November 13, 2021



Title: Wahala
Author: Nikki May
Style: Contemporary
Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis
Ronke, Simi and Boo are British/Nigerian and have known each other for years. When Isobel, a childhood friend of Simi's, joins the group, at first she appears to bring out the best in each of the women.  But as time goes on cracks begin to form with the original three's friendships and maybe Isobel isn't who she seems.

My Thoughts: Can we take a minute to acknowledge that this book cover is STUNNING?! Wahala is a very character driven story with characters that the reader loves one minute and hates the next. It's a story full of secrets, lies, friendship, love, and betrayal. It's told from multiple points of view which really allows the reader to get to know each of the three main friends on a deeper level and how Isobel interacts with each one individually.  It's clear from the beginning (and also in the synopsis) that Isobel is bad news. It makes the story exciting as the readers try to figure out what Isobel is up to and why.  I also loved the cultural Nigerian references that were scattered throughout the book as well as all the talk about food. It made my mouth water.

***I have seen some shade thrown at the author for some of these characters being racist and while I do see where those reviewers are coming from, I can't help but think the author is drawing from personal experience in things she has seen or experienced herself.  I feel like types of interactions made the story more real and raw.  I do acknowledge that I am a white woman so I may be viewing this from a different lens than others. I look forward to seeing more opinions regarding this as more reviews come out***

𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝑮𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒎 𝑴𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒘/𝑪𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒎 𝑯𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆-𝒂𝒓𝒄 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.  𝑾𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒂 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝑱𝒂𝒏 11𝒕𝒉.