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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
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Aug 23, 10

I give this book four stars, mostly because of its uniqueness.Lucy Tompkins has many secrets, all stemming from the fact that her mother is a HOARDER. She fears that if anyone finds out the way in which she and her family live, they will not accept her. When her mother dies from an apparent asthma attack early on in the book, Lucy frantically begins the daunting task of cleaning up her mother's mess before she will call the paramedics. Lucy thinks she will be outed if the paramedics see their home in this condition. As she begins to sort through the things her mother has hoarded over the years, she reveals how they all got to this point.

The topic of HOARDING, while not necessarily common, is timely. There is a new cable show that attempts to shed light on this form of mental illness.This is the book's biggest strength. Character development is another of the strengths of the book. The book, however, will not appeal to all as it moves slowly. It is definitely a character driven book, rather than a plot driven book. And the ending was bothersome. It is any easy fix, an easy way for Lucy to begin again. However, another huge secret like this, rather than forcing Lucy to face her issues and begin to recover, will only lead to more problems in the end.

Definitely recommended - but I think it has more appeal for teenage girls than boys.

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