Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Good Reads: 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. Tackling an increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy's desperate attempt to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen's life will have them completely hooked.

Wow. This is an incredibly compelling story. From the very first page, I was drawn in by the main character, Lucy. Although I knew the basic story line, I was intrigued by the "mystery" set up of the opening pages. Lucy struggles to keep her mother together, live a normal life, and keep the family secret, yet things come tumbling down- quite literally. This kept me up late into the night, reading how Lucy was going to resolve her dilemma without revealing her secret and destroying any chance at having a "normal" life.

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