Review: Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson

A lot of times when I think I’m being self-sufficient, I’m really just learning to live without the things that I need.

Book Info

Genre: Magical Realism
Number of Pages: 288
Perspective: First
Location: Tennessee

Nothing to See Here follows Lilian as she becomes a nanny for one of her childhood friends. To her surprise, the children spontaneously catch on fire. So Lilian has to help conceal this secret to protect the children’s father’s political job. For a complete summary, you can go here.

 Book Review

TL;DR: Too little conflict and chaos for such an intriguing premise.

Rating: 2/5

Full Review: I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast [check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here]. This was our eleventh episode, following Things You Save in a FireSo this review will be spoiler-free and the podcast will have more details and thorough analysis. We chose this book because it had a strong female main character and was in the Book of the Month Box, which I LOVE. I, mean, $14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. [Click here to get your first box for $9.99.]

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I don’t read synopses before starting a book. I did not make the connection that the cover of the book was an actual child on fire. So, imagine my surprise when the book has magic! But for a book with such an intriguing concept, there was very little chaos or conflict. It ultimately fell flat and left me wanting more.

One of my main issues with this book is that it is labeled as humor [which is one of the reasons we chose this book], yet it was way too depressing. However, it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. I reserve 1-star reviews for the worst books I have ever read. Those are the ones that I would burn if I was cold [see an example here]. The fact that I could finish Nothing to See Here deserves one star and it being unique deserves another star. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Podcast Episode (With Spoilers)

My Rating

2 star 2019

I lived a life where I had less than what I desired. So instead of wanting more, sometimes I just made myself want even less. Sometimes I made myself believe that I wanted nothing.

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