Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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…
A dark, funny - sometimes shocking - coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians. NINA IS NOT O.K. will appeal to fans of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This story begins with Nina being ejected from a nightclub, she loses time and we follow her home in the taxi. When she wakes up in the morning she has no idea exactly what happened the night before and it leads to her life and her drinking spiralling out of control.

I knew from reading the blurb that this wasn't going to be your usual coming of age tale. Khorsandi has perfectly captured the slut shaming and victim blaming that has grown in our society despite the rise in the hook up culture, where our young people are encouraged by each other to drink lots and enjoy themselves with whoever they feel like. Those same people who encourage you will be the same people who tear you to strips for your actions... something Nina experiences first hand from some of the people closest to her.

Khorsandi has done an amazing job of writing Nina and her story. Nina has a bravery that isn't immediately evident, a strength that we see later once details of that night are revealed.

I've struggled with writing this review, I just cant seem to find the words that accurately describe my reading experience. How do you put in to words how a book has shaken you. How this book filled me with so much emotion that it leaked out of my eyes. Repeatedly. How this book gripped me so much that I couldn't step away from it, How I wanted more than anything else to reach inside the book and wrap my arms around Nina and tell her that I wouldn't leave her side not for a second, and tell her that she was safe,

**This book is due for release from today**

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