#BOOKREVIEW – Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher, #2)


TITLE – Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher, #2)
AUTHOR – Judy Balan
PUBLISHER – Harper ( An imprint of Harper Collins)
GENRE – Fiction (Comedy)






#Tweenache101: First, there’s PMS (it’s real and it’s painful and can someone please make it stop?). Second, there’s #The Boy. Yes, that’s right. The BOY. And third, there’s a #New Dad in the picture. Actually, he’s an old dad, but if Nina’s never met him before, he totally counts as new, right? And worst of all, there’s the #Nerd Wars. There’s a new nerd in the classroom and she might be even nerdier than Nina.
This. Can’t. Be. Good.


From the author of How To Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions, here’s another hilarious season in the life of #NinaThePhilosopher.




PLOT – Interesting, intriguing and engaging the book is written from a 12 year old girl’s perspective, her belief’s, her anxieties, her emotions as she waits on the threshold of the upcoming teenage years and puberty and her take on the upheavals going on in the lives of her sister and mother.
Interspersed with nuggets of wisdom this book which is in the form of blog writings by Nina the 12 year old is not only interesting, intriguing and engaging as I mentioned earlier but hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. In fact I’d also like to say that the author has done a wonderful job as far as the suspense angle is concerned in the book. One can’t foresee what is coming in the upcoming pages without going through them i.e. there is no room for skipping pages and that itself speaks volumes about the book.
CHARACTERIZATION – Nina’s blog entries bring alive the characters. In fact one feels that they are right before one’s eyes. Each character is well- developed and live.
LANGUAGE- Simple, crisp and lucid.
STYLE – A new yet enjoyable and refreshing style, the narration is sure to rouse the reader’s interest.
PACE- Perfect. At no point in the book did I find my interest wane.



A wonderful and refreshing read especially for teenagers, I’ll give this book 4 on a scale of 5.








Born in Madras (present day Chennai) in India, Judy Balan is the author of Two Fates: The Story of My Divorce, Sophie Says: Memoirs of a Breakup Coach, How to Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions (Nina the Philosopher #1), Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher #2) and Half Boyfriend.

Her ‘Two Fates: The Story of My Divorce’ is a parody of Chetan Bhagat’s Two States: The Story of My Marriage.


Get to know more about Judy and her writings @


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I won a copy of this book in a giveaway organised by Arjun Randhawa on his blog Book Temple Review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the win.


I’d like to have your views on the book and the review. Do leave them here in the comment box below.


About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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