- Read date: June 12, 2020
- Rating: 4/5
- Format: E-book
Lillian and Madison’s friendship has certainly been tested, yet when Madison approaches Lillian with a rather large request after years of not seeing each other, Lillian acquiesces and, as a result, becomes acquainted with Madison’s peculiar stepchildren. Why peculiar? Well, they spontaneously combust.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Nothing to See Here is very charming in its successful hybrid of absurdity and reality. The reader must really be willing to suspend disbelief and buy into the mildly bizarre concept of children who just catch on fire, but when we do, we’re rewarded with a very quirky, heartwarming, and funny story told from the perspective of a very real individual.
A true root-for-the-underdog tale, I really enjoyed Nothing to See Here. Wilson creates a really broad range of characters with fabulous dimension. Holy antagonist, Batman! Was this resident “bad guy” effective or WHAT?! I truly abhorred him in a really satisfying way — a true testament to Wilson’s development. Even Nothing to See Here‘s supporting characters were so clear and so well-defined that you didn’t really need to see a lot of them to become really familiar with how they likely operate. Wilson uses Lillian’s no-bullsh*t tone of voice to put the other characters on display very effectively.
The only thing that stopped this from being a bona fide five-star read for me was Lillian’s willingness to comply with just about anything Madison asked of her. I know, I know, I just said a mintue ago that you have to suspend disbelief, but something about this really puzzled me. Lillian and Madison’s friendship faces a very impactful crossroads early on in the book, something that I’m not sure I, as a realistic person, would be able to forgive. Lillian comes off as such a tough, no-nonsense character, so I found it surprising that she let herself really be led (read: pushed around) by Madison in such life-altering ways. I reconcile with this, however, because I think we all do have a bit of a soft spot in our lives for somebody we know miiiiight not deserve as much of the benefit of the doubt as we want to give but we give it anyway, so, while I don’t think I’d ever make the two *very significant choices* that Lillian makes, I can understand the underlying humanity.
That said, I really, really enjoyed this story. It’s fun, it’s weird, it celebrates weirdness, and it really is just a darn good book overall.
If you’ve read Nothing to See Here, sound off in the comments and let me know your thoughts!
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