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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Book Review - Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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Review by Suze

Nina likes to drink and does this a lot, but she doesn't think she has a problem. However, the gaps in her memory, embarrassing moments she doesn't have any control over and rash decisions she normally wouldn't have taken are proving she doesn't have her alcohol intake under control. When one night something devastating happens Nina feels dirty and ashamed. She doesn't remember the exact details of that night, but she knows something is terribly wrong. To make these feelings stop she drinks even more and this is the beginning of a downward spiral Nina can't easily get out of.

Nina's mother is busy with her job, her new husband and Nina's little sister Katie. Nina's problems are an inconvenience. When Nina needs her mother more than ever she's even more out of reach than she used to be. Nina is completely on her own and has to battle her demons by herself. She finds comfort in alcohol and drinks even more. What will happen to Nina now that her life is completely unhinged and everything she does feels totally wrong?

Nina is Not OK is an impressive story. Nina drinks a lot and she doesn't know when or how to stop. This makes her lose her boundaries and she gets into all kinds of situations she doesn't want to be in, but she can't help herself. She has a lot of problems and not many people are helping her. They don't see how much she's struggling and don't understand her behavior, which clearly comes from pain. This often made me tear up. Nina is unbalanced in many different ways and this made me feel really sad for her. She's such a bright and sweet girl and I kept hoping she could find her way through the darkness and get out of the nasty downward spiral she's in.

Shappi Khorsandi has written a fantastic emotional story. I was greatly impressed by the writing style and the vivid descriptions. She doesn't leave out any details. Nina is Not OK is a shocking book with many raw scenes. I love that it's an honest story about a young girl with alcohol problems. This is an important topic that should definitely be read and written about. Nina's story is thought-provoking and distressing. Nina is Not OK is a compelling poignant read filled with emotional layers, harsh reality and eventful twists and turns. I was blown away by this perplexing story.

Advice

If you love shocking emotional YA you should definitely read Nina is Not OK.

17 comments:

  1. This one was recommended to me. I had a sister that was a lot like Nina. I have a feeling this will be an emotional one for me.

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  2. Shocking is an accurate word for this one. Great review!

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  3. Never read this type of book before. Great review.

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  4. Ohh wow! I really love sappy, emotional reads! Gotta check this out! Thanks for the review, Suze!

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  5. Sounds like a must read for YA readers.

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  6. Yes! This is the kind of read that I love. Thanks for recomending.

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  7. I have never really read a book where someone has drinking problems, looking forward to this one!

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  8. I've never had an experience or known anyone that has. So I can't imagine the pain that it cause.

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  9. I hope Nina can find another way to deal with her pain other than drinking to forget.

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  10. This sounds so powerful!

    --Trix

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  11. When it comes to alcohol problems nothing but the ugly truth will do. Rip off the bandaid. There's no other way.

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  12. It sounds like a very emotional read, lovely.

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  13. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

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  14. This sounds like a great story. Thanks for the awesome review.

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  15. I had no idea that Shappi Khorsandi also writes fiction and especially one that deals with a very difficult but important topic. Hope it goes well for her!

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  16. I like to read YA Books and Nina is not ok sounds really good, looking forward to read!

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