Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson was interesting, weird, quirky, and unique. Totally over-the-top. I wouldn't say I loved it, but I did like it. It was a fast read, it was entertaining, and it really does have some good take-aways.
Lillian and Madison were an unlikely pair assigned to be roommates for a year in high school. Coming from opposite backgrounds and ending their stint as roommates in an unfortunate way, they remain in contact via letter until Madison calls on Lillian to ask for help caring for her step-children who spontaneously combust. See? It's weird! Lillian learns to care for and protect these fire-children and antics ensue.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book:
"This was how you did it, how you raised children. You built them a house that was impervious to danger and then you gave them every single thing that they could ever want, no matter how impossible." Haven't we all known some parents like this? Haven't we all been slightly guilty of this? Protect and provide.
"Maybe raising children was just giving them the things you loved most in the world and hoping that they loved them, too." Me? I give my kids books. You can't have too many books in my opinion and somehow being surrounded by books has made my kids love books too. My husband? He did the same thing with Legos.
"How did people protect themselves? How did anyone keep this world from ruining them? I wanted to know. I wanted to know so bad." If I spent as much time preparing my children to go out into the world as worrying about it ruining them, I'd be much better off.
Anyway, that's my take on this weird, but oddly endearing book. It's got a lot of language, so be aware of that!
In that same vein, here are some other odd/weird/quirky books I have read, just in case that's your thing.
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple - Another completely over-the-top story about a mom who is notorious. For her work as a designer she's lauded, for her role as private school mother, she's condemned. She cannot handle dealing with people and everything going on in her life and we somehow end up in Antarctica. It took me a while to get into this one and I didn't love it, but many people do! So, give it a shot if odd characters are your thing. There's a movie out now, but I haven's seen it.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - (and also China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems) Definitely over-the-top story telling. The lavish clothing, cars, entertainment, homes, etc. I LOVED these books though! I was totally engrossed in the story line and couldn't get enough. The movie was so good also! The visuals are just stunning and if you've read the book, it's fun to see some of the homes and events come to life!
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan - Laditan, a self-described "social-media obsessed human," rose to internet fame from her Facebook posts describing motherhood in over-the-top but relatable ways. In this book, a new mom is invited to attend a bootcamp for moms that is run by her mommy-blogger idol. It's funny and unique and relatable to those of us in the baby/toddler trenches.
What's the most odd/unique/weird book you have read?