My first book in my book swap with some of the best women on Bookstagram was from my friend Jamie, all the way in St. Louis! We’ve only done one swap so far, but it’s been so fun chatting with these ladies and seeing all of their picks! Our criteria was “Your favorite, older book”. Essentially, not a book you’re seeing all over Bookstagram everyday!
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: Nothing To See Hre
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Kevin Wilson
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 57/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨, 𝙖𝙗𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙):
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?
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42519313-nothing-to-see-here
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: I had no idea what to expect going into this book and oh my GOSH it was HILARIOUS and heartwarming and insane all at the same time.
First off, the plotline is WEIRD and super unexpected, but it works SO well. Kids who spontaneously combust without hurting themselves? WTF? Lillian had a similar reaction when Madison told her, which I appreciated. So may times, books like these with crazy happenings are just accepted by the protagonist without a second thought, so I appreciated Lillian’s genuine reaction.
I loved Lillian. Like might be one of my favorite characters of all times. She started out so down and blue and just not enjoying life, and flowered into this beautiful, caring, nurturing young woman. And her desire to show these kids the love that no one ever had was beautiful and led to an absolutely wonderful ending. Honestly, I want a sequel to this story because I’m so invested.
My only complaint with this book is I wish a little more action had happened. I felt a few times like I ways yearning for SOMETHING big to happen, and it fell a little flat. I also wish we’d gotten a little more of Jasper.
Honestly, pick this book up. Everyone needs a good laugh this year!