The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman (Goodreads Author)
Nina lives a solitary life with her cat and books. She not only owns a library card, but also works in a bookstore. And then her absentee father dies and leaves her with a sprawling, complicated family. And then a potential boyfriends shows up. And anxiety follows suit.
I did not enjoy the first 40 pages or so, the clichés just came too thick and fast. The stereotyping was somewhat painful. Apparently avid readers are all socially inept introverts.
The book eventually grew on me though. I didn‘t love it, but it was better than ok, once I accepted it as a light summer read without much substance.
Nina’s family are more stereotypes, but they are also quirky enough to be fun. Lots of potential as well. I can see another book coming out for each of them. And I would probably even read some of them. Lydia and Lisa would be my preferred choice.
The romance was light, without too much drama. Nothing is explored too deeply. It‘s not laughing-out-loud, but feel-good material.
I am not rushing to find more by the author, but might be persuaded to pick up another one.
3.5 stars, rounded up.