Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret

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.

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.

Eighteen-year-old Bailey has issues—and not just that she’s lying to her grandfather about playing fiddle in a Nashville bar. There’s how her younger sister Julie’s recording contract makes her family terrified that Bailey will mess the deal up. And why Bailey is acting out. And the way everyone seems mad at her, even Julie. Bailey’s parents don’t want her playing gigs at all, but when they leave her with her grandfather so they can tour with Julie, she lands a job playing old country songs in cheesy costumes at a local mall. That’s where she meets Sam. . . .

Sam doesn’t plan to spend his life playing backup at the mall for his alcoholic dad. He intends to take his high school garage band to the big time, and when he hears Bailey play, he knows she’s what he wants.

Bailey isn’t 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. And yet, suddenly, her life is no longer about what might have been, and a whole lot about what could be. . . .
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451658064 | 
  • July 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Dirty Little Secret includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

Bailey Mayfield is in trouble. After a high school graduation party, she got in a car accident that’s put her on probation with her parents. They sentence her to spend the summer before college working with her grandfather with one rule: No playing in bands.
 
At first, Bailey is going to stick to her word. But when her grandfather gets her a gig playing at the local mall and he vows to stick up for her if her parents find out, she convinces herself this one infraction of her parents' no-bands rule is okay. Then she falls head over fiddle for the sexy Sam Hardiman, a singer with a band of his own. Soon they’re playing on the Nashville circuit, where, Bailey says, “a country legend might drop in and change our lives with one phone call.” Ultimately, Bailey is presented with a choice: her love, her music, or her family.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. Early on, Bailey writes the costumer for the mall band “was way too polite to be baited into admitting my look was th see more

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Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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