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The Dirt by Lori Culwell

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Lucy Whitley cannot wait to get out of Palm Desert. It’s not a place for a frizzy-haired science nerd, particularly when her fashion-obsessed older sister Sloane is the head of a clique of pretty girls who rule the school – and practically the whole town.

Fortunately, life is about to change forever. Lucy’s dad is getting re-married, and then she can transfer to a boarding school in Connecticut, escaping all the mean girls and the endless whispers about the Whitley family scandal. Everything is going to be perfect – as long as the wedding goes smoothly.

Goodreads Summary

Lucy Whitley is the nerd of the family.  She never feels pretty or respected by her other family members and worries over being over-shadowed by Sloane, the "pretty sister."  Sloane is a member of the Pretty Girl club and very mean to Lucy.  She never stops reminding Lucy of her nerd status.  Luckily, Lucy still have some self-esteem left as well as her two best friends.  They help her through thick and thin. 

When Lucy must attend her fathers' wedding, she wants the whole debacle over with.  Unfortunately, Lucy is not so lucky and leave more embarrassed than ever before.  What happened to Lucy and what will she do now?

Lucy's character is OK.  She is a little too wimpy, the reader will wish for her to stick up for herself.  Her sisters can be cruel as sisters sometimes are.  Sloane is probably the worst, she is shockingly stuck-up.  The reader will be rooting for Lucy throughout the book.  There are some surprises that will make the reader turn the  page back and ask him/herself "did that really just happen?"  The author writes from the vantage point of a teenage girl and succeeds admirably.  This book would be appreciated by young adults/teens.

4 Stars

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  1. Great review! I linked to it in my blog today:

  1. Sounds like a typical nerd story but hopefully when I get to read it, it might be better~

  1. It is a bit of a nerd story, but I enjoyed it!