Dirty Little Secret - Jennifer Echols *Genre* Contemporary*Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*From the age of 7, until 17, Bailey and Julie Mayfield were pretty much inseparable. Their parent's dragged them to every Bluegrass festival in the country hoping to catch the eye of fame and fortune. Bailey as the older sister played fiddle and wrote the songs, while Julie sang and played guitar. With Julie being treated like royalty by unscrupulous record execs and parents who have no idea what the world no means; Bailey is being told by her parents to be quiet, do not play music in public, stay out of the public eye, stay off any sort of social networking, don't admit that you are related in anyway to Julie, and above all, move in with your Granddad, behave, and don't use your real name or you will lose any chance at going to college.I have all sorts of feelings after finishing Dirty Little Secret. My first feeling was after reading this statement "It made no sense that my parents had collared me like a dog and tied me to the side of my Granddad’s house with a bowl of water and a dirty rawhide bone.” You really need to read this story in order to understand the implication and seriousness of the comment itself. In my opinion, although it was a bit extreme and harsh, in reality, it was also entirely appropriate after Bailey's parents treated her exactly like she was a dog or worse in rushing Julie into a record contract while telling Bailey to sit down, shut up, or worse yet, disappear entirely from the media who, if they got a hold of the acts by said unscrupulous record execs and parents, would throw a very public fit. I could understand Bailey's acting out, including cutting off her hair and changing the color, and not wanting anything to do with either parent. Is Bailey the perfect character? Not really. But, if you take a further look into Bailey's situation and what led to her acting out, I think you will give her a break or two. Bailey does make some silly mistakes and one of them is Sam Hardiman and the fact that she becomes a walking contradiction in young adult contemporary novels. The negatives for me were, of course, the parent's and even Granddad's inflexibility in allowing Bailey to continue doing what she loves; playing music. I have never liked a book where the parents have taken a preferential treatment of one child over another. I really didn't much care for Julie throughout most of the book, but I do understand that most of the difficulties faced by Bailey were her parent's doing. Julie, like, Bailey, was trying to follow her dreams and was lead astray in not wanting to disappoint her parents. In the end, I think Bailey finally understood this as well and it's pretty obvious that she holds no resentment towards Julie becoming a major success while she lingers in obscurity. The next negative comes right off the bat when Sam and Bailey meet, they kiss, and the next thing you know they are nearly having sex. Sam is a male whore. All you have to do is read the number of actual girlfriends he has had, and you question every single one of his motives, and demands when it comes to Bailey being part of his band. Sam was also a total asshat when he learned who Bailey's sister was. Talk about major intensive manipulation! I could go on, and on about the insta-attraction factor, the fact that Bailey doesn't understand the world walk away, or the fact that Sam pretty much uses her for his own gains in attempting to make his band reach the ultimate pinnacle of success and still Bailey finds it hard to keep away from Sam. But I think this one example says it all:"Are you going to ask your family to try to get an in for our band?" "No." "Then we can't be together."Truth in reviewing, this is my first novel of any kind I've read by Jennifer Echols. I did like the overall concept and setting of Nashville, Tennessee although I'm not a true fan of country music like my parents are. I liked the fact that she attempts to shine the spotlight on the music industry itself and the ways and means they go about sinking their claws into would be singers and using them as they see fit. Think of American Idol. In retrospective, I probably need to go back and read Such a Rush, and possibly Levitating Las Vegas to see how she brings together her story line and characters, and whether or not they are all a hot mess, or there are characters I will come to enjoy following and caring about.*Recvd via Edelweiss 03/07/2013* Expected publication: July 16th 2013 by MTV Books