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Released: May 17 2022
Genre: Womens Fiction
If you haven’t met Nina Hill and her friends, you really should. They are fun, engaging, and adorable and their stories are addictive. I read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill a few years ago and I adored it. I saw Nina Hill as my bookish twin, so when I heard that Abbi Waxman’s newest novel featured the same characters and a few new ones, I knew that I had to read it and I wasn’t disappointed.
The protagonist is Laura, a young woman just arrived in Los Angeles to start grad school. Laura has left New York in search of a new beginning, but things don’t look very good when, after only a week, her apartment is destroyed by a fire. Distressed and soaked from the rain, Laura wanders into Nina’s bookstore where she finds hot tea, dry clothes, and new lodgings in a shared house owned by kind and unique Maggie. So, Laura finds herself surrounded by new friends, recruited in Nina’s trivia quiz team, and attracted to one of her roommates, Impossibly Handsome Bob. However, she must deal with a past tragedy that still haunts her and family issues as both her parents and her former fiancée pressure her to go back to New York.
Laura is a very likable and relatable character. Witty, smart, and lovable, she is very similar to Nina when it comes to single-focused interests. In fact, she is obsessed in sports and bones and muscles (she wants to be a physician). A few years back, she was in a car crash that has left her with panic attacks while her family is convinced that she can’t make it on her own, but Laura is determined to start a new life.
With just a few exceptions, the novel features a cast of fabulous and quirky characters. Bob, handsome and sweet with his own problems to face; Polly, hilarious and outspoken; Maggie, caring and funny; and, of course, Nina, with her obsession for books and movies and the random facts she constantly spills.
I love the novels by Abbi Waxman. She is an incredible author who creates well-written stories with unique characters. Even though you don’t need to read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill before Adult Assembly Required, it’s not a read to miss, while Adult Assembly Required is really an engaging, hilarious, heart-warming story which features themes of mental health, family, friendship, and slow-burning romance that I found both frustrating and entertaining. A must-read for all romance lovers!
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