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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
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Aug 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: addiction, mental-illness, realistic-fiction, teen-fiction
Read in August, 2010

I picked this one up because I've never read a book about anyone with a hoarding disorder before. In this book, the protagonist, Lucy, is the daughter of a severe hoarder. Her father left years ago and her older siblings moved out as soon as they could, leaving Lucy along to deal with her mother and the ever-growing piles and stacks of garbage (or "treasures", as her mother calls them). If she tries to clean, she's accused of messing with her mother's things. One night, her mother can't find the scissors and Lucy is blamed. After a brief fight, Lucy leaves to go be with her friend, the first she's allowed herself to have in years since keeping her mother's habit a secret is so difficult. Unfortunately, when she returns, she finds her mother dead. What to do? If the paramedics come, the press is sure to follow and Lucy will once again become "Garbage Girl" and lose the relationships she's struggled to cultivate. What follows is a fascinating investigation of the disorder and how it has impacted the family. Lucy is relate-able and her situation is not nearly as uncommon as one might think. A necessary book on an overlooked topic.

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