• Wahala

  • A Novel
  • By: Nikki May
  • Narrated by: Natalie Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (479 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2022 Nikki May (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Editor's Pick

I’m looking for wahala in 2022
Wahala is the Nigerian word for “trouble,” and Nikki May’s debut is exactly the kind of trouble I want to be getting into this year. Inspired by a lunch with friends, May’s Wahala follows Ronke, Boo, and Simi—three Anglo-Nigerian best friends who are navigating the personal and professional chaos of their mid-30s. Their decades-long bond, however, starts cracking when a new woman—Isobel—infiltrates the group. This debut is drawing comparisons to Sex and the City, but I’m getting major Big Little Lies vibes, which has me beyond excited to get lost in London with these women. Natalie Simpson is a new narrator for me, and as the chapters alternate between Ronke, Boo, and Simi, I’m eager to hear the nuances she brings to each character. —Katie O., Audible Editor

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Underwhelming

The narration was really good. I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. There were a lot of typical and unrealistic scenarios, and a few unanswered questions. In my opinion, the young child was an unnecessary character. The women were all sort of immature for their age. So, overall I'm a tad bit disappointed with this.

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WOW!

More Gossip Girl than Sex in the City. If you're wondering if this one is worth it, 1000% yes it is!

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Not the best

I felt like I knew where this was heading all along. The characters were all extremely UNlikable to me. I’m excited for the author to have her book picked up and appreciate the look into Nigerian culture. But this book was a disappointment. I can’t do icky drama and self loathing without more substance or atleast more depth of character. I read to the end hoping it would get better but overall would not recommend

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great narration!

the narrator did a great job bringing all the characters to life. the story started well. however, it became difficult to stay with it because of the persistent naive behavior of the ladies. the ending felt rushed.

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Great narrator and engaging story, BUT. . .

I loved almost every minute of this listen. The narrator was great, the characters were interested and the story engaging. But the entire book doesn't really come together until the last 10 minutes and the reader doesn't really get any closure until the epilogue. I wish the author had wrapped things up a bit more. Instead the end felt rushed and the reader is left feeling like things are a bit unfinished. This is otherwise a fun listen though.

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I really wanted to like this book…

I really wanted to like this book, but in the end I didn’t and I could wait for it to be over. I was so confused about which characters were attached to which story line. I found the end to be confusing as well. I just wanted the book to be over.

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Riveting!!

This story was quite something, I couldn't put it down! In my culture we say "commess" to encompass manipulation and scheming, but this wahala is on a different level! My only complaint was the ending. I would've rathered a bit more justice, but I'll settle for maybe a book 2.

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LOVED!

I preordered this book and patiently waited for it to become available. It did not disappoint.
The narration was perfect and entertaining. I really enjoyed listening to this one and learning more about Naija culture. I hope that the characters are explored more in books to come by this author.

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Ehh could be better

The women were so naive it was annoying! Ending fell flat, felt rushed. But the narrator was perfect!

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When People Show You Who They Are...

Believe them. I think I shook my head for most of the last couple of chapters.

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