Dirty little secrets

by Omololu, Cynthia Jaynes.

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When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother's compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.
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Booklist Review: "Lucy has a secret: her mother is a compulsive hoarder. Her older siblings have moved out, and Lucy has never let her friends come over to see the towering piles of paper, clothes, and trash that cover every surface and block all but narrow passages through the house. Then she returns home to find her mother dead from an asthma attack, and she feels numb: Maybe after, I could be sad. But not now. The 24 hours following her mother's passing bring one misguided attempt after another as Lucy tries to clean up, hide the truth about her mother's compulsions, and save her family's reputation. The premise seems far-fetched, but the problem of hoarding is real for many households, as the Web site listed in the acknowledgments substantiates. Lucy's range of emotions is clearly presented, as is her fear that her family's secret sets her apart from others: It made us too different. Her final blazing act to ensure a normal life is upsetting but should provoke discussion.--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Debut author Omololu gives a disturbing appraisal of how a mother's obsessive hoarding affects her teenage daughter in this frank novel that spans a tense 24-hour period. The grief 16-year-old Lucy experiences when her mother dies suddenly at home is overshadowed by her dread that paramedics and the general public will learn her family's secret: they've been living amid piles of filth due to her mother's refusal to ever throw anything away. ("The last repairman didn't get past the front hallway before realizing the place was too full of crap to even get near the hot water heater," Lucy remembers.) Lucy's decision to clean up the mess before notifying authorities may seem ill-founded and unbelievable to some, but readers will feel compassion for her as she recalls how her mother's compulsive behavior has cost her friendships and a normal social life, as well as posing health risks. Tension intensifies as the clean-up process proves even more overwhelming than Lucy imagined. Her determination to erase the past may lead to debates about whether Lucy's motives are rooted in selfishness, shame, or love. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Secrecy Juvenile fiction
Compulsive behavior Juvenile fiction
Mothers and daughters Juvenile fiction
Death Juvenile fiction
Self-reliance Juvenile fiction
High schools Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
Compulsive hoarding Juvenile fiction
Parents Death Juvenile fiction
Self-reliance in adolescence Juvenile fiction
Secrets Fiction
Compulsive behavior Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
Death Fiction
Self-reliance Fiction
High Schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
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Publisher New York :Bloomsbury Publishing Plc2010
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Language English
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ISBN 9780802722546
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