Dirty Little Secrets
Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: C. J. Omololu
Sixteen-year-old Lucy can’t wait to escape to college like her older siblings and put her embarrassment in her mother’s secret compulsive hording behind her. Upon returning home one night, she discovers her mother has unexpectedly died within the massive piles of accumulated stuff. What can she do to prevent this secret from being exposed to her friends, neighbors, and potential boyfriend?
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. She’s managed to keep her home life hidden from her best friend and her crush, knowing they’d be disgusted by the truth. So, when her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911 because revealing their way of life would make her future unbearable—and she begins her two-day plan to set her life right.
With details that are as fascinating as they are disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt at normalcy. Her fear and isolation are palpable as readers are pulled down a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen’s life will have readers completely hooked.