Today I am so excited to bring you my review on a great new book I was lucky enough to read, sharing my own honest thoughts and opinions. A huge thank you to Turn The Page Tours and the awesome people at Fiewel and Friends for sharing an ARC with me. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
- Book Title: This is All Your Fault
- Book Author: Aminah Mae Safi
- Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
- Release Date: October 13, 2020
- Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.
Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.
Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.
When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.
And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.
3.75 [rounded to 4]/5 stars
I have not seen Empire Records, and I cannot comment on how alike this book is. I just wanted to start with that since it is said the two media are alike in some ways.
This book is a lot of fun. Told over the course of a day, it is about The Wild Nights bookstore and what may be its fate. The opener was a shocker, finding out Eli is trying to save the store by buying 9K worth of Jordans and then finding out they are fake. What a way to start a book and keep me on my toes, definitely a huge surprise for me.
I have not read a lot of books set over the course of just a day, but this one does well to keep it moving and left me enjoying every moment. It will appeal to those who love books and just the great feeling of getting to be in your favorite bookstore. This reminds of me when we could go to the bookstore, and I miss it a lot. I hope when it is safe again, I can visit the bookstore and enjoy just being around all of those books. Online ordering is just not the same.
All the characters are fine. I liked the diversity and how they learn to work together for the sake of the bookstore. Rinn seems happy, but she has a lot of anxiety. She is also using her book account to help pay for college for her and her sisters. Imogen is always acting like a bad ass, but is learning to be open and deal with her depression. Daniella seems like the cool girl who acts a certain way, but she secretly writes poetry. over the course of the day, they band together to help the bookstore and become their own little found family. It is so cute.
It would have been cool to see more of the side characters. I know the story is about the teens saving the store, but I think having the manager more in the story would have made it more realistic. Even when a store is teen centered for workers, there is still a manager (I worked in retail so this bugged me a bit). But it was cool to see the patrons of the store and even some of the other workers who did not play as big of a role. I thought Eli was so sweet, and I am glad things did improve for him.
Overall, this is a good read. I finished it in a few days and thought it was done well. I think it will appeal to anyone who loves the bookstore, found families, and a book with a good but realistic ending.
Book Purchase link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250242341
Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer. Safi was the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest, and that story appeared in the anthology Fresh Ink. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and cat. This Is All Your Fault is her third novel, following Not the Girls You’re Looking For and Tell Me How You Really Feel.
A chance to win the finished copy of This Is All My Fault by Aminah Mae Safi (US Only). The start date is October 12, 2020 and the end date is October 19, 2020 12:00 a.m.
Direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d5/?