29 April 2012

Review: Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Can we talk about the ridiculousness that this book is for a moment?

So we have a girl. The girl's mother is a hoarder, hardcore, reality-TV-style, so she's naturally embarrassed to have her friends over, her father left, her brother left, her sister is gone, she's all that's left at the house with her crazy hoarder mother. So far so good, right?

Oh boy.

Here be spoilers:

So hoarder mom? She dies of an asthma attack. So what does our intrepid hero do? Cover her up, lest the news reporters come and film the house when the paramedics try to get her out of the house. Girl begins cleaning to clear a spot to get through, girl knows things onto dead mom's corpse, girl goes to school, girl does everything she can to keep dead mom from being found.

As if this wasn't bad enough? Girl goes out on a pseudo-date. Girl finds she really likes boy, gets a little making out done because that's what teenagers do, and decides she knows exactly how to get out of this mess.

By setting fire to the house.

The book ends with this girls secrets going literally up in flames.

Really? Really?!?

I mean, come on. There's a lot wrong with this book, from the poor choices of everyone involved in the story to the blatantly ridiculous reasoning for keeping the mother in the house dead. Then to go out to a party/concert/makeout session and stay out late while a corpse lays in your house, knowing full well your family might stop by and find it? Really?

I have no real problem with suspending my disbelief for any number of fictional titles. I can't help but be confused by how this was ever really okay. It's strange and unrealistic and I'm honestly stunned it got anywhere. Clearly, we're dealing with a talented writer with interesting ideas, but my goodness.

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