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Nothing to See Here

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"Lillian and Madison were unlikely, yet inseparable friends at their boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they have barely spoken since. Years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison's twin stepkids are moving in, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth. Thinking of the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other while also staying out of the way of Madison's uptight husband. Surprised by her 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. Could this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062913463
0062913468
Call Number: FICTION WILSON 2019
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm

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December (there was a tie). I read better books this year, but none of them pulled me through its pages like this one did. It offers a delicate look at class- and the indelicate condition of a couple of 10-year-olds who explode when they become upset. And you thought your kids were hard to deal w... Read More »


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veneciaa
Mar 23, 2021

I don't think I've ever laughed so much while reading a book! The narrator is hilarious and the story is fun and silly.

WPL_JessB Mar 23, 2021

What a weird, wonderful romp! This was such a fast funny read, and the characters were so strange and yet so loveable. It's a perfect book to pick up when you need a palette cleanser or just a fun detour into the (kind of) absurd!

JCLAMYK Feb 25, 2021

The premise of spontaneously combustible children is odd but funny. A story about friendship, real family and love.

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jmotzer
Jan 01, 2021

Hilarious and emotionally engaging. Lillian, the book's narrator, is the wise-crackingest voice since Holden Caufield. So many lines in the book stopped me dead in my tracks. I re-read them several times to luxuriate in their inventiveness and unvarnished honestly. I'm a guy so maybe I shouldn't go here, but the New York Times reviewer, a woman, also said, it's amazing that a male writer could create such a believable female narrator. This has my highest recommendation.

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njkstl
Dec 31, 2020

Laurie recommendation.

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ScorchingSun
Dec 19, 2020

A smart, wisecracking but emotionally lost woman leads a sad existence.
Sombre and introspective. Some flashes of wacko humour.
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BTW, in the cover picture: I don't believe the character there is doing a Marilyn Monroe subway grate skirt-fluttering imitation.

Gr33nbird Dec 18, 2020

Clever, with quirky characters, wry humor, and just the right amount of tenderness. Great for a plane ride or if you just want to forget about life for a while.

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ppisciotta
Dec 10, 2020

Easy reading, not really that interesting. ***

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C_reads
Nov 15, 2020

Loved this book and laughed out loud and cried. Everyone should read this book

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sess430
Oct 05, 2020

Compulsively readable, outrageously funny book with a sweet ending. Recommended!

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ArapahoeStaff26 Jan 06, 2020

And if I'd driven to the basket right then, I would have hit an easy layup, but I let her recover. I drove and then did my... And when Madison felt that pressure from me, that movement, she turned and ran to the basket, too... I was about to reach it when I felt something hard slam into my face, and all these stars blasted into my head, this stinging pain... 'She hit you in the face,' Bessie said, 'with her elbow.' 'It was an accident, of course,' Madison said. 'shit, I'm sorry, Lillian.'

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