Dirty Little Secrets

Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: c.j. omololu
Genre: YA Fiction
Page count: 212
Why I read it: Was looking through books on
goodreads.com and this one sounded good.
Grade: A


Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others.

For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to -- nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.

When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children -- they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.

With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

My review: This book was written so well! It was realistic and written like a real teenager would talk and think. I felt so strongly for Lucy, I just wanted to jump into the book and help her and make everything all better. The only bad thing I would say about this book is that it ended :) I would love it if there were a second book, I would love to read about what happens to her next. This book made me excited and sad and mad and frustrated and hopeful it was just a really good book! I would love to read more books by this author someday.

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