Review ~ Dirty Book Club – Lisi Harrison

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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.

Dirty Book Club was an interesting read for me. It was a slow start for me, meeting the women involved in the story and specifically the Dirty Book Club. We meet four different women, though the story undoubtedly belonged to MJ, who’d given her life a complete overhaul after being passed over for a promotion she thought was hers.

The women of the DBC have all arrived at different points in their lives when we meet them, so we can learn right along with them, why they were invited to be part of the club. Lisi Harrison has written a beautiful story about female friendship—real female friendship—completely with brutal honesty, support and love. More than anything this was a story about how the right friendships can go a long way in help you achieve your goals, personal, professional and romantic.

But with all that being said, I didn’t love Dirty Book Club. It had all the elements that usually get to me, but for some reason this book didn’t hold my attention and I didn’t really feel anything for the characters. Despite the well written story and well developed characters.

There’s definitely a lesson in this story, but the story itself didn’t really light my fire. A solid effort.


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