Lillian Breaker and Madison Roberts have history. Reaching back to their time together at an elite boarding school, Madison only has to click her fingers and Lillian will come running... and this time it is to be a nanny for Madison's problematic stepchildren, Bessie and Roland. The twins' tendency to spontaneously combust is an inconvenience for their father's political ambitions which are about to achieve fruition.
Surprisingly believable this is a delightfully quirky story of friendship, love and questionable parenting.
Overall we enjoyed the book. It was quirky.
All enjoyed the story and found it an easy read. Some of us found the ending a little lame, but a satisfactory yarn. Enjoyed the laughs.
Some enjoyed the book and some of the group found it too crazy. Generated good discussion around parenting, and what motivates people to act the way they do. Easy read and at times really funny but with a serious underlying theme.
A most unusual book but we had a good discussion and most thought, although they wouldn't choose it normally, it was worth it. Some plan to read Kevin Wilson's other books to see how they match up with his writing and thinking.
A good indication of the importance of relationships within a family. Interesting twists and turns.
Our group grew into this book after initial hesitation and described it as interesting but strange! We saw the 'fires' as a way of showing emotion and stress as a result of not feeling loved or protected by their father which they knew how to control. A story of parental love or lack of this.
Most quite enjoyed the book, but some did not.
Quirky book, an interesting read. Was fire a metaphor for neurodiversity or a real thing Explores complicated relationships.
This one's a winner! We all thought we would hate it, but completely the opposite. Wonderful, sympathetic characters - funny and sad. Don't be put off by the concept of 'fire children'.
General consensus was 'what's the point of this story' Quite a rambling odd narration, the main character is not likeable so it is quite a superficial read.
General opinion was how unlikely the story was. It seemed to be an allegory on the treatment of disabled people - fire being more gripping than say autism, or another disability featured.
Not a favourite with our group. All agreed that the cover illustration was awful! Some credit to the author for making the unbelievable almost believable. Most of the characters are quite unlikeable.
Half of the group were reluctant to start this book, but all of us finished it. Most were pleased they did persevere. A very good discussion followed. Some of us did not quite see the humour. A sad story of neglected children saved. But, the cover. Whoever thought this would sell a book! We all decided that if we took it off a library shelf - it would be put straight back. Terrible cover!