The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. (2019).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Nina is a young woman who has her life exactly as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes thinks there is more to life, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father she never knew dies, Nina is horrified to discover she has multiple relatives that live nearby. And if that wasn’t enough she finds herself becoming attracted to Tom, her trivia nemesis, who turns out to be cute, funny and also interested in her.
It’s time for Nina to turn her own fresh page and find out if real life can live up to fiction.
I have a feeling many readers will either love Nina or not be keen on her at all. I, luckily for me, am in the first camp and was definitely team Nina. I feel like on some strange alternate universe, I could be Nina haha. I really felt a strong kinship to her and she made me laugh quite a few times. I also liked Tom, he would have to be one of my top fave male romantic leads. I particularly appreciated that sometimes Tom’s point of view was included here and there, I thought that was a great touch. I found the storyline to be a lot of fun even though in reality I imagine it would be super stressful to suddenly find out about a whole bunch of relatives that you have to meet immediately! I think the author did a great job in pointing out the humour in a lot of the situations in the novel (or just making it humorous for the reader).
I really enjoyed this quirky book and would recommend giving it a go to see if you also fall in love with Nina and her antics.