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Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Objects of My Affection

Objects of My Affection
Genre: Fiction
Audiobook: 10 hours 20 minutes
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Narrator: Xe Sands
Source:  Purchased at Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
 In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she's hung onto for decades.
Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she's lost it all, she's determined to start over. So when she's offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva's huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.
While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline--and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son's rehab not going as planned--Lucy discovers that Marva isn't just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep, those we need to let go--but it's not always easy to know the difference.
Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make Objects of My Affection the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.
Review 
I purchased this book based solely on the reviews of the narrator during Audiobook week.  Xe Sands had rave reviews for her work.  Xe Sands did a great job with this book.  I loved her voice and she didn't just read the book she acted the book.  She made the book come alive.  Xe read all the parts, male and female, and her strength is the voice of an elderly woman.  How does she do it?  Xe voice talks on the raspy undertone and higher pitch that screams elderly woman who smokes.  Love it!  Oh wait.. I didn't talk about the book.  Opps.
The story about Lucy a broke, homeless, newly single mother of a 19 year old that is the whole reason he is a drug addict.  Yes this is the classic story of "mom is the root of my problems".  But that is not the interesting part of the story.  As you know I am slightly obsessed with the car wreck of a show "Hoarders!" and this is so up my alley.  The story is easy to get into and keeps a good pace.  Marva, the world famous artist that is a dealing with a ton of issues is a really well developed character with a few great lines.  
The author took these two women and put them in an overstuffed house to help each other deal with men, live, and of course their sons.  Each of them have completely different views on each subject but they ended up at the same place and Jill (author) told their stories very well.  The author tells their story in a very realistic way and I love the way it ends.  No lose ends! 
Recommendations
I recommend this book to older teens and adults due to the subject matter and mild making out.
Challenges
This book is number 13 in my Audiobook Challenge
This book is number 30 in my Goodreads Challenge

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