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    Baby, You Do You

    4.5 stars The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was such a quirky and fun read. The writing hooked me right from the start and really drew me into the story. The Los Angeles setting was a wonderful surprise, and I loved seeing all of the different locations and references, especially the book store where Nina worked. I have actually visited this store (which is cleverly called Knight's in the book) and I cackled several times at the author's hilariously accurate descriptions of the area and different LA-isms. Book lovers will identify and relate a lot to Nina. She sometimes came across as a socially awkward book snob, but I still found her character very endearing. She's living what she considers to be a wonderful life, but as the book progresses we see that that life isn't quite as fulfilling as she believed it to be. Though there is romance in the book, I really feel like the main love story is between Nina and herself. She's coming into her own, accepting, growing, making mistakes, and adapting to all the new things and people in her life. Considering her world got turned completely upside down, I felt like she responded really well. I loved the colorful cast of characters that we meet throughout the book, especially Peter, Lydia, and how cute was Tom? He complemented Nina well, but I would have liked a little more time spent on establishing and building their connection. There is a little bit of drama, and I feel like Tom overreacted, but I also liked that he wasn't a doormat and knew what he wanted. The resolution to their drama was perfect though and left me with a huge smile on my face. Overall, this was a fantastic novel and I definitely plan to read more from this author. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
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    "Brilliantly witty and at times emotional."

    4.5 STARS! Such a fun read, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is an adorable and heartwarming novel! Nina Hill is quirky, sarcastic, and an introvert. She lives in a small apartment with her cat, Phil and works at a bookstore. Nina doesn't have much of a relationship with her mother as she was basically raised by her nanny, Louise. Nina is also imaginative. She gets lost in the stories she reads and loves, which is what all bookworms do. Soon, Nina uncovers that her deceased father (whom she never met) made her a beneficiary in his will. She also discovers she has brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and even great-nephews/nieces. She finds what she's always longed for... A family. Along the way Nina also finds love. Abbi Waxman takes us on a journey throughout this novel. A journey of self-discovery through Nina's eyes. One in which she battles anxiety and has to realize she doesn't have to be alone to feel content. This journey allows Nina to grow and come into herself. The only fault I found was there were moments that the plot felt a bit rushed, and I'm that person that always wants more in a story... especially from the secondary characters. Regardless, it was a joy watching Nina live outside her books for once! The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was brilliantly witty and at times emotional. I enjoyed it 100%! It was small parts romance and bit of angst, but overall this book leaned more towards women's fiction. Without question, this novel will captivate you and make you laugh. If you're a fellow bookworm like myself and Nina Hill then this is a must read!
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