Nothing to See Here
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!
“I can’t believe how good this book is.... It’s wholly original. It’s also perfect.... Wilson writes with such a light touch.... The brilliance of the novel [is] that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn’t see coming. You’re laughing so hard y...more
Nothing to See Here is about two small children who have the power to spontaneously combust. Yup. Sounds crazy, but Kevin Wilson pulls it off!
The premise is a little odd, but it lured me in and works to examine an undercurrent of themes, including class divisions, the dynamics of friendship, otherness, loneliness, and the power of love.
I love the tone of Nothing to See Here--narrated by Lillian (the caregiver of the fire children), it's dark, emotional, and filled with hu ...more
When Lillian's best friend from her school days calls on her for help, she immediately jumps at the chance. When she arrives at Madison's house, she learns that her friend wants her to take care of her two stepchildren, who have the unfortunate ability of bursting into flames whenever they're ...more
i won this through the gr giveaways but i didn’t read it right away—choosing instead to read ARCs of books that were coming out before this one, then delaying it further for my horror-only october bookplan. i thought i had plenty of time before it pubbed because i saw this on the side of the ARC:
and misunderstood it to mean it was pubbing on the 19th of november instead of in november 2019. which i now realize is a monda ...more
Dysfunctional family dynamics, political ambitions, fire-starter kids seem like little Drew Barrymore’s incarnations, not reciprocated, quirky best friend a.k.a nanny’s surprising connection with them, finding her new life purpose.
This book is definitely different fiction you’ve lately read. Lillian doesn’t come from money. She needs to work so hard to deserve a place and prove her value in the society.
She has no father and a problematic, selfish mo ...more
It is a story of friendship.
It is a story of family.
It is a story of politics.
It is a story of abandonment.
It is a story of growing up.
It is a story of self-discovery.
It is a story of karma.
It is a story of kids who catch on fire.
*sings* One of these things is not like the other . . .
So, how does that last item on this list fit in with all the others. I ca ...more
It was a bit hard to get my head around this book because it's about ten year old twins that will burst into flames when they are stressed. Since they aren't harmed when this happens, it can be sort of funny to think about this situation and how adults can make it work, make combustible children fit into everyday life. And that's the sad part...that the wealthy father of these children dealt with them by paying to have them ke ...more
It takes a lot of skill for an author to write a book about children bursting into flames and do it in a way that makes it not only believable, but endearing. I absolutely loved this quirky, funny, and sweet story.
Lillian hears from Madison, her old friend and roommate, asking for a favor. The two have a checkered history, with Madison being blessed with beauty and wealth, while Lillian, having neither, does Madison’s bidding, getting nothing in return. This time the favor is asking Lillia ...more
This may have been one of the cutest stories I have ever read. 🥰
Lillian is asked by her best friend Madison to become the "governess" to her two 10 year old twin step kids, Bessie and Roland. Their mother has just passed away so they will be coming to live with them and she could really use the help. However there is a catch. The kids spontaneously combust when ever they become upset and let me tell you that hilarity ensues from here. Oh, my heart, how I ...more
You can't get anymore original than this quirky, sweet, mesmerizing funny and touching story that uniquely explores what is normal and the power of compassion. It left me thinking we can normalize almost anything if we have compassion for each other.
I loved our main character here, Lillian, whose's job is to keep fireballs Bessie and Roland calm while keeping her own cool. These adorable twins who I wanted to give a ...more
"How did people protect themselves? How did anyone keep this world from ruining them?"
Lillian has always accepted that she won’t accomplish much in life. For a brief moment in her teenage years, however, she attended a private high school and befriended Madison, a beautiful but quirky rich girl, and Lillian started to believe she had potenti ...more
Is this book quirky? YES Is it hard to believe that children bursting into flames is possible? YES Did it matter to the enjoyment of the book NO!!!
This book was clever, witty and incredibly original.
This is a story about friendship, often taken for granted by some while held onto fiercely by others. It’s a ...more
"We accept here." That could be the philosophy expressed by th ...more
I was pulled into this novel from the first pages and got up for air only to help prepare d ...more
I am not going to lie this book was entertaining but I don't know why. I simply can't put my finger on it. The plot was pretty much non existent. The charac ...more
Once I learned what the story-line for this book was, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
It involves twin kids that spontaneously burst into flames. It now had my un-divided attention. See, growing up, this was actually my greatest fear – that I would spontaneously combust! (Thanks to my big brother). It’s something we still laugh about to this day. And now after foolishly sharing that little fact with my husband, he constantly ...more
Originally I came across this book when I was reading the excerpts in the Buzz Books 2019 Fall / Winter collection of the best stories to look out for in the coming months. It sounded promising, but it took me a while to request this since this is an author I wasn’t familiar with. I’m glad that I did, even more so when I saw the author’s Dedication – ”For Ann Patchett and Julie Barer” having recently spent time in another world courtesy of Ann Patchett.
Madison is the daughter of a well-to-do fam ...more
....the fire children’s mother died.
*Fire* children - you ask?
read by the ‘outstanding’ Marin Ireland.
Marin Ireland, made this book come ‘alive’!!!!
The ranges in her voice sounded completely different for each character.
She was fantastic with the children’s voices.
The children, ( twins Bessie & Rolan), & Lillian ( unique governess), stole my heart.
Quirky and moving!!!
You’d have ...more
narrator: madison was beautiful. when i looked at her she was so beautiful. when we met i was struck by how beautiful she was. shes still so beautiful now. madison left the room and i thought about how beautiful she was.
alex can i get literally any other adjective for $100 please
I'm sitting here trying to review this book and I honestly have no idea what I'm supposed to write. Nothing to See Here was pointless. The plot was paper-thin and infuriatingly mundane. Some scenes of heart-stopping ...more
Going back in time, Lillian and Madison were roommates at a fancy boarding school. After a big detour in life, Madison reaches out to Lillian years later to be the caretaker for her two stepkids after the death of their mother.
They were pushed out of their wealthy father’s ancestral mansion along with their mother when they were five years old because he found a new young and beautiful wife.
Now their mother has died and they have to return to their fathers estate and will be cared for by Lillian.. a longtime but distant friend of their stepmothers.
These two poor ...more
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