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Dirty Little Secret

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  3,541 ratings  ·  429 reviews
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 playe
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by MTV Books
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Melannie :)


I cannot believe this, it combines my love for all things country and my love for all things Jennifer Echols!


Now this is Julie & Bailey. Julie in all her sparkling glory while Bailey is chopped off the picture, you can only see part of her violin and some leg.
Are you already rooting for her??

All that's left to say is:

And get ready for some mindblowing awesomeness


I can’t tell you for s
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Fantasy : Nashville Stardom
Reality : Bad costumes and a grabby Elvis wanna-be.

2.5 stars. I think I'm starting to understand a little bit why Echols has a faithful following. I'm not entirely positive that she's the author for me, but at least I think I get it now.

I'm sure that Echols probably mixes it up quite a bit more from the little bit I've read, but the style I've witnessed so far is simple, quiet, and slightly offbeat. I can respect that. Often, the beauty is in the details. The genera
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I’ve been waiting for years to come across something close to Jennifer Echols’s book Going Too Far. That story was filled with a perfect balance of chemistry and magic, and it remains to date one of my all-time favorite YA Contemporary books. Well, in Dirty Little Secret, Jennifer manages to remind me why I have her on my list of favorite authors. So, put on your cowboy boots and get ready to tip your hats because Jennifer Echols has a treat ready for you when you meet Bailey and Sam.

In this sto
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1.5 stars

Thank you MTV books for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

If I roll my eyes another time, they will fall out of their sockets. What disappointed me ultimately was one major aspect, the artificiality and ludicrousness of this novel. With the minor frustration on Sam and Bailey, I pretty much pulled my hair bald after reading- thankfully I still had some sanity left inside me to not actually do that- also,
I’ve only seen two episodes of Nashville but what I have seen, I’ve liked. Dirty Little Secret matches up to it with the drama and family and connections you don’t want and complications- both the romantic then the familial sort, from both the leads in this one.

I got sucked in it if reading this in a handful of hours in any proof of that. Yes, I’m as surprised as anyone to find that I loved reading this, though I didn’t feel as strongly for the characters. Because truly, I found myself wanting
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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In my and the book's defense, I thought I was getting Dirty Little Secrets - a very closely-titled YA novel about mental issues and hoarding. Instead, Echols's later-released Dirty Little Secret is about music, and boys, and bitterness. I have friends who love Echols' novels, and friends who aren't fans. I might have to join the latter group, based on my experience with this book. I can clearly see why people would and will like Dirty Little Secret
While I have read a number of Jennifer Echols' books before, they're usually either a hit or miss for me. So whenever I picked a book of hers there's always this little cautiousness that comes with it. Yet when I picked Dirty Little Secret, for some reason, I actually felt quite sure that I would enjoy it. Maybe because it was music-themed? Or because the main protag is a fiddle/violin player? (I have serious soft spot for violin players, i.e. Virtuosity) Or maybe because it was just really good ...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
I'll tell you guys beforehand that this could be a not so objective review since it’s really been awhile since I received my copy of this and read. The story was not totally hazy but you know, I can’t remember everything and with that I learn my lesson which is to never ever prolong writing reviews! Lazy bones get away!

Now, on to my review…
You did it again Jennifer Echols!
You once again brought to me one of a kind Young Adult story.
From the Nashville setting to the country music to its amazing
Initial reaction: Probably a solid 3 star read. The story had a leisurely pace throughout, and the beginning was a bit rough for events, but as the narrative went on, I'll admit that I ended up caring for both Bailey and Sam. It has its share of rough moments, both with the characters clashing with each other and trying to make music together, but it was a decent story which had a nice resolution to things in the end. I liked the experience well enough, and hope I can express that more in my ful ...more
4.5 stars.

Well, it's no secret that I love Jennifer Echols. (Haha. See what I did there? Like the title? Okay, never mind. Bad pun.) I don't read tons of contemporary books, but hers have always been a favorite of mine because they're so raw and real. Dirty Little Secret is no exception. Jennifer Echols has done it again!

I was especially excited for this book because it's about country music, my absolute favorite music genre ever. I'm from the South, so I've grown up listening to country music.
Zemira Warner
MTV Boooks? So this is an another YA book. Yes!


Review to come July 10th - that's my tour stop date :)
Ali *The Black Heart*
I had numerous problems with this book. Some trivial, some not so much.

Bailey is a fiddle player, has been her entire life. It's been her focus forever and she's played the circuit with her younger sister Julie for as long as she can remember. Until a record company showed interest in Julie, and only Julie. Now, Bailey is asked to give up her own dreams and talent as to not tarnish the lime light being cast on her kid sister. She's lost in the world, has little support and no real friends. Until
I’m some what of a fan of Jennifer Echols. She can write a pretty detailed and informative story, I like how she writes a bit out of the norm, and she definitely does her research on whatever topic her book is about, but I think it’s a bit of an overkill sometimes. I thought getting into the world of country music would be fun and interesting, but with characters like Bailey and Sam, I was seriously turned off by it all and I was seriously shouting “ENOUGH” like halfway through. Also, there was ...more
I love Echols YA fiction, it's down to earth and shows complexity in characters. Having said that this one fell a bit short for me. I enjoyed it, just not as much as others in her repertoire. I liked that she did the whole Nashville thing, it's unique. I also enjoyed the exploration of the desire to do what one wants compared to what others want them to do. Bailey was inundated with dealing with the desires of those around her and, for the most part, did what they wanted as compared to what she ...more
I felt really good last night when I finished reading this book but too tired to write a proper review. I hadn't felt that good about a Jennifer Echols book since reading Going Too Far. That one was perfect, maybe even my favorite YA read ever. I'm not saying the other books were bad, far from it, they just didn't work as well for me.

This morning I woke up, still feeling really good about this book if not better. Also was in the mood for some country songs. Remember When, Dancing away with my he
**This is an ARC review. Any excerpts or quotes are taken from an advance copy and are subject to change before the final print**

Well ya'll, I've never watched the TV show 'Nashville', which I know Dirty Little Secret will be compared to, but the book did remind me of a film a film with a country music theme: 1993's 'The Thing Called Love' which starred River Phoenix (the last film he was featured in before his untimely death at age 23) and Samantha Mathis, who was probably best known for the 19
Two and a half stars: A book that fizzles with unlikable characters.

Bailey checks the mirror one more time before heading to the mall. Her dyed black hair, heavy makeup and goth clothes are an attempt to hide the hurt she has experienced over the last year. She moved in with her grandpa last week at the request of her parents. Bailey's younger sister, Julie, is about to hit it big with a record release, and the record company and Bailey's parents want her to sit quietly and do nothing that could
Jaime Arkin
This is probably a 3.5 star for me. In fact, I wasn't sure I was going to read this. I cringe when anyone even mentions country music and it's all over this story. A couple friends had mentioned that they read it and loved it and to be honest, I've only ever read one other story by Echols (Going Too Far) and I loved it. So I dove in one afternoon.

Bailey Wright is the black sheep of her family. Over the past year, she's cut off all her hair, dyed it black, started going to parties, dressing provo
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Oh, the potential of a underdog story with country music. Country music is my second favorite genre, with Broadway music leading the race, so I was positive that I would fall in love with Jennifer Echols's Dirty Little Secret. And then I was disappointed deeply by it.

Bailey Mayfield, overshadowed by her younger sister Julie, was a complicated character. She rebelled against her parents by dying her hair black and doing things
There are a few names that will get my attention when it comes to books. Jennifer Echols is one of the fastest ways to get me to focus on what you're saying. Her books are just so real. She does contemporary romance, almost always with a theme, unlike anybody else. Such a Rush, Forget You, & Love Story are some of my favorites by her. I think part of the draw to read her work stems from the memorable situations & characters she creates. Like I said, there is always a theme in her books. ...more
I've been pondering if I should give Jennifer Echols's books a chance for some time now, and with Dirty Little Secret, I finally caved in and did. Not only did the synopsis of Dirty Little Secret strike a chord with me (no pun intended), but I have heard praise for Echols's work left and right, and she writes in one of my absolute favorite genres, YA Contemporary. So when I saw Dirty Little Secret on NetGalley, I figured, why the hell not?, and gave it a chance. And let me tell you, am I ever gl ...more
What I'd like to say to Dirty Little Secret is perfectly worded by Avril Lavigne, "Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?" I struggled with rating this book because frankly, where it lacked in depth in the first half, it definitely more than made up for it before the end. And that wasn't even an issue when I started reading the book.

The beginning of Dirty Little Secret was... boring. I honestly didn't care for Bailey dressing up and playing her fiddle in tribute groups. But then
Jul 16, 2013 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc-s
Is there anything Jennifer Echols can't write?!

What had me shoutin' Yeehaw!: Dirty Little Secret reads like a country song - you've got love, loss, heartbreak and redemption and as usual, Jennifer Echols gives us flawed characters who are funny, endearing and completely relateable. Bailey is the kind of girl who desires to do the right thing but goes about it the wrong way occasionally.I can't say I blame her though, especially after what happened with her familybut despite the pain they've caus
Becky Hutchison
Jul 15, 2013 Becky Hutchison rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mature 12-year-olds and up
Bailey Mayfield and her sister Julie were once a talented, blond-haired, music duo who honed their performances at all the bluegrass festivals their parents drove them to. It's been one long year since that fateful day when only Julie was signed to a recording contract and Bailey brushed aside.

Bailey feels forgotten by her family and resents the time they've spent focusing on her younger sister's burgeoning music career. She's spent the last year playing her fiddle, writing music, and being repr
Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

As much as the Jennifer Echols fangirl in me was prepared to uplift her books after the disaster that was Levitating Las Vegas, I don't think I can go on with that speech. Dirty Little Secret was not my favorite read by the author. Granted that it's a decent, fun read with a lot of country reference in it which was refreshing, I don't like how certain elements in the story ended up ruining the book for me. For example, the love interest, Sam. Even after finishing the
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

Bailey was once a shining star with her beloved sister Julia.

But Julia got chosen and Bailey was left as the dirty little secret and was forced to give up her love of music in fear that she may ruin her sisters career.

Bailey's Grandpa realizes the true tragedy in this and let's Bailey still play music. This is where she starts to re-invent her self.

With this transformation she meets Sam who is just as passionate and talented at music but the love' em and leave' em type of guy.

Instantly they are
Brittany Rehage
Yet another amazing Jennifer Echols book.

I know when I pick up a book by Echols; I'm going to love it. I know I'm going to get the heart swoons, the stomach fluttering, and the little smile on my face. I also know I'm going to get a great story to go along with it. Dirty Little Secret is no different.

Bailey and her sister Julie used to go out and play the music scene together. Then Julie got a record deal and Bailey was left behind. Not only were her dreams pushed to the back burner, her family
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
Why did the characters have to be so freakin' MATURE???


Bailey had it so rough, and I absolutely love how she still tried to talk to her sister, even when she wasn't returning her calls. She went through so much, and when she needed her family the most - they had to go and ship her off... tell her to lay low and don't do the one thing she loved the most.

That's just torture right there Dx

I loved how she dressed - Loved how she acted as well to cover up her feelings to some ex
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
If you're reading this and know anything about me, you know that I love Jennifer Echols (well, her books anyway. Though I'm sure if I met her in real life I'd be able to tell you she's awesome in that form, too). I have a growing list of authors that make me squee, but Jennifer Echols is probably at the top of the list (or at least tied with Morgan Matson), so it took a few moments for me to move from hugging this book to actually reading it.

Bailey is awesome at playing the fiddle. Really awesom
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more
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“It's one thing to think you're worthless, and quite another for somebody else to tell you that you are.” 35 likes
“Deana Carter sings about it. Lady Antebellum sings about it. Eric Church. Gosh, not just country artists. Katy Perry. Everybody has a song about it because everybody's been through it. You find that person at eighteen and you lose yourself. And the tragedy is, it's the person who's completely opposed to everything you've ever wanted. You bond with that person, and that person breaks your heart. I'm that tragedy for you, and you're mine.” 20 likes
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