Occasionally you come across a perfectly quirky little book that reminds you that sometimes reading is just meant to be FUN! For me, that was Kevin Wilson’s NOTHING TO SEE HERE. From the second I picked up the book I had a smile on my face (I mean, come on, check out the cover!) and the enjoyment never stopped!
Lillian isn’t up to anything these days so when her boarding school friend Madison asks her to become the caretaker to her two young stepchildren, she agrees. There is a small, teensy-weensy catch: when the twins become agitated the burst into flames. Like full blown, spontaneous combustion, burn their clothes and everything around them, fire balls. Lillian must care for the twins and keep everything under control as Madison’s senator husband goes through confirmation hearings to become Secretary of State.
Though elements of the story are absurd (ie. the fire children), the book is essentially a lighthearted, feel good book about family. It’s about the family you are born into and the family of people you choose to live your life with. Cute, right? But that’s kind of it. It wasn’t really the most complex book, the plot points and character arcs were somewhat predictable. But that’s ok! Like I said, it’s just a fun read! Sure, it could have used more depth into Madison’s husband, more dimensionality to Lillian and Madison’s relationship, and more meaningful exploration into the symbolism of the fire. But there were plenty of parts that made me chuckle and I liked the fire twins, which was enough for me!
*** Ecco Books provided the book for honest review
- Title: Nothing to See Here
- Author: Kevin Wilson
- Published: October 29, 2019 (Ecco Books)
- Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism
- Booky Nooky Rating: * * * 1/2