The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison


M.J. is as career driven as they come until her big promotion is undercut. In rebellion, she picks her life up from NYC and heads to a sleepy town in California to live with her boyfriend, Dan. Instead of feeling free, she finds herself bored out of her mind. Then, her chic and spunky older neighbor, Gloria, jets off to Paris and leaves her with a key and an envelope inscribed with “DBC.”

My interest was piqued when I saw The Dirty Book Club was written by the star of my young adolescent bookshelf, Lisi Harrison. Author of The Clique series, I am very familiar with her writing—or at least my 13 year old self was—so I was only too delighted to pick up a book about grown women who join a dirty book club. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the female friendships that were both created and fostered throughout this book. The main character, M.J., was certainly far from perfect but was also quite chic, so it was fun to read from her perspective. The original Dirty Book Club, who we are introduced to briefly and then at length through letters, were very funny and on the original wave of feminism.

There are a few things I didn’t love about this book. I often felt like the story was choppy, skipping between characters and not explaining situations enough for a reader to understand clearly what was going on. I also thought there was a lot of opportunities for the story to dive a little deeper, whether that be M.J.’s grief process, her therapist, and the movement of feminism throughout the existence of the Dirty Book Club.

Overall? I really liked this quick read and its highly entertaining characters. Would be great for the beach or as a vacation read!

This book was sent to me for free by Gallery Books.

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Gallery Books; October 10, 2018; 978-1451695977; 320 pp. Fiction -> Humorous