The Dirty Book Club
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 success, there is a debilitating sense of loneliness. So when her boss betrays her and her boyfriend offers her a completely new life in California, she trades her cashmere for caftans and gives it a try. Once there, M.J. is left to fend for herself in a small beach town, with only the company of her elderly neighbor Gloria and an ocean that won't shut up.One afternoon, M.J. discovers that Gloria has suddenly moved to Paris with her friends to honor a fifty-year-old pact. And in lieu of a goodbye, she's left a mysterious invitation to a secret club—one that only reads erotic books. Curious, M.J. accepts and meets the three other hand-selected club members. As they bond over naughty bestsellers and the shocking letters they inherited from the original club members, the four strangers start to divulge the intimate details of their own lives...and as they open up, they learn that friendship might just be the key to rewriting their own stories: all they needed was to find each other first.

The Dirty Book Club Details

TitleThe Dirty Book Club
Author
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781451696417
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance

The Dirty Book Club Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison is a 2017 Gallery Books publication. A lighthearted and often hilarious story about the special bonds of friendship! Now, don’t let the title of this book fool you. This is not an erotic novel, at all. Instead, this is a book about relationships, focusing on the bond between women and true, enduring friendship. The story begins in 1962 with the birth of ‘The Dirty Book Club’. A group of friends, all of whom have a different set of circumstances to cope with, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison is a 2017 Gallery Books publication. A lighthearted and often hilarious story about the special bonds of friendship! Now, don’t let the title of this book fool you. This is not an erotic novel, at all. Instead, this is a book about relationships, focusing on the bond between women and true, enduring friendship. The story begins in 1962 with the birth of ‘The Dirty Book Club’. A group of friends, all of whom have a different set of circumstances to cope with, form a secret book club, replete with certain rituals, and meet by the schedule of the full moon, to discuss the latest ‘erotic’ novel. Fast forward to present day New York, where MJ is about to see her career dreams come true after a devastating loss that has left her bereft and riddled with guilt. But, at the last minute, her boss pulls the rug out from under her by assigning her a co- editor. This is not the way things were supposed to go. In a fit of temper, MJ quits her job, and accepts her boyfriend’s invitation to come live with him in California. But, MJ soon finds herself bored and having an all -out pity party for herself. However, she does form an acquaintance with her boyfriend’s neighbor, Gloria. But, when Gloria suddenly departs for Paris, she leaves a note behind inviting MJ to join a secret and exclusive book club - one that only reads erotic novels. Unable to resist, MJ accepts the invitation and meets the three other carefully selected members of the club. This eclectic group of women, as with Gloria and her lifelong friends, are all going through various trials in life. They reluctantly bond with each other and soon discover the real secrets behind ‘The Dirty Book Club’.To be completely honest, this book does not have a great deal of depth, neither in plot or characterization, but in this instance, it’s not a big deal. Why? Well, sometimes I just want to read a story that has a minimal amount of angst, that can touch lightly upon a few darker topics without becoming heavy or depressing. Sometimes I need a break from romance or thrillers and just want to lose myself in a quirky ‘feel good’ story that makes me laugh out loud and lifts my spirits. I also found the ‘erotic reading list’ very interesting, and occasionally nostalgic. Boy, have times changed since Gloria and the gang read Erica Jong’s ‘Fear of Flying’. Even if you snub erotica, you will find this list of reading material intriguing. I did wish a few things had come together differently, but, overall, this book was just plain fun, thoroughly enjoyable, and serves as a reminder of how friendships can enhance our lives. * I received a copy of this book as a member of Simon & Schuster's XOXO Afer Dark street team.
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a light-hearted and humorous novel. It follows M.J. leaving her job in New York to move across country to California with her boyfriend. As soon as she settles in she meets their lively and welcoming neighbor Gloria. Days go by and soon after M.J. learns that Gloria has moved to Paris with her lifelong friends and has left behind an invitation to M.J. to attend a mysterious club.This enigmatic meeting turns out to be the setup for a book club with other hand-picked members and thereafter This is a light-hearted and humorous novel. It follows M.J. leaving her job in New York to move across country to California with her boyfriend. As soon as she settles in she meets their lively and welcoming neighbor Gloria. Days go by and soon after M.J. learns that Gloria has moved to Paris with her lifelong friends and has left behind an invitation to M.J. to attend a mysterious club.This enigmatic meeting turns out to be the setup for a book club with other hand-picked members and thereafter all sorts of things happen, friendships develop, marriages are discussed, and the characters question their life's choices. What attracted me to the book was the book club theme and cover. One of the things I look forward to in my life are the monthly book club meetings I attend. The members and I get together, eat, drink, laugh, talk about the month's book and update each other about our lives. We have a wonderful time and I wanted to read about other people's similar experiences in a fictional setting.Overall, I enjoyed the book but did not love it. I felt the characters lacked some depth and the situations were too far-fetched at some points. At the same time, the novel was light-hearted and a good break from the suspenseful reads I usually indulge in.
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  • Justin Tate
    January 1, 1970
    Low on book club bonding, high on ritzy girl trifles.
  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.Full review - http://amidlifewife.com/the-dirty-boo...* copy received for review consideration
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Touching story about the importance of friendship and being true to one’s self.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Grab a double chardonnay, a calls glass of Dewars or your dirtiest martini and sit down for this fantastic read about how one group of friends brings together four unlikely women to continue The Dirty Book Club and become life long friends."Share everything together, share nothing when apart."Look - we all have our secrets don't we? But don't we all have that one or two or three people that pretty much know everything or the everything that you can give that even your spouse/partner would never Grab a double chardonnay, a calls glass of Dewars or your dirtiest martini and sit down for this fantastic read about how one group of friends brings together four unlikely women to continue The Dirty Book Club and become life long friends."Share everything together, share nothing when apart."Look - we all have our secrets don't we? But don't we all have that one or two or three people that pretty much know everything or the everything that you can give that even your spouse/partner would never know? I am lucky to have two such girlfriends in my life - my ride or dies - my family. And as such, this book really resonated with me. If you look at your group of closest friends, you can see the differences in personalities can't you? It's always been fascinating to me how everyone has a role to play and how it balances the rest out. Yin/Yang. Through thick and thin and silences and misunderstandings - some judgment to no judgment - doesn't matter. Because you never leave your family... even when you don't like them, you still love them. This book exudes this and I loved every single word of every single page. Let me just say that there were some definite laugh out loud moments in this story.... and some hilarious words of advice. "Men Come First, Men Leave First." Seriously you guys, definitely take a moment to read this book and have some belly shakes! There's one particular drunken texting conversation that I almost fell over reading. And in case you haven't noticed from everything I've already written, this has a LOT of heart. I'm certainly missing my closest ones right now and thinking back on others who have impacted my life greatly. Everything happens for a reason. And if you're reading this review, then this is your reason to pick this book up and read it!! When you're done I'll be at the bar with a drink waiting for you so we can discuss. 😉Thanks a million to Gallery Books for this amazing read.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Five freaking stars! This book read like Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Now and Then (two amazing movies). Four best friends made a pact in the 60’s and now it’s a reality. It seems like a sad ending but it’s actually a beautiful beginning for four women, Addie, M.J., Britt, and Jules. These four women become the new Fab Four of the Dirty Book Club. They read nasty books and then discuss it, but the books and the club are just a front for four women to be women and best friends and confidants. The club Five freaking stars! This book read like Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Now and Then (two amazing movies). Four best friends made a pact in the 60’s and now it’s a reality. It seems like a sad ending but it’s actually a beautiful beginning for four women, Addie, M.J., Britt, and Jules. These four women become the new Fab Four of the Dirty Book Club. They read nasty books and then discuss it, but the books and the club are just a front for four women to be women and best friends and confidants. The club is something for these women to lean on when life gets crappy and shit literally hits the fan.So freaking amazing! Needs to be a damn movie ASAP!
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    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 Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, and a readalike for The Accidental Book Club. 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.
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  • The Belle
    January 1, 1970
    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. 
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  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    Probably a three star book with regards to writing & plot, but I really enjoyed the female friendships so I’ve bumped it up by a star.Younger readers may not appreciate the revolutionary nature of the older women’s dirty book club—both the claiming of their sexuality and the realization that societal expectations didn’t need to define their lives. In a world where women are told that a marriage is a greater achievement than a good career and where there is still a double standard for men &am Probably a three star book with regards to writing & plot, but I really enjoyed the female friendships so I’ve bumped it up by a star.Younger readers may not appreciate the revolutionary nature of the older women’s dirty book club—both the claiming of their sexuality and the realization that societal expectations didn’t need to define their lives. In a world where women are told that a marriage is a greater achievement than a good career and where there is still a double standard for men & women’s sex lives, we may still require a bit more liberation. I had great sympathy for M.J. who lost her entire family to a car crash. My parents were killed in a similar way and I remember finding refuge from my feelings at work. I was able to go in, put my head down, and not think about my personal life for 7-8 hours, a big relief. I also remember that other people were ready for me to be “back to normal” far sooner than I was. In fact, I had to build a new normal—you can’t go back to the old normal, those people are gone. So I identified with her submersion in her work and with her heel-dragging with regards to change. This book illustrates one of my guiding principles—men come & go from my life, but my female friends are my bedrock. We don’t have to agree on everything, we can argue & fight without wrecking the relationship, but when the chips are down we can count on one another. We can talk out our problems and be sounding boards for each other. I can live without a man in my life, but I can’t live without my circle of women friends.
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  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars You know how you read a book that isn't the most well written, and/or the plot may meander a little bit, but it hits you in the feels anyway? Yeah. This is the book. Something about the characters, the women of this story, captivated me to the point that I may want a sequel. 🤷😀
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  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on (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 This review was originally posted on (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 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.Their relationship was more like an arranged marriage designed to preserve a bloodline and uphold traditions. It lacked history, chemistry, passion. Still. There would be a next time."Fuck!" she said, wiping her lips on the back of her hand - her thirty-fifth birthday and the only thing in her mouth was an electric toothbrush. The night was not supposed to end this way. No night was! It didn't matter how many times she brushed, the taste of resentment was still there - metal and dirt, like prison bars - prison bars disguised as a gift from Gloria, Liddy, Dot and Marjorie.
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  • Arlene
    January 1, 1970
    Almost gave up on this one. It wasn’t much about a bookclub and nothing dirty about it.
  • Melissa Rochelle
    January 1, 1970
    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".
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    January 1, 1970
    The Dirty Book Club is all about female friendships and empowerment, and how books may be the way to both!
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    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.All my reviews can be found at www.tomesandtequila.com
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  • The Blonde Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Told in 3rd person past, this tale focuses on the lives of the women in the DBC, a group that has been together some forty odd years, and has used the member’s unwillingness and struggles with society’s expectations of what they should be, as they work toward the women they want to be. Few rules are set in stone, but they are all expected to trust one another on their journey to inner peace and love, and that means maintaining friendships and coping with difficulties. Of course, they must be ope Told in 3rd person past, this tale focuses on the lives of the women in the DBC, a group that has been together some forty odd years, and has used the member’s unwillingness and struggles with society’s expectations of what they should be, as they work toward the women they want to be. Few rules are set in stone, but they are all expected to trust one another on their journey to inner peace and love, and that means maintaining friendships and coping with difficulties. Of course, they must be open-minded and willing to let go of the conventional and accepted norms for behavior, allowing their true selves to shine. And what a shine this is!I’ll admit, the story was a bit slow to start for me: we meet MJ who has just been passed over for a promotion that she wanted and was more than able to handle. She’s frustrated and hurt, and decides that now is the time to move with her boyfriend to California from the East, and take the time to decide what she really wants from life. Early on, she meets a neighbor, Gloria, and the two appear to hit it off. And then, a mysterious invitation to join the DBC arrives, and MJ decides to ‘see’ what it is all about. Here, the story took flight and added some mention (although little traditional discussion) of titles like Fear of Flying, Fifty Shades of Grey, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: none particularly shameful if one is a voracious reader, but still eyebrow raising in some circles. But far from discussing books, these women are sharing their lives, their struggles and good times, all on the way to redefining their lives and expectations, and finding that simple balance. Each of the four women in the DBC are at different places in their lives, and as we get to know them, we start to see the reasons they were brought together, and just how much the friendships: open, honest and supportive, can serve to enhance all parts of their lives. While mostly focused on Gloria and MJ’s story, the friendships, the history of the club and how it helped and enhanced the lives of all who participated in the DBC. Heartfelt and wonderfully complex, the concepts of supportive friendships enhancing all aspects of your life, and finding the people who are vastly different coming together in a singular purpose of support and openness is a wonderfully strong message throughout. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Kimberley
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of The Dirty Book Club from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Though the title may turn some away, or draw others to it as it were, for very different reasons, there is nothing "dirty" about this book. It's a book about female friendship: its purpose, its benefit, and its place within a very male-centric world. M.J. is at an impasse after an expected promotion takes an unexpected turn. Feeling lost and confused, and still emotionally reeling from familial tragedy, she I received an ARC of The Dirty Book Club from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Though the title may turn some away, or draw others to it as it were, for very different reasons, there is nothing "dirty" about this book. It's a book about female friendship: its purpose, its benefit, and its place within a very male-centric world. M.J. is at an impasse after an expected promotion takes an unexpected turn. Feeling lost and confused, and still emotionally reeling from familial tragedy, she decides to put her career/life on hold and move in with her, to that point, long-distance boyfriend, Dan. He's recently purchased a quaint little beach cottage in Southern California, and is setting down roots. When M.J.'s promotion goes south, Dan is more than happy to whisk M.J. away from her now unfulfilling life, and help her fix whatever is still broken within her troubled psyche. Not long after arriving in Cali, M.J. befriends an elderly woman named Gloria. Unbeknownst to M.J., that meeting will become the catalyst for her discovering who she is, what she's made of, and what she wants.Each character in this book is central to what makes the story Lisi Harrison weaves work so well: Addie is the free-spirit who's looking for a place to land. Jules is the do-gooder, with the big heart, whose desire to do the right thing gets in the way of her seeing things as they are. Britt is the most seemingly "put together", but she's struggling to figure out how to navigate her inner Superwoman without succumbing to life's plethora of kryptonite.All of them come together to form a bond that seems unlikely from the start, but totally believable given the circumstances. It's a quick, delightful, read with plenty of humor to break up the emotional angst, and unavoidable drama, but it's also a book that speaks to the power of friendship--no matter where, or how, you find it.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    The idea sounded good, but the characters were so lame that I couldn't like any of them, let alone even care about them. Basics: 4 women are drawn together by the former Dirty Book Club members and are to carry on the tradition of monthly dirty books for their meetings. Even the characters didn't want to be there. One thing annoyed me from the start and that was that it took until chapter 9 before we even got to the book club.All the women and most of the men had such shallow development that I The idea sounded good, but the characters were so lame that I couldn't like any of them, let alone even care about them. Basics: 4 women are drawn together by the former Dirty Book Club members and are to carry on the tradition of monthly dirty books for their meetings. Even the characters didn't want to be there. One thing annoyed me from the start and that was that it took until chapter 9 before we even got to the book club.All the women and most of the men had such shallow development that I finally skipped to the end to see how it resolved rather than continue waiting and waiting for it to get good.Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Older generation of women (Gloria, Dot, Liddy, and Marjorie) pass their Dirty Book Club—and its books and rituals—onto a younger generation (M.J., Jules, Britt, and Addie). The premise of this story was intriguing but, overall, I found it too light and fluffy. I would, however, recommend it for those who enjoy lighter reads as there were some touching moments and amusing banter.Thank you to the author, the publisher, and a Bookish Giveaway for a free copy of this book! All opinions are my own.Bo Older generation of women (Gloria, Dot, Liddy, and Marjorie) pass their Dirty Book Club—and its books and rituals—onto a younger generation (M.J., Jules, Britt, and Addie). The premise of this story was intriguing but, overall, I found it too light and fluffy. I would, however, recommend it for those who enjoy lighter reads as there were some touching moments and amusing banter.Thank you to the author, the publisher, and a Bookish Giveaway for a free copy of this book! All opinions are my own.Book Club - January 2018: Tammy won copies for the group -- woohoo!Location: New York City and Los Angeles, California
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out with promise but once the ladies of the book club got together, nothing seemed to mesh. I got to a point where I just didn't really care what happened. I barely cared about M.J. and Dan and my eyes definitely glazed over with the rest of the girls. When 50 Shades was one of the books they talked about and the ladies were enjoying it...just ugh. There wasn't much about the book club in the first place and it was more about hijinks between the ladies. Not a whole lot of sexy This book started out with promise but once the ladies of the book club got together, nothing seemed to mesh. I got to a point where I just didn't really care what happened. I barely cared about M.J. and Dan and my eyes definitely glazed over with the rest of the girls. When 50 Shades was one of the books they talked about and the ladies were enjoying it...just ugh. There wasn't much about the book club in the first place and it was more about hijinks between the ladies. Not a whole lot of sexy in the story either. There was too much going on sometimes but it wasn't written well enough and I just lost interest. I said out loud that this book was getting boring more than once. I began to skim at some point.This could have been so much better but it could have been worse too so 2 stars it is.
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  • Jeannette Silhavy
    January 1, 1970
    I very entertaining and lighthearted read!
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, lighthearted read! Characters were a blast, while being frustrating at times too. I hope the Montreal Young Women’s Book Club - chapter 3 have some interesting discussions with the various twists brought out in this book. Enjoy! 😉
  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    January 1, 1970
    *I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review.*I haven’t read any books from NetGalley in a while, so I requested this book, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison, about two weeks ago as a “get me back into reading ARCs” type of read. The Dirty Book Club is a 320-page women’s fiction novel that alternatively flashes back to the 1960s and primarily uses a modern-day narration. I give this book 2/5 stars.But before I review this book, *I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review.*I haven’t read any books from NetGalley in a while, so I requested this book, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison, about two weeks ago as a “get me back into reading ARCs” type of read. The Dirty Book Club is a 320-page women’s fiction novel that alternatively flashes back to the 1960s and primarily uses a modern-day narration. I give this book 2/5 stars.But before I review this book, I’ll take this time to give you a little synopsis of the book. The main character M.J., after leaving the magazine she’s working for due to an insulting snub, moves from New York to California to live with her boyfriend of eight months. Almost immediately after getting to the beach cottage that her boyfriend had just bought, M.J. meets her next-door-neighbor Gloria and her husband. She hits it off with Gloria, but before long, Gloria’s moved away, and M.J. finds a mysterious key that unlocks the proverbial door for her to attend the first meeting of a small, secret book club of women who only read erotic books. As the women read more and become closer to one another, they begin to read accounts of the previous members’ lives and how they connected to the books they read. Their own bonds tighten and transform into lasting friendships that change the way they see the world as well as their places in the world.I have no idea why this is the book that I chose to read as my big return to reading ARCs. Maybe it’s because at the time I requested it, I was applying to be an Editorial Intern for a romance publisher. Maybe it’s because of Lisi Harrison’s name; she’s pretty famous for her middle-grade Clique series. Or maybe it’s because I forgot that I’ve been disappointed lately with pretty much all of the women’s fiction I’ve been reading for whatever reason. I wasn’t actually disappointed by this book, though. Just not wowed.I love books about secret cults and clubs or what have you. But it is hard to write a good book about a secret cult or club or what have you without making it cheesy. This book read a lot more like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants than a book about how dangerous it was for women to read erotica and be sexually liberated in the 60s, or even a book about the conflicts that can arise in people’s lives with changes of lifestyle. This book didn’t have a lot of depth to it. Conflicts seemed either glossed over or only mentioned briefly, and whatever conflicts there are seem to have been solved happily; almost too happily to have been solved realistically.I also found it pretty much impossible to relate to any of the characters. I don’t know if this is because Harrison has written so much middle-grade, but I found all the main characters to have very immature voices. And when the characters were trying to sound adult-like, especially in the context of M.J.’s magazine job and her conversations with her boss Gayle, it seemed as though their words were very artificial and falsely professional. Think of the most stereotypical business conversations you’ve heard in movies, tv shows, books… That was pretty much every single “adult” conversation in this book. During the very last conversation between Gayle and M.J., the contents of which I’ll not describe here since it’s pretty spoiler-y, I was actually laughing at some of the things M.J. was saying. Out loud. In public, at a Starbucks. That’s how ridiculous her lines were.Keeping all this criticism in mind though, there were one or two things I liked about this book. The pacing was very well-planned, and the writing style made this book a quicker read than it otherwise would have been. But I even found fault with the writing style in some places… for example, those similes! I’m sure it would have been entertaining to count how many times similes are used throughout this book; there had to have been at least one or two on each page. They were witty for the first few times they appeared in the first chapter, but after that they got annoying very quickly. The similes alone really sucked me out of the story and distracted me.I do not recommend this book, I am sorry to say. It’s not truly that I regret reading The Dirty Book Club; well, I do, but that’s not the point, it’s just that I want to save you from wasting your time on this book.Editor’s Note: Also, I can’t believe the main character, M.J., implied that Pink Floyd is unsophisticated? And that she said it only three chapters into this book? Well, I mean, I actually can believe it, and that’s probably part of the reason why I didn’t like M.J.Originally posted on The Vaguely Articulate Reader blog: https://wordpress.com/post/thevaguely...
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  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    January 1, 1970
    *I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review.*I haven’t read any books from NetGalley in a while, so I requested this book, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison, about two weeks ago as a “get me back into reading ARCs” type of read. The Dirty Book Club is a 320-page women’s fiction novel that alternatively flashes back to the 1960s and primarily uses a modern-day narration. I give this book 2/5 stars.But before I review this book, *I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review.*I haven’t read any books from NetGalley in a while, so I requested this book, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison, about two weeks ago as a “get me back into reading ARCs” type of read. The Dirty Book Club is a 320-page women’s fiction novel that alternatively flashes back to the 1960s and primarily uses a modern-day narration. I give this book 2/5 stars.But before I review this book, I’ll take this time to give you a little synopsis of the book. The main character M.J., after leaving the magazine she’s working for due to an insulting snub, moves from New York to California to live with her boyfriend of eight months. Almost immediately after getting to the beach cottage that her boyfriend had just bought, M.J. meets her next-door-neighbor Gloria and her husband. She hits it off with Gloria, but before long, Gloria’s moved away, and M.J. finds a mysterious key that unlocks the proverbial door for her to attend the first meeting of a small, secret book club of women who only read erotic books. As the women read more and become closer to one another, they begin to read accounts of the previous members’ lives and how they connected to the books they read. Their own bonds tighten and transform into lasting friendships that change the way they see the world as well as their places in the world.I have no idea why this is the book that I chose to read as my big return to reading ARCs. Maybe it’s because at the time I requested it, I was applying to be an Editorial Intern for a romance publisher. Maybe it’s because of Lisi Harrison’s name; she’s pretty famous for her middle-grade Clique series. Or maybe it’s because I forgot that I’ve been disappointed lately with pretty much all of the women’s fiction I’ve been reading for whatever reason. I wasn’t actually disappointed by this book, though. Just not wowed.I love books about secret cults and clubs or what have you. But it is hard to write a good book about a secret cult or club or what have you without making it cheesy. This book read a lot more like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants than a book about how dangerous it was for women to read erotica and be sexually liberated in the 60s, or even a book about the conflicts that can arise in people’s lives with changes of lifestyle. This book didn’t have a lot of depth to it. Conflicts seemed either glossed over or only mentioned briefly, and whatever conflicts there are seem to have been solved happily; almost too happily to have been solved realistically.I also found it pretty much impossible to relate to any of the characters. I don’t know if this is because Harrison has written so much middle-grade, but I found all the main characters to have very immature voices. And when the characters were trying to sound adult-like, especially in the context of M.J.’s magazine job and her conversations with her boss Gayle, it seemed as though their words were very artificial and falsely professional. Think of the most stereotypical business conversations you’ve heard in movies, tv shows, books… That was pretty much every single “adult” conversation in this book. During the very last conversation between Gayle and M.J., the contents of which I’ll not describe here since it’s pretty spoiler-y, I was actually laughing at some of the things M.J. was saying. Out loud. In public, at a Starbucks. That’s how ridiculous her lines were.Keeping all this criticism in mind though, there were one or two things I liked about this book. The pacing was very well-planned, and the writing style made this book a quicker read than it otherwise would have been. But I even found fault with the writing style in some places… for example, those similes! I’m sure it would have been entertaining to count how many times similes are used throughout this book; there had to have been at least one or two on each page. They were witty for the first few times they appeared in the first chapter, but after that they got annoying very quickly. The similes alone really sucked me out of the story and distracted me.I do not recommend this book, I am sorry to say. It’s not truly that I regret reading The Dirty Book Club; well, I do, but that’s not the point, it’s just that I want to save you from wasting your time on this book.Editor’s Note: Also, I can’t believe the main character, M.J., implied that Pink Floyd is unsophisticated? And that she said it only three chapters into this book? Well, I mean, I actually can believe it, and that’s probably part of the reason why I didn’t like M.J.
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  • Trianna
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5lol at Lisi being all ~scandalous~with her similies
  • Kristi Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Read all my reviews at: https://brainfartsandbooks.wordpress.comWhen I first got my hands on this book, I was ready to get taken away on a kinky 50 Shades of Fantasy kind of ride. Little did I know, this book would really be a book about friendships, new and old, and the togetherness that help to heal two separate groups of women. M.J. is a magazine editor who moves to California to live with her doctor boyfriend. She meets a spunky older lady named Gloria who turns out to be her next door neigh Read all my reviews at: https://brainfartsandbooks.wordpress.comWhen I first got my hands on this book, I was ready to get taken away on a kinky 50 Shades of Fantasy kind of ride. Little did I know, this book would really be a book about friendships, new and old, and the togetherness that help to heal two separate groups of women. M.J. is a magazine editor who moves to California to live with her doctor boyfriend. She meets a spunky older lady named Gloria who turns out to be her next door neighbor AND the leader of a secret book club called The Dirty Book Club. The book club starts over again with a whole new group of women including M.J. and the unexpected friendships that ensue are so endearing and real that I could imagine each and every scene as it happened in this book. There is so much more to this book than a group of women reading the same "dirty" book each month. From relationships to jobs to just needing a friend to cry on, this book covers all the wonderful emotions in life. I really loved how the author integrated the lives of the founding members into the lives of the new generation. Geniously done. I would pick up this book and read it again.Thank you to Netgalley,  Lisi Harrison, and Gallery Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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