Feb 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Dirty Little Secrets

Waiting on Wednesday recognizes that we as bookies pine for books. This post is about what I am impatiently waiting for right now. It was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week's selection is Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu which just came out yesterday.

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?
From Goodreads

How amazing does this sound? Hoarding is a real tendency that can very quickly take over a life. It's a compulsion and need that can consume not just one life, but a whole family's life. Lucy has a lot of promise wrapped up in the situation she is in based on the fact that what she does in response to her mother's demise might make or break her character. Here's hoping that she makes the right decision (whatever that may be) and comes out of it in one piece.

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swiggett said...

Oh wow - that sounds incredible. And the topic feels very appropriate. What a dilemma for a child to have. I'm looking forward to it!

Emily said...

I just took this one out from the library yesterday (luckily I had pre-ordered it). I'm pretty interested in how this book turns out. It's such an interesting topic - one that hasn't been very popular until now.

Hopefully I can get to it soon :).

Jo said...

I ordered this for our library and have been waiting waiting waiting for it to come in!!

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