Annabelle’s Mom is a hoarder. This middle-grade novel tackles all the stigma and enabling that go along with having a mentally ill parent. As a parent, I cringed at several conversations that Annabelle has with her siblings and grandmother who shows up to help after things go south. I just finished reading The Hate U Give which is another tough read and not only do I need a palette cleanser, but I’ve given some thought to handing hard to read books over to our kids. I don’t believe that you should ever censor recreational reading material (there are some dire exceptions of course) but if the book is age appropriate and your kid wants to read it- have at it.
Now, this book may or may not get picked up by browsing. After all, my son is probably not going to say that he is looking for a book about a family where Mom is a hoarder and Dad enables her. Only now I’ve read it. I think it is well written and I believe that this is exactly the kind of book that you need to present as an option. It will not only create empathy for a situation that they may not have encountered, but it’s so important to know that people come from all kinds of families and no one knows what goes on at home. This book is a real page-turner, and I was so happy with the ending. In today’s world where many, many people give up on their families this was a great story of a family coming together and helping each other.
I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review here.
February 28, 2017