Dirty Little Secrets
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 2nd 2010
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 212
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Realistic Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
, High School
(I actually have a different edition of this book, though I haven't seen it anywhere else with the cover that I have. I have the Scholastic edition of the novel.) This was a reread for me. I read this in middle school at around this time of the year, and I remembered absolutely lovin...
I debated between 4 or 5 stars on this. But really it was a book I couldn't put down, so went with a 5. Will post full review on my blog tomorrow.
Wonderful book. Poor girl, having to live in that mess.
I'm not sure if this is a 4 or 5 star but for the moment I'm leaving it at 4.
Lucy lives in conditions many people can’t even imagine. The kitchen is unusable, there isn’t any hot water in the house, and the furnace is broken. There are piles and piles of papers, plastic bags, and boxes littering every corner of the house. In order to maneuver, Lucy and her mother have to ...