Book Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

This book review of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata is one I didn’t think would end up being positive. Let’s say the beginning of this book was extremely slow, but ultimately, the story delivered what it promised. We’re back in slow-burn land with Miss Zapata.

(Review contains spoilers.)

Book review The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata official cover
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me official cover art

My rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Summary: Vanessa’s had enough of her job. While she earns a lot for taking care of Football Star Aiden Graves, she wants to be a graphic designer. After a humiliating episode at work, Vanessa says goodbye to an ungrateful boss who can’t be bothered to even say good morning, let alone defend her. But Aiden shows up at her doorstep because he needs her help, and he makes her an offer she finds it hard to refuse.

Genre: Contemporary romance

Audience: Adult

Themes/potential trigger warnings: explicit sex, mild mobbing and harassment

MCs you can’t dislike

Although The Wall of Winnipeg and Me started slow, I didn’t mind. Vanessa Mazur is a fun character to follow, mostly because her thoughts are hilarious and she’s not a complete pushover, although she has to stay silent most of the time because of her job. When she ultimately goes back to her “workplace,” at first I thought she’d end up resuming her activities, but I’m glad she didn’t. Zapata writes women setting boundaries really well.

In comparison, Aiden felt a little boring. His personality blossoms at a snail’s pace throughout the book, but he’s a rather endearing character as well. Work-driven and reserved, he’s far from being the “typical male in romance novels,” which is another strong element in Zapata’s writing.

Sandra Bullock, is that you?

It could be a me-thing, but I seriously felt like Zapata did a Sandra Bullock marathon before she wrote this book. Between the awkward football player and the fake Canadian-American marriage to stay in the US… I say sus. Now, being a Sandra Bullock fan, I won’t complain, but at times, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me felt like something between a romcom mashup and a fanfiction.

So while this was a great read, I still think that From Lukov with Love is the superior Zapata novel.