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`Read Epub ó Nothing to See Here ô Kevin Wilson s best book yet a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilitiesLillian 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 helpMadison 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 truthThinking 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 4.5 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 4.5 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 Lillian to be a governess to her husband Jasper s 10 year old twins, Roland and Bessie The one tiny problem The children have a tendency to erupt into flames The children s unusual tendency could derail Jasper s political aspirations so Lillian s job is to keep them out of sight and out of trouble Wickedly funny and heartwarming, I fell in love with Bessie and Roland Anyone who has children can agree that bursting into flames is an excellent metaphor to describe what happens when children become overwhelmed by strong emotions I felt for these children and for Lillian All three have been damaged by life and what they build together is utterly charming Lillian is a refreshing character and I loved the way she interacted with the children She sees something of herself in them I loved her voice and self deprecating demeanor She needs the children as much as they need her I found the first 25% a bit slow but once the children appear the story took off There s much to say here about family, money, power, friendship, and politics but the themes were delivered with a lot of humor and heart This was a fun read with substance, one Marialyce and I enjoyed Highly recommended A caveat If you are offended by the f bomb be aware that according to a kindle search, it s dropped 211 times in 272 pages I felt it was so overused it became tiresome But yet These characters wormed their way into my heart in a way I won t soon forget I received an e galley from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review For our duo reviews of this book and others please visit Quirky and Heartwarming 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 Quirky and Heartwarming 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 humor Her voice was riveting and made me want to keep reading This could have easily been a hot mess, but Lillian s voice keeps the narrative in check and adds a layer of depth and intelligence to the odd storyline This is a quick and addictive read If I didn t have to go to work, I could have easily knocked this out in a day Roland and Bessie, the fire children, are fascinating They can cause harm but are really sweet and endearing children who have been deeply hurt by those who are supposed to love them I wantedof them I especially loved Bessie s character and enjoyed seeing her relationship develop with Lillian.This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy Its is a unique read with a strong voice The premise might be a little too weird for some, but if you are willing to approach this book with an open mind, it s well worth the read This is weird, Madison You want me to raise your husband s fire children 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 mondaThis is weird, Madison You want me to raise your husband s fire children 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 monday wait, no it s not but ANYWAY THE POINT IS i put off reading it and the book came out before i began reading it and the joke s on me because i liked this so muchthan most of the books i read while i wasn t reading this one THIS BOOK IS SO GOODbefore this, i d only read one other book by him, Perfect Little World i liked it fine, with some reservations, which was probably another reason i dragged my feet in favor of books i thought would beslam dunks in my heart.but this one good lord, i couldn t read it fast enough it grabbed me right from the start, and i never put it down without feeling a little tug of regret that i had to go do other things i am someone who folds over pages in my books when lines are pleasing or memorable, and i was already a folding by page two all of it the characters, the story, the conflict, it is brisk and funny and warm and wise and heartpunchy it s a perfect book about imperfect people of love and family and responsibility, and you better believe i cried and that that is a thing that just doesn t happen i d been drawn to this one initially because spontaneous human combustion is rad, even if this is not quite SHC, because the h s that are c ing spontaneously are physically unharmed by the experience they re just two little kids who burst into flames when they have temper tantrums How are they still alive I asked It doesn t hurt them at all, she said, shrugging to highlight how dumbfounded she was They just get really red, like a bad sunburn, but they re not hurt What about their clothes I asked I m still figuring this out, Lillian, she said I guess their clothes burn off So they re just these naked kids on fire I think so So you can understand why we re worried which is all very striking an image, but it is so muchthan the novelty of that situation quick aside i was at the bookstore the other day and this little girl was just LOSING HER MIND and through all the shrieking and wailing and snot and tears, all i could think was welp, at least she isn t on fire the children on fire angle is the hook, but at its heart, it is about lillian a woman trapped in the smallness of her own life after her chance to rise up out of her working poor upbringing was stolen from her by the betrayal of a friend as a teenager, lillian worked her ass off to win a scholarship to an elite boarding school where she met her roommate madison billings a wealthy girl with just as much weirdness to her as lillian the two became close friends and teammates basketball phenoms who were inseparable until madison got into trouble, her father paid off lillian s mother for lillian to take the fall, and lillian was expelled and sent back to her hometown in disgrace the bribe money meant to be put aside for lillian s college tuition was instead quickly spent by her mother on her own comforts without the challenges and opportunities of the rich kid school, without the possibility of a college education, lillian just sorta sunk into herself and stopped trying Everything was so easy, and nobody cared, and I lost interest I started to care less about the future I caredabout making the present tolerable And time passed And that was my life.fifteen years later, lillian is twenty eight years old and still right where she started she s been living in her mother s attic, plodding through long aimless years of smoking pot, living paycheck to paycheck, defeated and angry but still in madison s thrall maintaining a periodic correspondence based friendship with her madison s letters filled with tales of one cushioned success after another the ease of wealth enabling a charmed life only gettingcharmed as she grows older when madison writes to lillian, asking for her help, lillian doesn t hesitate I tried to think of a time when I hadn t done what Madison had asked me to do That time did not exist what madison needs from lillian is her loyalty and discretion to take care of and keep out of sight her husband s children from a previous marriage ten year old twins bessie and roland who have just lost their mother and are afflicted with this unseemly fiery rage madison s senator husband jasper is in the running for secretary of state and flaming children would disrupt their picture perfect family image a beautiful, wealthy couple with a young son of their own who doesn t burst into flames despite having zero training or experience with children, much less with fire children, lillian accepts the position and becomes their governess and sorta jailor, which puts her oncein madison s charismatic orbit living on the grounds of their sprawling estate in tennessee, doing her best to keep the twins calm, extinguishing them when necessary, and sensing in them kindred spirits, an affinity unexpectedly kindling heh her unexplored maternal instincts Maybe that s what children were, a desperate need that opened you up even if you didn t want it.the children have been uprooted and are full of raw emotional pain grieving their mother, resentful of their sudden displacement, their long absent father and his pretty young wife, their pampered half brother, and this stranger being paid to care for them the situation is not ideal, but the three soon find their footing and begin to form their own outsider version of a family, their trust built through honesty and candor, and lillian s transition from reluctant foster parent into fierce mother bear is beautifully written They were me, unlovedand I was going to make sure that they got what they needed They would scratch and kick me, and I was going to scratch and kick anyone who tried to touch them.i feel like i could go on and on about this book, typing out lines from the oh so many folded over pages, and all the ways in which lillian s situation of squandered promise and self disgust feeling defeated and giving up, the anger, frustration, and shame of poverty was so horribly relatable to me as i was reading it that i just wanted to howl Because I kept fucking up, because it seemed so hard not to fuck up, I lived a life where I had less than what I desired So instead of wanting , sometimes I just made myself want even less Sometimes I made myself believe that I wanted nothing, not even food or air And if I wanted nothing, I d just turn into a ghost And that would be the end of it.And there were these two kids, and they burst into flames.And I had known them for less than a week I didn t know them at all And I wanted to burst into flames, too I thought, How wonderful would it be to have everyone stand at a respectful distancethis.the book simply crackles it is all flames and fire and emotional damage but it is also hope and purpose and human connection, and even though i am not typically an emotional reader, this one got me right in the feels i m sorry i didn t read it the moment it fell into my little hands, but i m extremely glad i won a copy, because i probably wouldn t have read it anytime soon without the guilt prod i feel every time i win or accept a free book maybe this glowing review will be your prod if not, maybe this overlong quote ll do it, the single best description of the oncreep of love i have ever read Sometimes, when the kids were invested in something, when they didn t look entirely blasted by how shitty their lives had been, I d try to truly look at them Of course, they both had those bright green eyes, like you d see on the cover of a bad fantasy novel where the hero can turn into some kind of bird of prey But they were not attractive children, the rest of their faces soft and undefined They looked ratty I hadn t even tried to fix their cult haircuts I feared that fixing them would only make the kidsplain They had round little bellies, way past the point when you d expect a kid to lose it Their teeth were just crooked enough that you could tell they hadn t been handled with care And yet And yet When Bessie managed to get the layup to bank perfectly off the backboard, her eyes got crazy she started vibrating When Roland watched you do anything, even open a can of peaches, he looked like he was cheering you on at mile marker nineteen of your marathon When Roland put his fingers in my mouth in the middle of the night, when Bessie kicked me in the liver and made me startle awake, I did not hate them No matter what happened after this, when the kids moved into the mansion with Jasper and Madison and Timothy, no one would ever think that they were really a part of that immaculate family They would always, kind of, belong to me I had never wanted kids, because I had never wanted a man to give me a kid The thought of it, gross the expectation of it But if a hole in the sky opened up and two weird children fell to earth, smashing into the ground like asteroids, then that was something I could care for If it gleamed like it was radiating danger, I d hold it I would i missed out on this at BEA, but i won it through goodreads hooray and it came with a squishy flame shaped stress thingie.i feel seen.come to my blog Surprising, entertaining, emotional, original Dysfunctional family dynamics, political ambitions, fire starter kids seem like little Drew Barry 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 Surprising, entertaining, emotional, original Dysfunctional family dynamics, political ambitions, fire starter kids seem like little Drew Barry 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 mother with lots of boyfriends When she finally gets her scholarship to have a chance for better education at the boarding school, she thinks her luck has changed She befriends rich, awkward roommate Madison but as soon as her friend gets into trouble with drugs, Madison s parents offer to bribe her to take the blame And of course Lillian s mother accepts the offer, taking the money, causing her daughter get expelled from the school.After the incident Lillian stops fighting and living her life without any aim, dream or future plans, living at the small room at her mother s house But her life changes again when her old best friend now she is married with US senator, having the benefits of luxurious, wealthy life comes with a job offer She wants her to be the governess of her step kids who recently lost their mothers and they will move to live their mansion Of course they will live separated at the guest house with their future nanny But yes, there is a little problem about the kids They can be violent, biting and attacking people But no That s not the only people Yes, they re suffering from trauma because they were with their mother when she committed suicide They also PUT EBERYTHING INTO FIRE while they re singing Disco Inferno And guess what Lillian accepts the offer because she doesn t have any better thing to do She needs a separate place, she needs money, she has to get away from her shitty room and her own mother s shitty attitudes but mostly she accepts it because she wants to reunite with her friend and spendtime with her But instead of reconnecting with her friend, she sees different face of her and realized the facts and dynamics about their long distance friendship some kind of pen friendship and she connects with those quirky but neglected, innocent children As soon as they also start to form a deep friendship with her, Lillian s life will never be the same because their parents are so adamant to send them to the boarding school for getting them out of their way to follow the political carrier they planned meticulously So Lillian needs to make a big decision which will affect both her life and the children s.The final twist of the book made me smile and entertain a lot Seeing the hypocrisy, ambition, selfishness of the characters and putting their lives at first made me love LillianMaybe she seems like a loser without anything she fights for but it doesn t mean she doesn t care anything or she doesn t have enough capacity to discover and develop her skills I liked her and I liked those firefly kids so much.I read this story at one sit and I couldn t put it down, skipping the meals Thankfully at Christmas day, I ate for entire week so it didn t affect me as I expected It s one of the unique, smart, interesting, moving, powerful readings of the year and I absolutely, highly recommend it.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter