The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Review

“If you’re not scared, you’re not brave.”

– Abbi Waxman


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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book hits it all for me! A great main character who keeps it real and is not afraid to be herself. She is is smart and her own hero!

The books also has a bit or romance and family drama. I was a bit annoyed with Nina when it came to romance and dating. She tried to push her feelings away and ignore them.

I really enjoyed all the characters of the book, even the rude family members- toward the end anyways!

Speaking of this unknown family member. My mom was adopted, so I am always interested in stories about long lost family or adoption.

I loved all the literary references as well as the mixture of humor. Nina has a sort of real witty sense to her that I cannot help but connect with. Being a fellow introvert, I can’t help but relate to Nina and feel for her when she is pushed out of her comfort zone.

The book does a brilliant job keeping the mood light while also bringing in some drama and intense moments as well. I felt genuinely connected to the main character and her whimsical, no shit taking personality!

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