Lily B. on the Brink of Cool is a book about a 13 year old girl, Lily Blennerhassett, who believes her life is utterly and completely boring. Her parents, she claims are the reason for this, as they never do anything exciting. Then she goes to her cousin, Delia’s wedding, and she meets distant relatives that look as if they just stepped off a movie set. She wants to be with them, and her parents try to stop her, and her whole family won’t talk about them. She goes against her parents wishes, and starts hanging out with the LeBlancs.
She learns that they are the founders of an eco friendly program called Hug the Planet. They own great cars, clothes, and eat fancy foods. She never tells her parents any of this. Then she hears that their house needs to be used to do some testing using noxious fumes, and they must stay at a hotel. Instead, she offers them her lake home, without her parents permission. When she finds out they are still there, she sends an overnight letter, telling them her family will be down there soon, so they must leave. When her family reaches the lake house, it is a mess. She confesses everything. Her parents explain that they didn’t want her hanging out with them because they are con- artists. They try to sue, but Delia stops that from happening. It turns out her life wasn’t so boring after all.
by Emily Welles