Dirty Little Secrets
By C.J. Omololu
Walker & Co., 2010. 212 pgs. Teen fiction
Sixteen-year-old Lucy doesn't exactly have a normal life. She has spent much of her life distancing herself from people as she tries to hide the fact that she lives with a mother who is a hoarder. However, as she has developed a friendship and her crush seems to be noticing her, she has an increased desire to hide her family's secret so she won't lose them. When her mother dies in their home, Lucy must figure out how to protect her secret from the authorities and especially the media.
This book was really interesting, although perhaps some readers will be put off by the large amount of text dedicated to describing the horrible living conditions. While necessary to convey the depths to which Lucy is affected by the hoarding, it seemed like there was more description than actual plot. The solution, which seems a bit simplistic, and which many readers may figure out long before Lucy does, is portrayed without any consequences, which is unlikely, but still, many readers will suspend disbelief and enjoy this story of coping with a horrific secret.