Rating: 4 / 5
When I first saw the cover for NOTHING TO SEE HERE By Kevin Wilson when it was revealed as a Book of the Month pick, I have to admit I completely dismissed this book. I then started seeing some positive reviews from trusted sources, so decided I was willing to give it a shot.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE follows Lillian, a young woman who had to leave her boarding school under a cloud of problems, but has stayed in somewhat limited contact with her best friend from school Madison. When Madison reaches out to Lillian with a job offer to take care of her twin stepchildren, Lillian has little going on in personal life and agrees to take it on. The job comes with special challenges though, Madison’s husband is running for office and needs to keep up his family man image with everything calm and controlled. The other challenge? The twins are prone to spontaneous combustion. The fire doesn’t hurt them, but it is anything but calm and controlled.
I was intrigued by the premise of this one, but really not sure what I would think once I started reading it. Complicating matters further, with the libraries shut down I had trouble getting a physical copy so was left with just an audio checkout. As it turns out, this was fine because the audiobook for this one was really well done and it kept me engaged throughout!
More than just a story about kids who catch fire, this one really takes a look at grief and what it means to be a family. The twins join their father’s family after the death of their mother, but they really aren’t welcomed with open arms as part of the family. Though unusual circumstances, this really speaks a lot to any difference.
This was fantastic on audio and really held my attention well such that I flew through this one in a day. This is truly a ‘don’t judge a book by the cover’ book and one I would highly recommend.
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