📝96 – ‘This is all your Fault’ by Aminah Mae Safi

This is all your fault by Aminah Mae Safi

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•Book Details

Publishing : October 13, 2020 by Fiewel and Friends
Genre/Tags : Contemporary, LGBTQ, Young Adult
No. of Pages : 320
Goodreads Rating : 3.73🌟
Mode: Kindle/ Netgalley/ October2020
Book Links : Macmillan

•Blurb

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 Thoughts

~Thank you so much Netgalley for the review copy which lets me give you my unbiased opinion, and Turn the page tours for having me on the Blog tour.~

This book follows everyone in the Wild Nights bookstore as they try to come to terms with the fact that their safe haven is closing down, and how they try, fail, yet try again to save it. It’s set over a single day and discusses a lot about mental health, depression, social media influence.
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“Not giving myself the space to have and deal with and learn from my anxiety was way worse than being a person with anxiety.”

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First, when I read that blurb, I was really intruigued. I was thinking more about three girls trying to do everything, but once I started reading the book, I realised it was so much more than that. I loved how it started with Eli being himself and getting himself into trouble even with his helping mind. We don’t get to see his pov much later on, and I missed his thoughts, but I really like Eli as a
character.

“He was under no illusions that the world was a fair place. He had accepted that as true and as real for as long as he could remember. The world was an unholy and random dumpster fire, so stick it to the man as much as you can.”

Second, all the characters we had on the story were perfectly imperfect. I mean, it’s difficult to write a character that is so relatable and yet have their own charm. Danielle was an open Spitfire with a closeted heart of gold , Rinn was a fiercely sweet with a bucket of anxiety to manage, Imogen was an honest to a fault and dealing with depression. Jo was perfectly not so adult that made her the perfect adult, Eli was a disaster ready to happen with a soft heart, and AJ was silently strong with loads of confidence under construction. This was a group I would have loved to see on screen.

You remember things. And the things you don’t remember, your parents and your family, they teach you to remember. They teach you to know what they carried. To carry it still.”

The story starts off really slow and it takes quite sometime to immerse into the world. At first my thoughts were, ‘Okay how is this fake Jordan going to save a place? Eli, what the heck are you doing?’ but then with everything that happened after, it kinds started becoming funnier and I was laughing at times I shouldn’t have been. (Like when there wer hair all over the bathroom floor, Rinn trying to get better lighting for her selfies, Eli just smirking). When one thing started happening, it was just a domino effect, and I was hooked and I couldn’t put this book down!

“And for a moment she felt it. She felt that she was not trapped in who she had been, in who her mind had tried to shape her into being.”

Aside from the amazing characters and the unique story style and writing, it takes so much about mental health and the importance of them. Anxiety and Depression were discussed the most. Mind you, I don’t know what that feels like, and I hope this book has a good rep on them, but I felt like it was done really well. The way the author handled a scene where the characters were going through something, it pulled my heart. They discussed the cause, what helped them, and what could help them in the future. I loved the fact we get to see that being normalised and being offered help.

“After all , what was a lie to a girl who pretended to be a poet on one corner of the internet all while she took videos of herself vaping on the other end just to be cool enough not to shake up the social hierarchy?”

The only thing I didn’t get to see was about AJ and I would have loved to see more of Jo and Eli. This focussed mainly on Danielle, Rinna and Imogen and their friendship. It was absolutely wonderful to see three girls who hated each other try to work through their differences (even when there were slaps and punches involved) and help their bookstore not go under. It was interesting to see the dynamics between them and I loved the sisterhood it projected.

“Off camera, three girls were burying their secrets. Maybe one day they’d dig them up. Maybe they wouldn’t. But the city would guard their memories, regardless. Waiting, until they were ready.”

Overall, I think this was an amazing representation of characters, with building relationships, sisterhood, mental health representation, character development, storyline and an amazing ending. If you love a story set in a bookstore, with all the above ingredients, then definitely pick this one up!

Giveaway Details !

Prize: One finished copy of This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
US Only
Starts: October 12, 2020
Ends: October 19, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.

Direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d5/?

About the Author :

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.

Author Links:
http://www.aminahmae.com/
https://twitter.com/aminahmae
https://www.instagram.com/aminahmae/