... [a] thoroughly likable, introverted, whip-smart titular character ... Perhaps to showcase Nina’s overt millennialism, Waxman tends to overuse capitalization-to-make-a-point ... This Grows Tiresome Quickly. But it is a nit-picky quirk in a feel-good book that shines, one that offers a heroine we can root for from page one. Nina’s fight against chaos—her pleas to be left alone, left to her planning and schedules and quiet—feels authentic ... You will impress at your next dinner party or, who we are kidding, book club meeting, if you spew even a few of the trivia facts Nina hordes in her always-on head.
Centering on a main character who loves spending time with a good book more than with other people, bookworms everywhere won’t be able to resist the charm of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill ... Nina Hill is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read in literature ... The book’s depiction of living with mental health challenges...is incredibly nuanced and makes for a satisfying read ... The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will put a smile on your face the entire time you’re reading it. It’s a light, fun summer read with a cast of colorful and lovable characters that you wish were real and that you had on your trivia team. This book is the perfect beach read or pick-me-up for a cloudy day.
Book nerds will feel strong kinship with the engaging, introverted Nina Hill ... Readers will be captivated by Nina’s droll sense of humor and sympathize with her tendency towards anxiety ... Waxman’s...perspective includes a wry narration of Nina’s life as well as getting into Nina’s head, and it’s this style that will continue to build her deserved readership.
Waxman's third novel...is full of pop culture references (bonus points for readers who catch the Men at Work one), and the handwritten planner entries are reminiscent of those in Bridget Jones's diary. However, the third-person narration doesn't really work here—Nina would tell her story better—and the occasional sexual references don't fit the book's innocent tone ... Will appeal to chick lit fans who enjoy copious rapid-fire dialog.
Nina...has a spark, an imagination, and a sense of humor that make you want to sit with her and observe people over a cappuccino and pastry...while making wisecracks ... Waxman...skillfully shows Nina's changing mindset in the hilarious schedules, complete with meal plans and shopping lists, she makes each day. If you love writing plans and sticking to them, you’ll love Nina Hill. If you roll your eyes at people who make daily schedules, you’ll love Nina Hill, too. Waxman has created a thoroughly engaging character in this bookish, contemplative, set-in-her-ways woman. Be prepared to chuckle.
It's clear that the biggest fans of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will be Nina’s fellow book lovers, who will greatly enjoy seeing the variety of literary references with which Abbi Waxman sprinkles its pages. But her thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy will also appeal to anyone who appreciates a quirky love story. Sure, the novel might have a fairy-tale ending, but Nina herself (not to mention a fairly well-developed cast of supporting characters) has a bit of an edge ... It’s easy to imagine The Bookish Life of Nina Hill being tucked inside beach bags and overnight bags this summer, as bibliophiles follow Nina’s example and find adventures both within the pages of a book and outside in the big wide world.
... a love letter to book nerds ... With witty dialogue and a running sarcastic inner monologue...Waxman brings Nina to vibrant life as she upends her introverted routine and become part of the family. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this.