Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
rating 8/10

Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others.

For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to -- nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.

When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children -- they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.

With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

Dirty Little Secrets was such a good, sad story about a girl living with her hoarder mom. I've always been intrigued by mental illnesses like this, and jumped at the chance to read it. All I can say is that really did live up to my expectations.

This story really showed what it was like to live with a hoarder. Every time Lucy tried to clean anything up, her mom would get mad at her and wouldn't let her. The hoarding quickly took over both their lives, and it's what killed Lucy's mom. After living in garbage for most her life, for the first time Lucy can actually break free from this and start over.

It was easy to sympathize with Lucy from the beginning. She was justa regular girl with a not so good home life. She was easy to relate to and really sweet.

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