Author: Lori Culwell
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Rating: 4 Birds
Lucy Whitley cannot wait to get out of Palm Desert. It’s not a place for a frizzy-haired science nerd, particularly when her fashion-obsessed older sister Sloane is the head of a clique of pretty girls who rule the school – and practically the whole town.
Fortunately, life is about to change forever. Lucy’s dad is getting re-married, and then she can transfer to a boarding school in Connecticut, escaping all the mean girls and the endless whispers about the Whitley family scandal. Everything is going to be perfect – as long as the wedding goes smoothly.
Here’s the dirt, on The Dirt.
I started it, and finished it yesterday. It arrived in my mailbox as I was heading out to pick up the 7 year old from school and since it’s a good 20-30 minutes wait most of the time, I cracked it open and dove in. It appears my little break from reading has caused me to feel like catching up, as I’ve been plowing through a book a day since I jumped back on the horse. Of course, it’s easy to do when you’re reading something you really enjoy.
In Lori’s last book that I reviewed, Hollywood Carwash I was immersed in the world of a new found starlet starting her acting career. Who hasn’t dreamed of THAT!? This time around, in The Dirt we’re dropped in the middle of High Society where photographers follow you everywhere because your “Paris Hilton” famous. You know, famous for being famous…oh and because your family has scandal coming out of their nose.
Lucy’s dream is to break away from her family and start over far away where no one knows her name. Not to mention escape from her older sister, the queen of a secret society of privileged and stuck up girls that run, not just the school but the town as well. Think, Mean Girls meets The Skulls.
Culwell captures perfectly Lucy’s geeky, unpopular self image and rambling, word-vomiting she does when she’s nervous. Which, is frequently. It’s so spot on in fact, I even cringed when it was happening just wanting to reach out and say ‘Oh hunny, shush…..really…” mostly because I’ve been there and wish someone would have paid me the same kindness.
You’re going to get some mystery, suspense, a little dash of love, some revenge and plotting and not to mention good old family drama in this contemporary novel that I really hope you’ll put on your TBR list.
Oh – the cover, have to touch on this. I love it – it suits the book perfectly, I mean totally perfectly!!! I do have to admit the cover did remind me of those “Pretty Little Liars” books at first glance. I think it’s the font. Downfall to be a self proclaimed cover snob and collector of books, you see every cover known to man and eventually you start to compare them….lol.
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