Updated on May 19, 2015
40. ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ by Jon Richardson
You probably know Jon Richardson from his stand-up comedy and appearances on TV panel shows, like 8 Out of 10 Cats. He’s known for his persistent sarcasm and somewhat bleak outlook in life, which is condensed into 300 pages of interesting reading in his book It’s Not Me, It’s You.
This book is an amusing mixture of angry rants and brutal self-analysis. Richardson writes about life on the road – staying at hotels and doing stand-up shows – and throughout it all runs the thread of Gemma, a girl he met in a restaurant and over whom is he agonising about asking out on a date.
Essentially Richardson is a chronic perfectionist, who often finds himself staying in and cleaning rather than facing the pressures of an imperfect world filled with imperfect people. It’s a funny book, of course (Richardson can’t help but be funny), but it’s also shockingly honest and occasionally a little upsetting.
Some of Richardson’s points of view are just a little too bleak for me, such as the idea that in the end all relationships become a trade-off between compromising on everything and dying alone. Having watched his TV show Jon Richardson Grows Up, I think that he has recently become a little more optimistic – especially since he is now engaged!
I won’t say that I enjoyed reading this book because, for all its humour, it isn’t exactly an easy read. But it will make you think and it will make you laugh … and it may also make you cry.
“Maybe I am afraid that when I get everything I want I will just disappear.”
If you liked my review why not read the book and let me know what you think?