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


This is the 50th book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Published February 2nd, 2010

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.

Tackling an increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have them completely hooked.


This was a fast read. The main character, Lucy, was an easy character to like and relate to, and I liked her best friend, Kaylie, and love interest, Josh. The situation was depicted well. I’ve had some experience with hoarding in my family, but nothing even close to what is described in this book, though I have had to clean up some pretty bad messes in the past. I’m also a fan of the show Hoarders and it never fails to make me cry/feel terrible for all those affected.

Hoarding is a very sad mental disorder and I always feel bad when children and pets are involved. Lucy’s fear of shame and her actions seemed realistic. Even though I didn’t agree with some of her actions, I still felt bad for her. I’d love to know more about how the hoarding started.

The only thing that I truly disliked about this book was the end. It seemed a bit rushed and it feels unfinished being so open-ended. I want to know more.

Overall, this was a pretty good read and the author did a great job with the subject. I’d love to see more fiction dealing with hoarding.




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