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[Following is an official review of "The Secret Apartment" by Tom Garvey.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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A house is a place where one calls home. But could an apartment in a stadium be called your home? This question is what Tom Garvey answered in his memoir The Secret Apartment. Tom shared how he encountered a vacant room in the stadium where he worked. The room didn’t seem to be in use, so he converted this room to his apartment.

The book started with Tom narrating how his uncles built a multimillion-dollar business from selling hotdogs. Tom’s uncles worked at the Veterans Stadium, where they sold foods, drinks and novelties. With the help of his uncles, Tom took over the parking operations at the stadium. While taking a stroll in the stadium, Tom stumbled upon a vacant room on the 200-level concourse of the Veterans Stadium. Although the room looked like a long-forgotten space in the stadium, it seemed befitting to serve as an apartment. With such an apartment hidden in plain sight, all he had to do was to keep the existence of his newly acquired apartment a secret from most people.

This memoir is written in the form of short stories. The stories were narrated from the point of view of the author. The author was quite adept with his words, thereby making the narrative more interesting to read. I relished the experiences Tom had during his stay at the stadium. He had access to most places in the stadium, and he did whatever suited him. There was a time Tom granted his friend access to a lounge specifically meant for the wives and girlfriends of the sports stars using the stadium. The author’s stories made me deliberate if I could live in a secret apartment at my favourite club’s stadium, Old Trafford. I don’t think anyone would pass up an opportunity to meet the stars that would frequent the stadium and other side attractions that would come with it. It would be an experience that I’d love to have.

There were some minor things that I wasn’t pleased with while reading this book. I found it difficult to keep track of all the people Tom introduced to the readers. Each of the short stories introduced a new person who was crucial only in that particular story. Keeping track of those characters made me backtrack a couple of times. Also, I found a few errors while reading, though the errors weren’t distracting.

I would rate The Secret Apartment 4 out of 4 stars because I enjoyed the stories shared in the book. The flaws that I highlighted aren’t grave enough to deny the book a perfect rating. Any reader with an interest in sports would enjoy the book. The sporting activities narrated here would be appealing to them the most. The Secret Apartment is suitable for all age groups.

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Post by raluca_mihaila »

It seems like an interesting book, a light reading suitable for everybody. Thank you for this great review!
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Post by smolbird »

I think it was a really gutsy move to just up and convert a random space in your workplace into your living space. I'm definitely interested in how things panned out for him.
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Post by OBC Reviewer »

Though this sort of inspirational mmemoirs are not uncommon, this ine has a unique touch with its 'apartment' thing. Thanks for the descriptive review
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Post by Yvonne Monique »

The amazing thing is that it is a real story! I wonder how long the author could keep this apartment a secret?! Great review, very informative.
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Post by Dartemis »

While I'm not much of a sports fan, the premise itself sounds interesting enough to make me want to check it out. Thanks for the informative review.
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Post by Suzer6440 xyz »

VERY interesting for sure! It seems surprising that he could go as far as making this space for himself. I am interested to read how the rest of the story goes!,
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Post by Sou Hi »

Thanks for your informative review. Having a secret apartment inside a stadium sounds interesting. Though I'm not into sport, reading about lives seen in the arena can be a nice and refreshing change.
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Post by Slater678 »

This is an unusual memoir due to the description of an apartment the author used in secret in a stadium. There must be more to this story. Thanks for the captivating review.
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Post by Chizioboli »

I am inquisitive, was the room discovered? I just need to know; your review caught me reading for more, interesting, intriguing and exciting read. Thank you for this fantastic read
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Post by Mtibza eM »

Wow! This book so different and I think I will enjoy it.
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For how long does he intend to keep the apartment a secret? I wish to find out. Thanks for the detailed review.
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Post by WADonnelly »

Sounds like an interesting book although perhaps not one for me. Great review though!
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Post by justhereader »

This memoir about a man who made a secret apartment inside a stadium definitely sounds intriguing. It’s also written in short stories! Very interesting premise.
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Post by SamaylaM »

Memoirs can be unattractive to readers if they lack creativity. This one seems full of that! The random apartment in the stadium, the secret, and everything else really sound interesting. Thanks for a wonderful review!
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