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Dirty Laundry

2.92  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Winchester School of the Arts is "The Laundromat" because students kicked out of better schools go as "dirty laundry." Carli, gorgeous pigtailed actress, goes undercover to research her role. 'Fun', Fellini Udall Newport, embittered senior and graffiti artist is almost expelled — until his dad and money convince the headmaster to work off his crime as Carli's assistant.

Hardcover, 229 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Harper Teen (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Our heroine is an actress planning to prepare for her role as a teenage ‘naughty’ girl in a prep school. And there is my problem with the book. Her character often slipped into a six year old mindset. She was a squeaky clean Mary Jane who would do something benign so she would appear ‘naughty.’ (Maybe I just hate that word. Seems like it should only be used by small children and porn stars)
Meanwhile our hero had earned his place as the ‘bad boy’ by writing graffiti on buildin
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book in a Little Free Library and decided to check it out. At first, I wasn't sure what to's told in dual perspectives and jumps back and forth a lot at the beginning. But once I got into it, I was hooked. Fun and Carli alternately tell the tale of a missing classmate and their goal to be the ones to find her.

In addition to the mystery of the missing student, there's also the story of Carli and Fun, who are living with their own secrets. All of this is told in a boarding
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
... Not my thing.
I was hoping I would enojoy it more since it has been on my to read list since I was in highschool lol.
I know I finished it pretty fast but it wasn't because I was enjoying it more like because it was a short book and I didn't want to stop because then I knew it would be a long while before I picked it up again.
I didn't follow it very well but I do know everyone was messed up (like waaaaay messed up). I definitely did not like any of the characters and you know maybe because it
Jennifer Wardrip
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Carli Gemz is going undercover. She's off to the Winchester School of the Arts to get into character for her upcoming TV series, Private Nights. She will have the son of the creator, Fellini Udall Newport (aka FUN) at her disposal as her personal assistant.

Fun has no desire to be the slave to Carli, whom he has to refer to as Sheila Smith, her character's name. Being her assistant is part of the arrangement his father has made with Headmaster Stanton to ke
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
If I were to sum up my reading experience with Dirty Laundry in one word it would be : TIRESOME. A young actress, who often falls into "guilt spirals", attends a boarding school for misfits under a different name as research for her next TV series. The director of the TV series happens to have a son at the academy who, under duress, to be her assistant. The day before "Sheila Smith" arrives on campus a student disappears, and suspecting foul play "Sheila" and F.U.N. (yes the book is rife with wi ...more
Paige Spell
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a good read for a light hearted mystery. Undercover actress, Carli, is joined by a boy called FUN to solve a misery at Winchester, a boarding school known as the laundry mat. Students are sent to Winchester because they are trouble or on their last leg. The first day that Sheila Smith ( Carli) and FUN attended the school a girl called Darcy Novak goes missing. Carli and FUN decide to investigate and find outmost really happened. This is a fast read, although it can be hard to get us ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
not as great as i expected it to be but it was good
An Odd1
Dec 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
- switches sections by students, almost same voice, boring
Dirty Laundry was one of those books I picked up on a whim. I was at the library, with a stack of suggested books and it caught my eye. After passing it for the third time I finally picked it up because it had a cute cover, the plot sounded interesting and I thought why not. If it sucks, I'll have one bad review for my blog to give it street cred.

I'm extremely happy I did because Dirty Laundry ended surprising me. The book revolves around two main characters, Carli and Fun. Carli is a C-list act
Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
(Elective reading)

Summary: The Winchester School of the Arts is nicknamed "the laundromat" because of the reputation it has of taking in the screw-ups from the better boarding schools in the area. One of these pieces of dirty laundry is the cynical and trouble-making "Fun" Newport. The other is a young actress named Carli, studying for an upcoming gig she has about the boarding school party life. Fun is to be Carli's personal assistant as she learns. Problem: Darcy Novak, the most popular and pu
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, young-adult
2.5 stars. Fun is a teen boy at a boarding school, tasked by his Hollywood father to help "Sheila", a "new student" at the school - really, "Sheila" is an undercover actress named Carli looking to research an upcoming role. Right before Carli arrives, a student disappears, and Carli and Fun decide to take it upon themselves to solve the case, since no one else seems interested in doing so.

Most of this book was pretty average. Carli and Fun alternately narrate the story, which is also broken up i
May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
Review at The Little Bookworm

Welcome to Winchester School of the Arts, a place where the dirty laundry of other boarding schools is sent, the kids who are too bad to go anywhere else.
Enter Carli Gemz ("games"), a beautiful girl sent by the producer of her new TV show to learn about boarding school and being bad.
Here's Fun (Fellini Udall Newport), the producer's son who is made to be Carli's assistant or else by his dad.
Exit Darcy Novak, one of the good girls at Winchester. She's disappeared and
E. Anderson
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Carli Gemz (pronounced "games") is a teen actress who has just landed a role in a new TV show: Private Nights. Since she'll be playing a bitchy teen queen and a boarding school, Carli is being enrolled undercover at the Winchester School of the Arts, an East coast boarding school where all the freaks, geeks, and would-be criminals are sent after being kicked out of more prestigious academies. With a reputation for harboring the "dirty laundry" of the social elite, Carli knows that the few weeks ...more
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Dirty Laundry reminded me of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist because of the writing style. Both styles were aimed towards the teens with all the slangs and whatnot and both were styles that I really disliked.

Both characters, Carli and Fun, did not have a lot of depth in their personalities and character-wise. They were both like 2D characters and I was not particularly fond of either one of them.

Sure, the plot itself was fairly interesting but because the writing style irked me, I wasn’t able
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea

I picked this up whilst on holiday for about $3. I thought the premise was quite interesting, and figured that as it was published by Harper, it couldn't be that bad, right? I was kinda wrong. This book was alright at best. The plot was very weak, the characters weren't much better, and for such a short book, it took me far too long to read.

What worked for me: Although the plot was weak, I did still want to know what happened at the end, but o
Amy Graham
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Winchester School of artsnicknamed tthe laundromat because that's where better schools sent their "dirty laundry" (bad kids) a young actress named Carli often gets into guilt trips, goes to a boarding school for troubled kids but this girl goes to those as a kid under a different name "Sheila Smith". She went under a different name to help research for her next TV show. The director of the TV show has a kid that it's a boy that goes to the school. Fellini Udall Neeport has no interest to be ...more
Apr 01, 2009 added it
Shelves: wmslibrary
Carli, a successful young actress, goes undercover at the Winchester School in New England to prepare for a starring role in Private Nights ("Gossip Girl meets The Facts of Life, but edgier!") But Winchester has its own secrets--top student Darcy Novak has disappeared, and everyone's a suspect. This slight, comedic, and very quirky mystery has an arch tone that may entrance some readers but puzzle others.

(About halfway through I suddenly thought, "Is he satirizing John Green?" The literary allus
Feb 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm listened to this book, but Good Reads doesn't have that edition as an option, so I chose the book cover. I put it on the "just can't finish" shelf, however, I don't like having things not finished so I struggled through this story, or actually, lack of a story. The plot is rich, mentally messed-up, kids attend a run-down boarding school, and a student goes missing. An actress, learning for her next role, goes to the boarding school and gets involved with the mystery. The story did not catch ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was such a horrible book, I couldn't even finish it. I got to about fifty pages until the end, and just had to stop. I had no idea what the plot was, and nothing had happened over the course of around one hundred pages! The only interesting plot line was that a girl disappeared, and her ex-boyfriend might be a killer. That's it. The rest was really repetitive, and boring. Also, I hated the format of the book, how it alternated between Fun and Carli. Just not my cup of tea.
Stephanie A.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary-ya
He seems tapped out as far as boarding school novel content goes, since this didn't offer anything new. I almost returned it unfinished, annoyed by the format and the constant flip-flopping between Fun & Carli's voices, but stubbornness kept me going until the slower-than-molasses mystery picked up enough for me to be interested in the answer. (Seriously, I was at least one third of the way through the book and still couldn't figure out why I was supposed to care that Darcy was missing.)
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is like your typical YA book, except for one add on: mystery.

I like the fact that someone has actually gone missing and the main character has to solve the mystery. If you're someone like me and read a lot of YA you'll find this to be nice b/c you're tired of the same old plot for every YA book.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Very different. Not bad, but I am still not sure what I thought of it. Bizarre is a word that comes to mind. It kept my interest, but the language, as usual, was not necessary and I could really use a good teen writer whom did not find it part of the story. Thank heaven for Alley Carter. Same genre, only better written.
WCPL Teens
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelly-reads, mystery
Carli is an actress who's sent undercover to a boarding school to research a role. Fun is the son of the show's producer, and he's forced to act as her "assistant" while she's there. The only glitch is, a student disappeared before school started, so the campus is crawling with rumors. Carli, with Fun's help, decides to tries to unravel the mystery. Told in alternate voices.
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Undercover teen starlet and trouble-making graffiti artist solve the mystery of a disappeared girl at a boarding school. The characters weren't people I think most could relate to, and the reason behind the girl's disappearance seemed kinda stupid. It was a fairly quick read though, and I enjoyed it overall.
 Soph - Lock&Key
This is one of those books that someone like me looks at and thinks "no way, no how". But I ignored my initial thoughts and read it anyway just wanting to read something light and fluffy that would put a smile on my face. It was exactly what I expected, except for the fact that it didnt put a smile on my face it made me cringe but hey what can ya do?
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic, teen
Overly clever he-said/she-said novel about a hollywood actress who goes undercover at a new england boarding school (researching a role) at the same time that a popular girl has gone missing. Fine, quick, read, but nothing special.
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense
A cute read with little to no literary value. Not saying that's a bad thing, though when I wasn't paying close attention, I sometimes confused my main characters.
Still, I wasn't expecting War and Peace so no harm!
Recommended for sophomore guys.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was different, it goes like a diary but for the two main characters. I still found it interesting but difficult to follow. The author mixes too much mystery, romance and other topics. I enjoyed reading it.
Jul 25, 2011 added it
2010- Didn't like this as much as the other book I've read by the author. The back of the book made it seem much more original than it actually was.
Richard (Bound & Determined...)
Not near a good as it could have been, but not as bad as some of the reviews on here suggested it would be. Entertaining and at least a little interesting.
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