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Dirty Little Secrets Hardcover – February 2, 2010

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Shocking, tragic, desperate, and believable. Characters, situations, and settings are vivid, and dialogue rings true... a valuable new addition to heartbreaking but honest books about teens. School Library Journal A disturbing appraisal of how a mother's obsessive hoarding affects her teenage daughter in this frank novel. Publishers Weekly An emotionally charged novel...readers will be rapt. Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

C. J. OMOLOLU is the author of Dirty Little Secrets, her first novel. She lives in Northern California, with her husband and two sons.
www.cynjay.blogspot.com
www.cjomololu.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Printing edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080278660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802786609
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy has a secret that has the possibility of becoming a public and embarrassing scandal: her mom Joanna is a hoarder. Years ago a school friend caught a peek into their house, and afterwards everyone cruelly nicknamed Lucy "Garbage Girl." She switched schools to avoid the harassment. Now she has a best friend and a boyfriend, but she can never have them over to her house. She can't let people see her home stacked with junk that is packed so tight that it's like walking through a maze to get from one room to another.

A tragedy strikes that can either free Lucy or burden her even more. The entire story takes place in 24 hours, with flashbacks to Lucy's past, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Lucy's next move towards normalcy or further difficulty. This novel is unique and suspenseful. I may never forget the emotional twists and a main character with such a memorable problem.
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I don't want to go into the plot too much because I don't want to spoil anything, but the story centers around a high-school junior, Lucy, who is trying to keep the family secret of hoarding away from her "normal girl" world.

From the first sentence I was hooked. Ms. Omololu starts off by letting us know Lucy has a secret. As Lucy's world starts to unravel, the pace quickens and slows - in my opinion - perfectly. At times, Lucy is frustrated, angry, determined, and maybe even cold. At others she is warm, loving, and protective.

Loved the character. Loved the pace. Loved the plot. This was a wonderful read for me. And it inspired me to clean my house. Seriously.
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I would never want to enter a real world like Lucy's, but I now understand the horror of her home life. I found myself holding my breath in passages, wanting to help her overcome the effects of her mother's hoarding but I was powerless to do so. Instead, I came face to face with Lucy's panic and shame. If ever there was a book that created empathy for such a misunderstood illness, DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is it.
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I bought this book on a whim, and I am so happy I did. I completed it in one entire sitting. I couldn't put it down (which is high praise for someone like me, who is VERY picky with reading material). SPOILERS The protagonist is relatable, and it would be hard for anyone not to empathize with her thoughts and feelings. As someone who grew up in a household where mental illness had a huge effect on the family (though I was not in a hoarding situation) I found myself recalling memories from my old childhood as I read. Some of the things Lucy's mother said could've been taken out of the mouths of relatives in my younger years, and Lucy's thoughts were often my own at 17 years of age. Her situation of feeling and being alone in a terrible situation was all too close to my own story.

The ending wasn't what I expected, and was somewhat anti-climactic considering that no one discovered her secret, but I suppose that the symbolism is all there and it's a good ending for a book where the main character's mission was doomed from the start. Should be required reading for all high school-aged students! FINALLY, a book where the author knows what they're doing, and can set up a plot with good characterization and carry it out well! So many professional writers cannot actually write these days, but Omololu is not one of them. I will be reading more of C.J. Omololu's books in the future.
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I honestly had no idea what I was getting into, when I began reading this book. I was very surprised, and it was completely different than my initial assumption of it. It was thrilling, yet a bit too unrealistic. She stays and attempts to clean everything up, because she is too embarrassed about her environment. Then, instead of calling the police because of her mom's "situation", she decides to leave, because she needs a break. Okay, I get it. She came from a crappy situation, but instead of doing the right thing, and reporting it, she covered it up, due to embarrassment. Instead of doing that, and making yourself look guilty (when she wasn't), why not contact the police, or CPS, and salvage what's left of your life? Perhaps I would do what she did, if I was in her situation. But I doubt it. I'd like to think I'd have a little more decency, and do the right thing, and tell the truth. Still, it was a good, fairly quick read. A dark-ish subject, with a light touch.
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I found this book to be an excellent read. Well-designed, well-written. I found Lucy to be a fully developed character, an authentic teen, who has a huge burden and few resources for handling her problem. She is truly alone in trying to deal with her mother's hoarding. Yes, she has friends who act like they will support her and stay friends--but how does she know they will? The shame she feels trumps everything and I think that is a true state for most teenagers and young adults. This is told through her actions, inner thoughts, memories, and hour-by-hour descriptions of how she takes care of herself and the situation. I recommend this book for anyone, especially someone who has to face something that is beyond "normal" behavior, whether in themselves or someone they love.
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