Updated: Aug 1
On the first day of January, my family of five were driving home from Vermont and four of us (not my husband the non-reader who also happened to be driving), were reading. I think I mentioned in my last post that I vowed as a mom that I would raise readers. By some miracle, it has happened. It may be the only thing in my 12 years as a mom that I have done well. I have pretty much screwed everything else up.
Which gets me to my book and my first official book review of 2020. I was reading Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson. I had read a previous book by Wilson, The Family Fang which was released in 2011.
Nothing to See Here is a weird and wonderful book about Lillian, who could only be described as a woman who is lost. She works at a grocery store, lives in her mom's attic and basically has a very dull, purposeless life. Madison, her best friend from her one year at boarding school calls her and asks her to be a governess for her husband's 10-year old twins from his previous marriage. And this is when the story becomes classic Kevin Wilson, and takes a very odd twist. Madison, confides that the 10-year old twins spontaneously combust and become little balls of flames whenever they are angry or scared. Their mother has just died and their father, Madison's husband will be taking on a very high profile job where there will certainly be no time for 10-year-old fire twins.
With nothing much going on in her life, Lillian takes on the challenge, and it doesn't hurt that the job gets Lillian out of her mom's attic and her dead-end job. How hard can it be?
What Lillian doesn't realize is that she has an amazing maternal instinct, which is quite surprising considering her own mother had about zero.
This is a book about parenthood and acceptance. It's about the daily challenges we all face in parenthood and how at the end of the day, what really matters is loving our kids, and making them feel safe. It's a totally odd and crazy premise but really, what's the difference between spontaneous combustion and some of the tantrums my 9 and 7-year-olds throw? The best thing about this book is it will make you laugh and find the humor in the chaos that is day-to-day parenting. Our negotiations, our promises, and the things we are willing to do to have a "fire-free" day. I promise you, you won't be able to put this book down.
Nothing to See Here
Publication date: October 29, 2019