Book Review: Wahala by Nikki May

Wahala by Nikki May

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May writes with sharp perception of the roles of women, the struggle, the striving, the dissatisfaction, and the longing for something more—that greener grass. When really, the grass you have is probably what you wanted all along—it’s just sometimes hard to see that.

A fascinating exploration of friendship—female friendship in particular—with all its complexities, and at times, curiosities into why you became friends, why you still are after all these years, along with the desperation to not lose those friendships no matter what. Because they matter. History matters. Love matters. And it’s not easily replaced.

The interloper on these friendships, these women, is for sure the villain, the catalyst that leads them to destruction, but in reality, these women bring much of their tragedy upon themselves. They’re cold and judgmental, and at times downright cruel to the people they claim they love the most. And that’s, perhaps, what I found the most interesting about this novel, these women. Because we’re all cruel sometimes, we’re all judgmental, and sometimes we say or think things we shouldn’t about the ones we love most. And it’s important to be aware of that, catch ourselves, and hopefully change. If you’re looking for a story to remind you of the importance of being a better person, being thankful for what and who you have. Look no further.

In some ways, this novel is an exploration of personal choice, of letting oneself be swayed to do the things you know you shouldn’t, and a warning to trust your gut—rather than that shiny new idea or dream you think you want—at least not without thinking long and hard about whether that is what you actually want.

An interesting, entertaining, often gripping read. I was definitely flipping through the pages and staying up later than I should have toward the end!

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