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Written in the Stars
Written in the Stars | Aisha Saeed
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Nailas fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny? Nailas conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows upbut they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, datingeven friendship with a boyis forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Nailas vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changedher parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before its too late.
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A teen dates behind her parents back. When they find out, they take her to their home country and arrange a marriage for her. Modern but feels set in the past. It‘s amazing that this sort of thing can still happen to women.

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Life hasn‘t been easy, but it gets less painful every day, and as I look at Saif, I know that love- in its essence, at its core- is the most bittersweet thing there is. #WrittenInTheStars #AishaSaeed #lastline #closingline #book #books #bookhoarder #bookhoarders #bookhaul #bookhauler #bookholic #bookholics #bookjunkie #bookjunkies #bookjunky #bookjacket #bookjackets #bookjacketdesign #bookkeeper #bookkeeping #bookkeeperlife #YA #Contenporary 💝💝

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Skeeterisme
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Amazing!

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Bananaism
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This book touched my soul. In a lot of ways it felt similar to things I had personally gone through, so the heart strings were pulled. It was hard to read sometimes, but so good.

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VioletMoonBooks
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rubyslippersreads 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Wbabdullah
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Hmmm...I considered giving 2 reviews, one non-spoiler, one def spoiler cuz I wanted to vent about what was happening in the book so bad. Wanted to punch and curse out a few folks & say WTF or WTH?? But I‘m gonna take a step back and say, if I have emotions like these surrounding a fictional character about what does happen to some in real life, then I guess that‘s pretty good writing. While there was nothing spectacular about the writing style👇🏽

Wbabdullah It was a book that needed to be written and needs to be read...for #ownvoices, for authentic voices, for diversity, for #social justice, for #womensrights, for #humanrights. And I guess that‘s about all I can without wanting to go beat someone up...as for the triggers, I‘m a sensitive reader and viewer and I could take this one. The author laid it on low and with subtlety so that the reader doesn‘t hurt as much as the protagonist does. 2y
Wbabdullah The book would actually probably be better and more poignant if she did make the reader feel more like the protagonist, but then again, I probably wouldn‘t have been able to read it then 😬. Some folks are really messed up. Some parents are really selfish, thinking they are doing what‘s best for their children when it‘s really in their own self-interest. 2y
Wbabdullah And duh! The obvious solution to the whole darn dilemma was to make her love connection halal and legal by helping her marry Saif in the first place, not trying to marry her to some darn stranger in Pakistan. But her parents were really selfish fools and I guess there are some of those in the world too. So happy Saif and his folks weren‘t. I‘m just shaking my head now. 2y
Wbabdullah And there goes the vent ☝🏽🤣😂 2y
Wbabdullah Eyes opened, trying to stay woke. 2y
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Wbabdullah
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“Do wardens expect gratitude from inmates for the luxuriousness of their cage?”

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Wbabdullah
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“Maybe, I think, if I don‘t look up, if I simply look down and never look up again for the rest of my life, the feelings buried within will never rise to the surface. I can accept the numbness instead of the madness that could follow.”

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you failed by default. -J.K. Rowling #WrittenInTheStars #AishaSaeed #JKRowling #book #books #bookxcess #bookcollection #bookcollector #bookcase #bookcases #bookcover #bookcovers #bookcult #bookclub #bookvibe #bookvibes #bookbag #bookbinding #bookblog #bookblogger #booknerd #booknerds #booknerdsunite 💙💙

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VioletMoonBooks
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Wbabdullah
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Just started Written in the Stars, then will follow it up with The Bloodprint. Two books by Muslim female authors with ethnic origins in the Indian subcontinent. One of my resolutions this year is to get over my debilitating fears, anxieties, and grief from the past so I can move onward and upward—forward march! Saeed is talking about fears and control issues I know all too well. Loving it so far but anxious as to what I‘ll be hit with.

Cinfhen 💕💕 2y
ZoeyPeacock I‘m trying to do the same. ❤️ 2y
DGRachel I love Ausma Zehanat Khan! I hope you enjoy The Bloodprint as much as I did. 2y
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Wbabdullah @ZoeyPeacock ❤️❤️❤️ maybe we can work on it together through recommended reads! If I come across some great reads on fear, grief, and anxiety, I‘ll recommend them to you! For instance, have you read/listened to 2y
Wbabdullah @DGRachel I hope I love it too! Have you read her mysteries yet? The Omar Khattak series? I briefly cracked open the first one but couldn‘t get into it then.:: 2y
ZoeyPeacock I haven‘t but I do have it on audio. And I would love that. 2y
DGRachel Yes, I‘ve read them all and have the 4th on preordered. I‘m a huge fan of hers and she‘s wonderfully engaging and sweet on Twitter. 2y
Wbabdullah @ZoeyPeacock I‘ve started it on Audio but haven‘t finished it yet. I think I probably have 2-3 more hours to go, just have to push through! I‘m more of a visual kinesthetic learner than an audio one but I do enjoy the read!! 2y
Wbabdullah @DGRachel I didn‘t even know there was a fourth! 2y
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JenFowler
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Shocking story of a forced marriage thrown on a girl while on what she thought was a Pakistan vacation before she headed off to college.
Surprising ending. It makes me sick to think this happens in real life.

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Wbabdullah
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Putting this on hold at the library! Wish they had it as an ebook! 😭 I read ebooks so much faster! Anywho, the cover has been revealed for Aisha Saeed‘s next book set to come out April 2018 (Amal Unbound)! Check it out! https://bookriot.com/?p=141329

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KS1805
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I know Pakistani Americans and I know that this isn‘t indicative of all Pakistanis or Pakistani Americans. I understand the criticism because of so much negative bias towards Muslims. The author being Pakistani herself writes a nice authors note. Like most young adult novels, adults are evil and teens need to wrestle control of their lives out from them . She uses forced marriage as her foil and it works for a fast paced and emotional novel.

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AshleyKorinE
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I'm not going to lie, I skimmed because the content was too much for me to handle. Oh my gosh was a horribly heartbreaking story. I would say everyone needs to read it if only to understand, and then turn around and read When Dimple Met Rishi because there is such contrast to the 2 stories with similar background. I loved it so much but I hurt for Nalia. Major trigger warnings honestly just all around, control, sexual assault, the list is endless.

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Onlaughterandliteracy
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The cover of all covers 💙🌟💜 I just LOVED this book. I could not stop reading it. I stayed up until midnight devouring it because I had to know what would happen next. If you liked the family tradition aspect of When Dimple Met Rishi, you will like this. Warning though: your heart will ache for Naila. Thank you again @Bookzombie for this read!

Bookzombie Yay! So glad you loved it! ☺️ 2y
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ReviewsandReadathons
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After some hyped #audiocleaning, finally starting some print reading for #24in48. Also a read for #diversitybingo2017.

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feminismandyoga
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I adore this cover. It is why I had to read it and what made me put it on my #LitsyAtoZ for #LetterW. The story itself is a great little YA romance that felt like a modern fairy tale that anyone who reads YA could enjoy. Its am especially great for lovers of #diversebooks and those looking for a palate cleaner.

BellaJourney I've glanced at this book at coperfields. Did you enjoy it? 2y
feminismandyoga @Bella1217 There's difficult content but its mostly a beautiful story with a fun protagonist. 2y
BellaJourney Thanks it's nice hearing from your own perspective of the book. By the way I love your feminist quotes my friend and I are big on girl power! 2y
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Onlaughterandliteracy
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I really don't think this could be more perfect! And talk about SPOILED!! Thank you @Bookzombie for your thoughtfulness! She even guessed my Hogwarts house 💙📚 #summersantagoespostal Thank you @BookishMarginalia for organizing!

BookishMarginalia Such cool items! I love all the HP stuff! 2y
TrishB Lovely 💟 2y
Reviewsbylola Great gift! 2y
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AJBowers The donut is adorable. 2y
GypsyKat Fantastic! 😍 2y
Bookzombie Yay! I'm so glad you like it and that I got the right House! I hope you enjoy all the books. 🙂 2y
Alicia Awesome stuff!! I love Dave Eggers! 2y
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Christina.termini
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I bought this book purely based on the cover. It's so beautiful! It's still on my infinitely long tbr, but I swear I'll get to it soon!

#bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #ya #yalit #coverlove #becauseofreading #bibliophile #booksandcandles #bookish

MrBook Another candle for @BookBabe to need! 😆 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#splashintosummerreads #shelfie

These are the remaining physical books on Mount TBR. Getting there!!

Hooked_on_books Wow, so small! Nice job! 2y
LizzyM Very impressive! 2y
Smangela Wow! So impressive 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! That's great!! 2y
Zelma Wow, very impressive. Now you just need to rebuild the mountain! 😂 2y
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BiblioNyan
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This was a VERY difficult book for me to read with a lot of intense triggers. A very good friend of mine experienced something painfully similar, but she didn't survive it. This brought up a lot of those feelings. But the message here is very important and in the end that message made the difficulty of reading this book worth it, to an extent. The writing itself wasn't great at all. 2/5.

#writteninthestars #aishasaeed #ya #diversebooks

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This is making me so hungry. I'm really missing my mum's cooking so badly right now.

#quotes #writteninthestars #aishasaeed

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BiblioNyan
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My next read for #RamadanReadathon! I'm about 40 pages in. It's so compelling with plot that unfolds fast. I'm very intrigued and curious to know how everything will play out.

#writteninthestars #aishasaeed #islamic #ya #diversebooks #ownvoices #amreading

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Mackypup
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Another good one for #RITeenBookNominees An American of Pakistani heritage is tricked into going to Pakistan and forced into an arranged marriage by her parents.

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Yamich49
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This book broke my heart! Reading Nalia's story reminded me how grateful I am to have such loving parents who would never even try to tell me that I should get married, much less tell me who to marry. This novel explores forced marriages and the experience of one young woman who just wants to go to college and date the boy she loves openly. Great writing and a captivating story that you won't want to put down.

TW: rape

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JennaRoot
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I love reading a book without remembering why it was on your TBR or having any clue what it's about. I'm sure I have @bookriot to thank for this one. It was a page-turner that made my heart ache. Perfect for a rainy weekend. ❤📚

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TirzahPrice
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A very compelling premise! Naila's struggle to honor her parents and their traditions clash with her love for Saif, a boy her parents have deemed unsuitable. The stakes ratchet up when her parents force Naila into an arranged marriage, and she faces the possibility of being trapped in her husband's house the rest of her life. Whether or not she'll risk everything for the life she wants is the driving force behind this tense story!

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theotherkait
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It ripped my heart out, threw it down, stepped in it, then tore it to pieces.

TW: rape

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TirzahPrice
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Up next: a book written by an agent sister!

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sprainedbrain
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#feistyfeb #diverselovestories

Loved them both! 😃

RealLifeReading Love the covers! 3y
geekerydo So good! 3y
JDHawkins I havent read either! Yet! 3y
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BiblioNyan
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Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to pop in and share some of my fav & most colourful titles from my #diverse bookshelf! They're all great books! Have you guys read any of them?

I hope you all have a great day & don't give up hope!! I know everything is terrifying & infuriating, but please keep the faith alive & never stop fighting! For the people by the PEOPLE, no matter what they believe or look like!! ✊🏽

#litsygram #shelfie #diversebooks

leslieisreading A Tale for the Time Being (❤) is the only one I've read - I love the colorful selection, they all look great! 3y
BiblioNyan @leslieisreading Thank you! They're an awesome bunch of reads. 😃 3y
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alibrarianslibrary
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Y'all. I pretty much read this in one sitting. It is quite a story. Naila is a brave young woman. This is a window looking into a culture so different from the one I grew up in. But I understand it better. Perfect for those of you looking to fill your #MuslimBookShelf #ownvoices

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alibrarianslibrary
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Started this beauty last night. Already halfway through it. 😊😍

jessberk13 This has popped up on my feed at least three times this morning. I'll have to take a closer look! And such a beautiful cover! 3y
alibrarianslibrary @jessica it is one that has continued to pop up in my life too so I just went ahead and put it on hold at the library so I could read it! Good decision in my part! 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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Fantastic! Naila's parents made me angry. The marriage she was literally forced into (yes, force) broke my heart. Her loss of choice and voice changed her life in ways that I take for granted daily. I think that is one way in which this book is so powerful: it offers a perspective that so many of us never get to see.

I loved the glimpse into Pakistani culture, as Naila's family are immigrants.

#LitsyRC7 #LitsyReadingChallenge #AboutImmigration

intothehallofbooks This is YA, but I would love to read something similar to this in adult fiction so it could be expanded a little bit. 😉 3y
HittingOnGirls I am really enjoying your Litsy updates. I should have started using this app sooner. I like it more than Goodreads. 3y
ReadingsByTheC I've been wanting to read this one but am worried it will be too heartbreaking. 3y
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intothehallofbooks @ReadingsByTheC It is indeed heartbreaking in several places. You will definitely feel things. But I forgot to mention that it ends on a hopeful note! I can't believe I forgot that part. Hopeful ending! I'd love to know what you think if you do decide to read. 3y
intothehallofbooks @HittingOnGirls Hey friend! I'm so happy you like it here. Welcome! 3y
Laura317 Sounds intriguing. We have Pakistani family friends - I'm glad they don't do forced marriages for their children. 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 Yet another book that sounds good 📚I've stacked! Beautiful cover as well. 3y
intothehallofbooks @Laura317 I'm so glad too! I have to admit that I didn't really understand the differences between arranged vs forced marriage. The author is Pakistani-American. She had an arranged marriage that she agreed to and is very happy in it. It's just a very interesting story that is far outside of what I know. 3y
intothehallofbooks @bookish22 It really is very good! I hope you pick it up sometime 😊 And I agree, the cover is so very lovely! 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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"...You can choose what you want to be when you grow up, the types of shoes you want to buy, how long you want your hair to be. But your husband, that's different. We choose your husband for you. You understand that, right?"

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#LitsyRC7 #LitsyReadingChallenge #AboutImmigration

mcipher Ouch! 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 This story sounds fascinating! 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Read this because of the Pakistan content
Currently mentoring kiddos from there ..
Fantastic read

hwheaties Loved this one also. 3y
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Kristy_K
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#seasonsreadings2016 -#weneeeddiversebooks

Some of the books on my #tbr for next year.

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rubyslippersreads
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Three I want to read in 2017, via one book challenge or another. (Or, in the case of Aristotle and Dante, have it read to me by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 😍) #weneeddiversebooks #seasonsreadings2016

DyAnne L-M Miranda reading Ari and Dante to me was such a wonderful experience. ❤️ 3y
Sparkpuppypup ❤️Lin-Manuel❤️ 3y
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bookloaner
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Just finished the first book on my shiny, new Kindle. My old one completely stopped working and I was really trying to hold out until Christmas Eve but I gave in. I read half of this book as a hardback library book but then finished it as an ebook. I reading in the dark right before I go to sleep so I end up reading books in 2 different formats a lot. Do you guys do that?

k.bryns That's why I love my kindle, being able to read right before bed and fall asleep reading! 3y
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bookloaner
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pretty excited about my library holds! #librarian #teenlibrarian #ireadya

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theshrinkette
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rachelm This has been on my TBR. Need to get it! 3y
sparklemotion I'm waiting for my copy to arrive! :) 3y
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theshrinkette
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Oooh I've been waiting to read this for the longest time. #ownvoices #DiversityDecBingo #amreading

LindsayReads Ooooooooooh, the cover is so pretty lit up on your tablet like that! 3y
emilyesears Yeah, that cover is gorgeous! 3y
GlitteryOtters Wow, what a beautiful cover! 3y
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