published by: Walker Books for Young Readers
publish date: February 2, 2010
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.
Dirty Little Secrets is one of those "trend" books. It picks up on the popularity of shows like Hoarders and takes a look at the problem from the standpoint of one of the kids.
This was a really quick read. I got through it in a couple of hours. It was one of those books that wasn't spectacularly great, but it wasn't too bad either. It was kind of interesting subject matter, but on the other hand I felt like I could have watched an episode of Hoarders and gotten less frustrated with the characters. Lucy's hesitation to call 911 annoyed me. I guess I kept thinking about things from the standpoint of the police asking questions.
This might be one of those books to check out from the library this summer. There wasn't anything objectionable throughout this book, so it's safe for all YA reading lists.