Dirty Little Secretby Jennifer Echols (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by MTV Books, Simon & Schuster on July 16th
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…
Jennifer Echols is a master of Contemporary Romances, be it Adult – New Adult or Young Adult. “Dirty Little Secret” promised to a wonderful romance, with some deep layered issues packed in a musical environment. And , let’s face it – musicians are hot so I hoped for a sexy rock star love interest.
Bailey – troubled – angry , but a soul filled with music!
Immediately and right from the beginning I felt so bad for Bailey and I was so angry on her behalf! Her parents send her away so that her talented sister can pursue her Country Music career. Even worse, it was always Baily and Julie as a duo and now, Bailey is send away – told to be a troublemaker and told to lay low. How could her parents do that to her? It takes us a little to piece the whole story together, to understand what Bailey did to be finally send away. But still, I wished her parents would have shown more understanding for Bailey. In the end she was just a Teen, separated from her sister and told to stop doing what she loves best . Music!
Finding Your Own Path..
Bailey’s heart and soul is filled with music and of course she cannot just simply stop making music! No one should expect this from her and of course, she can’t stay away from it. So when she meet Sam and joins his band – she can finally be happy again. At least a little.. Because she’s always afraid of her parents finding out about her playing in an actual band in front of people! But it’s what makes Bailey drive – what her heart needs to be happy and what makes her feel whole. It made me mad, that she had to hide this in oder to please her parents!
But Bailey realizes that she counts just as much as her sister and as much as she tries, she cannot stay away. I admired that about her. She loves music so much – it’s wonderful when you have something so powerful to drive you!
Complex Characters and Complicated Romance
The story got even deeper when Bailey meet Sam – an equally driven musician.Both are very fast attracted to each other and here comes my problem! Sam is an interesting character to put it nicely. There is more to this boy than meets they eye and we have to dig very deep in order to understand him and his actions. Very often I got super mad at him and I would have loved to punch him for some of the things he did and said. It was never clear if he only played with Bailey or truly had feelings.
He was very confusing and I was switching between hating him and trying to understand him. It was not always easy. If you go and read other reviews there is an equal amount of people who loved the complexity of his character or hated this boy. For me though, my irritation with him surpassed my compassion.
There is a certain deepness and surely enough Sam didn’t had an easy life so for him, trying to pursue a music carear was essential. I do understand this, yet he was too driven sometimes and pushed people away and even hurt them!
Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols was an engrossing tale that sucked me in completely. I was heavily invested in both Bailey’s and Sams live and was eager to understand these talented kids and what really drives them. The music in this story totally sucked me an wna I wish I could have heard a soundtrack while reading! The characters were complex and left room for equal love and confusion. Even though I had some major concerns about Sam’s characters I would still recommend it as it was a very compelling and deep story!
Do you love music themed stories as much as I do??? How do you feel about characters that are not easy to love and make you think and get you confused? Do you prefer it more black and white?
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