Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret

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I was being given the chance to do the one thing I wanted most in the world. The chance was presented to me by a guy so gorgeous, he turned my skin to fire when he touched me. And joining a band was the one thing I was most forbidden to do, the thing that would ruin my future forever.
There are too many secrets in eighteen-year-old Bailey's life. Not just the obvious one: that she told her grandfather she was going on a date, and instead is playing fiddle in a Nashville bar. There's all the stuff that makes it worse. Like how her younger sister, Julie, was offered a recording contract, and her family is terrified that Bailey is going to mess the deal up. Like the way that Bailey has been acting out. Like the way they're all mad at her, even Julie.
Bailey's parents don't want her playing any gigs at all, but when they leave her with her grandfather in Nashville for the summer so they can tour with Julie, he lands her a music job that's beneath the radar, playing old country songs in cheesy costumes at a local mall. That's where she meets Sam. . . .
Sam's got big plans that don't include playing backup while his alcoholic dad scratches out a living as a Johnny Cash soundalike. He intends to take his high school garage band to the big time, and as soon as he hears Bailey play, he knows she's just what he wants. That really ticks off Charlotte, the drummer for the band and Sam's ex-girlfriend, while bassist Ace just wants to keep everyone happy.
Bailey isn't at all sure where she stands with this boy who has a lust for music and life, and who may or may not have a lust for her. Something tells her that with Sam, there could always be a catch. And yet, suddenly, her life is no longer about what might have been, and a whole lot about where she will choose to go.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 273 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1451658036
  • 9781451658033
  • 606,226

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We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/07/dirty-little-secret-by-jennifer-echols.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: One stupid mistake was all it took for Bailey to almost be the black sheep of her family. Living with her grandfather when her parents and sister are away, working on her sister's career to be a successful singer. Julie and Bailey were an item. The sang and played the guitar together, they should have been together in the search of fame, but Bailey was left out. Now, feeling all the rejection and the fear of causing something that might annoy her parents, she's Nashville clinging into the only music world she's allowed. And that is thanks to his grandfather. Because if it were for her parents she'd be sitting in the house all day. Julie's debut album is important and is set to hit the charts really soon and she cannot have bad publicity from her sister, so Bailey feels like the black sheep. And her only scape? A boy she met at work. A trouble-boy and womanizer with a band willing to rock Bailey's world. They need each other. Sam needs her for her talent and she needs music like air to breathe. However, they don't realize how much more they need each other. Review: We've been in love with Jennifer Echols' stories for a long time. Specially, Endless Summer. So when we received the ARC and, later, we saw the opportunity to be part of the blog tour, we didn't hesitate. We believed in Jennifer's work. Being the black sheep of the family is difficult and its more difficult when you did nothing to deserve that title. Dirty Little Secret is Bailey's story, the summer her family left her behind to enhance her sister's, Julie, career. Not only was she devastated because her sister was creating a soon-to-be famous career, but she was left out. Because her stupid ex-boyfriend was high in drugs one night they went to a party, without her parents knowing about it, and, of course, they had an accident. What would the media think? How would this affect Julie's career? Was her parents and Julie's concern. It's not fair at all and we think that her sister is a witch. You cannot be mad to your sister to the point of not talking to her at all in weeks, months?, just because her ex-boyfriend had an accident and she was in the car with him. It's like she wanted to had the accident. Hello? Sister, wake up! She's infuriating. Sorry for those who might be in Julie's team for whatever reason. But from a bad situation always comes a good one. Bailey is not allowed to do anything that might draw attention to her, so she cannot sing, be in a band or similar things/situations. The only thing is allowed to do is a job in the mall her granddad got her so she could at least have some music in her life that summer. She was not supposed to met a sexy, womanizer and talented boy and her father there. They were a duo and Bailey played with them in the mall. The best part? Sam makes Bailey fall for him, without doing much, even though Bailey has been warned about him. When Sam offers her the opportunity to bring music back to her life in the most wonderful way possible; being in a band, she accepts it. However, she is risking more than a broken heart. She's risking her future, because if she does something that her parents don't approve, she won't have the chance to go to college. First of all, we have to say this because we might forget later. Which parents threat their kids with not going to college? Aren't they supposed to do the threat backwards? We didn't liker mother. It reminded us a little bit of Julie. But we liked her father. It was like the one in the middle, doing whatever he had to do, but not quite approving. We felt how he missed her daughter. It was heartbreaking. One thing we know for sure: you don't need to be into music or like reading about it, to fall in love with this book. We personally love music and we understood Bailey perfectly. It was not difficult to see her struggle, either, and we felt like her family was unfair to her. And we totally lived every single moment with the band. About Sam, we have to say that we are not very fond of him. When we think of him we can only picture him as selfish. One moment he's caring about Bailey's problems and the other is like he's only with her for the benefit, to have her in the band. When we read that possibility we were like: what? girl, leave him! However, we have to confess, that Sam possesses a charming ability to pull you either you want it or not. Kind of frustrating. We liked the idea to know the other characters and see that they were not left behind. We totally love Ace and Ace's character and thought that he would be a much better "I'm-falling-in-love-with-you" character for Bailey. What we wanted to say is that this story is not only about how Bailey found Sam and they fall in love and had beautiful kids and... the last thing is not true. However, all the characters are involved in the story and not left behind and you can keep track of their story and changes as well. The only things we did not like was the insta-love moment from Bailey. You might find a guy attractive, but fall in love at first sight? Ugh! Sorry. It's the only thing. We loved the book and we think that Jennifer Echols writes amazing romance stories and we love each one of them. That's why, Book Addicts, we strongly recommend this book to all of you who love romantic sotires and music. Because for Sam and Bailey her life is music. They breathe and live for music.show more
"I was being given the chance to do the one thing I wanted most in the world. The chance was presented to me by a guy so gorgeous, he turned my skin to fire when he touched me. And joining a band was the one thing I was most forbidden to do, the thing that would ruin my future forever." Vaguely known as the big sis of a soon-to-be-famous country star, Bailey Mayfield is asked by her parents-no, commanded by her parents-to lay low while her sister Julie's tour kicks off. If she doesn't, she risks her college tuition, her future, so as unfair as her situation is, she has no choice but to abide by the rules-which is something she's always been good at, but lately has been compelled not to do. This suppression renders music meaningless for her; once, music was something she loved, but her family has taken even that away from her. Rebellious as she is, or at least claims to be, she'll go out of her way to indirectly spite her parents, because of what they've done, what they've snatched away. And while Bailey Mayfield may be your typical teenager when it comes to sulking over the things she doesn't have, the summer she's stuck at her granddad's house-the ultimate injustice to a self-righteous girl-will be far from typical... Dirty Little Secret is way more than a YA romance. It has a fantastic, heart-fluttering romantic plot, but it also gives an exclusive glimpse at the personal significance of music, as well as connects readers with an untraditional heroine whose last intention was to fall in love. Sam is an amazing character, whose depth of emotion is so powerful, so real. Not only did I swoon over him (typical of me, but really, he's adorable!), but I also really felt myself sympathizing with him too. When Bailey meets him, she can tell right away that he will be her downfall. Having had her heart broken before, she knows he's the last distraction she needs, especially when he comes with a tempting musical offer that's vehemently against her strict parents' rules. But one look into his glittering brown eyes, and she finds herself falling for him anyway. And that, as you can tell, becomes a bit of a problem... As they get to know each other platonically and musically, they both discover there's something between them-something outside of friendship and within great passionate potential-but neither is na�¯ve enough to fall for the other, and neither is strong enough to take the chance, which consequently develops a hot, sparked, tumultuous relationship that never catches Bailey a break. The frustration Bailey feels over Sam is raw, realistic, and will be gobbled up by any girl who's ever been in a complicated relationship. Echols weaves an off-key love story that is accurate of what teenage heartbreak is: an ache so exquisite, a pain so depthless in emptiness and intensity. As a result of different goals, different futures, and different outlooks in life, Bailey is the opposite of what Sam ever wanted, and Sam is nothing like what Bailey really needs. Regardless, they do what teenagers do; they refuse to back down from their desires and choose to treat their hearts recklessly. It is universally acknowledged that in the moment, it is so easy-too easy-to open up to somebody you really connect with, to give yourself wholly to someone you love; this fact is what makes it clear that they are each other's tragedy. I was really impressed with this book overall because it is the perfect balance of angst, mind-whirling romance, true passion, and self-discovery. Bailey is super relatable and is a well-developed character. I connected with her a lot-particularly over her resent of her family and outlook on relationships-but she's not very likable. She has a no-nonsense attitude, which is amusing and kick-ass at times, but I generally thought she's rather inconsiderate and uncooperative. I know she is supposed to come off as tough (on the surface), but the author overdid it and makes her a bit too much of a bitch. Since Bailey is the narrator, this sours the overall tone of the story. Otherwise, though, Dirty Little Secret is a superbly crafted novel; I recommend this one to those who can appreciate sophisticated young adult with a side of sweet, heart-melting all-American romance. Pros: Intelligent, respectable tone and issues; mature YA // Complex relationships and characters // Samâ?¥ // Insightful behind-the-scenes look in the country music industry // Emotionally sound // Very relatable Cons: Didn't think too highly of Bailey as a protagonist and narrator // Some of the musical descriptions just didn't click for me... mainly because I don't know squat about country music Love: "My heart raced and my skin sparkled with the knowledge that no one would disturb us now. No one would stop us. There was nothing to prevent us from losing ourselves to each other, except logic, heartbreak, and every sound reason in the world." "[Sam's] eyes shifted to me. I never forgot how handsome he was, but when he looked straight at me, his brown eyes fringed with long, dark lashes gave me a shock. A guy should not be this handsome when a girl wanted desperately to keep her boots on the ground." Verdict: Canny in tone and surprisingly perceptive, Echols's newest novel is a classic YA story about a girl who has her pitch perfected, future planned out, and boots firmly planted on the ground... and the one boy who changes it all. Highly emotional at times and wild and carefree at others-as every teenager's life is-Dirty Little Secret calls to pursuing what you truly love, and dealing with what the things you are given in life. Jennifer Echols masterfully captures the essence of teen romance: that false invincibility a first love makes you feel, and the evident heartache that follows it; pick this one up for a compelling, heart-wrenching, and completely empowering ride. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable. Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Itching for Books, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review for the Dirty Little Secret virtual book tour (thank you, Jennifer!).show more
by Karielle
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to MTV Books and Edelweiss.) 18-year-old Bailey is facing a summer of playing fiddle in stupid tribute bands who play around the mall, wearing hoop skirts and fending off a ***** Elvis impersonator, although maybe that is better than not playing at all. Bailey's younger sister has just got a record deal, and because Bailey hasn't got a record deal, and the label don't want her to be an embarrassment to her sister, poor Bailey has been sent to live with her grandfather while her parents go on tour with her sister, and has been told to lay low! Playing in the tribute bands at the mall allows her to meet Sam though, a boy who has big dreams, and big plans to match. His idea - get Bailey to join his band, and maybe get their own record deal, even if it means going against Bailey's parent's wishes. Will Bailey go against her parent's wishes and play in the band with Sam? Will Bailey ever be enough for Sam if she can't get him the record deal he so desperately wants? And will Sam do and say anything to make his dreams reality? This was a fun story, with a really sweet romance. I really felt for Bailey in this story. She had basically been put down by everyone she had ever loved - her sister Julie who wasn't even speaking to her, and her parents who kicked her to the curb as soon as a better deal came along. How Bailey wasn't supposed to take this insult personally was quite beyond me, and had it been me I'd have done a lot more than cut my hair off, I would certainly not be phoning my sister every night still, and I really wouldn't be observing my parent's wishes and laying low. In my opinion Bailey had every right to be seriously hacked off, and I couldn't believe that she was still doing what her parents wanted, and they were still trying to blackmail her into staying quiet or they wouldn't pay her college tuition! I really liked Sam, although I did think he was maybe a little too obsessed with his band, although maybe you have to be to make it big. Even though he told Bailey that he loved her, I couldn't help but worry that it was all a con to get his band noticed, especially when it seemed he had tried the same tactic with the drummer in the band. I liked the storyline in this book, and I was crossing my fingers and hoping all the way through that Bailey would kick butt and make something of herself, even if only to prove to her parents and her sister that she was worth something, and she shouldn't be relegated to the side-lines. I liked the romance aspect of the storyline, but it didn't overshadow the rest of the story, and I thought that the ending was pretty good too. Overall; a fun music-inspired YA romance. 7 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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