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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Book Review: Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Received From: Publisher

Summary: 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.

My Review: Dirty Little Secrets was a unique, well-written novel with detailed content. Lucy was the type of character that I couldn't help but feel sorry for. She was the only one out of her siblings left to suffer in a house with horrific living conditions. It's bad enough dealing with garbage 24/7 but on top of that she was stuck with a mentally unstable mother. After discovery her mother's dead body, everything changed dramatically. All her life Lucy has kept the household secret, but now she fears it might be revealed. Her main focus was to clean up the mess in order to prevent that from happening. However, I did find it extremely disturbing that she didn't call 911. I, for one would of bolted for the phone, but I guess in Lucy's mind her mother's life was gone so she had to save her own. I actually liked the parts where she was cleaning because she experienced flashbacks. Through her memories I learned about the personalities of her siblings and mother, and seriously she was better off. My favorite part of the book was the ending, it totally took me by surprised! I never would expect Lucy to make a choice to that extent so I was literally floored by her actions. Overall, an interesting premise which was executed beautifully.

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Author's Info:
C. J. OMOLOLU is the author of Dirty Little Secrets, her first novel. She lives in Northern California, with her husband and two sons.


Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Great review and I agree. The book was handled fantastically and yes, it was disturbing she didn't call 911 first but I completely understood her reasons for it and that made it even more heartbreaking that she couldn't even just call 911 for her dead mom.

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Awesome review!

I really want to read this book--the premise is just so unique and compelling. And I <3 flashbacks so that's another plus :)

Kelsey said...

Nice review! I also loved this book :)

Bere said...

Awesome review Eleni! I haven't read this
one yet but I'm excited to get it.
It sounds so interesting and unique.

Sarah (Book Reviews from Inside an Igloo) said...

I just stumbled across you blog, its great! I'm a follower now :)

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