The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

The Dirty Book Club

This is an updated cover edition of 9781451695977 .From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Clique series comes a novel about the importance of friendship, and, of course, the pleasure of a dirty book. M.J. Stark’s life is picture-perfect—she has her dream job as a magazine editor, a sexy doctor boyfriend, and a glamorous life in New York City. But behind her...

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The Dirty Book Club Reviews

  • Lauren R.

    I was champing at the bit (read the book and you'll know why I said that) for this book since I first saw it on Goodreads years ago. I was incredibly intrigued by one of my favorite authors from when I was younger writing something that sounded completely opposite. I laughed a lot at the antics of this friend group, especially the scene in the hotel room. I loved the connections to the original DBC and how they chose these girls. Just a really enjoyable book for me! So glad I didn't wait to read

    I was champing at the bit (read the book and you'll know why I said that) for this book since I first saw it on Goodreads years ago. I was incredibly intrigued by one of my favorite authors from when I was younger writing something that sounded completely opposite. I laughed a lot at the antics of this friend group, especially the scene in the hotel room. I loved the connections to the original DBC and how they chose these girls. Just a really enjoyable book for me! So glad I didn't wait to read it.

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews

    The Dirty Book Club is all about female friendships and empowerment, and how books may be the way to both!

  • Robin

    I had to read about 30% of this before I got totally invested in the characters but turned out to be a fun and quick romp about friendships and family relationships. Every once in a while a bit of raunchy content would arise but don't let the title turn you off of reading this. The books read in the club weren't what one would call "dirty"--unless you think Jong's FEAR OF FLYING, 50 SHADES OF GREY, and HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE A PORN STAR are on the prurient side--OK, the last one might be consider

    I had to read about 30% of this before I got totally invested in the characters but turned out to be a fun and quick romp about friendships and family relationships. Every once in a while a bit of raunchy content would arise but don't let the title turn you off of reading this. The books read in the club weren't what one would call "dirty"--unless you think Jong's FEAR OF FLYING, 50 SHADES OF GREY, and HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE A PORN STAR are on the prurient side--OK, the last one might be considered on the crude side. The writing seemed a little choppy but I enjoyed it and the ending was unexpected but very satisfying.

    This might be a good fiction companion to Ann Hood's

    , and a readalike for

    . Also, even though the books aren't discussed in detail, add this title to your list of books about books.

    Thanks to the publisher for the advanced reading copy.

  • Melissa Rochelle

    Four women who unknowingly need each other are brought together by Gloria Golden and her group of lifelong friends. They grow closer to each other and discover more about themselves over a summer of reading "dirty books".

  • Chris  Carroll

    Loved it! A delightful, humorous, and even spicy look at women’s relationships today.

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    Hopefully we all have at lest one friend that we can let loose with and be who we really are. Just tell it like it is and say anything and everything friend. Nothing is held back and all is a sworn to secrecy friend. The strong connection is evident for those that see you together friend.

    That connection is a big part of this new book. A wonderful and fun look at two sets of women’s live

    Loved it! A delightful, humorous, and even spicy look at women’s relationships today.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hopefully we all have at lest one friend that we can let loose with and be who we really are. Just tell it like it is and say anything and everything friend. Nothing is held back and all is a sworn to secrecy friend. The strong connection is evident for those that see you together friend.

    That connection is a big part of this new book. A wonderful and fun look at two sets of women’s lives. Their interactions; belief in each other; support systems when everything goes astray. Their promises to each other and the secret book club that opens their eyes to another world.

    This book is an awesome read. You can tell it was a labor of love. To be able to get the sarcasm just right. The bitchiness, the understanding, and finally the unwavering support is something we all wish we had in a friend.

    Plus the book club and the secrets held within is a fabulous and witty idea that just made this book a delightful and a wee bit raunchy read that just made me laugh in so many places.

    The author has crafted the perfect women’s fiction read. With a bit of romance, sex chat, men talk, and strong women’s support group feel, you have to join The Dirty Book Club yourself. You may find it holds the answers to several questions you may have but were afraid to ask.

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  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews

    The Dirty Book Club is all about female friendships and empowerment, and how books may be the way to both!

    Story:

    M.J. thought she had it all, but living her life not fully knowing what she wanted didn't make her happy The Dirty Book Club changed all that. At first, she had some awkward interactions with some of the women her own age, but she felt like people in LA were so very different from the New Yorkers she was used to.

    The Dir

    The Dirty Book Club is all about female friendships and empowerment, and how books may be the way to both!

    Story:

    M.J. thought she had it all, but living her life not fully knowing what she wanted didn't make her happy The Dirty Book Club changed all that. At first, she had some awkward interactions with some of the women her own age, but she felt like people in LA were so very different from the New Yorkers she was used to.

    The Dirty Book Club followed both M.J. and her new friends and Gloria and her friends. Quite a bit of the story happened in the past, when Gloria and her friends were younger. They were rather open-minded, and they enjoyed finding books that were not necessarily readily accepted by society.

    Friendships, learning to get to know themselves, and accept both themselves and others for who they are are among the important themes in The Dirty Book Club.

    Characters:

    M.J. was so sure she'd get the promotion she wanted. When it became a co-editor position instead, she became so disappointed she left the magazine behind to go live with her boyfriend at the opposite coast. And that's when she felt completely lost and without direction.

    Gloria was still in her prime. At times, she felt like she had sacrificed her life for her husband and children, but The Dirty Book Club and her friends helped her through both bad times and good.

    The other characters were side side characters, but they were still well fleshed out and were realistic.

    Writing style :

    Third person, past tense with lots of well-done dialogues. The narration mostly follows either Gloria or M.J.

    Feels :

    I felt both happy and sad for these women - in the present and in the past. I also felt a certain melancholy. So often, society, and we, ourselves, put so much pressure on women to be a certain way. To fit a certain picture. The Dirty Book Club is a way to show that more than one way can be the good way.

  • The Belle

    There are a few things I dislike:

    Watching any season of American Horror Story without The Supreme Jessica Lange.

    A PSL with no whipped cream on top.

    Waiting for a new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    And most importantly . . . being super excited about a book, loving the first few chapters and then . . . hating the rest.

    I began The Dirty Book Club on a wonderfully quiet Tuesday night. I grabbed my pint of Peanut Butter Swirl Ben & Jerry's, put the baby to bed, took my bra off, an

    There are a few things I dislike:

    Watching any season of American Horror Story without The Supreme Jessica Lange.

    A PSL with no whipped cream on top.

    Waiting for a new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    And most importantly . . . being super excited about a book, loving the first few chapters and then . . . hating the rest.

    I began The Dirty Book Club on a wonderfully quiet Tuesday night. I grabbed my pint of Peanut Butter Swirl Ben & Jerry's, put the baby to bed, took my bra off, and snuggled into my king-sized bed complete with vibrating and adjustable mattress. I pulled my iPad over to me and called up the new book I was scheduled to read and review. I'd been looking forward to this one. My last few months of reading have been mostly mid-grade novels and some dark YA thrown in, a few heavy books with even heavier content, and one superbly convoluted thriller. I needed a nice and easy chick-lit book full of steamy romance and secrets, and I was sure this was it.

    The first few chapters went by so fast, it was a blur. I was on a roll. My husband popped his head in at some point to ask me a question and all he got was a grumbling mumble in response, as I was set on shoveling ice cream in my mouth while sliding the pages of this intriguing book onward, desperate to know what would happen next.

    The premise : a group of girlfriends who have known each other since they were teenagers. Now in their 20's, a few are married, children are on the horizon, and life is becoming a big stagnated. The women meet as often as they can around the heavily pie-laden tables of their Pearl Beach, California homes, and they spend time catching up on the ins and outs of their lives over drinks. They share stories of grief, rejection, love, hope, and promise. At the suggestion of one friend, they begin a book club. A secret book club . . . because at the time, the 1960's were full of oppressing weights for women, and books as dirty as their martinis were seriously taboo. So, covering their dirty books with prim-and-proper jackets to hide their insides, the women vow to meet once a month at the full moon and discuss the books and effects each novel has. They also make a pact: that once the men in their lives kick the bucket (because men always go before the women), they will jet-set it off to Paris and spend the rest of their lives together among the handsomely French and eloquently decadent.

    During the course of the book club's meetings, the women are forced to face issues that they've hidden just as well as the forbidden books they've been reading. It's funny how a silly book can change you, can help you delve into the deepest parts of yourself and face some serious realities. Infidelity, homosexuality, feelings of "I'm not good enough" and domestic violence are topics that make their way steadily around the table. The women all vow to share everything with one another with in the strictest of confidence, and to let no stone go unturned when it comes to their confessions.

    But, this is only the first couple of chapters.

    Fast-forward - and readers are introduced to M.J. She's a New York blonde living to work, instead of working to live. After the tragic death of her entire family (of which she blames herself), M.J. has thrown herself into her job as an editor of City Magazine and is looking forward to her impending promotion as editor-in-chief. The only real connection she has to the outside world is her boyfriend, Dan, who is a doctor and an adventurer . . . and who consequently lives on the opposite side of the country. After her promotion takes a turn for the unexpected and worse, M.J. follows Dan out to California and his newly purchased cottage in Pearl Beach. She's floundering in depression and anxiety, and has no idea what to do with herself.

    Dan encourages her to make friends and so she travels as far as next door where she meets Gloria, a spicy Jewish housewife who enjoys a good martini and an even better slice of gossip. But soon after their meeting, Gloria hitches a plane to Paris with her girlfriends, leaving M.J. without the neighborly advice she'd wanted to become accustomed to, leaving a gift propped up on her doorstep instead.

    Gloria has left her spot in the Dirty Book Club to M.J., just as her friends have left their spots to a woman of their own choosing. There are a couple of rules, the first one being -- you're either all in or you're all out, and it takes some convincing to get everyone to stay on board. But secret meetings in a curious bookstore partnered with prosecco and hidden letters placed delicately in each book means M.J. will have something to get her out of the house at least one night a month, and she's not willing to let the other girls just give up without a fight. 

    Addie, the promiscuous bombshell who'd rather spend her time flagging down her latest conquest really hates the idea. Britt, the real-estate agent with twins and a lazy husband dragging her down doesn't see the point. Jules, an event planner and liaison of love for a hotel, who can't seem to solidify love for herself, could be on board if the others were there with her. It takes a little persuasion and a lot of alcohol, but M.J. plows ahead. 

    The four women grudgingly agree to meet once a month on the full moon and discuss their books, and maybe allow their fellow girlfriends into a slice of their lives.

    The Dirty Book Club is the first adult novel by famed YA author, Lisi Harrison. The self-proclaimed participant in a dirty book club of her own, Harrison is best known for her mid-grade series The Clique and Monster High.

    While I absolutely adored the premise and the beginning promises of the book, I found myself so let down as the chapters began to melt into one another. The characters were at times so hard to relate to and sometimes to even like. I found myself baffled at more than a few of their choices, which were a combination of predictable and non-sensical, almost as if the author could tell that she was making the women too mundane and as a result, fruitlessly attempted to spice them up with subplots that went nowhere. I was most interested by the first group of women, the founders of The Dirty Book Club, but despite the hint that there would be more of them and a greater depth to their stories, it all fell short. Deciding to throw in unemotional and disconnected letters by way of forming relationships with their predecessors seemed silly, and at times made a mockery of real issues. The ending felt rushed and forced, which was really a shame, as I felt that there was so much to dive into with the characters and their lives were so worthy of a build, to just end it the way it did seemed strange and realistically unresolved. 

    In the end, so much was left on the table and to be desired, and so I was left disappointed. I have to regretfully give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I had such high hopes those first few chapters, but The Dirty Book Club didn't grow the way I so desperately wanted it to. 

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

    Synopsis: M.J. is a workaholic trying to hide from her past by burying herself in work. When M.J. gets screwed on a promotion she's been waiting on, she moves suddenly with her boyfriend to his beach cottage in California. M.J. has a hard time coping with lack of employment to keep her mind busy so she has to face her demons. M.J. is relieved to meet her free

    I want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

    Synopsis: M.J. is a workaholic trying to hide from her past by burying herself in work. When M.J. gets screwed on a promotion she's been waiting on, she moves suddenly with her boyfriend to his beach cottage in California. M.J. has a hard time coping with lack of employment to keep her mind busy so she has to face her demons. M.J. is relieved to meet her free spirited and elderly next door neighbor Gloria. Shortly after M.J. receives a mysterious invitation to join the "DBC" and her curriosity gets the best of her and she attends. M.J. is shocked to find out it is a dirty book club and has been around for more than 40 years. M.J. and 3 other reluctant members give the club a test run but have to follow the club rules. Is M.J. able to cope and maintain friendships? Do these women find inner peace and love? Can they let their guards down and trust each other? Read The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison to find out!

    Review: I loved this book! This book made me laugh, smile and cry(good cry)! I really enjoyed the characters and felt that I could connect with them. I recommend this book to someone who is more open minded sexually and in general. I am a very open minded person and felt I could relate to a lot of what the girls discussed in this book. This book had me turning pages like crazy. I loved seeing the bond of friendships in this book and it was just what the doctor ordered for me! This book makes you want to have your own Dirty Book Club! Highly recommended!

  • Christina

    I am a HUGE fan of Book Clubs. I think everyone should be in one, and I'd be in 20 if I could find enough people to be in them with me. So, this book by bestselling author Lisi Harrison, of YA Monster High and The Clique fame, really caught my eye. A big Thank You to Netgalley and Gallery Books for sending it my way!!

    The Dirty Book Club starts off by introducing us to a group of girlfriends in the 1960's who start a secret Dirty Book Club. They will wrap their books with the cover of a prim and

    I am a HUGE fan of Book Clubs. I think everyone should be in one, and I'd be in 20 if I could find enough people to be in them with me. So, this book by bestselling author Lisi Harrison, of YA Monster High and The Clique fame, really caught my eye. A big Thank You to Netgalley and Gallery Books for sending it my way!!

    The Dirty Book Club starts off by introducing us to a group of girlfriends in the 1960's who start a secret Dirty Book Club. They will wrap their books with the cover of a prim and proper housekeeping title, and meet once a month at the full moon to discuss what they've learned. And once all their husbands have died (because the men always go before the women), they vow to drop everything and run away to Paris together.

    The book then skips to modern day, and we meet M.J., a career woman in New York who is grieving for both the loss of her family in a car accident and what she perceives as the loss of her career. She decides to relocate to her hot boyfriend's home in California, and lick her wounds. In an effort to meet people, she befriends Gloria...the mature woman next door. When Gloria drops everything and runs off to Paris with her girlfriends after her husband dies of a heart-attack, she leaves a letter on M.J.'s doorstep...passing on her membership to the Dirty Book Club.

    We are then introduced to a new generation of the Dirty Book Club. Four women who have nothing in common, and aren't sure they want to be in a book club...or be friends. Can they learn anything from the notes that the previous generation left behind? Is there wisdom to be found in Fear of Flying or Fifty Shades of Grey? And can M.J. truly become a happy and fulfilled California girl, or will she run back to New York??

    I really enjoyed this book, although I think I found the bits surrounding the older generation of women a bit more interesting than the present day ladies. I liked the idea of these ladies secretly meeting, martini and Salem Light in hand, discussing all of the things they'd read in whispered giggles with each other. The whole idea reminds me of late nights at my house in North Dakota, drinking wine with my girlfriends at my Wine & Words book club, laughing over something incredibly naughty. It's the best of the Book Club cliche, really.

    But to me, this was a fun book. It had it's serious moments, and at times it was a little disjointed, and the plot/dialogue got a little wonky. But if any of you ladies out there are looking for pure entertainment, this book has it. It made me want to start my own Dirty Book Club, complete with Ya-Ya level smoke-blowing ceremonies under a full moon.

    And I may be a little nutty, but I've never handed out a gift-bag like one of the characters in this book did. Feel free to thank me for that later. Or maybe not...it depends on how you look at it.

    This novel really has a little bit of everything in it, from infidelity and work/home drama to domestic abuse and hidden homosexuality. It really covers a lot, but does it in a way that doesn't feel too heavy handed or melodramatic, with some of the bigger issues coming in letters that were written by the older ladies, that are being read by the younger ones during their meetings. I think it was a clever way to keep that generation of original DBC women still in the picture, while staying in the modern timeline.

    For me...I considered this book to be one for the win column. One could probably pick at it...and some of the things others found issue with, I found endearing. You can maybe tell the author has been writing YA books for a while. But, I was just smirking so much while reading it, my eyes didn't rest long on the flaws.

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  • The Blonde Bookworm

    The Dirty Book Club was my first novel by Lisi Harrison, and if the rest of her novels are anything like this one... well then I'm going to need to read them all. Within the first few pages, I was totally hooked. M.J. is such a tragic character and I found myself instantly hoping she would find fast friends and bond to a group just like Gloria's. This novel pulled at my heart and made me think of my best friends constantly. It reminded me so much of an adult/rated R version of The Sisterhood of

    The Dirty Book Club was my first novel by Lisi Harrison, and if the rest of her novels are anything like this one... well then I'm going to need to read them all. Within the first few pages, I was totally hooked. M.J. is such a tragic character and I found myself instantly hoping she would find fast friends and bond to a group just like Gloria's. This novel pulled at my heart and made me think of my best friends constantly. It reminded me so much of an adult/rated R version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so I immediately gushed to my three best friends about it and promised to buy them a copy for Christmas.

    The story follows along as M.J. trades in her Jimmy Choo's for flip flops and her board room for the beach. We meet lots of interesting characters along the way and watch as friendships are formed. I laughed, cried (a little) and became super attached to all of the characters in this novel. I wasn't super happy about how it ended, but the other 99% of the novel was fast paced and fun. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy women's contemporary fiction.

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