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Dirty Little Secret

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  4,680 ratings  ·  496 reviews
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 ...more
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 sure
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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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. T
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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,
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
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
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Why did I buy this book? I liked her boots on the cover.

And that´s basically the only thing I liked about this book. I disliked every single character, the plot was pointless. I would have spent better those 4h if I simply sat and stared at my walls in complete silence.

Characters didn´t have any real "development" and they were simply unlikable. Sam, our love interest, is supposed to be this great, nice and loving guy but I just don´t get it. He was selfish and manipulative throughout the whol
Kaitlyn Stickley
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I kinda have a love-hate relationship with this book. LOL. I am annoyed by Sam. A lot. Like can't you understand Bailey and her reasons? I swear I'm about to smack Sam down for being so annoying. However, as much as he was annoying, I did really enjoyed lots of parts in this book. Every music details are awesome. Maybe it was a good thing that I'm reacting to Sam this way. Cause that just means that Echols wrote him very effectively. Although, one might question why make Sam like that. Anyway.

Susan's Reviews
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the music references, and the fact that Bailey had perfect pitch! Sam's father is an alcoholic and his mother works hard to keep a roof over their head. Bailey's sister has been signed to a contract and is on the fast-track to stardom, leaving Bailey behind. When she gets a gig playing fiddle for a country music duo at a mall, Sam asks her to join his own band. At first, Bailey hesitates, because Julie's publicity might be hurt if people found out Bailey had been left behind.
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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
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
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2013
**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
Karla Mae (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
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

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
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
MTV Boooks? So this is an another YA book. Yes!


Review to come July 10th - that's my tour stop date :)
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Vi (like the letter)
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-arcs, 2-stars
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
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Brittany Rehage
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Such a Rush is the only other book by Jennifer Echols that I've read. And since I greatly enjoyed that, I immediately jumped on the chance to read Dirty Little Secret.

It took me a while to get fully invested in the story but the book picked up pace towards the middle and from there, I had a blast reading Bailey's story.
Bailey is a talented person. She's a likable heroine with a sassy personality. I hated how her parents just brushed her off and encouraged her to not pursue her dreams just so she
Jul 15, 2016 marked it as no-absolutely-will-not-read
This isn't an actual review but a reminder that this book would NOT be for me. The hero sounds completely awful and would make me steaming mad.

Here are some reviews that helped me with this decision:

Here's a quote from the above (Crystal's) review:
"Dirty Little Secret had possibly the grossest, most manipulative, and most unhealthy relationship that I have read in a YA book lately. I don't understand why a guy like
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Dirty Little Secret wasn't a unsalvageable book all in all, but it committed the one book sin I can't forgive - a horrible, terrible, completely unlikable love interest. I thought Sam might be a cute flirtation at the beginning but the more we got to know him, the more I despised him. Yes, despised. He's a user and a manipulator and the only reason I kept reading this book was because I was hoping Bailey would kick him to the curb at th
Oct 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
i have a history of hating echol’s books, but the plot is intriguing

Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Becky Hutchison
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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