199th time."

Favorite Line:
"'Books are where it's at.'"


  1. I read this back when it was first released and I had a very similar reaction. Zoe just drove me nuts, and I couldn't stand how she couldn't get over her failed relationship.

  2. Thanks for linking me to this, Zoe sounds as bad as Lila, for real. What a shame because if I saw this cover, I would grab it and want to read it!


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