Monday, January 19, 2015

Review- Dirty London by Kelley York

Goodreads Summary:

All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.

Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body convinced they're hooking up...and a lot of girls aren't happy about it. Now she's been dubbed "Dirty London." Rumors are flying about her inability to keep her clothes on, and London is pretty sure she's developing a crush on the one girl who sees through it all. 

If she could admit why stealing boyfriends is the last thing on her mind—not to mention find out what's going on with Jasmine and her rapidly disappearing psych medications—her life would be a much brighter place. But if her and Wade's truth gets out, and if she doesn't find a way to help her sister, London faces losing a lot more than her obscurity.


As I write this review, I barely remember the story of Kelley York's Dirty London. I started reading the book with lots of enthusiasm and excitement, but when I got to the second half, my pace somehow slowed down and from then on, I just have a faint idea of what I read. The most important point, however, is that it was not the book, but me. I was way too occupied to give the book my hundred percent. Nevertheless, what I read and remember was simply too good. 

Unlike other Kelley York books that I have read and loved for the sole reason that someone dies in each book, Dirty London is the exact opposite. The author says herself that no death in the book is really "weird" for her. And it was the same for me. I waited, and waited, and waited. But no death came. What did happen in Dirty London, contrary to other Kelley York books, is life. Life happened at the end of it, and life tried to happen throughout it. 

Like I have said before, my memory of what I read is not too the sharpest. But from the strain that I am putting on it, I do remember that London, the protagonist, her sister Jasmine, her mother, her friend Wade and her new found friend and lover Amber really stood out as characters. Even secondary characters were well developed and superbly portrayed. To top it all off, the story revolved around a school play and incidents of abuse hidden underneath all the drama. I found the book to be depressing, yes, but in a very rebellious and strong way. Also, for a F/F romance, the first that I read by Kelley York, the chemistries were auite sizzling. 

Dirty London was a fantastic and fabulous read that I really enjoyed. I only wish I had given it less time to finish and more time to think over. But keeping all that aside, as with any Kelley York book- although not with the same intensity as others- this one rocked too. 


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