Hello! Today I’m participating in a blog tour for Aminah Mae Safi’s newest book, This is All Your Fault, published by Feiwel & Friends! Many thanks to Turn the Page Tours & the publisher for the ARC of this book!
First, here’s a bit about the book and its author:
“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.”
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. You can also find her on Instagram at : @aminahmae
This is All Your Fault follows the teenage employees of Wild Nights Bookstore, a quirky Chicago bookstore off the beaten path and the second home to all those who work there. That’s why it’s shocking to all of them when they come to find that Wild Nights is closing and why they want to do everything in their power to save that. Many have called this novel a bookstore re-telling of the film “Empire Records” which follows a similar plot. That said, I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t speak to the similarities or differences between the two. Overall, I found this book to have a lot of heart and enjoyed the various characters whose perspectives the book switched between. I was personally a big fan of the character of Rinn in particular, who in addition to working at Wild Nights is also a book blogger. The other characters are all a bit rough around the edges but all shine as complex characters when the narration is in their head. It was particularly enjoyable to see how each of the characters viewed each other from their own perspectives. The story itself was sweet and was an easy read. I also enjoyed how it took place over just the course of one day, giving the characters a ticking clock above their heads at every turn to do what they could to save Wild Nights, though their eventual conclusions felt just a bit anticlimactic. That being said, the writing was great and the strongest part of the book definitely lies in the characters as opposed to the plot itself. They all felt like the most genuine part of the story and I appreciated their diverse backgrounds. More than anything, This is All Your Fault is a celebration of community and the community that books and art in particular are able to foster. And if This is All Your Fault proves anything, it’s that community is about people far more than it is about a place. So long live Wild Nights!
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You can also click on the link below to enter for a chance to win a giveaway copy of This is All Your Fault ! Entry is open from October 12th to October 19th!