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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 on to for decades. Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s loIn 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 on to for decades. Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and forced 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....

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ISBN : 9781451660753
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Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Objects of My Affection Reviews

  • John
    2019-03-19 07:55

    I have given up on this book about halfway through ... here's the breaking point at which I decided enough was enough ...Lucy, the protagonist, has a flashback to a night when she was woken up by her teenage son, announcing that money was needed to pay for the cab in which he'd just arrived. She goes out, hands the guy three twenties for a $53 fare, whereupon he berates her for letting her son visit crack dens. Whoa! My first thought was, "I had no idea that cabbies are summoned to crack dens, where they willingly pick up patrons?" The author seems to equate crack dens with say "dive" bars. Ummmm ... no.Early on, Lucy had engaged in a bout of self-pity over her boyfriend Daniel having "dumped" her, mysteriously intoning "If only it had been for another woman ..." As it turns out, he stopped seeing her because she refused to address said offspring's drug problem. To me, THAT'S a valid reason; "dumping" would be along the lines of "sorry ... just not working out."The kid, Ash, is away at rehab in Florida during the story, though Lucy speaks of him as though he were dead. Again, early on, we're told his father had stopped contact, saying Ash's visits were "disruptive" to the (new, second) family, implying I suppose a self-centered, hostile father and step-mother. Later, not long before I bailed, Ash calls his mother to say that he realizes his substance abuse stems from being "abandoned" by his father, but Lucy is to blame because "You didn't try to stop me using drugs!" Sounded to me like he's a spoiled brat, who refuses to own his actions, but hey ... I'm just a mean old curmudgeon I guess.Besides the continuous moaning-over-Ash, there was too much of a chick-lit erotica aspect commenting on both Daniel and Niko, the hot guys she's thrown in with on her new job. Janet Evanovich got to the lust-triangle thing first, which I didn't like then, finding it even worse several copycats later. What does work (and why I stuck around so long) is the character of Marva, the artist whose house she's been hired to de-clutter. Even there, I wanted to smack my mp3 player, as a proxy for Lucy, when she threw a huge hissyfit over a package containing three Dale Chilhuily bowls that arrives one day at the house, accusing Marva of "sabotaging" her work. HEL-LO ... Marva obviously ordered them long before Lucy was hired! Marva had interesting potential, but I feared I might need drugs myself to deal with another reference to St. Ash. Ugh!The audio narration seemed a slightly off fit in that Lucy sounded a lot younger than nearly 40, but then again, she is an immature, clueless character.

  • Julie Bestry
    2019-03-11 06:10

    As a Certified Professional Organizer, I'm always dubious about fictionalized accounts of the work we do and the portrayal of our clients. I guess I'm protective of both my professional reputation and that of the people with whom I work. So, while I was interested in the book, I was on guard for signs that the topic was going to be sensationalized or stupid. For the most part, it wasn't.Objects isn't great classic literature, but for Chick Lit, it's fairly well done. Lucy, the protagonist tells her first-person narrative with matter-of-fact deprecation, a bit of unravelling delusion, and some humor. She's got a failed relationship, a failed writing career, and a son for whom she's sold her house and most of her belongings so that she can him to rehab. The set-up is simple -- she takes on an "organizing" job for someone who turns out to be, in Smolinski's interpretation, a hoarder. At this point, my annoyance meter is on high alert, because Lucy has no real professional organizing experience, has no training or experience with working with hoarders, and the character is written in such a way that Smolinski doesn't realize how little she knows about actual hoarders OR how professional organizers interact with and refer to such clients. Pausing my wearied outrage at her poor understanding of hoarding (and diabetes!), I found it otherwise developed into a pretty good narrative. There's a little romance (with a few red herrings), a little modern family drama, a little mystery and the requisite happy ending. Is it realistic in almost any respect? No, like good Chick Lit, it's not. This is a book to read when you're nursing a cold, or on the beach, or just need something mild and comforting. Smolinski's book won't ever been taught in college English classes, but she creates a tight narrative that closes every open loop, resolves every issue, and creates a ready-made Lifetime movie-of-the-week with Tyne Daly as the imperious artist client Marva and just about any perky 40ish blonde actress as Lucy. Empty calories, but ultimately satisfying.

  • Cher
    2019-03-01 10:00

    2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.A light novel about serious things (hoarding, suicide, drug addiction). Marva was a fascinating character and the book would have fallen to a subpar level without her. The concept of minimalism appeals to me, so I was interested in a book that explores hoarding, but the exploration was on the shallow side. I listened to this as an audiobook which I thought added to the reading experience as the narrator, Xe Sands, was wonderful. Overall, an enjoyable enough read, but one that will likely not stick with me for long. -------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: The best way to honor someone who’s passed on is not by keeping their belongings, it’s by keeping their memory alive in the way you live your life.First Sentence: I remind myself as I enter the coffee shop that it's actually a good thing that I sold my house, and for that matter almost everything in it.

  • Tracy Shapley
    2019-03-14 04:47

    I received a copy of Objects of My Affection courtesy of the publisher, and after reading a brief plot outline I was really excited to receive it. Unfortunately, despite the interesting idea, it didn't work for me.The story is that of Lucy, a divorced single mother whose life is in a tailspin. Her 19 year old son is in a drug rehab facility, she was forced to sell her home to pay for said rehab, her long-term boyfriend has left her, and she's lost her job. Luckily, an opportunity arises and she's hired to use her skills as a professional organizer to clean out the home of a famous reclusive painter.While the story was interesting enough, the writing left much to be desired. It was written as a 1st person narrative, and frankly I found Lucy to be pretty annoying a lot of the time. I think she was supposed to be 'quirky and fun' but she came across as just scatterbrained and, well, kind of stupid. Eventually she does see the error of her ways and finally fixes some things in her life, but watching her flounder around and be walked all over for 4/5 of the book wasn't particularly enjoyable.There was also a moment when a few characters 'discovered' something that I guess was supposed to be a surprise, but the author laid so many really obviously clues that it was not at all surprising, and instead I was just annoyed that the characters took so long to figure it out. Speaking of being non-subtle, the author would frequently way over-explain things, which just makes me feel like she thinks her readers are stupid. For example, if there was a gentleman kissing a woman and the gentleman was married (that did not happen in the book - I am avoiding giving a specific example so I don't give away the book), then the author would detail the kiss and say something like, "The kiss was complicated. He was married, which made it less than simple. Because he was married, the woman wasn't sure how she felt about it." Yes, we know, thank you!There were a few times that the author simply didn't seem to know what she was talking about. Like the time Lucy said she was going to sign her son up for Narcotics Anonymous . . . you don't sign people up for N.A. You just go. Or the time Lucy was reading over someone's Will, the person said they wanted their ashes scattered at some bridge, and then Lucy proceeded to discuss how she was pretty sure that was illegal - unless of course they could find a dishonest funeral director. Two seconds of research would have shown her that funeral directors don't usually scatter the ashes, families do. Later in the book there was a scene involving an urn filled with ashes, so I'm really not sure what the deal was. There were many other inconsistencies that just took me out of the book and made me roll my eyes.All that said, this wasn't the type of book that was so awful it was aggravating to read. The pace was nice, I was able to read it for hours at a time without getting bored, and I'm sure many people will really enjoy it. I just felt that with such an interesting backstory and such interesting characters, a different writer could have taken it a lot further.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-28 10:14

    Take two women. Each has a son, each has issues – different yet similar. One has spent her life doing things “her way” alienating many, becoming famous, losing a lover and finding out that things are more important to her than people. The other has given up everything, her home, her things her self-esteem to put her addict son into rehab. She, too, has lost a lover and feels that people are more worth holding on to than items.What happens when these two meet and try to work together is a wonderful, funny, sad and meaningful story called Objects of My Affection. Marva has a house full of “things. Mostly worth tons of cash and she does NOT want to part with them. Movie trivia, statues, her own paintings worth millions, etc., etc., etc. Her son hires Lucy, author of a book on organization titled Things are Not People, to get around Marva and have the house clean and empty by May 15th. The date is decided by Marva as it is her 65th birthday.She has acquired a lot in 65 years, neighbors have no idea because it’s all inside – there are paths to rooms. Hoarder? Possibly but there seems to be a reasons in there someplace and it’s up to Lucy to find it. Marva is a bitch. No holds barred, says what she thinks, calls in the middle of the night……Lucy is trying to find common ground where there is only trash. Marva’s son may hate her and we know from his phone calls that Lucy’s son feels the same about her.How the trash becomes treasure and two women from opposite sides of the universe bond together is the stuff of a great novel. And it’s right here between the covers of Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinksi.

  • Sara Strand
    2019-03-25 02:56

    Right off the bat I am going to tell you I cannot stand Lucy Bloom only because I've seen enough Dr. Phil and Intervention episodes to know that she is doing absolutely everything wrong with her son. And it drives me NUTS through the entire book. But I will say that despite me wanting to smack Lucy up constantly, I eventually came around to liking her at the end because she finally gets it. I loved the story line with Marva- she seems like a really fun crazy person you'd like to get drunk and chat with. You can tell she has a lot of history in her own past even though she's reluctant to share it and it obviously is connected to how she lives her present day life. I really loved everything you learn about Marva and honestly, at some points in the book it feels like we shift from Lucy to a more Marva driven novel, but then we come back around. And it's great. I also love that not only are we pulling things out of the Intervention show, we're also pulling some stuff from Hoarders. Clearly, Jill Smolinski is a fan of A&E programming, as am I. I love so much how Jill can weave a story with serious plot lines and yet make it funny in a "it's so bad you can't help but laugh otherwise you'll cry" kind of way. And you really enjoy it. She's light-hearted, she's funny, she's realistic, and she's a good writer. Basically this book ends up being that creeper book you don't realize you really like until it's over.

  • Jacki Leach
    2019-03-02 09:59

    Powerful, insightful story of a woman who loses almost everything, yet through a new job, gains more than she lost. Lucy Bloom is hired to help organize (and de-clutter) the home of famous artist Marva Meier Rios, a woman with secrets hidden within a hoarding obsession. Humorous, engaging. The characters are well-written and sympathetic.

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-02-23 08:04

    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.

  • Lindalu
    2019-03-25 03:11

    When I read this, it was the only un-read book I had in the house, so I was stuck with it- and I generally do finish a book once I've started it. I did not like this book, but it gave me plenty of laughs. Not that the book itself is funny, because it's really not. Just that the plot was so ridiculous that it was almost entertaining to see what stupid events were going to turn up next. Every page provided me with plenty of cringe-worthy, eye rolling, and groan out loud moments. Enough reviews have been written here that give the basic plot, so I don't need to cover that again. The characters were not very well developed- basically, they were just caricatures of a put-upon mom, a druggie son (who barely appears in the story, really), a lovely ex-boyfriend, and a quirky and self centered "hoarder" (which maybe I've watched too many Hoarders shows on TV, but I've not yet to see one that hoards just-- STUFF, with no garbage or rotted food, with piles of everything just being collectibles. Including a large Easter bonnet collection, which is inexplicably referred to more than once. Easter bonnets??) Ack. And don't forget the hoarders' successful adult son, who starts out being a really nasty and un-caring guy who has a serious issue with his mother- but by the end (which is just a period of a month, maybe) he's apparently forgiven her and he's throwing her a birthday party and spending the night and they're hanging out. Lucy, the mom, has a similiar epiphany in that month-long span, and has a complete and total personality makeover. If it were only that simple... therapists everywhere would be put right out of business. The author doesn't take the time to focus on any one event or person or relationship, just breezes right along from one silly event to the next with barely anything tying it all together. However, there were a few pages devoted to the biggest laughable plot point in the whole book-- for close to a year, Lucy has been mourning the fact that her ex-boyfriend "dumped" her. She's spent "many sleepless nights" thinking about the loss of the relationship and trying to understand it- but then-- wait, she had it all wrong !! SHE dumped HIM !!! Apparently she just had a mental block and "forgot" that SHE was the one who asked HIM to leave !There's many, many, MANY more events like that one--- for people who will believe anything and just want a book to laugh at, this is the one for you !

  • Nancy Narma
    2019-03-23 03:54

    “ The Art of Keep, Throw, Donate, Organize—Including Life”Thirty-nine yr. old single Mom, Lucy Bloom would give up everything for her beloved Son, Ash. In fact, that’s just what she did. She gave away almost all of her possessions, leaving the barest of necessities, and, even sold her house in order to pay for Ash’s stay in a Florida rehab facility. With no where to go, she bunks in with her Best Friend, Heather and her husband, sleeping on an inflatable mattress with their pre-school daughter Little does Lucy realize how much the book she has written, “Things are Not People” will help to change her life and her perception of it—especially when she is hired by snarky, staid, and serious Will Meier, to secretly organize his Mother’s house. Imagine her surprise, when she discovers his Mother is none other than the famous (and crusty) artist, Marva Meier Rios AND there is a mysterious deadline of May 15th! This seems like an impossible task, especially when Marva’s and Lucy’s worlds collide! Plus, to complicate things further, ex-boyfriend, Daniel wanders back into the picture, adding to the upheaval already created by Lucy’s ungrateful, drug addict son. Ms. Smolinski ‘s story is intense and moving from beginning to end, with some bits of humor throughout. You’ll follow Lucy through discouragement, anger, and denial, and keep cheering this brave soul on, as she has her “Little Engine That Could” attitude in high gear, There is much to be learned from this book—Lucy is right, things are not people. I, myself have equated the two for years. I applaud the Author for such dynamic characters and heart-tugging story line. You don’t want to miss this one—so make space on your bulging bookshelf for it—you won’t be disappointed!Nancy Narma

  • Hannah
    2019-03-09 09:14

    There were some really great parts about this book. Like for instance the plot, most of the characters, the dialogue and the pace of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed those parts. The parts that I didn't appreciate were the parts with the intimacy and some of the other characters. I felt that the intimacy was way too graphic for a fiction novel. I can understand getting intimate without going into all of the details... I was uncomfortable listening to it- it was just awkward. Here we have this great chick novel and then all of the sudden we're veering off into erotica-it was too awkward. There were three characters that bothered me- the nurse, the drug addict son, and the main character. The thing about the nurse was that he was extremely and I work in a home health care setting and that bothers me immensely. Good grief, our main character was the cleaning lady what right does she have to that information? I guess it just pissed me off that she wrote the nurse in that way, but I won't lose any sleep over it. I see that everyone's main complaint is the maturity of the character of the mother and the irritating son. O.K. I admit that I hated some of the mother son stuff as well- but that is how the author wrote her. I liked the fact that the mother actually learns a lot in just the short time that we read- no, it's not a classic or even one that I'll buy, but it was entertaining for the time that I listened to it. I thought the narration was excellent- I was torn up in all the right parts. If I ever buy a copy of this book it will be audio book style.

  • Caitlin Moyer
    2019-03-16 08:59

    I was first introduced to Jill Smolinski through my Book Clubs. That's right-two separate book clubs picked her book "The Next Thing On My List," to read at the same time, so I figured it was probably going to be a good read. It didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed that book, which drove great discussion and Jill was even kind enough to call in to one of the meetings. Since then, I've also enjoyed her Facebook and Twitter posts. Thus, I HAD To read her newest book, "Objects of My Affection" which was released earlier this month. If you know me or you've read any of my other reviews, you will know I like "chick-lit"-well, this book satisfied that requirement for me, but was so much more. One part love story, one part mystery, one part self-help (and humor to boot!),this was a story that tackled a few serious problems--hoarding & substance abuse--and gave the reader pause to consider the items--physical or mental--that might be holding her back in her own life, but also left her with a sense of inspiration. Highly recommend!

  • Jessi
    2019-03-10 05:04

    Hard to rate this, listened on audio, and found the reader super annoying, first strike. The general story I liked, how ever main character Lucy, not entirely likable, strike two. She was too wrapped up in her own pity party for me to not think of her as a major brat. Saving grace, eccentric artist Marva, is spunky, mouthy and smart. I read to the end just to see how she fared.

  • Marla
    2019-03-17 04:56

    I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to clean out my house. The audiobook was good but the reader read it very depressing, which went with the moods of the women but was a little annoying.

  • Lorraine0528
    2019-03-05 07:14

    I enjoyed this book. The book had a fun, light pace. Despite the fact that there were some serious issues going on, the author managed to make it enjoyable and readable. I look forward to reading more books by her.

  • Danielle Rossman
    2019-03-07 09:02

    Hoarding seems to have become a national phenomena that seems to be growing in voyeuristic followers. Cable television is littered with shows that depict this sickness in ways that illustrate the people who hoard as crazy and demented. When I received Jill Smolinski's novel Objects of My Affection I was ready for a journey that I thought would remind me of such shows that I truly despise...I was wrong! Meet Lucy Bloom: Her troubled son's drug addiction has led her to sell most of her possessions and even her home to pay for his pricey rehabilitation center in Florida called The Willows. She has divested herself of a lifetime of stuff and since she once wrote a book about this process, she views it as a simple and step by step procedure that any person can do. Meet Marva Meier Rios: Her troubled son Will is looking for someone who can clean and organize her home that is exploding with all sorts of things from fine art to candy wrappers. She is a famous artist, a bit eccentric and on a personal deadline...dead line! Lucy lands the job despite Will's suspicions as to whether she will be able to handle his acerbic and most difficult mother...Marva must also approve any items that are thrown away! Yes! even a chip bag or candy wrapper!...Smolinski handles what at first turns into a very heated battle with candor and humor. Marva and Lucy are often at odds as Marva tries to avoid the process and Lucy wants to be full throttle forward into it. While it is easy for Lucy to let go of things, Marva's hoarding is more complex. Lucy who is dealing with her own pain over her son Ash's addiction comes to see this, and helps Marva towards the project ahead...with lots of fighting along the way! Lucy is forced to confront her own issues while helping Marva adjust to throwing much of hers both physical and mental away. Each woman has issues with their sons, and the objects in their lives are reflections of those problems. As Lucy goes through the layers of things in Marva's house, they reveal details about the owner...and that Marva can actually be quite a good egg...and a rotten one! Marva has secrets that will be revealed throughout the novel, none bigger then her purpose and deadline which I will not reveal as I do not want to be a spoiler for the reader!...But also, the location of her most famous painting 'Woman Freshly Tossed' which will lead Lucy, Marva and Lucy's ex-boyfriend Daniel on a road trip of hilarious proportions!...I also want it to be clear that Marva is not some crazy hoarder from a cable show...she is limited in expressing affection, eccentric to an extreme, but she is also a person struggling with love lost and things that happened to her in the past. This is a most engaging story not because it reveals a popular obsession, but rather because it reveals ordinary people and their vulnerabilities. It reaches deep to expose how mothers love their children, but still make mistakes...and the damage those mistakes can cause. But most of all, it is about how personal reflection, finding friendship and love and coming to terms with our failures. And how we can nurture new affections when we attempt to to divest ourselves of old burdens...physical and emotional. Smolinski has gone deeper then one might imagine from the cute cover art because this is not mere chick lit., but rather about true life and how we live it...successes, failures and sometimes too much stuff in our junk drawers!

  • AngryGreyCat
    2019-03-04 04:47

    Objects of My Affection is about single mom, Lucy, starting an organizing business. She has sold everything she owned to pay for an expensive stint in rehab for her son. She lucks into a famous artist for a client and the novel follows the progression of the organizing job, the relationship between Lucy and her client, and her son’s situation in rehab. This is the chick lit treatment of some serious issues, suicide, addiction, and hoarding. Quick, light read, with enjoyable characters and some interesting commentary on parenting and family dynamics at points.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-02-24 10:05

    As you guys may remember, I'm slowly but surely sticking my toes in the world of audiobooks. Luckily, I've had pretty good experiences with them so far. I really loved "Objects of My Affection." It definitely translated well to the audiobook format.Lucy is facing a lot of big issues when the book opens. First, she's hired to organize the house of Marva, a famous artist who has now become a hoarder. Lucy must keep this job totally secret in order to protect Marva's identity. On top of it all, Marva is anything but cooperative. Second, Lucy's only son is in rehab fighting an addiction to a litany of prescription drugs. Between these two problems, Lucy has a lot on her mind. I think the way that Lucy tries to work through these issues really made me like her. She's not perfect. She makes some mis-steps. She realizes that she's only human. I sort of like that she wasn't perfect. It made her a lot more relatable. I did find myself wanting to shake her a couple times throughout the book, especially when it came to dealing (or rather not dealing with Ash's drug problem).Even though the story is told from the point of view of Lucy, I was still very drawn to Marva. Marva is a famous artist although most of her works were done earlier in her life and she's become kind of a recluse. She has a lot of really good one-liners throughout the book and is deliciously full of snark. I loved it!You really do get invested into the lives of these characters. You care about them and you really want them to succeed. Definitely the mark of a good book!There were a couple holes in the story but nothing that really took too, too much away from the book. I didn't understand why Marva wanted to do what she wanted to do. Her reasoning didn't seem reasonable when it eventually came to light. I wonder if there was something more to it than what she actually says.I think this is a good story about how even if you don't do things right the first time, you always can have a second chance to go back and try to do them better the next time. Bottom line: Definitely a good story!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 07:54

    “Objects of My Affection”By Jill Smolinski“Objects of My Affection” by Jill Smolinski is a novel that combines a professional organizer, a hoarder, a drug addict, romance, potential suicide and much more. At first glance, the novel seems to be an easy, entertaining read. Not so. After a few chapters, the real story begins to make the reader consider her life and objects with a new mindset.Lucy Bloom is a broke, single parent who has been recently dumped by her boyfriend. She is forced to sell her home in order to pay for her son’s drug rehab. Could her life get any worse? She is determined to begin her life anew, better, and without the troubles of the past few years. Having gained recognition as an organizer from a book she authored, she is offered a high paying job as a personal organizer. She is hired to help clear the massive clutter from the home of a well known but reclusive artist, Marva Meier Rios. Through the trials of trying to get Marva to relinquish her beloved items she and Lucy form an unlikely bond as the each learn from the other. Told with humor and interesting characters, “Objects” are what the story is about. Do you want to be a scavenger on the look-out for collectables or even valuables? Especially if you can “steal” them from the unknowing and unwary, therefore making you the “winner”? How important is “stuff” in our life? “Objects of My Affection” is one of the better novels of this season. It is definitely a book that you can take on vacation and become absorbed in, yet you can read a little here and a little there without losing track of the story. In addition to being a good read this book may give you a little insight in how to declutter your own house, not to mention, what being a collector means to someone and those around them. Cassandra

  • Mary (BookHounds)
    2019-03-20 08:58

    MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITThis is the story of stuff and how that stuff creates memories and causes people to horde stuff so they don't lose the memories. When Lucy, the author of a book called Things Are Not People about organizing stuff, sells off everything to put her son, Ash, into rehab, she finds herself without the people she loves as well. Her boyfriend, Daniel, has left her and now Ash won't speak to her. Broke and homeless, Lucy is hired to help artist Marva Meier Rios clean up her hording ways and if she can accomplish this within the give time period, she will have enough money to start over. Marva's son has placed complete trust in Lucy's ability to get her life, both physical and mental, under control and the stuff surrounding her cleaned up. This story is told with humor and dignity with a bit of drama thrown in for good measure. Lucy is forced to confront her own issues while helping Marva adjust to hers. Each woman has issues with their sons.and the objects in their lives are reflections of those problems. As Lucy goes through the layers of things in Marva's house, they reveal details about the owner. She must be careful not to throw anything away since the value maybe greater than they appear. As they both get past the things in their life, the truth about their relationships come to the forefront and allow them to make amends. I think any fan of those hording shows will love this accessible story. Fans of Claire Cook and Beth Harbison are going to adore it!

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-03-20 11:07

    “objects of my affection” by Jill Smolinski, published by Touchstone.Category – Fiction/LiteratureLucy Bloom has a lot of problems. She is divorced and just been dumped by her boyfriend and making matters even worse her son is a drug addict. She has sold her house and just about everything she owns to put him in a top notch drug rehabilitation program. She is living with her friend and is sleeping with her friend’s young daughter.Life can’t get much worse.Lucy sees a way out. She has written a book on de-cluttering and organizing your life. She has been hired by the son of an eccentric artist, Marva Meier Rios who is a hoarder. Her home is cluttered from top to bottom and one can barely move around in it. If she completes the task in an allotted time she will earn a huge bonus.Lucy finds that she is in big trouble from the start when she learns that Marva wants to hold on to everything in the house. Marva also insists that she must have final say on getting rid of anything and each item in the house must be handled individually.The story takes on added importance when Lucy finds that Marva is hiding a secret. Lucy also finds that she is attracted to one of the workers in the house, but she must also rely on her ex-boyfriend for help and support. In the meantime, her son has left drug rehabilitation and is “trying” to kick the habit on his own.This is “Chick-Lit”, but I found it to be a very enjoyable and entertaining read. It is a very easy read that can be put down and picked up without losing the flow of the story.

  • Carla
    2019-02-22 08:50

    On the surface, Objects of My Affection is the story of Lucy Bloom-who just lost her job and her boyfriend, shares a bedroom with the four old daughter of her friend at her house where Lucy is staying, and has a teen age son with a serious drug problem that Lucy has trouble acknowledging. Out of desperation, Lucy takes a job clearing out the house of the eccentric and reclusive painter Marva Meier Rios, who has a hoarding problem that Marva has trouble facing (literally and figuratively). As Lucy struggles with the chaos of her own life, she learns that Marva has troubles that run much deeper than the piles of junk filling every room. Marva is hiding a painful secret-it is not too hard to figure out "what" the secret is-the real mystery is "why"-(as Marva says "why" is the most intriguing word in human language). Objects of My Affection is really about how hard it is to let things go in life-both material and emotional-and the sacrifices we make in determining these choices ( although for Lucy some of these choices are not really sacrifices-as in-"do I want to go out with the much younger hunk also working for Marva, or try to get back the old boyfriend who is also a hunk). At times Lucy comes across as a little flighty, and the ending wraps up a little too neatly, but Objects of My Affection is sweet and tender, and would be a great pick for book clubs or as a summer beach read.

  • Alysia
    2019-03-14 10:12

    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!

  • Lori Anaple
    2019-03-15 08:55

    Oh how I love Marva! She is an aging artist with a very famous painting. She has a son that she raised basically on alienation, and she is a hoarder. With diabetes. Oh, and her hoarding doesn't have all of that "icky" stuff usually associated with hoarding. She is a clean hoarder! LOL This is chic lit, what do you expect?Then you have Lucy, our down and out Organizer who was hired to clear out Marva's collection. Lucy just sold her house and all of her possessions and moved in with her girlfriend all to pay for her son's rehab. Her son is a tool. Tool! But then again, Lucy cares more about peace in the home than she does about making Ash (the son. I kept calling him Ass) responsible for his own actions. I can totally relate to that part of Lucy. Not about the drugs, but certainly about keeping the peace over, let's say, cleaning your room or doing dishes. Drugs? Who knows? I would like to think I would be a bit more bitchy. I certainly wouldn't sell my home and possessions for rehab. Then again, this is chic lit.Marva has been through it all! She even said at one point "I never worried about Will using drugs, I was using them". The characters are fleshed out well, the writing is tight. The story is captivating, amusing and full of humor. It is perfect for the beach, a cold, or sitting on your deck with a glass of wine. It's fun.Oh, and if they make a movie version? Lifetime Movie of course, Tyne Daily should certainly be Marva.

  • Christine
    2019-02-24 10:58

    When we meet Lucy Bloom at the beginning of this book her life has become spartan. In order to send her only son to a drug rehabilitation centre she has sold her house, sold her belongings and even gave up her relationship. The only thing she has left is her beat up red sports car and an upcoming job interview to be a personal organizer. When she accepts the job she has no idea what she has let herself in for and when she meets the lady of the house, Marva she realizes she is going to earn every penny she is set to make. Marva is an artist and a hoarder. Marva wants to part with the possessions overrunning her home, but is finding it difficult to do so. Begrudgingly the two form a friendly alliance until Lucy discovers the secret of Marva’s frantic need to finish the process of decluttering.Lucy is a believably flawed character trying to do her best with what life has handed her and fighting the guilt of sometimes having to say no to the people in her life. If you enjoy the show hoarders you will like this book. If you are a little bit of a pack-rat this book may make you cringe. If you like an ending wrapped up in a tidy red bow … this is definitely the book for you. A fun, light read that carries an interesting message. I enjoyed this book a great deal.

  • Autumn
    2019-02-26 08:09

    This book quickly became an object of my affection. I was surprised by how much I loved it. It was such a great story and I think most people can identify with both Lucy and Marva.Lucy is middle aged, recently dumped, living at her friend's house, looking for work, and just checked her son in to rehab. Marva is a famous artist turned hoarding recluse. Marva's son hires Lucy, who is an organizational expert, to clean out his mother's house. While Marva is willing to have it done, like many hoarders she doesn't willingly let go of her things.This book falls into the category of a fad book to me because of the hoarding thing and generally I don't care for those, but I really liked how it was handled. Marva's hoarding was never gross and it never caused financial hardship. Also, when she said she had treasures buried in her house, she really did. It wasn't like a $2 thrift store was like the Rosebud sled from Citizen Kane! Objects of My Affection was a fun story and would make a great addition to your summer reading list. It's a perfect book for pool side lounging!

  • Lisa
    2019-02-26 03:45

    Here is an easy read for anyone who wants something light, with a bit of humor and feelings thrown in for good measure. This story is about Lucy who had a boyfriend and now doesn't, had a son but had to put him in drug rehab, and once had a home but had to sell it to put her son in drug rehab. And, she's in her late 30's. It's not a real downer of a book, though, so don't give up. There is humor in this story.Lucy takes a high-paying job to help a reclusive, eccentric, hoarder painter de-clutter her home. It isn't so much the mess in the house that she has to battle, it is Marva, the eccentric painter. Lot of emotions going on between Marva and her son and WHY she hoards and why Lucy sold everything. In the end, they both come out helping each other. 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 between the two.This is an easy read for the time when you need something light and quick. So go for it as I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Traci
    2019-03-10 10:44

    Much better than I thought it would be. Interesting story about a woman who manages to write a book about cleaning up clutter, gets it published, then gets hired to clear out a mansion full of stuff collected/hoarded by a famous artist. Of course, there's more to the story. Lucy did get her book published, but she's not really that much of an expert in de-cluttering; she's just been in the publishing biz and knows how to get some quotes/advice together and strike while the iron is hot. And Marva Meier Rios is a famous artist, but not in her own eyes. Not to mention she's just not a very nice person.There are subplots involving both women's sons, one nicely done, the other a bit cliched. A few minor characters are also nicely done, though Nelson the nurse comes close to caricature. And, of course, there's the ex-boyfriend, the one that got away, the guy who broke the girl's heart - or did he?Overall, a nice little read. It was a very nice feeling to find myself wanting to pick up the thing, turn the pages, stay up past my bedtime to see what happens. THAT hasn't happened in quite a while ;-)

  • Shirley
    2019-02-22 10:07

    I liked this book. It was an easy read, the story was engaging, fun, but not just a romantic romp. The protagonist had some serious challenges to overcome and we can clearly see her move from being a person unable to deal with them to one who deals with them more than adequately. She moves from being a person who is unable to face or understand the complexities of her life to someone who aware of what's going on, the implications of those activities/actions and the wherewithal to manage those activities and actions.The book is not a downer as so many modern stories are. More people are happy at the story's end than not...the protagonist is one of them. The ending however is not totally perfect...more work has to be done...and it's hard work. It at least hints at real life.And then there's the lessons dispensed...ideally one needs to know what's really valuable in life. At best one should decide how much to give and how much one deserves to keep for themself. Another might be realizing the importance of a life that includes what you love.

  • Marca
    2019-03-05 09:46

    Kind of a loopy story that I ended up liking. Lucy Bloom is the mother of an adult son who is a drug addict. She sold everything, including her house to send the kid to rehab. Needing a job, she got a certification as a personal organizer. Lucy is hired by the son of a famous, but reclusive artist (Marva) to de-hoard Marva’s house. How hard can it be? Lucy wonders. Well, if you have ever watched Hoarders on TV, you know how hard it can be. The story deals with hoarding in a realistic way and Lucy struggles to get Marva to let go of the smallest things. Lucy is broke and living with friends so she has to make this assignment work and she slowly forms a relationship of sorts with Marva. Lucy does not always make the smartest decisions with her life, with her love-life, and with her son, but that made her more human to me. The book is told with humor. The reader Xe Sands does a great job giving voices to the characters without being over-the-top. I’ll look for other books by this author.