Thoughts on Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

In keeping with my Goodreads goal, I’m trying to stay on top of my reading pace. March was a difficult month for extracurricular activities, so I’m about a month behind. I’m also a month behind in posting reviews on what I read. But now I’m catching up.

I read this book Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller back in February before wedding mode really switched into high gear. It was on my reading list for years when I finally decided to read it. I’m glad I did because this was truly a thought-provoking, emotional and engaging read.

From Amazon:

“Kimberly Rae Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house hid teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room—the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding.

“In this dazzling memoir, Miller brings to life her experience growing up in a rat-infested home, hiding her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to her suicide attempt. In beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents, which has thrived in spite of the odds.

“Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where you come from and understanding the relationships that define you. It is also a powerful story of recovery and redemption.”

I loved the Coming Clean Memoir so much that I couldn’t put it down at times. In fact, I think this is the fastest I’ve read a book by far this year, perhaps last year too.

What made this book so appealing was not only the subject matter, but her writing style. For me, both were relatable. Not to say I had a similar upbringing, but I believe my parents were kinda packrats to a lesser degree.

I think she writes with just the right balance of emotion and wit that keeps the book moving at a steady, easygoing pace. And as far as the subject matter goes, it makes you think twice about judging the people on that show Hoarders.


This book was purchased by me with my own money for personal enjoyment. Opinions are that of my own and not influenced by the publisher or any marketing agency.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

  1. Hi Kristine,
    I saw that you once rated Marley and me. I’ve written a similar book, only without the sad ending. I loved Marley and me too but I Went through a bOx of hankies on that one. Anyway, my book is called Puppy Love: life lessoNs in disobedience. I’d love to be friends on goodreads. Look me up if you get a chance. Best wishes and happy reading.

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