Abbi Waxman's books are always so much fun, so endearing and just ones that you are so glad you took the chance on. Her latest has all the heartwarming, fun adventures, dialogue and characters we have come to know and expect from her.
Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Published By: Berkley (July 9, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. She can be found online at abbiwaxman.com, Facebook.com/abbiwaxmanbooks, and on Twitter @amplecat.
What can I say about this book other than I absolutely loved it? It is so darn funny and relatable and so very real feeling. Who doesn't love books? Have a crazy messed up, complicated family? Who doesn't feel anxious about things and well...did I mention the crazy messed up, complicated family?
There is so very much to love about this book I truly could go on about it all day. But in short, this book, this story and all it's fun quirky characters, reminded me why I fell in love with Waxman's debut years ago. Her wit, witty one liners, family dynamic, slow burn romances, and memorable characters, all make this one story you truly, don't want to miss. So much wonderful goodness packed into this read. Pick it up, give it a spin, you won't be disappointed.