“Being with you is as good as being alone.” – 3.75/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: festivals, movie tickets, curious facts, heritages, quizzes, lost relatives and a lot of books.
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.
I enjoyed this a lot! I think the only thing I didn’t love about this book was the “perfect” ending. It’s not that it was bad, but it felt a little cliché the way things turned out so perfectly. Not that that’s out of the way, let me tell you all about what I loved!
The characters were sweet and quirky, and I loved their interactions. Nina was a likable character, but sometimes I was annoyed at how she kept pushing Tom away for the worst reasons. With that said, I understand her upbringing was very unique and she spent a lot of time alone, so I’ll give her that! I adored Tom and how sweet and supportive he was. He balanced Nina perfectly and their chemistry was cute. I also liked all the other characters, including the girls from the bookstore and Nina’s “new” family members. I even liked Lydia (well, mostly by the end of the story).
But by far, my favorite thing about this book was the writing and humor! It’s a very charming and wholesome book, and there are so many funny references and dialogs that will make you giggle. The start is a little slow, but once you get the hang of it, the book flows and you get into the story way easier.
I would recommend it for a fun read full of great characters and humor!