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Nina is Not OK

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,383 ratings  ·  462 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Ebury Press
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Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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WOW!! I really do have to give this one ALL THE STARS!

I first came across Nina is Not OK after reading my friend Louise's review of this book. After reading her review and the book description I wanted to read it right away.

The book opens as seventeen-year-old Nina is being marched out of a club by a bouncer. Her best friends, Beth and Zoe are still inside, while she's outside so drunk she can barely stand. Some time later
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*Thank you to Netgalley and Ebury Publishing for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I have to admit to having misgivings when I saw that Shappi Khorsandi had written this novel - I mean she's really great at 'stand up' comedy but would her literary efforts 'stand up' to scrutiny? Well, my misgivings were completely unfounded.
Nina is every mother's nightmare right now, she's quickly going from A grade student to alcoholic, and she's certainly getting plenty of practice in the latter,
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We first meet a paralytic and drunk Nina when she is humiliatingly thrown out of a nightclub after performing a lewd sex act. She passes out with no memory of what happens until she is in a taxi home clasping her knickers in her hands. What happens on this night has nightmarish repercussions for Nina as her life begins to spiral out of control.

Nina had a volatile alcoholic dad whom she loved but died when she was 9 years old. Now at 17, she cannot stop drinking, but thinks that it is not a probl
This book has reached my favourites list. I listened to the audio version, and I was appalled to realise only at the very end that this was narrated by the author! I lost reflection time in doing this. Shappi Khorsandi (how have I not heard of this interesting woman before?) is a comedian, Iranian born and raised in England. She was so entertaining in narrating her story. This piece of writing was snappy, quirky, serious, hilarious and quirky all at once. Such a good read. Encountering books suc ...more
Shappi Khorsandi is one of my favourite stand-up comics. Her sense of humour is both incisive and just witty AF! So when I stumbled across this book in my library's catalogue I knew I had to read it. I didn't know how her stand-up sensibilities would translate to fiction and was slightly trepidatious but I absolutely need not have been. This book was phenomenal.

Nina Is Not Okay tells the story of seventeen year old Nina. Nina appears to be a typical teen: she's getting over a broken heart but i
Laura Sandonato
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved ‘Nina is Not OK’! As a mother, Nina’s life is one of my worst fears for my daughter. I surprised myself by being able to get through the book without too much angst. Shappi Khorsandi added enough humor and hope that ‘Nina is Not OK” is a satisfying read.

Nina is a 17-year-old alcoholic who does regrettable (to put it mildly) things while she is drunk. Part of the story is about her alcoholism, but part of it is about navigating love and sex as a young woman. When I started the book, I ass
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Absolutely stunning. Best coming-of-age story I have read in ages. Gripped me from page one and I tried to make time whenever possible to read this.
Nina is 17. Nina is an alcoholic. Nina wants to feel wanted. Performing an inappropriate sexual act with a random guy in a nightclub isn't the way to go about it, but when Nina starts drinking she turns into "the worst version of herself". Nina is so out of it that the time between being thrown out of the nightclub and getting home by taxi with
Louise Wilson
Nina is thrown out of a nightclub after performing a sexual act. She is 17 years old and an alcoholic but Nina is in denial. She is studying for her A levels.

The morning after Nina has no recollection of what happened after she left the nightclub. All she remembers is being in a taxi with her knickers in her hand. The taxi driver has to get her mother to help her into the house.

No one should have to endure the events that Nina has. I was truly caught up in Nina's story. I could not wait to see w
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Readathon 6/26: Ένα Βιβλίο με το όνομα χαρακτήρα στο τίτλο.

This book was amazing.

It spoke about 17year old Nina, a girl that stayed with her mum, her little sister Katie and her stepdad Alan since his dad is dead.
Nina although is smart and kind she is also unsecure, with low confidence and she has issues with the death of her father.
And all that blows up when her boyfriend Jamie broken up with her. She put herself in a self pitty situation with a lof of booze and a lot of madness and bluriness a
Tracy Fenton
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This incredibly brilliant debut novel by Shappi Khorsandi has left me slightly breathless. A disturbing and brutally frank account of a young 17 year old girl battling alcoholism, A levels, boyfriends and growing up at the same time. Told with frank and graphic honestly and with the authors wonderful self-deprecating humour, this story deals with living with an addict, the fall out and the shame. Totally gripping and heartbreaking and also thought provoking. 5 stars.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oh, Nina. I was not prepared.
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

‘Is it right to accept you cannot help someone?’

Riveting. Heart-breaking. Realistic. Honest. Funny. Devastatingly dark. Brilliant!
We could go on. And on. Nina is Not OK is a very real and vulnerable snapshot of today’s society from a seventeen year old girl’s point of view. A striking coming of age novel which highlights the downfalls such as binge drinking, addiction, sexual consent and the pit falls of social media. It also highlights the nature of friendships and family relationships. Unders
The Book Review Café
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book apart from what I had read in the book description, but this has to be one of the most brutal and harrowing story’s I have ever read. Nina is seventeen and loves a drink, well what seventeen year old doesn’t? You may ask, but Nina takes drinking to the extreme, Nina is in fact an alcoholic and in denial. We first meet Nina when she’s thrown out of a nightclub after committing a sexual act. She is so drunk, she doesn’t have a clue what reall ...more
Stephen Clynes
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nina is 17 and lives in London where she also goes to college. Nina is sociable and chatty plus she also enjoys a drink. Follow Nina for a year in this first person narrative.

The writing style of this novel was simply a pleasure to read. Shappi writes her novel in the same voice as she uses on her stand-up comedy routines on television. Reading her book, you can imagine Shappi performing the content as a monologue on stage. However, Nina can perform too, especially after a drink and you can’t fo
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me cringe in recognition. It made me mad as hell. I absolutely adored it. I'm gonna try to write a review that'll do i justice.
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Unfortunately a DNF- the writing didn't work for me.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'd seen a fair number of reviews on here for this one but wasn't really sure if it was for me. After the first chapter I almost stopped reading it - I am so glad I kept going. Nina's story is not for the faint hearted. In a sense you want to leave her in the dark place she is in. However she is human and so am I. I've done some pretty silly things in my life too. I was glad I stayed with her. Enormously powerful, very unpleasant at times (though far worse for her). I found it hard to put down.
Cheryl M-M
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It doesn’t get much grittier or realistic than this. I am sure this will echo with quite a few readers, especially the ones who can relate to Nina’s life on a more personal level.

The relationship between Nina and her mother is pivotal. She feels abandoned by her mother, is reluctant to accept the new father figure in her life, but clearly dotes on her baby sister. Their plans revolve around what is best for her step-father and her mother.

Apparently being 17 going on 18 also means you can throw s
With thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Reading this book I wanted to shake some sense into Nina and other times wanted to hug her.

The book starts with Nina coming round in a taxi after being thrown out of a club. She wakes with her knickers in her hand and no recollection of how she ended up in the cab. The next morning she remembers she performed a sex act on a man called Alex before she was thrown out of the club. Alex and a friend followed Nina outside
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, contemporary
4.5 stars

Nina is seventeen and likes to have a drink with her mates when she goes out. Who doesn't? Everyone drinks, don't they? Except not everyone drinks quite as much as Nina, and then one night she comes home with her knickers in her hand after being booted out of a nightclub with no real recollection of what happened, but a sneaking suspicion that it was something not good.

I was really interested to read this book - I've seen Shappi Khorsandi do stand up before and she's bitingly funny, so
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

‘Is it right to accept you cannot help someone?’

Riveting. Heart-breaking. Realistic. Honest. Funny. Devastatingly dark. Brilliant!
We could go on. And on. Nina is Not OK is a very real and vulnerable snapshot of today’s society from a seventeen year old girl’s point of view. A striking coming of age novel which highlights the downfalls such as binge drinking, addiction, sexual consent and the pit falls of social media. It also highlights the nature of friendships and family relationships. Unders
Suze Lavender
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
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"I’m not being stupid, I’m being an arse. I’m being a brat. It’s hard to stop once I start."

I've closed the final page on Nina is not OK and there are so many things Im feeling and so many things that I want to say that it's almost overwhelming.

I want to talk about everything in this book but I can't because I would never want to spoil this amazing piece work for anyone else.

First of all, please don't be discouraged by the f
Claire Hennessy
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
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, whe
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad marking this low because it dealt with a lot of heavy issues; Drinking, Rape, Slut Shaming, females and how there interactions are judged differently.

Unfortunately I just couldn't like Nina our Main Character. She was unlikable and the story was boring, I mean a lot of crazy things happened but the plot didn't move up or down for me.

Deals with Alcoholism in a truthful way
Tackles Rape and the issues around reporting rape
Lots of character development
Raw and realistic family set
Linda Wilson
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always liked Shappi as a comedian, so was interested to see what she is like as an author. Thanks to NetGalley for a preview copy.
I thought this book was great! Nina is a 17 year old A Level student who is also a heavy drinker. After her boyfriend finishes with her, her problem gets worse, culminating in her being thrown out of a club for 'performing a lewd act', and then not being able to remember what happened with the 2 guys who put her in a taxi home with her knickers in her hand. The
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nina has a problem; since her boyfriend has gone away she has become dependent on alcohol and when she drinks she does things she cannot remember. After being thrown out of a nightclub for lewd behaviour she eventually arrives home practically comatose. She is clutching her knickers, and has a vague memory of two men - but what had happened with them is a blank.

In spite of Nina's often horrific behaviour it is impossible not to like her. She tells her story without self pity and and excuses. Thi
Winter Sophia Rose
Riveting, Believable, Realistic, Deep, Meaningful, Insightful & Raw! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"You weren't yourself. You weren't well. You were nuts."
I was myself, just the worst 'version' of myself.

I shamefully have to admit I almost dnf-ed this book.
Nina can't get over her ex. Nina gets drunk and sleeps with a 40 year old guy.
Nina's family moves to a different country. Nina gets drunk and sleeps with two random guys.
Nina wakes up and, even though nothing seems hopeless that day, she still gets drunk and does something stupid.
It was so repetitive and frustrating that I foun
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Shaparak "Shappi" Khorsandi (born 8 June 1973) is an Iranian-born British comedian.

The daughter of Hadi Khorsandi, her family was forced to flee from Iran to London after the Islamic Revolution following the publication of a satirical poem her father composed. The poem was perceived as being critical of the revolutionary regime. Shappi was raised without any religion.
Khorsandi graduated from the U
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