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My Sister, the Serial Killer
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel | Oyinkan Braithwaite
Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Tade, a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and Tade takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with the reality that dating her sister means certain death, this time for a man she cares deeply about. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening.
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LaurensLibrary
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#sundayvibes 🛀🏼🍷📖

valeriegeary 👏👏👏 21h
Chelsea.Poole Perfect!! 18h
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biblio_ginger
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It's been awhile since I read a book that I stayed up late reading because I didn't want to stop reading. This book broke that streak! I loved it!

TheSpineView Hi! 🤗 Welcome to Litsy! 💜📚💜 22h
biblio_ginger @TheSpineView thank you! 😁 21h
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LaurensLibrary
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Up next! 🗡

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Ive never seen so many books in an airport store!!

HerDarkHuntress1 What airport? 1d
rather_be_reading @HerDarkHuntress1 ontario, california 1d
HerDarkHuntress1 @rather_be_reading awe then I‘m never going to see it! 😫 21h
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Hidie
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Mehso-so

It was an easy and entertaining read but nothing very remarkable....

TheLibrarian Agree! So many people loved this book but I thought it was just okay. 5d
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triplem80
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A really quick, engrossing read. Would you protect your serial killer sister?

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BBooks
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One of the best reads for me this year 📚❤

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MeganLindell
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • I really liked this! A quick and satisfying read. Definitely something different than the usual in this genre. As others have said, would be a great book to help you get out of a reading slump.

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SomedayAlmost
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Fascinating, funny, suspenseful thriller about murder & sibling rivalry. Intriguing Lagos setting with telling details like crippling heat and corruption that is more blatant than in some countries. Great scenes about what it‘s like to dispose of a body for, & compete for a man‘s attention with, your sister, but I have to give it 4.5 stars because a key scene in the mystery within a thriller seemed too brief. #thriller #sisters #Africansetting

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Heatherleegee
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Spending a cozy November morning with the beach read I bought this summer 📖📚🤷🏻‍♀️ #whatimreading #mysistertheserialkiller #oyinkanbraithwaite

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Chelleymk
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I gave this book a 4 .. only because the ending could‘ve been a little longer and explain more about the situation

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BeaG
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved the short descriptive chapters. Ayoola was annoying. 😂😂

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Cathy_J
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This was certainly something different for me. At one point I literally laughed out loud. I listened to the audio book and the narrator was excellent ⭐⭐⭐

Hooked_on_books I agree about the audio—I thought she was great. 2w
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Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Koerede‘s beautiful sister, Ayoola, easily captures the attention of men while plain Koerede is overlooked. The sister‘s share a dark secret, though, Ayoola‘s boyfriends have a way of turning up dead. When Ayoola turns her attentions to Koerede‘s secret crush, Dr. Tate, it tests the bond of sisterhood.

Quick read. I kept trying to steal moments throughput the day to read it. Well written with dark, sharp style.

erzascarletbookgasm Glad you managed to sneak in time to finish this. I enjoyed it too! 👍 2w
CoffeeCatsBooks @erzascarletbookgasm I found it interesting how my impression of Dr. Tate changed due to his reactions to the sisters. Tsk, tsk he did only care about surface beauty. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I was disappointed with him. I thought he‘s the real deal for our heroine. 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulReads #Under250pages

This book was a pleasant surprise. With a title like that, I thought it would be sort of a slasher thriller, but it‘s no crime thriller. A great read about family dynamics, strong women, has a lively Lagos setting, and darkly comedic. I really enjoyed it. 👍

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NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed this one 😄 2w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🖤 2w
CoffeeCatsBooks I just started this. I want to hide away somewhere and keep reading but work 😢 2w
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Battledoll
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I thought this was going to be some kind of thriller because I didn‘t really look into what this book was before starting it. But it isn‘t and I think that‘s why I liked it so much. It‘s a clever story and very well written. It‘s an quick and easy read. I recommend it if you‘re into book about murder but want something different from the typical books in this genre.

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JillR
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I enjoyed this; it‘s short, sharp, sinister, darkly funny in parts. I liked it as much for what wasn‘t said as what was. This is one to keep thinking about.

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Nikki15
Mehso-so

Not quite sure how I felt about this book. I don‘t think it lived up to all the hype for me, just felt it was flat for me. 😑 hate it when I don‘t love a book!!

KendallHershey I kind of felt the same way! It was an easy read, but it didn‘t pull me like I expected it to. 3w
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JillR
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I‘m ashamed to say I haven‘t used the library for years. The books were always big heavy hardbacks and I got tired of lugging them around on my commute but I‘ve been feeling like I want to shake up my reading, and take risks in reading things I don‘t have to finish if I don‘t enjoy. When I‘ve bought the book I feel like I have to commit to finishing it! So yesterday I renewed my library card and was like a child in a sweet shop...

Cathythoughts That‘s brilliant! I only started to use the library again recently too.... I loved My Year Of Rest & Relaxation... seems to be a love /hate one ... look forward to your thoughts 3w
JillR @Cathythoughts I never would have bought that one because I‘ve seen such mixed reviews, so a perfect library loan! Glad to hear you loved it x 3w
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CaseyLea
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This book was a great read - deliciously dark and poetic. I loved the short, snappy chapters and the characters were well formed. Finishing this with a coffee in bed was the perfect way to start a Sunday morning!

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LeslieO
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When my #sreamathonswap partner didn‘t come thru @4thhouseontheleft did sending me two these books from my want list and finding my an amazing new partner in @TheSpineView (see previous post for that amazing package). Thank you, Alisia! You went above and beyond your swap host duties!

(I‘ve read one chapter of Cabin at the end of the World so far and I‘m terrified!)

TheSpineView Glad everything worked out in the end! I'll be interested to see what you think about Cabin at the End of the World. 3w
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Nikki15
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Straight into the next one! Been hearing lots of good things about this so looking forward to getting into it. Alongside a warming cup of tea of course ❤️☕️

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FashionableObserver
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I started this book on my flight to Scotland and, in the midst of making friends with my seat mates, catching up on my New Yorker mags and my podcasts, and falling in love with Glasgow, I have managed to get about 75% of the way through. This is SO GOOD! It would make a fabulous movie! In honor of the book‘s title, I present a selfie of my sister and me in one of her favorite Glasgow wine shops! 💜🍷

AmyG 💕 Hopefully neither of you are disposing of bodies. 4w
KathyWheeler What a great picture! And you‘re right — that book would make a good movie. 4w
FashionableObserver @AmyG It‘s still early...🤣 4w
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BarbaraBB Great pic 😍 4w
Reggie This is such a wonderful pic!! Have a good time!! 4w
FashionableObserver @Reggie Thank you! I may never come home...! 4w
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CaseyLea
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Hmmm...I may have got a bit overexcited at the library today. Can you tell I love a good horror/thriller?! Particularly excited about ‘My Sister, The Serial Killer‘ and ‘Hidden Bodies‘. Perfect halloween reads 🎃🎃👻👻🎃🎃

DrexEdit Very nice library haul! 😃 4w
Chelleymk I want to read my sister the serial killer! I keep forgetting to add it to my stack needs! 4w
CaseyLea @DrexEdit Thanks! I can‘t wait to get stuck in! 😊 4w
CaseyLea @Chelleymk I was so excited to see it at the library, I practically snatched it off the shelf 😂 4w
Chelleymk I live in very small town.. I don‘t think we‘re allowed to have anything at the library that isn‘t about church lol. Basically I‘m saying my library sux lol 4w
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Ncostell
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Really enjoyed this fast paced book. Korede is the plain sister to the beautiful Ayoola who happens to have killed a few boyfriends. When Ayoola sets her sights on the man that Korede has been pining after things get a lot more complicated.

readordierachel I enjoyed this one too! 1mo
Ncostell @readordierachel. Yes, this was a good one that I won‘t soon forget! 4w
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SomedayAlmost
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I may have a cold, but the plot is heating up! #thriller #Unique #TeamSlaughter #achoo @Clwojick

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Rollinsfan1

Fantastic so far. Poetically written.

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JenniferP
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My airplane reading today. Hooked me right in!

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SomedayAlmost
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“It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul...” -Oyinkan Braitywaite. Started this much-lauded thriller today. Love the witty tone. Want to teach it before Bouchercon, but it counts for #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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LibLib
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Seeing enough recommendations on Litsy I figured I'd give this a go! It wasn't what I expected, but it didn't disappoint. Fast paced and kept your mind guessing what was going to happen next. Anyone looking for a super quick read, I've got a book to lend you! #serialkiller #nottooscary #funread #femaleauthor #recommend

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purebugbeauty72
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Just started on Audible today. Sucked me right in!

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ProfReader
My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed reading this novel, I was really let down at the end. There were some unanswered questions for me; therefore, I feel like Braithwaite needs a sequel.

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LaurenELovesToRead
Mehso-so

It was choppy and not a flowing storyline, which is why I am giving this book a so-so rating. I think the depth in which the characters are explored was great however, and especially enjoyed the exploration of Korede‘s guilt & reasoning in helping her sister; I also loved her intriguing and against all odds friendship with her patient Muhtar. I‘m on the fence with this one as I did love the overall premise but the format just wasn‘t my cup of tea.

Sace I did the audiobook for this and really liked it. 2mo
LaurenELovesToRead @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I did like it, I just found the book jumped around a lot and so was hard to follow, maybe the audiobook would have suited me better! I feel the audiobook may have allowed me to really get into the authors mind and move through the narrative with her, get what she wanted me to think and feel. I am not an audiobook person but it may have suited this particular book. (edited) 2mo
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Avidreader25
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This whirlwind of a novel is short and sharp. I loved the author‘s voice and listened to the whole thing almost without stopping. If books were alcoholic drinks this would be a shot of something strong. The title says it all. A nurse struggles with the moral dilemma of protecting her beautiful sister versus protecting the men who are her potential victims. Can‘t wait to read whatever this author writes next.

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theladygreer
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Lives up to the hype! Really enjoyed it on audio. It unfolded more or less as I expected, but I still enjoyed the ride.

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tattersalt
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Mehso-so

This was breezy and enjoyable but not particularly amazing.. I wonder why it was longlisted for the Booker prize? Am I missing something?

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mdm139
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Been in a reading slump so I thought I would go buy 2 new books and go to the coffee shop for a bit, try to get some reading done without distractions from the house. Plus I get to wear one of my favorite fall outfits.

julesG Loooooove the tights/leggings. 2mo
Bookishthoughts Good choices!👏👏 2mo
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Joanne1
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Ripped through this one on two short flight on our way to beautiful Daydream Island. It was not quite what I was expecting but was really perfect travel reading. Super engaging but nothing too mentally taxing.

CarolynM I love the Whitsundays. So beautiful😍 Hope you get some sunshine. 2mo
Joanne1 @CarolynM this is our first time. I love the South Pacific so we‘ve usually sought the sun in that part of the world. It‘s probably about time we visited this part of our own country. Sadly I think we‘re expecting overcast days the whole time but it‘s warm at least. 2mo
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tattersalt
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I‘m on leave for a week and enjoying this as my first holiday read.

nichollinlove Not my typical type of read but it sounds fascinating! I might make this an October pick for Halloween! Review when you're done! I'm anxious to hear your thoughts! Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
tattersalt Thank you! Just finished and made a new post with a review. Enjoyable but not mind-blowing. Reading other reviews, I believe I may have missed some of the subtler satire, or at least I wasn‘t moved by it. But it was still fun and it‘s only novella-length so definitely worth a go for Halloween 😊 2mo
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Joanne1
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We‘re heading north for some sun and a mini holiday. Of course I‘ve packed more books than I could possibly read but that makes me feel good.

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Devyn
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Literally didn‘t have time to post about reading this because I read it so fast. This is up there as one of the best books I‘ve read this year. It‘s just wonderful. The characters are so frustrating but somehow endearing. The storytelling is concise with no moment that feels unnecessary or dragging. I can not wait for the author to put out more of her work because it‘s going to be an immediate purchase for me.

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kathedron
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I wasn't expecting to like this, much less to read it in a day! The hype led me to expect it to be more flippant: it's not without humour but I found it sharp rather than darkly comic. Despite the title it's Korede's book, the plain elder sister whose cultural and personal upbringing predetermine her to look out for gorgeous Ayoola. Is Ayoola really the villain of the piece, though, or is it the family, in which violence is perpetrated and hidden?

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jenniferajanes
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How far would you go to protect your family? That‘s what Korede has to decide when it becomes evident that her sister, Ayoola, has a tendency to kill her boyfriends. The writing is very good, although the story is disturbing. I‘m interested in reading more from this author.

AmyG While a crazy story, I really enjoyed this book. (edited) 2mo
jenniferajanes @AmyG 🤩📚 2mo
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StellaDz
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I‘m not sure what I was expecting from this book. While I did enjoy it, I was slightly underwhelmed. ☹️ Maybe it was too fast, maybe it didn‘t focus on where I wanted. I was left grasping for something.

It covers a lot for a short book. While being a satire, it covers sibling bonds and rivalry, familial abuse, Nigerian culture, and strangely, love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AnneCecilie
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This book was exactly what I needed, fast paced and intriguing characters.

“Ayoola summons me with these words-Korede, I killed him.
I had hoped I would never hear those words again.”

With a beginning that like that, it‘s impossible not to get hooked on the story.

It‘s about family dynamics and sisters, and consequences from physical abuse.

My 6th book from the Booker Longlist and my 2nd for #ABookAWeek hosted by @TheReadingMermaid

Jenken1998 I enjoyed this one too! 2mo
cleoh So good! 2mo
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vivastory
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There's a #bizarrelovetriangle at the heart of this short book that packs a wallop. I'm looking forward to seeing what Braithwaite publishes next.
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Ruthiella Ooh! Good one! 2mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks! 2mo
arlenefinnigan Hearing very good things about this 2mo
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Rachel_nyc Loved this book! So much going on between the lines. 2mo
gradcat On my TBR. ♥️ 2mo
readordierachel Me too! 2mo
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DavidDiamond
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Thoroughly enjoyed this witty black comedy about two sisters, one of whom has...shall we say...some issues. A quick, fun read!

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DavidDiamond
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So basically “maga” means the same thing in Nigerian Pidgin as it does in English! Who knew!😂😂

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