By Jennifer Echols
MTV Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
So this one was a little disappointing to me. Jennifer Echols usually has more oomph. This was more tame than her others. Dirty Little Secret was her love letter to country music more than it was a dramatic romance. I didn't feel the country music love 100% (it was all well-known stuff - nothing the hard core fans would know and no one else) and I didn't feel the romance 100% either. It was like she should have focused on one or the other, because both are so powerful that there isn't room in one book for both. Also, it didn't help that I didn't like the boy very much.
I did like the ending and what Bailey learned and how she evolved throughout the novel. Cool ending, too.
Also, the title will have this stuck in your head:
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 their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…