Book Review for THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman
THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A delightfully clever, amusing, and sincere story filled with all sorts of bookish goodness.
THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL is a book lover’s dream. This wonderfully crafted story will bring the reader into a world of books, trivia, and family drama. Waxman gifted the book nerd inside of all of us with the sometimes quirky character of Nina Hill.
The thing I loved about this tale is the simple honesty and relatability of the main character. Maybe it is because I see a lot of myself in Nina, but I never once didn’t understand what her motives were. I just got it, and I loved reading a book that seemed to understand the uniqueness in this type of personality.
Sitting down with this book reminded me of the first time I experienced a Jane Austen novel. Through Waxman’s words, I was able to engage with the people I met. I was able to laugh at the sometimes dry sense of humor. But most importantly, understand the anxiety the main character experienced all the while cloaked in a writing style that seemed effortless.
This is a story for book nerds and trivia junkies alike. If you love sitting down with a completely enjoyable read, pick this one up. You will not be sorry.
PS. This is the first book I have ever been jealous of the lead’s love interests day job. ;)
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.
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.
About the Author: Abbi Waxman, the author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 9, 2019)
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