Kerry Cohen 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.
Title: It's Not You, It's Me
Author: Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult, 14+
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
My Edition: Hardcover
Plot - 13/20
Characters - 14/20
Writing - 16/20
Originality - 14/20
Entertainment - 5/10
Recommendation - 5/10
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.
This book looked like a short, cute and quick read. And it was. But it was also weird, strange, and stalkerish crazy. Let me explain.
Before I started this novel some people have told me that the main character was very much like a stalker, so I went in a little hesitant about it. Well, what they told me was right. She was very much a stalker in my mind, and that just did it for me. The novel went downhill from there.
The plot was terrible in the way that there wasn't very much to it and that it was very unoriginal and cliche, so it was boring. The characters were very undescriptive and were two-dimensional blah characters. They didn't feel like real human beings in their reactions.
The writing was some-what okay. Everything flowed nicely together. But it was too fast paced for the good of the novel and the emotions and feelings were there, but not taken from the character well.
Overall this novel was short, quick, and not that great. I would not recommend buying this.
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