Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Published July 28th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*
Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn’t?
Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all.
And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before , then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.
But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…
The story begins with Nina being thrown out of a nightclub, she is completely drunk and she loses time. When she notices, she is arriving home in a taxi.
In the morning she has no idea exactly what happened the night before, and it leads to her life and her drinking cycle.
Her life is completely out of control and she starts doing mistakes after mistakes.We follow her through all she does with her life and all the consequences she has to face afterwards!
I loved this book incredibly much! I couldn’t stop reading it! It’s addicting! And you just desperately want to see what happens next!
Nina is a character that, even tho she did a lot of stupid actions, you can’t avoid liking her. The book is told in her point of view so it makes you feel like you are going on a journey with her.
The book captures extremely well the experience of alcoholism in a young girl and how her life falls apart. You can see she has a problem since almost the beginning. But like with any alcoholic, she doesn’t see it herself and keeps on going. Drinking to forget, to calm down, to pass the time, to have some fun, … to everything! I understood Nina, although I obviously didn’t agree with her actions.
It also shows the power that the social media has in a person that is already vulnerable. Although she is suffering a lot, she somehow finds the strength needed to make her life come back to normal. We also see what happens when a person can’t do that, and the importance of family and friends in those moments.
I really enjoyed the writing and I would recommend this book to everybody! It was a realistic, heart-breaking story. It had both dark and funny moments. And overall, it was amazing!
“I was upside down, inside out and back to front. I was myself, just the “worst” version of myself”
Have you guys read any book that deals with the same type of problem?
I am extremely interested in reading some more like this!