Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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Carli, a teen actress who has gone undercover at a New England boarding school in order to research a role, hooks up with a student graffiti artist to investigate the disappearance of another of the school's pupils.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION EHR
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780061131035
0061131032

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JessicaMeng9942
Sep 18, 2012

it is an okay book.
but the start is too much,and it ended way too quickly.

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emett116
Apr 16, 2012

Carli Gemz (pronounced 'Games' (aka Sheila Smith)) and Fellini Udall Newton (Fun) find themselves the subjects of a "Faustian pact" between Fun's father and the headmaster of The Winchester School of the Arts. They are, mostly unwillingly, thrown together so "Sheila" can attend a boarding school where she will be able to study delinquents to better prepare herself for a role in the new television drama Private Nights. Fun, in order to not be expelled from the school for his habit of graffiti'ing the grounds, has agreed to be her personal assistant. They find themselves in the middle of a mystery, however, that is fueled by artistic types trying on different personalities. They work together to find the school's sweetheart, Darcy Novak, who went missing the night before school began. Everyone has secrets; secrets that, should they get out, could lead to trouble. No one is innocent, but, though we know from the first few lines of the book that Darcy is recovered, how we get to that moment is a mess of finger pointing and speculation.

Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft reads like a wonderfully awful film noir. This isn't in the sense that the two narration styles, alternating between Carli and Fun, read like a film noir. It is in the sense that they are constantly speculating about "who done it". The voices are distinct, though both characters have insecurities and personal issues they must work through. There are allusions to adult situations (sex and drugs), as well as moments where some of the teenagers are smoking. There are a few swear words throughout, but nothing excessive. In a way, this book does not feel like it fits the "urban/gritty reads" genre. It feels more like a mystery with some graffiti and lots of lying thrown into the mix. That being said, I did enjoy the book. I liked the shift between the male and female narrations. I think that both male and female high school students would enjoy this book if they like stories that question authority and show that everyone has insecurities.

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