Dirty Little Secrets
by C. J. Omololu
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.
Reasons I want to read this:
1. What an interesting premise! I've never even heard of any other YA book about hoarding
2. It has such a gritty and secretive, but pretty, cover
3. I love books that are set during a very short time period - as is this one, two days, hour by hour
4. It would be interesting to experience Lucy's emotions about her mother's hoarding and how it affects her own teenage life. It will be interesting to read the journey of someone who is such an outcast from the normal.