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Dirty London

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  83 reviews
All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.

Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published August 8th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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This book was surprisingly amazing. I'll be honest, I didn't really expect much — I'm not the biggest fan of YA stories, especially set in high school, and this didn't initially sound like the most interesting thing ever to me, but now I'm so very glad I read it.

I wish it had been longer, not because I felt things were rushed at all, just because I would love to read much more about these characters.

If there's one thing Dirty London reminded me of, it's that high school is hell and straight teen
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Dirty London is included in Young Adult Hollywood's 23 LGBT YA Books You Should Be Reading.

This book is delightful, authentic with lots of things to offer. It has a strong emphasis on coming of out, as well as sexual identity, fantastic feminist movement, sister/family/friendship love with a little bit swooning.

Dirty London easily become one of my favorite books this year. Mini review to come.
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mc, gay side character

i wish i could just rate components of this book instead of the book itself as a whole. because the characters? 5 stars. the plot ideas? 5 stars. the parent/child relationships? 5 stars. the wlw/mlm solidarity? a bazillion stars. (honestly, i loved it so much!!!) the softness of the ending? again, a bazillion stars.

but then there comes the writing and here is where my trouble lies. bc I've read kelley's later book and i know for a fact how well she writes, but
I liked it 3.5*

At first I thought a "dirty London" was like a new move like the dirty Sanchez but I was wrong. Regardless, I enjoyed this book but I did feel it took a bit of time to get to the "dirty London" name calling part. It takes place in college and of course there is lots of drama. There are also some pretty heavy topics such as abuse (drug and physical), bullying, and even rape (though no rape occurs the idea of "no means yes" is apparent).
The secondary characters were pretty well done
I was super disappointed in this book! I read a really positive review by Cayce , so I immediately bought it (although of course I did not immediately read it because I have a problem with reading books I actually purchase).

The first thing I was disappointed in was the main character, London. Even though this is told from first person POV, I was extremely detached from her the whole time. It was a little weird, since first person is usually so immersive, but it just wasn't in Dirty London.

Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kelley York's books have all been on my to-read list for a while, and I've even bought one, but I just hadn't gotten to read any yet. Then I saw she'd released an f/f romance, and had to give it a shot. I ended up enjoying it a lot. In London, York's crafted a character who's a delightfully realistic mix of seeming contradictions - she wants desperately to blend in, but she's also fiercely strong. She consents to a plan that involves pretending she's straight, but she also never wavers in her co ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book. It's pretty rare for a YA to have a MC who is so self aware as London is. It's refreshing. The sister arc was well done. The beard arc was pretty cool too. Dunno. I guess I really just liked London. She's a cool person.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
London Noble is a high school senior, who—unlike most of her counterparts—doesn’t want to be popular. She really just wants to fly under the radar, unnoticed, till she can graduate and move on.

Her life is complicated by her younger sister, Jasmine, who is mentally unstable and doesn’t always take her meds. Add into the mix that she and her sister are polar opposites who have to share a room, plus London’s serious dislike of her estranged father, and you find one very stressed-out young woman.

Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
If you're looking for a good coming out story, look no further! This was honestly so great; the shippy stuff is on point, there's mild angst here and there, and the relationship between the MC and her sister totally made me cry multiple times. I desperately want a sequel novella a few years into the future *heart eyes emoji*

I'll add a few more lines of my thoughts later, but truly, this one is worth reading!
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Dirty London is a different kind of coming of age story, because London needs to find herself again, deal with those who might not accept her, and fight to get her confidence back.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

After a string of not-so-good novels, DIRTY LONDON is exactly what I needed. I can't even form a coherent thought because I just enjoyed this book so much. The characters were amazing and well rounded, the storyline was intriguing with great writing. I'll definitely be picking up more of Kelley's books.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It has everything one look in a YA book. Teenager drama, coming out, high school drama. I just wish it lasted a little bit more and that we could read about London and Amber.
Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
"I am normal. I am a human being just as deserving of love and happiness as the next person. No, I am not the problem."

Dirty London is a beautiful book that I believe everyone should read. It's light, short and lovely. London is such an amazing character that I really love and I believe everyone should read about her and her struggles. This book is about finding yourself, being true to who you are and standing up to people who would do anything to push you down. What is so amazing about London i
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I really loved this. The main highlight of this book was London's relationship with those around her. I loved her dynamic with her sister Jasmine. I loved her relationship with Amber and Wade. Really cute f/f story - definitely recommend.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining read that had me glued to the end.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I really needed a casual, light read and I got it here. I really liked this book, and I especially liked the way Wade and London, a gay man and lesbian, were such close, intimate friends because I think a lot of media portrays us as opposites or as really disliking being around one another. Some of my most meaningful friendships are with gay men and so many gay men and lesbians I know have friendships of similar closeness. They're turned into a "joke" or an "opposites" thing far too often. A fri ...more

This book was great. London was is a wonderful character that knows who she is but just wants to fly under everyone's radar at school after being burned by a friend in middle school.
She's adorable, awkward, and just super cute.

Now TECHNICALLY, this is fake dating. BUT it's not fake dating that leads to the two of them falling in love...and while I will forever and always love that trope, I loved this book so much for not going that
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Meh? Meh. I was specifically looking for a cute romance with lesbians but this was just too predictable and simple to satisfy me. The prose wasn't exciting enough to transform this into a quick afternoon read and if it wasn't so short I doubt I would have pushed through.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obsessions
I don't read YA anymore because it seems that everyone is following the same formula.

Everyone except Kelley York!

Dirty London is just another reason why I'm such a fan...

Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*sobs* I don’t know how it happened but I somehow managed to delete/lose my review before saving it *more pitiful sobs*

I thoroughly enjoyed Dirty London and wish I had it in me to rewrite my review but it’s 2 am and I’m fighting to keep my eyes open so I refer you to Julia’s lovely review.

Alma Q
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers, duh
(April 4th, 2016)

So, erm... I may have stayed up until 6 a.m. in my need to finish a book... again. *blush*

This one is a pretty standard coming-out YA contemporary, though more focused on the main character and her relationships during her last year of high school than actually coming out. Where it sets itself apart from the rest is that a) it's kind of not badly written at all and b) its protagonist is actually a fully developed character who is just fine with who she is - so instead of complet
Maja Todorovska
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suprise, suprise, teenager that actually look nad act like teenagers. Such a refreshing change. Jokes aside, the characters in this are pretty great. Tey feel like real teenagers, awkward, vulnerable, eager, angry, and even naive. The naive quality is especially present in the main character, London. There's a specific belief, or rather disbelief that someone will want to harm you for no reason present in her, which makes the entire thing a bit hard to swallow for me. I get the feeling that if I ...more
Sarika Patkotwar
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I write this review, I barely remember the story of Kelley York's Dirty London. I started reading the book with lots of enthusiasm and excitement, but when I got to the second half, my pace somehow slowed down and from then on, I just have a faint idea of what I read. The most important point, however, is that it was not the book, but me. I was way too occupied to give the book my hundred percent. Nevertheless, what I read and remember was simply too good.

Unlike other Kelley York books that
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade B-

Nobody in London's conservative community knows she's lesbian. When she encounters a classmate at a Gay Pride event, they agree to pretend they're dating. At home she's juggling a younger sister who's refilling her anxiety medication much too often, a mom who works morning until night and a deadbeat drug addicted father. She's got a crush on a girl in drama club, too. Soon rumors begin to fly and not the kind of gossip a closeted lesbian teenager expects.

London is an easy character to ro
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best YA I read this year. It reminded me of how I felt after reading Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before, in a way it made me happy teens now have access to stories such as this one. I loved how London was self aware, centered, and fun without sounding like an adult. I was proud of her throughout the whole ordeal and how she handled the situations at school and with her family as well.

It's been a couple of weeks since I've read this one but I still think about it, which is why
Renée Swann
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, aug-tbr-2014
Kelley York always has a good story to tell, and Dirty London is no different! Though Hushed is still my favourite of hers, this book was still a good, quick read.

(view spoiler)

Dirty London is well worth a read, so just go buy it, okay? Okay.
Dichotomy Girl
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya, lgbt, indie
I was able to borrow this through the Kindle Lending Library, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It came on my radar when GR recommended it based on my reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and this was actually a much better book. The author did a great job of exploring all the relationships in London's life, which made it really compelling. ...more
Wow. Just Wow
I am amazed at this author and her capability to write such beautiful words.
I could relate to so, so much that London went through. I could FEEL what she felt, could understand her, could love her easily.
Kelley York, you should never stop writing.
I cried at points, I laughed at others. That is how much this book affected me.
Absolutely awesomely fantabulous.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had a huge doubt starting this but I ended up happy about it.
I just have to point out how I love London, she blew me away after a few chapters.
Thank you the focus was not only on sexuality, but also on family relationships with no link with London's sexuality (yaaay) and friendships.
I may have ship a couple after a while so hard that I shocked myself ahah

NIce novella to read ^-^
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
gayte (gay great)

this was a solid book!! good characters, good plot, good relationships, good development.

it took on good themes like being closeted & slut shaming, and dealt with them amazingly. my only criticism is that the character being called london had me imagining london tipton from suite life all the way trough
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Kelley resides off the coast of Northern California with her wife, teenager, a German Shepherd, a handful of cats and rats. In addition to writing, she has her A.S. in Anthropology, and is a graphic designer with a specialty in book cover design. She spends her spare time playing video games and tabletop games like the nerd she is. Her specialty is LGBT+ fiction, usually with a dark twist.

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