Author: Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Berkley Books
Goodreads: The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.
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.
Ope’s Opinion: Oh, so many great things to say about this book. My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings liked this so much she recommended I buy a copy, so I did! It was worth every minute of time I spent with it and every penny ( maybe more ) I spent to purchase it.
If you are a book person, who likes to read about other book people, book stores and bookish things – go buy this one! You will enjoy it from the beginning to the end.
The relationships in this book were so much fun to read and watch grow. Nina was a wonderful character I won’t soon forget. I relate to her love of being alone with her books.
It was a feel good book. The ending was exactly what I wanted.