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Children's and YA literature reviews.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and lets bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases they’re anxious to read.
My W.O.W for this week is Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.
  For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother’s hoarding a secret. She’s had
to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so
high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she’s always worried
would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she
finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right.
As long as she can make them think she’s normal.

When Lucy arrives home
from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics,
she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely
notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First
the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will
they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they’ll
turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.

With a
normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical
decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

February 2010, from Walker Books

Why?  Like everybody else in America, I am fascinated by the television shows on hoarders.  With the psychology of such actions always on everyone’s mind, a novel such as this is going to be riveting.  I actually was curious if there was such a YA novel, then I heard about this on Twitter. 

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