The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

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by Mariana Zapata
Published February 29th 2016
5 Stars


“When life gives you lemons, you get to choose what you make out of them; it doesn’t always have to be lemonade.”

I have only read one other book by Mariana Zapata and I happened upon it by chance. I absolutely loved it and it made me pick up this one so fast. Her books are always so different from the blurb. The blurb is always like 1+1=2 but then you go in and she takes you on a spectacular ride.

“The only people in the world who can hurt you are those you let have that ability.”

Meet Aiden and Vanessa. They are both hard workers and would do anything to better their lives. Aiden is the quiet guy. He is not the loud mouthed sports player, that’s not him. He is focused and will do anything to achieve his goals. So when he needs Vanessa, he isn’t afraid to approach her and downright stalk her to get what he wants.

“I had a temper. I got angry easily. But I had made myself learn how to control it. I had decided early on that I wasn’t going to let that emotion define me. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be a good person. I wanted to be someone—not necessarily someone great or someone important—but someone I could live with.”

Vanessa has worked as Aiden’s assistant for two years and she secedes to leave her job as she feels unappreciated. She always wanted to do her own thing and answer to herself and this gives her the boost to it. But Aiden approaches her weeks after she left her job asking her to help him. The help he asked for though was not what he initially wanted from her.

“What no one tells you is that the road to accomplishing your goals isn’t a straight line; it looks more like a corn maze. You stopped, you went, you backed up, and took a few wrong turns along the way, but the important thing you had to remember was that there was an exit. Somewhere.”

Two stubborn people coming together in order to get what they want. This was the beginning of some sort of beautiful friendship which grew to a wonderful love story.

“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.”

I loved the way the book was slow in its development. I know the slow books can be quite annoying but it works so well for some and I concluded that Mariana Zapata knows just how to do it as it was also evident in her previous book Kulti. The buildup was great and worked perfectly for the story line.

The sports side of the story was good enough given that I only know of American football from the movies I watch, (soccer is football here). But even with that going on, I enjoyed the book a lot.

I don’t wasn’t to say too much because the selling point was the slowness of it all. I think I have over emphasized how slow the book is but that is a major point. But I loved it. I had a big smile on my face after I was done with it. This is in my top of the top list of books.

I will definitely be picking up her earlier books.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me




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