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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Book Review: This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

One night, one of the teens working at Wild Nights Bookstore uses his manager's computer--which he's not allowed too--and sneaks a peek at her email--which is REALLY not allowed--and discovers the store's owner is selling the store out from under everyone. He hatches a get-rich-quick scheme that instantly backfires.

The next morning, Daniella, Imogen, and Rinn (oh, and the manager), will deal with the (secret) bad news, the fallout from the get-rich-quick scheme, a real jerk of an author, secret crushes, secret social media accounts (a big no-no considering that phones are banned on the sales floor), oh, and trying to keep the store open. All in one big day!

If you remember the 90s movie Empire Records, this has a similar vibe. If you love bookstores, this will be a fun read. I really enjoyed the teens doing a lot for themselves, and during this day, they all learn a lot. In particular, I appreciated how at a workplace, you're surrounded by coworkers, not your friends, so when you band together, it might be reluctantly, and it might not work well at first. You might have to work harder to see how the puzzle pieces of the people involved can best fit together into a cohesive whole. And I loved the diversity. It was a fun YA novel.

This book is published by Feiwel & Friends, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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