Book Review: Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omolou

Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: C.J. Omololu
Released: February 2, 2010
Publisher: Walker Children


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.

Yikes. Dirty Little Secrets made me watch an episode of Hoaders just to see what a house like this might really be like.  I’ve known “cluttery” people and my house is often messy but seeing what life for a hoarder and their children is like was eye-opening.  It also motivated me to dejunk & clean my house.  I may not be a hoarder but it wasn’t hard to find several bags of items to giveaway.

This book is heartbreaking but was really interesting to read.  Watching Lucy attempt to clean up and sort through years of accumulated junk while sharing the secret story of her life made for a very interesting story. I’m not sure if a teenager would enjoy this book or not but I found it intriguing.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: Clean (ironic since the subject matter is filthy)

Source: From Publisher


  1. this is a great book

  2. would this be a book for kids in elementrey school