And sad bookish rebels aren't something you want on your hands.
She was fab, and Khorsandi does an excellent job of not judging her, and taking us alongside in the spirit of not judging.
You want her to be alright. You want her to make it. Because Khorsandi weaves us into her life to the point where you do care about her.
A big shout-out has to go to Max, the father of Nina's best friend, Beth, who single-handedly manages to be the most capable parent (and not just to his own kid,) and least douche-bag-like member of the male gender, in this book.
Well done Max, well done.
Khorsandi skips and dances along the lines of sensitive subjects - showing a deftness of prose which is more than impressive.
Doubly so when you consider that this is her first novel (her previous book, A Beginner's Guide to Acting English (UK - US) was an account of her family's immigration to the UK.)
This was one of those books that leads you on and on with very little chance of letting you go.
You have to find out what happens next. You have to see what will happen to Nina.
(SO MANY THE FEELS!!!)
You still have to read it. You have to. Go, go read it now. It's excellent.
GO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!
I personally could've done with a little less detail on the ugly-drunken-sex front. Just saying. It was... yeah... less detail would've been lovely.
- sexual assault
- consent issues
- mental health issues
- family issues
- emotionally abusive relationships