Book Review – The Dirty Book Club

Posted November 13, 2017 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

Book Review – The Dirty Book ClubThe Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
Published by Gallery Books on October 10, 2017
Genres: Womens Fiction
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.


The Dirty Book Club is about friendship, love and healing.  I loved this book!

In The Dirty Book Club we are introduced to two groups of girlfriends. Gloria, Dot, Liddy and Marjorie have been best friends since childhood in the small town of Pearl Beach, California. They are the founders of The Dirty Book Club. It’s 1962 and a time when women were housewives and mothers, making sacrifices as society expected them to. By reading erotic books the women embark on discovering themselves and find the courage to break societies standards and follow their heart. Flash forward to present day, M.J. leaves New York when she is betrayed by her boss. Moving to Pearl Beach to live with her boyfriend Dan is a big change from her life in New York, but meeting her neighbor Gloria has made the move bearable. That is until Gloria moves to Paris. But Gloria gives M.J. a mysterious invitation to a secret club and meets three other women, Addie, Britt and Jules.  The hand-selected club members are strangers but as they follow The Dirty Book Club rules they open up and form a friendship that they desperately needed.

From the first chapter I was hooked and could not put this book down. The women were fun and a group I would love to hang around with. When times were tough they were supportive and helped in the healing process. I enjoyed how the author wove the two generations together, with the book selections and their letters, in a special way of bridging the past and the present. Even though Gloria and MJ were apart, I still felt their connection growing stronger.

This is my first book from author Lisi Harrison and it won’t be my last.  The Dirty Book Club had me laughing and crying, and touched my heart with the friendship of these women. I recommend this to fans of women’s fiction and stories of powerful bonds of friendship.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.


Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Lisi Harrison

Lisi Harrison worked at MTV Networks in New York City for twelve years. She left her position as senior director of development in 2003 to write The Clique series which sold more than eight million copies and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two hundred weeks, with ten titles hitting #1 and foreign rights sold in thirty-three countries. The Alphas was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and Monster High was an instant bestseller. Her latest YA series is the Pretenders and her first adult novel, The Dirty Book Club comes out 10.10.17. Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California, and has been a proud member of her own dirty book club since 2007.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 New Release Challenge


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