Dirty Little Secrets

 
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Dirty Little Secrets
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Release Date
February 02, 2010
ISBN
0802786609
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Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years—that her mom’s out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. She’s managed to keep her home life hidden from her best friend and her crush, knowing they’d be disgusted by the truth. So, when her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911 because revealing their way of life would make her future unbearable—and she begins her two-day plan to set her life right.

With details that are as fascinating as they are disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt at normalcy. Her fear and isolation are palpable as readers are pulled down a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have readers completely hooked.

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Lucy's mother has a dirty little secret. She's a hoarder. Tons of trash and junk flood her house. No one knows what inside Lucy's house. She makes sure of that by being careful to not let anyone inside. Once she wasn't so careful and ended up being labeled 'garbage girl' at her private school.

Now she only has two more years until graduation when she can leave the mess her mother has made and start her own life. Then tragedy strikes. Something so unexpected she doesn't know what to do and fears that her carefully hidden secret will leak out. How far will she go to hide her family's secrets?

Wow. This book is unlike any I've read. I totally could relate with Lucy and her fear of others finding out about her mother's hoarding. In my own childhood, I was embarrassed for others to see what it was like inside my house but I never lived in the mess Lucy did. Her reaction--to do anything to make sure others didn't find out--is totally realistic. I also loved how the author showed the emotions that Lucy felt going through a life time of junk. Lucy's other sibling's reactions were equally realistic--the older sister, who's in denial and tries to be the 'favorite daughter' to the brother, who runs away from the situation. There's always one in the family who ends up being the one who has to deal and grow up fast.

I was glued to this story! Lucy's emotions and conflicts kept me wanting to know how she'd handle a terrible situation.

I was so excited about getting a chance to review this book, I took it to my local library and shared it. The head librarian was very excited and other librarians came over in what ended up being a very lively discussion on hoarding and what it must be like for the children of those who live this way.

A must read! Sure to generate discussion and interest in the TV series HOARDERS. But also equally interesting in showing how a teen deals with a difficult situation.
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