Jun 182013
Review: The Opposite of TidyThe Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
Published by Razorbill on Apr 10, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started sleeping in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so packed with junk, newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful items from the Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the front door. Her father is no help, since he’s always with That Woman. To top it off, she’s failing math.

So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a ride home, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself by accepting – and even talking! She doesn’t have to think twice about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha’s house, or about continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.

Tabitha and her mother are understanding – and willing to go along, for the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie’s lies start piling up and the opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away. Until the day Junie’s world – and her mother’s – is literally turned inside out for everyone to see, and Junie and her mother must face the consequences of her mother’s illness… and the lies they both told to hide it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a typical YA storyline featuring a new and fresh situation. The storyline follows the standard girl has secret and doesn’t tell boy, boy finds out and leaves mad, girl tries to fix things for a happy ending. But the situation involving a hoarder and reality show is interesting and unusual.

I have always has a fascination with hoarding, and all hoarder reality shows. Seeing it in print, including lots of “behind the scenes” sides was quite entertaining. I especially love the “dirty” side of reality shows that is revealed. It felt quite real, and while it was uncomfortable for Junie and her family, it felt right to the reader.

This was a very personal story. Hoarding is a well hidden problem, and to see it exposed, and to see the effects it has on other people who aren’t hoarders, i.e. Junie, was quite heart-breaking. Even if the storyline felt cookie-cutter, the actual story was well written, and quite engaging. I found myself rooting for Junie and hoping everything would work out.

  One Response to “Review: The Opposite of Tidy”

  1. I’ve never read a book about hoarding so that immediately jumped out at me. But a cookie cutter plots sounds like it might do this topic a disservice. Disappointing.

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