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Objects of My Affection

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,273 Ratings  ·  509 Reviews
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 los
Audiobook, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Blackstone Audio
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May 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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, w
Julie Bestry
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 e
Tracy Towley
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 sh
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
Poor Lucy Bloom - her life truly has gone to the pits recently.

She's been dumped wholeheartedly and none to kindly by her boyfriend, is flat broke and must sell her house so her son can go into rehab. Can life get any lower?

To make ends meet, she takes a job helping a hoarder, Marva Meier Rios, who is a well know - if reclusive - artist. The house needs to be de-cluttered, which turns out to be an enormous job. The job pays well, so she takes it.

As with most hoarders, Marva has an unusal affinit
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wonderf
Sara Strand
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ch
Jacki Leach
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 No
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 hav
Nancy Narma
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“ 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 L
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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 grea ...more
Caitlin Moyer
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 i ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fiction
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, Mar
“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 he
Mary (BookHounds)

This 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 wa
Paul Pessolano
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“objects of my affection” by Jill Smolinski, published by Touchstone.

Category – Fiction/Literature

Lucy 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 b
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Luc ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 di ...more
Lori Anaple
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 girlfrien
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hoarde
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 t ...more
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