image17-year-old Nina likes to party, even more since her boyfriend dumped her. So what if she doesn’t always remember what she did the night before? And who cares if sometimes she starts drinking earlier in the day? Nina’s exploits are legendary!

But then the talk about her turns darker and friendships are fracturing. Her family are away so even the shining light of her little sisters love feels dimmed. Nina is decidedly not ok.

Shappi Khorsandi is a talented comedian and I’m more than a little partial to her comedy. As she’s also president of the British Humanist Society I know she’s someone with a deep interest in and knowledge of human motivations. As you can imagine I was pretty excited to get a copy of this to review.

It exceeded my expectations. From the moment I started it I was hooked, it’s told in first person and Nina is someone you can imagine having as a friend. She’s easy to like even though she’s making some really big mistakes.

The story is darker than I expected, especially as it is aimed at the Young Adult market. (A word to the wise, there are some graphic scenes in here and I’d suggest it’s not suitable for most kids under the age of 15.) However it is very well constructed and spiked through with flashes of humour. Sometimes when a celebrity writes a book it reads as if it needs another edit or two – maybe the publishers have been too fawning or maybe the celebrity’s ego is too big to believe they need ¬†help. This is not the case here, every word is as it should be.

5 Bites

I was reading before I started school and I have no plans to stop now! I usually have at least two books on the go at once, one non-fiction and one fiction. I like reading books based in reality that flick open the doors to the mysteries of the heart or of the spirit.

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