Sunday, October 6, 2013

Thoughts on Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Dirty Little Secrets
On the surface, Lucy seems like your average, everyday teen, but she has a huge secret. Her mom is a compulsive hoarder, and if any of Lucy's friends ever saw how she lived, her life would be over. When something horrible happens that threatens to reveal her living conditions to the community, Lucy must choose how to handle it.

The first thing I wanted to do after reading this book was to run through my house with garbage sacks, throwing away anything we don't use or taking it immediately to Goodwill. I was horrified at the descriptions of the living conditions in Lucy's house, and saddened that she would be forced to live that way. Think of the worst episode of Hoarders and put a teen living in all that filth and trash with her mom. The description of the state of the kitchen, with mold growing from the dirty dishes and trash on the countertops down to the cabinets and covering everything, disgusted me so much, that I just wanted to take a bottle of bleach to everything in my kitchen!

That said I wasn't totally satisfied with the story. I couldn't get over how totally wrong Lucy's solution to her problem was. I can't be more specific without putting in spoilers, but let's just say, her actions weren't exactly legal. I know it was a way for her secrets to stay hidden, but I can't imagine that it would really work out in the long run. Because of this, I couldn't like this book much. C- rating.

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