The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman


"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."

Title:  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author:  Abbi Waxman
Publisher:  Berkley
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Bookish Live of Nina Hill" by Abbi Waxman

My Rationalization:   

I enjoyed reading "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" maybe because I am too a book reader.  When it looks as though Nina has her life all placed out with 'detailed planner, small circle of friends, book clubs, trivia nights and working at Knights Book store something will happen that will give her cause to wonder what in the world is going on?  It seems as though Nina has an inheritance from a father she didn't know of plus a family of 'complicated siblings, nieces, nephews, and multiple stepmothers."  The main question is why had Nina's mother not told her of her father?  To make matter even more complicated she meets Tom who was her trivia nemesis where there seems to be some interest. How in the world will she handle all of this?  Will her life be too full to squeeze him in?

Oh, by the way, did I tell you Nina suffers from 'Anxiety?'

I found this read fascinating with its witty humor along with Nina's thought pattern.  However, the reader will have to keep up because there will be lots of characters...Louise, Liz, Mr. Meffo, Phil [cat], Polly Lisa, Eliza, Millie, Archie, Leah, Tom, Peter and I am sure I have left out a few others that will add to this interesting story.  

To find out how this will all work out for Nina you will have to pick up "The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill" to see how this story will all turn out.  It will be a funny and witty story all-around that will keep you turning the pages to see what's coming next.  I would highly recommend this novel.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.


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