‘MS’ interviews, and hires, ‘XX’ for a job because he’s gorgeous. She becomes obsessed after a few dates and finds herself writing to Facebook to see if they can tell how many times XX has viewed her profile, and to the phone company to delete texts she regrets sending all while XX doesn’t seem to reciprocate the intensity of her feelings. All This Has Nothing To Do With Me includes MS’s photos, correspondence and diary excerpts, providing a glimpse into the spiraling demise of their “relationship”.
Although it says “fiction” on the back jacket flap, we’re lead to assume that this story contains quite a fair bit of truth and reality given that the author’s initials are the same as the protagonist’s. I adore this book’s cover and felt the premise sounded like a quirky Sophie Kinsella/Bridget Jones-type story, however that is not what it ended up being at all.
While I appreciated the unique aspect of including all the relevant photos of items, copies of emails to flesh out the story, I felt it was a bit disjointed in the flow. The book started off straightforward enough, with correspondence between MS and a friend about the hire of XX and the ensuing attempts at hanging out with him. Yet it quickly jumps to a point in the very near future where their relationship status has very quickly changed and it made me do a double take at the abruptness. Rather than an entire story told only with the use of items, it almost needed something more to bridge those moments together.
It’s interesting to have the author take an objective, almost clinical, approach at analyzing what went wrong with this relationship. I’m not sure if I missed the bigger picture message, but I felt there was a lot of potential to tie the story together more cohesively for me.