Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Genres: Women’s Fiction/ Contemporary Romance
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.
This is another story that I went into blind. I supposed from the cover and title that this book was about a girl named Nina Hill who was bookish. And that didn’t fail me. LOL!
Nina was a bit of an unique character for me, or rather there was a bit of a twist to her character. She works in a book store, loves trivia, random facts, organization, and she suffers from anxiety. She tends to shy away from people. But the quirk for me in this was that she didn’t shy away from sex. She found it to be easier than actually having to talk to someone. And most characters like hers tend to be just as frightened by sex, so that was different for me, at least from the books I’ve read. Don’t take from that there are lots of sex scenes in this book because there aren’t. But while I’m on this topic, I should mention here that sex was my biggest qualm with the story. And it’s not the fact that there was sex, but that it seemed to be the biggest factor in Nina and Tom’s relationship. I wanted more of an emotional connection to go with it. But, as I mentioned, the romance is really a secondary part of the story, so it didn’t take away too much from things overall.
This book is really about Nina’s growth and overcoming her anxiety. And while that seems like a potentially heavy topic, this book is sprinkled with humor. And there are several laugh out loud moments. At one point I was really cracking up and someone watching me might have questioned my sanity. The humor was my absolute favorite part of the book. And that’s saying something because there’s lots of book talk, which was awesome, too.
On top of the humor, there are some really touching moments concerning Nina and her newfound family. And one letter in particular will just really pull on your heartstrings. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and especially the laughs. 4 Stars!