Monday, June 15, 2009

Traveling to Teens Tour for It's Not You, It's Me

Traveling To Teens Tours are a way for us bloggers to get the word out about fantastic upcoming novels, that may be a great add to what you are currently reading.

It's Not You, It's Me by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann!

Author Bio:

Kerry Cohen Hoffmann received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacific University. A practicing psychotherapist and the author of the young adult novel Easy, she lives with her husband and two sons in Portland, Oregon.



Funny and touching—this is a heartfelt breakup story.

Zoe loves Henry.

Henry dumps Zoe.

Zoe wants Henry back—at any cost.

Zoe’s two best friends come up with a plan to help Zoe get what she thinks she wants. The plan: make Henry jealous.

But the plan takes a surprising turn. . . .

Spanning thirty-one days in the cycle of a breakup, Kerry Cohen Hoffmann’s humorous and poignant novel depicts a girl whose single-minded focus on her ex-boyfriend has pulled her far from the person she most needs to win back—herself.


Raise of hands, how many of you have ever been told "It's not you, it's me" during a break up? I bet lots, because this seems to be a popular break up line. One that's used at the end of Zoe and Henry's budding relationship, a relationship that Zoe thought was going to last forever.

It's Not You, It's Me starts out just when things between Zoe and Henry are going bad. Soon, they are broken up leaving Zoe to go into a serious stage of depression. Zoe is a believable character since she has all the feelings a girl who's been dumped has; sadness, worry, doubt, and wonder. Leaving her to come out in a way that you feel sorry for her. Though, unfortunately, this sorrow turns into semi hatred when Zoe comes up with a plan to get Henry back. I'm sorry but I personally felt that Zoe was WAY too codependent on Henry. It was like that without him she couldn't live because her grades dropped, her friendships suffered, and she went a bit crazy ( correction: Majorly Crazy) . Making it hard to get through this light read. Though, the other main characters made it somewhat better.

The plot kind of went around it one big circle. Since, for most of the book, Zoe was coming up with a way to get Henry back, does plan, plan doesn't work, and then she starts over. Leaving this to lather, rinse, and repeat a bit too much for my liking. Though, don't get me wrong, it was a semi decent book, but it wasn't for me.

Overall, I really don't suggest It's Not You, It's Me to anyone. Though, if you think you'll like it, then go ahead and read it.

Grade: D

It's Not You, It's Me is now out.

* Much thanks goes to the people at Random House for this book! :)


  1. This book seems really cute. So sad it ain't great as I expect. I do like the craziness though.

  2. I've read this one as well, and agree with you that it wasn't a great book! I didn't really enjoy it either. Thanks for the honest review!

  3. Every now and again, I just like to see someone give a book a bad review. It spices things up a bit. :P I really appreciate your honesty. I don't think I'll read it. I've got too many books I want to read to spend my time reading one I probably won't like. Glad I found your review. Personally, I'd like to see a book called "It's not me, It's you." lol.

  4. I've actually never had someone use that line with me. Maybe I'm lucky?

  5. I read another book blogger review yesterday that was similiar to your opinion. It's too bad, the concept sounds great.

  6. It's hard for me to read books when girls go crazy, because I always want to cringe, then shout at them asking what they think they're doing >.<

  7. Thanks for reviewing this book. It was on my TBR list, but now... not so much. I hate when plots take me around a circle. Plus when Zoe sounds like one of those girls that would irk me to no end. Craziness is not cute.
    Too bad about this book. I really liked the cover.


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