Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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

“A dark, funny – sometimes shocking – coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians:

“Funny”? Where was the funny? I didn’t laugh or crack a smile once in this book, I don’t know maybe I was missing something or a 17 year old girl fishing a used condom out of here is supposed to be funny? Obviously I know this isn’t a humorous part of the story but I couldn’t find any parts that even made me smile in the tiniest bits.
Nina is Not Okay promised me a Dark & Funny read. Well it really delivered on the dark side. This book tackles a lot of heavy issues; Drinking, Rape, Slut Shaming, females and how there interactions are judged differently.

Unfortunately I gave this a 2/5 stars because 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 setting
  • Nina loved her sister (This is one of the only tings that I liked about her, she was an okay sister and loved her sibling a lot)



  • Nina was a twat and she new it (yes she does try to change but she just annoyed me at the start)
  • Nina is a crappy friend and reminded me of Dumplin’ at times with her I’m Ugly but I’m not “that” ugly talk about her friend Trish.
  • It was really cringey to read about her walk of shames and antics
  • Her Mum was a bit of a pushover and could have done more
  • The ending was neither hear nor there because I didn’t acre about what happened to Nina


The thing about this book is I was really flat and bored on nearly every page but the ending left me feeling happy and in good spirits.

I felt like one of those romcoms that end on an upbeat pop song for no other reason but you leave the movie think you had the best time.



I didn’t have the best time and that feeling was a lie compared to how I felt through out the whole book. Why couldn’t more of the book have genuinely felt like that?


I gave this book 2 stars out of 5

Thank you NetGalley and Ebury publishing for giving me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Have you guys read this? Did I miss out on something? I admit I did start skimming towards the end because I just wanted it to be over.

4 thoughts on “Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

    1. Thanks Lauren 😁 I read some really good reviews of it so it could just be me that disliked Nina 😅
      I was just so bored in it and had other books just staring at me like ‘pick me up instead’ hahaha


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