Review: Nothing to See Here

43884200Nothing to See Here
By Kevin Wilson
254 pages
Published October 29, 2019 by Ecco
Source: Library
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From Goodreads:

  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?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.

 This is the first book I've read by Kevin Wilson, and I loved it! One of my good friends  recommended this book to me, and it probably wouldn't have been on my radar had she not recommended it--magical realism isn't a genre I usually read. I'm so glad I read it though, as it turned out to be a five star read! When I first started reading I wasn't so sure--kids catching on fire? Really? But as I kept reading, I got pulled into the story and fell in love with the characters. I loved Lillian's bond with Bessie and Roland, and loved how she used breathing and yoga to help calm them. How I related to this book was "catching on fire" as a metaphor for anxiety and it was beautiful and brilliant and I loved it.

This is a short read that you can easily devour in a weekend. If you're like me and not normally into magical realism--give this one a try anyway! I'm so glad I did!


  1. How unique! I saw this one around but didn't realize what it was about.

    Karen @ For What It's worth


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