This is All Your Fault
by Aminah Mae Safi
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Releasing on October 13th, 2020
YA FICTION—Contemporary, LGBT
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.
Congrats on your next young adult book! What was your inspiration for This Is All Your Fault?
Thank you so much! This Is All Your Fault is inspired by Empire Records but set in a bookstore instead of a record store.
So three girls set out to save their dying Chicagoland indie, Wild Nights Bookstore and Emporium, over the course of twenty-four hours and, of course, hijinks ensue.
Describe your book in 6 words or less.
An angsty, feminist romp.
What was your favorite part of writing This Is All Your Fault?
Getting to spend so much time with all of the characters. My main characters but also all of the background characters. I got to build a whole little world in Wild Nights and populate it with so many delightful people.
If you could spend one day with one of your main characters, who would it be and what would you do? Are there any places you both would visit?
Oh! I think I’d drag all three of them to the Art Institute for various reasons. Rinn would be excited and Daniella would be too-cool and Imogen would be skeptical. But I think we’d all have a good time in the end.
Did you have to do any research for This Is All Your Fault? If you did, what was your favorite piece of information you came across for your book?
I’d lived in Chicago almost a decade ago, but I did do a lot of background research in order to get a sense of what has and has not changed in the city since I left it. I did a lot of research into the immigration waves into the city, which was really fascinating to learn. Chicago is a hypersegregated city so getting into the mechanics of how that happened and where the seeds of that were planted was, to me, vital to understand even if it didn’t play a foreground role in the book. All of that definitely informed the background of the story.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Butt in the chair until you finish the book. Doesn’t have to be every day. But get to the end. Finishing that first manuscript will teach you things that only the first manuscript can teach you. If you know, you know.
Is there anything else you would like to let the readers know about your book?
There’s a poem that Daniella writes in the manuscript and I just need everyone to know that fifteen-year-old me wrote that poem so please be kind about that little piece of the story.
Fifteen-year-old me had no idea that sonnet would be between anyone but me and Mrs. George and I’m sorry I betrayed her like that but nobody writes teenage poetry like a teenager and I didn’t want to fake it.
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.
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