Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: October 10, 2017 by Gallery Books
Narrator: Joy Osmanski
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I recently listened to the audiobook of The Dirty Book Club, and really enjoyed it! It’s such a quick read and I listened to most of it during one drive because it was so entertaining and easy to listen to. It follows two groups of women, their friendship, and their book club. It starts in 1962 when a group of friends start the book club to cope with difficult situations they are facing, and fast forwards to the present with MJ, new in town with no friends and dealing with her frustrations that led her to quit her previous job and still dealing with the guilt of her family’s death.
Here are five reasons you should consider reading/listening to The Dirty Book Club:
- Female friendships – both generations of women have a group of friends they can be themselves with, and talk about anything without any judgement. They all value each other and encourage each other. It was refreshing to read a book without any girl hate, and instead women build each other up.
- The narration – the narrator did a great job portraying and differentiating between each of the characters. There was one narrator reading the story, but she gave each character’s voice their own personality, that it was super easy to distinguish between the many characters.
- Feminist – This book was feminist in that it talked about women’s sexuality and the different things women want. There’s no judgement about anyone’s sex life or interests, and emphasizes that women are sexual beings. The books they read for their book club are erotic, but they don’t judge each other for enjoying or wanting to read them, and instead are empowered by the books and how some of the issues relate to their lives.
- Generational – Although the book focuses on the new members of the dirty book club, there are many mentions of the original members. The older women appear in the story every so often, and they their issues are discussed in the letters they leave in the books for the younger women. From the letters you can see the differences the women face. The older women had to be more secretive about what they read because there was more judgement from society, they also started the club because they were lonely in their homes, because there were issues they felt they could not talk about with their husbands.
- It’s about a book club – Although the book club isn’t the main focus of the story (the friendship is), it was super fun to read about the women talking about books and planning their meetings. And when they had meetings, they talked about books, but also about their lives. The book club isn’t just a place to talk about books for these women, it’s a place to talk about the difficult things going on in their lives, and sometimes the books help spark those conversations.
There were so many aspects of this story that I really enjoyed, and it was such a quick, fun read. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to read about female friendships and book clubs.