Literary Fiction


by Nell Zink

Quick take

Reading a good book offers the rush of a good smoke at half the price of a carton of cigarettes, and with none of the associated health risks.

Why I love it

Like the drug from which the book gets its title, Nicotine is adrenalizing and addictive. I could not put it down. My heart was racing and my thoughts were percolating and enjoyment oozed from every pore as I sunk into Zink’s unadulterated good-time storytelling.

I couldn’t help but love Penny Baker, recent college grad of pure heart with zero prospects, a taste for cigarettes, and a preference fo...

Member thoughts

8% Love
35% Like
52% Dislike
  • Lilly T.

    Essex Junction, VT

    "Not your typical love story. Really unique setting and subject matter. It almost made me want to quit my desk job and become "homeless"! :)"

  • Lauren M.

    Lexington, KY

    "A hiliarous and interesting dive into family dynamics, community, and love."

  • Natalie M.

    Wellington , FL

    "Hilarious and so smart. "

  • Stacey B.

    Jacksonville, NC

    "Funny and entertaining!"

  • Cyndi Y.

    Elkhorn , WI

    "Loved it like I've lived all the books I've gotten! "

  • Tabitha D.

    Monroe, LA

    "This one is on its way to being a literary classic."

  • Heather L.

    Elk Grove Village, IL

    "Great story, characters were great!"

  • Charlotte P.

    St. Francisville, LA

    "I feel like this book (by goodreads stars) is underrated. Interesting/infuriating characters populate this story and draw the reader into the unfamiliar world of squatters/activist."

  • Sabrina B.

    Lubbock, TX

    "This book relates to me on a real level as someone in their early 20's trying to figure everything out. I would recommend this book to older people who are trying to figure out our generation."

  • Anna P.


    "Equal parts interesting and ridiculous, I could not put this book down."

  • Devon V.

    Bordentown, NJ

    "Like nothing I've read before. Crazy, almost unbelievable but highly entertaining. "