It's Not Me, It's You: The Best Relationship (or anti-relationship) Book

Monday, April 06

By Ariana Noghreh

If you have not heard about Jon Richardson before now, what have you been doing with your life? He is (in my opinion and thousands, if not millions of other people) one of the quirkiest and funniest comedians ever. You may recognize him from the Youtube videos of 8 Out of 10 Cats: Countdown. That is if you’ve ever unintentionally fell down the Youtube Rabbit Hole and stumbled upon watching funny Brits do maths and unscramble letters to come up with words.
It’s Not Me, It’s You is a book that Jon has written after being single for 8 years. He writes about his views on love, possible reasons for why he hasn’t been in a relationship for so long, and  whether or not he wants a partner. Basically, questions we all ask ourselves or will ask ourselves one day.

It’s not just a “serious” relationship book. Again, it’s written by a comedian. You’re gonna chuckle and laugh out loud while reading some paragraphs, not because he is trying to make a joke and be funny, but because you’ll come to see that his thought processes are exactly like yours, and the examples he uses are too relatable and probably a bit sad if you’re being honest, which is why the irony in the book will be extremely appealing to you. If you’re into that sort of thing anyways.​​​​

He writes about his OCPD (AKA Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, which is sorta like OCD except a more chill version and, as Jon sometimes puts it, is without the stress of being forced into acting like that, as he likes and approves of that behavior more or less) and how that has affected his personal relationships and why he had decided to go and live on his own in the small town of Swindon as a sort of self isolation as being on his own sounds appealing and peaceful. (Again, we all think the same at some point in our lives)

You might be a cynic who hates dating and love, or a hopeless romantic, and you may not want to change your mind. By all means, this isn’t the book that’s here to change your mind. You do you! But I suggest that you read the book, not to find love or be better at it, but to become more self-aware about your beliefs on the subject and where you stand. You may not even have been in a relationship or in love, but reading never hurt anyone and you can think of reading this book as a little sneak peek into love.

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