Author: C.J. Omololu
Publication: February 2, 2010
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Summary taken from goodreads:
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.
3 STARS - I LIKED IT
I wanted to read this book mainly because every time my best friend sees my piles of TBR books lying around my room, she jokingly calls me a hoarder. Basically, I was interested in reading about what it's like living with a real hoarder. And it was interesting.
Lucy is just your average kid, trying to fit in and be normal, desperately doing everything that she can to hide her family secret. I didn't really warm up to her until 50 pages in the book, and I still don't like the fact that she never told anyone the family secret, but I can understand why she couldn't do it. No one wants to be completely vulnerable and exposed.
Anyway, the ending was kind of unexpected. I wished that there was an epilogue because I would love to see how she had to act and react to what had happened. I mean, she would still have to lie about the situation and after a while, how would she handle the guilt?
Overall, Dirty Little Secret is a good read.