#AprilAtoZ Challenge D: The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been published. My theme for 2019 is book reviews

The Dirty Book Club

Summary

M.J. Stark has the perfect life. On the surface that is. When you dig a little deeper, it is obvious that she is very lonely and unhappy. When offered the opportunity to start a new life in California, she can’t resist.

Shortly after her arrival in the small beach town, she befriends her elderly neighbour who moves to Paris shortly after their meeting.

However she has left M.J. with an invitation to a secret book club. The people she meets in that book club, along with the letters they read, written by the original members, create an unexpected bond between them and cause them to share the stories of their own lives. What is said in the book club stays in the book club, so they feel free and safe to be open and honest about their lives.

My Thoughts

Having been a member of a book club for many years, I was drawn by the title, as I do enjoy a story about a book club. I like to make comparisons between the book clubs in novels and my book club. Of course, there is rarely any comparison. In my opinion my book club is the very best of all.

Don’t be fooled by the title. This book is not an erotic novel. It’s a story about relationships, and the friendships that develop between members of a book club who joined together without previously knowing each other.

The writing is humorous and a little racy at times. It took me a while to become interested in the characters, but when I did the story took on a new life for me and I didn’t want to put it down.

There definitely were commonalities between this book club and my own. We are a group of members who came together, mainly through a love of books without having a history with each other. We talk freely and our book club meetings are a safe place to speak our mind. This connection really increased my enjoyment of the story.

Recommendation

Even though I struggled with the first few chapters, once I felt I knew the characters I found myself very involved with the story. I would recommend The Dirty Book Club to anyone interested in reading about friendship and relationships.

About The Author

Lisi Harrison

Lisi Harrison left her position at MTV Networks in 2003, to write The Clique Series. That series has sold more than eight million copies and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two hundred weeks, with ten titles hitting Number 1. The Alphas was a Number 1 New York Times bestseller, and Monster High was an instant bestseller. Her latest YA series is the Pretenders. Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California, and has been a proud member of her own dirty book club since 2007 – from the backcover

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster in 2017.
Paperback, 313 pages

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