Lillian and Madison are childhood friends pulled in opposite directions after a scandalous incident at their elite boarding school. Madison remains wealthy, while Lillian finds herself mired in poverty and dead-end jobs… until her old friend invites her to become the governess for her step-children. They are normal kids except for one strange attribute: they have a habit of spontaneously combusting into flames whenever they get upset. Is this Lillian’s path to a better life or is Madison setting her up to take a fall? I enjoyed Lillian’s wry narration and the fantastically weird premise of this book about tangled friendships, privilege and parenting.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)