REVIEW YYYY 1/2
Wow! This book is beyond anything I have read. I cannot stop thinking about it. DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS was so well written that I could experience the claustrophobic living conditions, the overwhelming stench of mold and decay and understand the reasons that Lucy needed to keep the family "secret" safe.
Lucy is coming home from the movies, a great night out with her BFF and her school crush and before she could reach her front porch all good thoughts come to a crashing halt. Lucy knows that within the walls of her house lies a filthy secret; her mother is a hoarder and she is trapped within the confines of that fact, isolated. Lucy survives by clinging to the knowledge that she only has two years left before she can leave as her sibling have done before her. Then Lucy finds her mother had died while she was out and with her hand poised to dial 911, the reality of her family life causes her to reconsider. So she sets a two day deadline and what happens next is hour by hour account of Lucy's struggle to keep her family's secret from ever being public knowledge.
The story of a teenage girl trying to live a normal teenage life when her home life is anything but normal will grab you and not let go. Lucy's overwhelming desire to fit in and her forced isolation to make her life bearable are well detailed. And as Lucy valiantly tries to clean the layers of dirt and grime, the years of living with her mother are painfully revealed and it is fascinatingly disturbing.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is a thought provoking and stunning read. You will ask yourself the same question. How far will you go to protect your family secrets?