Trash: An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect.Trash: An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect. by Penelope Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Not my usual type of book but I’m glad to have read it.This book is absolutely heart-breaking. Britney’s life of squalor and filth is shocking as well as gut churning. The description of her living conditions surrounded by trash, trapped in a miasma of rotting food and damp as rats and bugs scurry and bite made my skin crawl.

I found that Britney was a likeable character who was easy to root for. Her mother, Gene was much harder to form an opinion of as she is certainly a vile, lazy woman but at the same time she has a mental health problem and is losing the struggle to cope with this as well as being a single mother.

I was glad to see Britney stand up to her mother and make her escape but was a little disappointed at the way she seemed to lose all sympathy for her, even though she recognised her problem. To me Britney became much less likeable when she completely shut out her mother (and the rest of the family) rather than trying to get professional help for her. I certainly understand how it’s possible to feel that she needs the distance but I didn’t like that aspect of her character.


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