Book Reviews, YA book reviews

It’s Not You It’s Me by Gabrielle Williams – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 September 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Pages: 288


A literally life-changing novel about time travel, soulmates and serial killers that asks a very big question: Can you ever change your fate? This is award-winning YA author Gabrielle Williams’ most surprising, ambitious and dexterous book yet.

Holly Fitzgerald has inexplicably woken up inside the body of an LA teenager called Trinity Byrne in 1980 – trapping Trinity in Holly’s forty-year-old body back in Melbourne, 2020.

Mind. Officially. Blown.

Holly finds herself navigating a brand-new body, family and cute boy next door – not to mention rock band that might just make it, and potential kidnapper. Meanwhile, lies intersect with truth, hurtling both Holly and Trinity towards a dangerous fate as the connections between them grow deeper and stranger than either could have ever imagined.



Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Holly was celebrating her 40th birthday, in her home of Australia, in early 2020 when she suddenly finds herself laying on the footpath, in America, in 1980. Eve. Worse, she’s not Holly anymore, she’s 16 year old Trinity. 

Meanwhile, the real Trinity has been transported into 40 year old Holly’s body and is NOT happy about it. 

As Holly tries to navigate school, parents and being stuck with none of the technology she’s now used to, she starts to wonder not only how this has happened, but why. There are some uncanny similarities between Holly and Trinity, but have they been swapped to change an event in one of their lives? And if so, who’s life? 

I really loved this one, it was just so much fun! Holly, who we spent almost all of the time with, was such a fantastic character. Watching her try to make sure she acted like a 16 year old would (while secretly loving the family life she never experienced in her own life) was funny and sweet. I am just a couple of years older than Holly so I could relate to a lot of the events and culture of both timelines. 

Holly’s friends were also pretty cool side characters that I enjoyed getting to know. This is definitely one to pick up when you don’t want a heavy book, just something super fun to keep you entertained! 


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