Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#MMBBR #Review Behind Closed Doors by ‏@MiriamHalahmy @HolidayHouseBks #FirstLine

Behind Closed Doors by [Halahmy, Miriam]

Josie has a secret: her mother is a hoarder. Tasha has a secret, too: her mother’s new boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her room and seduce her. The two 16-year-olds don’t get along at school, but one night Tasha bolts from her dangerous home and finds herself at Josie’s door. Josie’s mother is in jail for debt, and the girls are alone in the cramped, crowded, bursting home. Slowly, they begin to talk about the challenges they face, a process of sharing that lessens their shame, guilt and fear. With each other’s support, they may even find a way to save themselves from their parents’ demons. Behind Closed Doors is an unflinching examination of the stigmas surrounding mental illness, abuse and poverty, and an affirming portrayal of the power of female friendships and the power of honesty to heal.




#FirstLine ~ "Until I was ten years old, I thought everyone had Christmas in the bedroom."

This book is one that tackles tough topics in a way that is meaningful to the reader.  The characters are realistic and easy to relate to.  The struggles are those that are hard to discuss, but are so important to explore and discuss.  

Miriam HalahmyMiriam Halahmy is a novelist, a former special needs educator and a poet. She writes for adults, teens and children and has published five novels, three poetry collections and many short stories. Miriam is inspired by social and political issues in both contemporary lives and in the recent past. Her writing highlights the dilemmas ordinary young people are often faced with and how they tackle the difficulties in their lives. Miriam is married with two children and two grandchildren. She lives in London, England but she loves to travel and has a great interest in different cultures and languages.










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