Book Review

Review: Nina is not OK

Nina is Not OKNina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely emotionally stunning. I can’t claim to have experienced everything Nina goes through in this book, but the she reacted and dealt with problems (or didn’t) felt absolutely. perfect.

Nina is going to sit her A levels this year and get the grades to go to Warwick with her boyfriend Jamie, who’s taking a gap year in Hong Kong. They’ve got their lives mapped out. She just have to get through the next year.

All teenagers drink, right? Especially when their boyfriend hasn’t been in contact for weeks. Especially when he tells his girlfriend that he’s met someone else and that the new girlfriend is perfect for him. Especially when he won’t reply to any of her messages.

Especially when your Dad dies an alcoholic. But that happened when Nina was 9, and everyone uses that as an excuse.

Everyone drinks when they go out, right? And lots of people drink until they can’t remember what happened. That’s part of the fun, right? People tell stories about you the next day. That funny girl got drunk and did what? Hilarious!

Everyone drinks before they go out, right? And sometimes you just need a drink to get through something. Like a lesson. Or the morning. Or every day.

And when you get so drunk that you go down on a random guy in a bar and the next thing you know you’re being shaken awake by a taxi driver, and puking all over your garden wall and your grubby knickers are in your hand and there’s spunk in your hair, then that’s just another funny story, right … ?

I could only identify with some aspects of this novel, but it breaks my heart to think that there are some people out there for whom it will hit much closer to the truth. The whole book was beautifully written in a style that kept you close to the protagonist and helped you charge headlong through her life.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. This has not influenced my review.

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