Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu

As I said before, I watch almost every episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive and Hoarders that comes on the tv, so I definitely wanted to read this book. Lucy is the youngest of three children and the only one still living at home with her mom, when the story begins. Her mom keeps everything and the only space Lucy has at home is her bedroom. Newspapers, magazines, and green bins line the inside of the house and the kitchen sink, central heating, and other important things do not work in the house. Lucy tries desperately to keep her friend, Kaylie and crush, Josh from finding out the truth about her house and her mom. Then, the unthinkable happens and Lucy must decide what she is willing to risk, to keep the truth from coming out. At times heartbreaking and hopeful, C. J. Omololu dives into what it is like to be the child of a hoarder. Lucy is often blamed by her mother for the messy house and her older sister, Sara, tries to stay the favorite by helping her mom with the hoarding. Sara also seems to be going down the same path. Lucy's brother Phil tries to stay away as much as possible and tries to keep Lucy positive by saying she only has a year and a half left in the house. The book definitely reminds me of the heartbreaking tv shows in which parents choose stuff over their children. This is a haunting story of survival and will leave you in suspense up until the end.

Favorite Character: Lucy is well-developed and the reader knows what she is thinking. You truly come to care for her in the end and only hope that she can turn her life around. We only see at the end how much she truly cares for her mom, when the tears are streaming down her face after the big event. I don't want to be too spoilery, so I will leave it at that.

Favorite Quote: "She had fifty plastic bins in this house full of pristine crap-why couldn't she atcually put something meaningful in them? Like a special silver and blue thimble? Or my childhood?"

This was definitely not a light-hearted book, but it was an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. I give it 4 bars of chocolate.

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