Dirty Little Secret has won the Alabama Library Association's YA Author Award for 2014!
It also won the Young Adult/New Adult category of the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers, and the Young Adult category of the Golden Quill from Desert Rose Romance Writers of America. It is a finalist in the Booksellers Best Award from Greater Detroit RWA.
"Taylor Swift fans are sure to go for Echols’s latest, a countrified romance with stand-out characters.”— RT Book Reviews
"Energetic music scenes with girly jealousy, self-doubt, and revelations from a likable, relatable protagonist.” – Publishers Weekly
From the author of Such a Rush, a “real page-turner” (Seventeen), comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.
I was being given the chance to do the one thing I wanted most in the world. The chance was presented to me by a guy so gorgeous, he turned my skin to fire when he touched me. And joining a band was the one thing I was most forbidden to do, the thing that would ruin my future forever.
There are too many secrets in eighteen-year-old Bailey’s life. Not just the obvious one: that she told her grandfather she was going on a date, and instead is playing fiddle in a Nashville bar. There’s all the stuff that makes it worse. Like how her younger sister Julie was offered a recording contract, and her family is terrified that Bailey is going to mess the deal up. Like the way that Bailey has been acting out. Like the way they’re all mad at her, even Julie.
Bailey’s parents don’t want her playing any gigs at all, but when they leave her with her grandfather in Nashville for the summer so they can tour with Julie, he lands her a music job that’s beneath the radar, playing old country songs in cheesy costumes at a local mall. That’s where she meets Sam...
Sam’s got big plans that don’t include playing back-up while his alcoholic dad scratches out a living as a Johnny Cash sound-alike. He intends to take his high school garage band to the big time, and as soon as he hears Bailey play, he knows she’s just what he wants. That really ticks off Charlotte, the drummer for the band and Sam’s ex-girlfriend, while bass guitarist Ace just wants to keep everyone happy.
Bailey isn’t at all sure where she stands with this boy who has a lust for music and life, and who may or may not have a lust for her. Something tells her that with Sam, there could always be a catch. And yet, suddenly, her life is no longer about what might have been, and a whole lot about where she will choose to go.
Published by MTV Books/Gallery, a division of Simon & Schuster.
ISBNs: Hardcover, 9781451658033; paperback, 9781451658040; ebook, 9781451658064.
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By popular demand, here's a playlist for Dirty Little Secret. Some of the songs are mentioned in the novel. Some are just songs I love and listened to while writing the book. I'm sorry that you have to sign up for Spotify if you're going to listen here. (It doesn't cost anything. Just push the play button and the site will open.) You can also scroll the list and listen to these great songs elsewhere.