It's not you. It's me - a taco's review

It’s Not You, It’s Me – By Gabrielle Williams

Give me a book about the magic of fate, soulmates, time-travel and danger and I’m almost there. Throw in compelling characters, 80’s music and a serial killer and I’m all in.

40-year-old Holly, from 2020 Melbourne, has woken up in the body of 16-year-old teenager, Trinity Byrne in 1980 Los Angeles.

If you think that’s bad enough, spare a thought for poor Trinity waking up in a 40-year-old body in 2020 Melbourne.

Mind. Officially. Blown.

Told largely through Holly’s eyes, she tries to figure out why and how this has happened, and then how to navigate through it. It’s a fast-paced page-turner as we discover the connections between the two soulmates.   

As their connection grows deeper, Holly and Trinity discover that danger grows closer.

There’s something for everybody here. Along with the mystery and adventure, I think readers, both young and old, will enjoy this unique story of navigating a brand-new body, meeting new family, friends and mixed up emotions, all while trying to figure out who you can trust, who’s trying to kill you and if everything’s going to work out.

There is some wonderful characterisation that made it a joy to be with Holly. I guess it was because Holly was experiencing it all for the first time, so was I. It could also be due to the wonderful writing and storytelling, but I kind of felt like Holly and I were experiencing the journey together. And, I loved every minute of it.


Author:  Gabrielle Williams

Publisher:  Allen and Unwin, Australia, 2021

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