Dirty Little Secrets
written by C.J. Omololu
Obligatory spoiler warning, since I have pretty much nothing to talk about in re: this book other than the ending. I thought it was a fascinating exploration of hoarding, and I was so pumped to see how all of the ends would be wrapped up, so I was shocked (and not in a good way) to find that it all ended with Lucy burning her house down. Really? Even after Josh and Kaylie come into her life and introduce the idea of safety? Even with the notion that maybe her brother could help, maybe her sister needs help? And where is she going to end up now? And what of her mental state? I don't often hold books up to moral standards, but when mental illness is involved, I like to see authors come up with productive answers on how to actually deal with a situation. Just like it says in the book, sometimes you've just got to act and deal with the consequences all at once rather than avoiding something chronically. And burning a house down seems like the most avoidant act possible. Pathetic.