Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Pages: 352
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Goodreads says, "The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.   When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?  Nina considers her options.  1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)  2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).   3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)  It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page."

Nina Hill is an introvert. Obviously. She likes her quiet life with her trivia loving friends, and her job at the local bookstore.  Nina's world is thrown upside down when her father, whom she has never even met, leaves her something from his will.  She knows absolutely nothing about her father as her eccentric mother has always said she doesn't know who he is.  Well, as luck would have it, he was very wealthy and she perhaps she is looking to inherit some of his fortune.  But what is even more concerning to Nina is the fact that her father had a whole family, which means she has aunts, nephews, nieces, and even siblings that she didn't even know about.   To top it off, her new "family" lives nearby!  Some of the family members have been reaching out to her, but she is not interested in gaining an instant family, especially one that is boisterous and filled with drama.  On the other hand, Nina has always wondered what it would be like to have a sibling or even a family who is around for all the ups and downs in life.  Nina opens herself up to some new experiences in The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Oh, Nina. I adored her in The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, but would you really expect anything less from a fellow bookworm? I mean I could obviously relate to her and I bet, dear reader, you could as well.  Nina's childhood wasn't conventional to say the least, she was mostly raised by a nanny, but despite her rocky upbringing she has made a life for herself.  However, this life is strategically mapped out.  Nina isn't exactly the most flexible of people, so this new development in her life really throws her for a loop.  It's exactly what she needs though. 

Waxman's writing is superb in The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. I was laughing out loud. Some of Nina's observations, the witty banter, her sarcasm, and the comments Nina made had me grinning ear to ear. Her depiction of Nina, right down to her daily schedule, had me laughing (I may or may not have a similar daily calendar) and it was reminiscent of one of my other favorite literary character, Bridget Jones.  

If you are looking for a quick and fun book that will make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and if you are bookish, you may, like me, relate to Nina in some way, then definitely check out The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. It's one of my favorite books of the year.  


4 comments:

  1. Nina Hill is my home girl. Honestly, can you tell me anyone who's more relateable than Nina? Well, besides the inheritance and all, i feel like she's my long lost bff. Lol.

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    1. I know, right?? I want to be friends with Nina or at least join her trivia group. ;) I'm so glad you loved this book as much as me, Joy. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I really liked this book - I could definitely relate to Nina the bookworm, too!

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    1. Me too! Nina is definitely someone I'd be friends with. Thanks for dropping by, Angela!

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