I'll tell you guys beforehand that this could be a not so objective review since it’s really been awhile since I received my copy of this and read. The story was not totally hazy but you know, I can’t remember everything and with that I learn my lesson which is to never ever prolong writing reviews! Lazy bones get away!
Now, on to my review…You did it again Jennifer Echols!
You once again brought to me one of a kind Young Adult story.
From the Nashville setting to the country music to its amazing characters! Happy dance!
After my not so good experience in reading Levitating Las Vegas, I'm waiting for another kicking comeback from Jennifer Echols and I could say Dirty Little Secret definitely rocks it! With a rebellious protagonist, its relationship to a young-country musician - it’s ups downs and everything in between and a show of the country music scene.
Bailey is our rebellious protagonist. The rebellious but talented fiddle player whose talents are overshadowed by her sister’s shining career. I do like how her character was built - it’s not perfect at all. She’s full of wrong paths and choices making her a realistic character. Yes, her choices would totally get to you most of the time coz it’s wrong – totally wrong, but at the end of it all I think we all know where she's coming from and why she keeps on making those sucky decisions.
Sam is our young-country musician. I'm telling you guys he's one hard piece of puzzle to solve! I like him most of the times but I think he just does and says things too drastically. His firm and ambitious side definitely didn’t add up to his nice set of qualities. But he's really sweet and always knows the right things to say at the right moment so who could I complain with that? I'm too easy to be swayed by sweetness.
The musical parts of it was a big and great part to the story. We get to see not only the beautiful and sparkling side of country music but also its mishaps.
The things that are a bit off for me here is the fact that Bailey's parents are sort of made the villain in the story. I can't grasp how they could seem to disregard their other daughter because of the other's stardom. I don’t think they did it internationally but you know, it’s too bad for the other that is left. There are also a lot of cliché situations and things could get a little bit overboard and overused but altogether it seems to work well here somehow.
It was not perfect but I’m glad that the Jennifer Echols magic is back on this story. Loose ends were properly tied – story wise and it was overall an enjoyable read.*Thanks to Edelweiss and MTV Books for providing advanced copy for review.*