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Title: This is All Your Fault
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publisher: Feiwel and Frriends
Publication Date: 13 October 2020
Length: 320 pages (Hardcover)
Set over the course of one day, Aminah Mae Safi’s This Is All Your Fault is a smart and voice-driven YA novel that follows three young women determined to save their indie bookstore.
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.”
My Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Trigger Warnings for the book: sexual assault, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression
I have a very love-hate relationship with stories that occur over the course of a day. I either love them profusely or hate them adamantly. But this one lies somewhere on the spectrum, but definitely leaning towards lots of doodled hearts.
The strength of this book lies in its characters, the way their have distinct voices on the page, the way they are developed and how they all carve out a place in your heart with their resilience and vulnerability. Which is why I liked how this book plays to its strengths constantly with its very character-driven narrative, having us watch the dynamics of these characters interacting and working towards a similar goal. At the same time, these characters individuality is something that is constantly visible.
Being a reader, a story about a bunch of people saving a bookstore from going under was one that interested me; especially since we see so many indie stores shutting down. But I found my investment in the story to be very touch-and-go. There were dull patches and times that sparked interest and then let me down. Stupid decisions were made, which I know we have all made but, they really annoyed me and I just couldn’t feel myself being highly invested in what would happen next.
Overall, my enjoyment in the book was based more in the characters than in the story. Even though the writing was simple and subtle, it grated on me due to the lack of focus on the progress of the story. The ups and downs of the plot were enjoyable to an extent, but were not consistently interesting. I would recommend this book is you’re looking for a short book with wonderful characters.
Note: I have seen a lot of readers call this Empire Records but with bookstore. Since, I am not familiar with that I cannot comment on the originality of the idea or similarities of situations.
Prize: One finished copy of This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
Starts: October 12, 2020
Ends: October 19, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.
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.