Behind Closed Doors – Miriam Halahmy


      Behind Closed Doors – Miriam Halahmy, Holiday House, (9780823436415), 2017

Format: hardcover fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Josie and Tasha both have secrets; Josie’s mother is a hoarder and Tasha’s mother’s boyfriend Chaz keeps trying to sexually assault her. Neither girl likes being at home and both are under a lot of stress. Things quickly come to a head when Josie’s mother is arrested for nonpayment of taxes and Tasha runs away from home to escape Chaz. The two find that they have trauma in common and quickly become close. I loved the relationship between Josie and Tasha, as well as the way each eventually stands up for herself with their respective mothers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The beginning was difficult because the reader needs to get used to two different voices, as well as British mannerisms and ways of speaking. Once the two girls bonded over their difficulties, however, I couldn’t put it down.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like reading about family drama and social issues like hoarding, abuse, and poverty.

Who should buy this book? most high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not the top, but in the middle. It’s a good one to recommend to specific kids.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: June 21, 2017

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