Throwback Thursday: Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

 

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi 

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Published July 28, 2016 by Ebury Press

 

Goodreads Description:

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 legends.

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…

 

My Thoughts:

I read this book a couple of years ago but it’s one that has definitely stuck with me.

This novel is about seventeen-year-old Nina and her struggle with addiction. She drinks so much that sometimes she even blacks out. Her mother and her friends are losing patience with her.

Nina is trying to get over a break-up and drinking seems to help her forget, at least for a little while. But her drinking gets worse and she starts making some dangerous choices. Everyone is worried about her, but Nina thinks she’s fine. But one night things go way too far and even Nina knows it.

Nina can be hard to like at times, just like many addicts.  Generally, addicts in the throes of their addiction don’t treat people very well. They will often lie and manipulate in order to get what they want. Nothing is ever their fault etc. I feel like the author definitely succeeded in showing how a teenage addict could act.


**Warning** There are some brutally honest and graphic descriptions of situations that may upset and/or trigger some readers. However, I didn’t feel like the author was trying to sensationalize these situations but trying to show the reality of what was happening in Nina’s life.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

Literally painful to read at times. The writing is authentic and accurate. The author tackles so many of the issues that our children are going through today. Drugs, alcohol, sex, school pressure, social media, relationships, and more.

Shappi Khorsandi is also a comedian and although there were many dark issues in this novel, there were also some incredibly funny parts too that helped balance things out.

This is definitely one of my favorite books and I’d love to read it again.

 

Goodreads Monday: February 19, 2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part,  simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog too!!

Today the book I’m going to show off is :

 

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

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Expected publication: May 1, 2018 by Harper

 


 Goodreads Description:

 They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

 

 

My Thoughts:

This book isn’t even published yet, but TriStar has already acquired the rights to it, and apparently, Kerry Washington will be starring in the movie adaptation. But even before hearing all of that I knew I wanted to read this novel. The description has me itching to get reading.

I am so excited!

 

 

Music Monday : Prince – Purple Rain

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

Prince – Purple Rain

I really like a lot of Prince’s music, but Purple Rain is one of my favorites. I loved the movie too, although it has been many years since I’ve watched it. Another song that takes me back.

 

 

Purple Rain

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain
I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain
Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too
You say you want a leader
But you can’t seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I’m singing about up here
C’mon, raise your hand
Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
Only want to see you
In the purple rain
Songwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson
Purple Rain lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

Review: The Swing Over the Ocean by David Abare

Published September 25, 2017 by Salbare Publishing LLC

 

When I first came across this novel, I was immediately pulled in by the cover. I loved it. The description also intrigued me.

A man saves a little girl, and as his world changes overnight, he hopes he can save himself.”

Stephen Alexander decides to stop for a vanilla shake after seeing a friend. When he sees a man carrying a little girl he doesn’t really think anything of it. But then he hears the words that will change his life forever….

 “Where is my daddy?”

“Who are you? I wanna get down”

Stephen intervenes and his actions spiral into something bigger than he ever could have imagined. Was it a case of just being in the right place at the right time? Or is this something bigger for Stephen?

This was a bit of a coming of age story (even though the main character is an adult). Stephen has lived his life a certain way and now that he’s been thrust into the spotlight, he’s not sure if he wants his life to continue on the way it has. We learn a lot about Stephen. He’s a hard character to like at first. However, he grew on me and I was hoping for the best for him.

The story was told from a few different perspectives and was a little confusing at times. I also had a bit of a hard time keeping some of the characters names straight. That being said the story is a good one. It kept me gripped and I really wanted to see how things were going to turn out for Stephen.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I loved the story behind the cover and the title.

I’d like to thank the author, David Abare for sending me a copy of “The Swing Over the Ocean”.  All opinions are my own.