The Blonde Bookworm: The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison -- Review

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison -- Review

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Title: The Dirty Book Club
Author: Lisi Harrison
Pages: 320
Publishing: October 10th 2017 by Gallery


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Clique series comes a novel about the importance of friendship, and, of course, the pleasure of a dirty book. 

M.J. Stark’s life is picture-perfect—she has her dream job as a magazine editor, a sexy doctor boyfriend, and a glamorous life in New York City. But behind her success, there is a debilitating sense of loneliness. So when her boss betrays her and her boyfriend offers her a completely new life in California, she trades her cashmere for caftans and gives it a try. 

Once there, M.J. is left to fend for herself in a small beach town, with only the company of her elderly neighbor, Gloria, and an ocean that won’t shut up. One afternoon, M.J. discovers that Gloria has suddenly moved to Paris with her friends to honor a fifty-year-old pact. And in lieu of a goodbye, she’s left a mysterious invitation to a secret club—one that only reads erotic books. 

Curious, M.J. accepts and meets the three other hand-selected club members. As they bond over naughty bestsellers and the shocking letters they inherited from the original club members, the four strangers start to divulge the intimate details of their own lives… and as they open up, they learn that friendship might just be the key to rewriting their own stories: all they needed was to find each other first.


The Dirty Book Club was my first novel by Lisi Harrison, and if the rest of her novels are anything like this one... well then I'm going to need to read them all. Within the first few pages, I was totally hooked. M.J. is such a tragic character and I found myself instantly hoping she would find fast friends and bond to a group just like Gloria's. This novel pulled at my heart and made me think of my best friends constantly. It reminded me so much of an adult/rated R version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so I immediately gushed to my three best friends about it and promised to buy them a copy for Christmas. 

The story follows along as M.J. trades in her Jimmy Choo's for flip flops and her board room for the beach. We meet lots of interesting characters along the way and watch as friendships are formed. I laughed, cried (a little) and became super attached to all of the characters in this novel. I wasn't super happy about how it ended, but the other 99% of the novel was fast paced and fun. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy women's contemporary fiction. 

Thank you Gallery and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5 


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