Bookstore employee and competitive trivia player Nina Hill's well-planned life gets turned upside down when she discovers that the father she never knew existed has died, leaving behind money and an enormous extended family—some welcoming and some not so welcoming to Nina. Meanwhile, fellow trivia nerd Tom is vying for Nina's affections, further threatening her hard-earned sense of control.
... [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.