Monday, October 11, 2010

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets
by c.j omololu
210 pages

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

Summary: From the outside Lucy’s life looks almost normal. Sure she might be a little quiet and she never invites people over, but you would never suspect the secret that she hides. Her mom is a hoarder and their house is full of garbage, towering stacks of newspaper and whatever else her mother can’t stand to throw away. Lucy is embarrassed, but she also wants to protect her mom, no matter what the cost.

Review: Dirty Little Secrets is a very quick read despite the fact that there is not a lot going on in terms of plot development. The story mostly focuses on a single day with flashbacks providing a bit of a back story of growing up with a hoarder. The flashbacks were the most engaging element of the story, especially considering I did not really connect well with the main character. Although the author did do a great job at creating a significant amount of sympathy for her. Those who enjoy issue fiction will no doubt enjoy this quick paced fascinating read. It’s a unique topic and the author does a really great job.

This is c.j. omololu’s debut YA novel

If you liked Dirty Little Secrets, you might also enjoy: Liar by Justine Larbalestier, Buried by Robin MacCready, Willow by Julia Hoban, Diary of a Witness by Catherine Hyde

Additional Info:
Wikipedia article on hoarding

Non-fiction Connection: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Natalie Rompella

Author website:

Rating: W3/4 C2.5/4 P2.4/4 O4/4 PP2.5/4 CR3/4
Grade Level Interest: JS


Ginger said...

Hoarding has become such a popular topic these days. Interesting that a YA book would focus on it too.

Great review!

Katie said...

Thanks! Last year I watched a show on Hoarding and became totally interested in it. It's kinda cool that a YA author would tackle it!

Katie said...

I didn't enjoy this book very much. It was my first 'issue' book, so I'll probably stay away from those type from now on. Thanks for the review :)

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