Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Ali Waxman

Genre: Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 4
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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.

Nina was the most intensely relatable protagonist of all time. It was literally like reading a book about myself. The things she said, thought, and did were all so ME. I especially loved her snarky responses and conversation. Abbi Waxman just gets me, and I need to make friends with her NOW please. Although, thankfully, I don’t have anxiety as bad as Nina does.

Other than that, I’m not exactly sure what to say in this review. It’s kind of exactly what you would expect. A funny, laid-back romantic comedy about a girl coming out of her shell to get to know the family she never knew she had. If the synopsis sounds good to you, you’ll probably be as enchanted as I was. There’s nothing world-changing here, just a happy book that will probably make you feel good.

Also, can we address the lack of anything in real life that even closely resembles the amazingness of Nina’s trivia league? What a loss for the world.

Sorry this review is so short and not eloquent. I loved this book, and I think most book lovers will too. It’s funny, and sweet, and romantic, and all of the good things. ❤

14 thoughts on “Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

        1. Maybe? It depends on what you are comfortable with. I gave it a maturity rating of 4, which means it has similar content to a PG-13 movie, and there’s some sexuality. Mostly I would say you probably won’t relate to it very well because the characters are like, 30.


        1. That sounds like fun! I’ll have to dig a little deeper to find out if there’s anything like that around me once the kids are a little older. It sounds like something my husband and I might enjoy doing together.


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