Quarantine day 13 for me and I’m starting to wonder how long I’m going to count the days… right? I’ll have another installment of “The Quarantine Diaries” right here on Sunday, in case you’re curious.
Regardless, I hope you’re all doing well and are able to use this time however you see fit (while staying safe). I have been DEVOURING books and have been reading one per day, honestly.
But, I’m excited to share the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club, because it’s another pick from The Readheads Book Club (a podcast) and it’s definitely not one I would have picked on my own. It’s “Nothing to See Here” by Kevin Wilson. Here’s the book description:
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.
I didn’t read the book description before I started reading it and when the part about the kids bursting into flames came up, I thought it was a joke. But… it wasn’t. However, the story continued without a beat and I ended up breezing right through it.
It was definitely different than anything I’ve read before, but I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an escape. This one was easy to visualize, as weird as it may be!
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Make Trouble” by Cecile Richards.
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