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Wahala: A razor-sharp debut of love, race and friendship for fans of SEX AND THE CITY by [Nikki May]

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"The novel's strength lies in May's attention to her main characters' identities. ...May's breezy prose is well suited for these moments of casual intimacy, unfolding over drinks, at the hairdresser's or at the kitchen table, where all the best gossip takes place."--New York Times

A fun, juicy read with a dash of drama, just like all the best friendships.--Good Housekeeping

"
Wahala is a solid, slow-burn, page-turning mystery...Worth the read."--Associated Press

"Nikki May's debut novel,
Wahala, melds the beach read with the thriller -- with a little dose of Sex and the City energy on the side."--Entertainment Weekly

"Sharply observed...sophisticated and culturally adept...May is a masterful chronicler of Black upper-middle-class life and ennui in Britain.
Wahala is both great fun and extremely smart in how it captures some of the central issues in modern city living: women's evolving roles in home and work, interracial relationships and multicultural identity, the current of competition that runs through so many friendships and daily interactions and, most of all, how easily intimacy can morph into enmity.--NPR.org

"If
And Just Like That... isn't exactly satisfying your modern Sex and the City itch, may we present to you Wahala. This dazzling debut centers on three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group....We couldn't help but wonder if they might need something stronger than a cosmopolitan to survive this."--E! Online

Contemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depth.--
Washington Post

I couldn't get enough of the four women at the heart of Nikki May's utterly winning debut novel, WAHALA. Every evening, I sank into my bubble bath, eager to return to the lives of May's deep and complex characters: Simi, Ronke, Boo, and the fabulous (but maybe evil) Isobel. Their loves and wahala (trouble) brought to mind Sex & the City but felt more modern, more
real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends...time to get into some good wahala of my own.--Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards

Wow, what a debut! Brilliant writing about food and friendship, warm and fun, and I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!
--Sarah Pearse, bestselling author of
The Sanatorium

"This has bestseller written all over it. Fast-paced, funny, shocking, unputdownable. I loved it."
--Paula Hawkins, author of
The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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"Contemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depth." -- Washington Post

"Great fun and extremely smart." -- npr.org

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY Vogue * Marie Claire * Glamour * Essence * Oprah Daily * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * PopSugar * CrimeReads * and more!

An incisive and exhilarating debut novel following three Anglo-Nigerian best friends and the lethally glamorous fourth woman who infiltrates their group—the most unforgettable girls since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha.

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She's dating Kayode and wants him to be "the one” (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he's just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants—a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she's frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she's crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her "urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they're trying for a baby. She's not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she's bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Shanghai! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo's close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, Wahala (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B093652GRY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Transworld Digital (6 January 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2774 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 375 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Born in Bristol, raised in Lagos, NIKKI MAY is Anglo-Nigerian. She ran a successful ad agency before turning to writing. Her debut novel WAHALA was inspired by a long (and loud) lunch with friends. It will be published around the world in January 2022 and is being turned into major BBC TV drama. She lives in Dorset with her husband, two standard schnauzers, and way too many books.

You can follow Nikki on Twitter: @NikkiOMay

Or Instagram: @nikkimaywriter

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V. O'Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively comedy drama about friendship and trouble
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 January 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, dramatic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, dramatic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2022
Wahala
By Nikki May

Different, that’s one word I would use to describe this book. For me, it was like reading a reality show instead of watching it.

Set in London, this story mainly follows three friends, Ronke, Simi and Boo.

The three friends seem really close until Isobel, a friend from the past arrives. We start seeing holes in the tight friendship. Isobel is a crazy character, she gets close to each of the other ladies and brings out the worst in them.

Themes covered in this book include race (all three girls are mixed-race) culture, marriage, friendship and parenting.

The writing style is conversational which makes it an easy read.

I love the cover, especially the UK version pictured above.

The ending part of this book reminded me of My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and I’ll better stop there before I drop more spoilers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant and engaging view of Nigerians living in the U.K.
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5.0 out of 5 stars raced through this
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