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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Written by: Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Jessica Preddy
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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. 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 excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. 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. It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell. 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. 

©2019 Abbi Waxman (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely.” (Katie Fjorde)

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Good story for a Hollywood movie

I struggled to finish the book. The audio was good including the narrator as well.

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Terrible writing

The writer tries too hard to make Nina the perfect liberal millennial. So hard, in fact, that the story takes a back seat and tokenizes a few queer characters, making random references to Rajasthan and hippie dietary preferences along the way. If you want to write about these things, the least you can do is tie them well into the story! Not, "Nina had always enjoyed the company of gay men and finding out that she was related to one was a bonus." So, of course she has to have a gay nephew/best friend who is flamboyant, debonair and over-the-top. Also, we get it! She lives in LA. In this case, you missed adding in references to kombucha, zero-waste living, smoothie bowls and goat yoga. And Nina's got no black or brown friends! Gasp! Little miss perfect is probably racist. Move on and tell us the story!

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  • 13-07-19

Returned

I was only in a few chapters and the narrator mispronounced one word to many, so I returned it. The book is definitely worth a read though.

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  • 30-08-19

Fun, but trying too hard.

I like Abbi Waxman's sense of humour particularly in her first book (the Garden of small Beginnings) but there wasn't as much of it in this book. The book seemed to be trying too hard to be current in its themes and it just didn't really work for me. The male characters were a bit flat, though Nina herself was great. I had high hopes for this book and it started really well, sadly I felt it fizzled out and became quite cliche in the second half. Enjoyable enough but not a favourite.

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  • madison tuckey
  • 25-02-20

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interesting book however the narration became a little irritating at times when certain characters were being portrayed. unfortunate the ending was anticlimactic and felt rushed

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  • Parisa
  • 22-01-20

Did not like the narrator

Did not like the tone of the narrator and they way she had portrayed all the characters.They all sounded like air heads even the main character who was supposed to be and educated person!!!!