Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: This is by far one of the most relatable books I have ever read. There is no avoiding loving the character of Nina Hill. She is an introverted bookworm who loves being home, staying in her comfort zone and talks to her cat way too much (I don’t have a cat but I talk to my horses and birds way too much), even so she has a packed schedule with events and friends and an amazingly full life. It’s just one of comfort. When she is forced out of her comfort zone life gets a lot more interesting, if a bit more anxiety inducing. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters, I loved the awkward situations Nina finds herself in and I think the character development was done very well. The only thing that kept from a 5 star read for me was that I wanted a little bit more of the family aspect of things. I was left feeling like I missed out on a portion of that story line. Still a fantastic read that I highly recommend to all my introverted bookworm friends.
*I received this book from Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review*