Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday - Dirty Little Secrets

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:  
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Release date: April 2010 by Walker

When 16 year-old Lucy comes home to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics in their garbage-filled home, she hesitates as she starts to dial 911. She hardly notices the mountains of stuff that fill every available space in the entire house or smells the decay anymore - but she knows the paramedics will, and so will the news cameras that will follow. They’ll notice the garbage and the smell and wonder how anyone ever lived like this. Only freaks live like this.

As she stares at the cell phone, Lucy can already hear the echoes of “Garbage Girl” and picture the look of disgust on everyone’s faces. With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has to decide how far she’ll go to keep the family secrets safe.

The synopsis of this story reminds me of some of the students that I work with.  Their home life is such that they are ashamed for anyone to know how they live.  I am anxious to see how the author approaches this in the story and how the character deals with the hand she's been dealt.


Unknown said...

This sounds interesting, I will have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.
Have a great week. :)

bermudaonion said...

It's sad the way you can relate to this book.

Gwendolyn B. said...

This sounds good to me too. You seldom get to hear the perspective of kids who have had to live this way.

Unknown said...

It's definitely something new that this book promises. Worth trying it out.
The 'relatability' factor in your real life is definitely sad.

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