Wahala: A Novel

Written by:
Nikki May
Narrated by:
Natalie Simpson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2022
10 hours 19 minutes
''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.
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Lizzie S.

Slow burner but very good!!

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Azeeza B.

Gratifyingly surprised - definitely author to watch out for. Great narration; started out shaky with the accents but warmed up quickly.

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Sonali Kuwadekar

The book seemed to be yet another story about urban women with first world problems- very SATC! However, the story builds momentum and as you get to know the characters a bit more, it actually becomes interesting. The narration was enjoyable as well, with the many accents and Nigerain & French words/phrases. Lot of info about Nigerian food and life back in the country. No spoiler here but the end does have a twist.

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