Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.
Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.
Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?
With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.
October 29th, 2019
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Have you read any books lately that surprised you in the best possible way?!
I totally judge books by their covers…sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst. Nothing to See Here had been on my reading radar for months now but the cover just made me think I WOULD NOT LIKE IT. Even though I kept hearing great things, I was like “NOPE!”
You see, it looked like many other books in my house…and well, reading graphic novels is one of the most painful parts of parenting life, yup I said it. I love reading to our kids but know what one of the best things that ever happened was? When they both could read these types of books by themselves. They LOVE these books along with pretty much every other grade school-aged child. But I will be happy if I never have to narrate “bam, ahh, waa, boom!” ever again.
Anyway, I lumped this book into that category. Kids that catch on fire?? No thanks! But I kept hearing good things, and I am easily influenced by raving book reviews. When I looked into it further I saw that it was under 250 pages and last week on a whim I picked it up and then COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!
While there is an element of kids catching on fire, this book is SO much more. It is hysterical and heartwarming and so unique in the best possible way. Lillian the main character’s voice is the very best part, and family dynamics, friendship, parental love, and acceptance are weaved through this delightful plotline. I can’t recommend this one enough!
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