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Objects of My Affection: A Novel

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organi

Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organizational shows and wonder what really goes on behind the scenes? This book takes you in behind the scenes of a once famous artist and along with the main character, Lucy, we find out how a person can find ...
Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organizational shows and wonder what really goes on behind the scenes? This book takes you in behind the scenes of a once famous artist and along with the main character, Lucy, we find out how a person can find themselves buried by their belongings. The main plot with a few sub plots were more than entertaining, enough for me to have to fight sleep to finish the book!

Lucy was adorable and quirky. I loved her inability to "practice what you preach". She could help Marva remove belongings and find value in people, yet Lucy was struggling through life with blinders on to many of her own personal situations. Even with a few twists that I wish had gone a different way, the writing was simple and sweet which I always find to be enjoyable.

A book that I would pass onto a variety of readers, although a chick lit, skeptics to the genre would adore this sweet story about a woman finding value in herself.

posted by KrittersRamblings on May 19, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Turning the page on "Objects of My Affection", was a p

Turning the page on "Objects of My Affection", was a plesant read. This is a sweet story and one that kept me interested from page one until the end. Jill Smolinski's novel brings to the forfront how hoarding wears on relationships and reasons for their des...
Turning the page on "Objects of My Affection", was a plesant read. This is a sweet story and one that kept me interested from page one until the end. Jill Smolinski's novel brings to the forfront how hoarding wears on relationships and reasons for their desire to put so much empahsis on "things" instead of people. A few other topics discussed in this book; suicide, tough love, healing and homelessness. Looking for a easy, fast read? Check it out!

posted by VirtuousWomanKF on May 7, 2012

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organi

    Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organizational shows and wonder what really goes on behind the scenes? This book takes you in behind the scenes of a once famous artist and along with the main character, Lucy, we find out how a person can find themselves buried by their belongings. The main plot with a few sub plots were more than entertaining, enough for me to have to fight sleep to finish the book!

    Lucy was adorable and quirky. I loved her inability to "practice what you preach". She could help Marva remove belongings and find value in people, yet Lucy was struggling through life with blinders on to many of her own personal situations. Even with a few twists that I wish had gone a different way, the writing was simple and sweet which I always find to be enjoyable.

    A book that I would pass onto a variety of readers, although a chick lit, skeptics to the genre would adore this sweet story about a woman finding value in herself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    Objects of My Affections is author Jill Smolinski's third novel.

    Objects of My Affections is author Jill Smolinski's third novel.

    I always enjoy looking at covers first, imagining what the story inside will be. Moving on and lots of baggage? And I wasn't far off.......

    Lucy Bloom (loved the name) has seriously downsized - in fact she's sold just about everything she owned, including her house. Why? Well, her son Ash is an addict and she finally got him to go to a rehab, but needed the money to finance it.

    Lucy had mild success with her initial book Things Are Not People - an organizational and de-cluttering guide. That book has gotten her an interview with Will Meier. He's the son of reclusive (and difficult) artist Marva Meier Rios and there is a deadline for clearing out the clutter in the house. Lucy lands the job, but what she finds is more than simple clutter - Marva's home could be featured on one of those television shows about hoarding. There's a deadline to meet and Marva isn't going to make it easy - she needs to look at each and every item before a decision is made.

    The cover of Objects of My Affection immediately brings chick lit to mind. And yes it is, but the story is much more than that. There needs to a be another genre heading - Chick Lit with Heart, Chick Lit with More? Something along those lines. For while Smolinski's book is light and breezy and does include the requisite hunky guy and missed meanings and connections, there's more to the story.

    Jill handles some serious situations and topics with thoughtfulness and candor. Hoarding of course, which usually involves an underlying catalyst not dealt with. And the opposite - Lucy herself is able to let things go with no problem. I thought that Ash's drug use and Lucy's struggle to deal with it was done very well - it read as quite real. Relationships of all sorts are explored with an emphasis on mothers and sons.

    I really enjoyed Lucy's ex boyfriend Daniel. His sense of humour, his caring, giving nature and his honesty made him one of my favourite characters. Nelson, the care nurse was also quite funny. And for reasons I'm not quite sure of, I actually found myself enjoying Marva over Lucy. Marva's crotchety ways actually endeared her to me! But, that's not to say I wasn't cheering for Lucy to succeed.

    As one of her characters says " it's clear that everything here at one time was worth something to you but that doesn't mean it has to be forever. They're holding you back from the life you could have. Let it go."

    Smolinski has crafted a warm, funny, sweet read that touches on the question what do we keep in our lives and what do we need to let go? Food for thought....

    Recommended summer reading - tuck this one in your beach bag for 2012.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Reading the back cover you wonder if this would be too quirky a

    Reading the back cover you wonder if this would be too quirky a topic to which you might sacrifice precious reading hours. Having elderly family members in the past with "issues" prompted my initial interest, but I was very glad I read it. This is not only about hoarding, or clutter collectors, or reorganizing. Everyone could find something that strikes a familiar chord in this book. The character development is wonderful, the flow of the scenes easy, the moral applicable to life in general. I enjoyed it, and recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Will there be more to come??

    Very good book! Surprised how many major life topics this novel addressed so smoothly: suicide, drug addiction, hoarding, dating, parental relationships. While none these were in depth or on a serious note the book caused me to think in terms of at least one person I know or knew who suffered as a result of one of topics. The book was a fast read and enjoyable.

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