Nothing to See Here
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“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 you...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 ...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 ...more
I was pulled into this novel from the first pages and got up for air only to help prepare ...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 ...more
The fire children do not make an appearance until 26% (on a Kindle). The first 1-7% is the foundation of Lillian and Madison's relationship. This includes how the met, their school-girl-days, and their ...more
-This book was interesting and sweet but kind of forgettable
-I love that the main character is so sarcastic and awkward, ...more
When the story opens, Lillian has been contacted by her freshman high school ...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!!!
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 ...more
I really enjoyed The Family Fang this year, so when I heard that Kevin Wilson had a new release coming out I made sure to put my name on the library hold list well before pub day to guarantee I’d be at the top of the heap. Now that I’ve finished I have this to say . . . . .
Lillian has a history of bailing Madison out of a jam, so she’s exactly the person who gets called when Madison’s twin stepchildren are in need of a “governess.” ...more
by Sarah Dickinson
I usually like my fiction firmly rooted in reality, so I was nervous about a book featuring children who catch fire when distressed. However, I’m a mother, so I appreciate this metaphor. What parent hasn’t witnessed an epic tantrum where your child starts to resemble the girl from The Exorcist?
Years ago, Lillian, a scholarship kid, and Madison, an heiress, became friends at their Tennessee boarding school. Fast forward to the present day, we find Lillian toiling in ...more
I have had a run of insomnia lately, so I mostly read this book in the middle of ...more
“I had the children. They caught on fire. I had to keep them from catching on fire.”
As soon as I read Kevin Wilson's dedication (“for Ann Patchett”) I had a feeling that I was in for a treat (and I was right).
There was something about Wilson's surrealism that reminded me a bit of Charlie Kaufman's films (in Synecdoche, New York a character moves into a house that is permanently on fire). Comparisons to Wes Anderson would also not be amiss (dysfunctional families + parental ...more
Yep, get use to it. There is a lot of dropping the f bomb in this story and for awhile I, too, was going to drop this story right into my dnf file. But, then thanks to the encouragement of my great book pal, Jan, I continued and was glad that I ...more
These little incendiaries hang out in the pool, bond with their nanny ...more
Fantastic. What else is out there by Kevin Wilson???? I want more of this!
Last night and this morning I read this book through from start to finish and I’m about to explain why I would be such a lousy literary agent, because this book is doing outrageously well in the (admittedly smallish) ...more
Although definitely quirky, for something that was touted as 'LOL-funny' - sorry, I chuckled a few times, but never actually laughed. And although ...more
"We accept here." That could be the philosophy expressed by ...more
Did Madison choose Lillian to be her friend because it was convenient for her?
Or did Madison choose Lillian to be her friend because she needed a true friend?
The reason wasn’t clear, but in my opinion what Madison did to Lillian was unforgivable even though they did remain friends.
After many years of still staying in touch, Madison offers Lillian a job as the nanny to the children of her husband and ...more
“Wealth could normalize just about anything.”
A quote from the book that describes Lillian's thoughts as she enters the elite preparatory school for the first time:
” As I walked to my dorm, I realized that the other girls didn’t even look at me, and I could tell that it wasn’t out of meanness. I don’t think they even saw me; their eyes had been trained since birth to recognize the importance. I wasn’t that.”
I liked this book so much more than I expected to. I tried to ...more
It's hard to believe this is my first novel I've read from Kevin Wilson. Wow. He's a fantastic storyteller! Now I want to go back and read everything he was written prior to "Nothing to See Here".
I love quirky novels. And this one is definitely quirky and then some! There's magical realism as well. The novel opens in the mid '90s in Franklin, Tennessee. 28 year-old, semi-slacker, Lillian ...more
This is not the best book in the world that you will ever read, but it is filled with humor and it will give you all the warm feelings for those two kids. And Lillian.
Do not expect something that will blow your mind, but this book will keep you company for a day or two :) ...more
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