The Dirt

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Lucy Whitley cannot wait to get out of Palm Desert.

It's not a place for a frizzy-haired science nerd,

particularly when her fashion-obsessed older sister

Sloane is the...

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Lucy Whitley cannot wait to get out of Palm Desert.

It's not a place for a frizzy-haired science nerd,

particularly when her fashion-obsessed older sister

Sloane is the head of a clique of pretty girls who rule

the school -- and practically the whole town.

Fortunately, life is about to change forever. Lucy's

dad is getting re-married, and then she can transfer

to a boarding school in Connecticut, escaping all the

mean girls and the endless whispers about the

Whitley family scandal. Everything is going to be

perfect -- as long as the wedding goes smoothly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935961369
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Culwell is the author of five books. Her first novel,Hollywood Car Wash, was originally self published, then was acquired and re-released by Simon & Schuster. She is also the owner of Get Creative Pages, a consulting firm that provides marketing and website services to authors. She has written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian,, the Huffington Post, and other publications. She and her husband split time between Los Angeles and New York. You can find her at
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Good read

    This was a fun book to read. We can all relate to disfuncational families.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    I love contemporary young adult novels, so I figured I would enj

    I love contemporary young adult novels, so I figured I would enjoy reading The Dirt and I was right. The Dirt was girly, it was fun, and it was just an all around good read. I'll admit though at first I wasn't sold on the story, but the more I read the more I liked it.

    One thing I really liked about this story were that the characters were easy to relate to. My favorite character was Lucy, I thought she had a great personality and I liked that this story was told from her point of view. I could not stand Sloane's character though, she was so snobby! I don't like pretty girls who think they are better than everyone else.

    Overall, I thought this was a very entertaining read. If you like girly books that are filled with drama and secrets, you should definitely check this one out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012


    I loved this book!!!!

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    The Dirt

    When I think of snobby rich kids, I think of this family. You have one that has it all, you have one that is just there, and you have one that is funny. This is usually how it goes. And I am really glad that this book stayed with the normal take on a rich family. It kept the book interesting.

    You meet Lucy. Lucy is about to have it all! The mom that she never had, the school that she always wanted, and the vacation of a life time!!! But that is all about to be ruined because her long lost sister just walked in the door at her father’s second wedding claiming that his wife is still alive. I don’t know how I would feel about this. I mean if the love of my life ran away and never came back and then sent my long lost daughter walks in the door, I think I might be a little more then upset…. is he…. NO!! He wants to pick up where they left off. He makes the family go on vacation hiking instead of a family vacation in Paris! And that is where it really starts to go down hill.

    I think Lori did such a great job telling a story that kept me wanting more. I loved every minute of this story. I felt like the characters grew along with the story. When that happens, it really makes a story great! It was everything I expected and more!!!

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    First Impressions: I have come to find I adore the genre of Chic

    First Impressions: I have come to find I adore the genre of Chick Lit and have recently been reading many of these types of books. So when I was asked by Lori's Publicist to read and review her book I was super excited. I just love the cover of the book, so very simple and fits the story to a tee. From what I read in the blurb about the book provided for me I knew The Dirt would be a excellent fit.

    My Review: Upon opening the book and reading the first page I was hooked already. The story moved along very quickly and as I read I found there was never a dull moment throughout the book. While The Dirt is a short read with only 205 pages it surely packed a punch; leaving the reading always wanting more.

    Lucy Whitley and her two sisters, Sloane and are the talk of the town. Being rich and having wild gossip always surrounding them is part of there every day lifes. Lucy wants nothing more than to get through her Father's wedding, move away from all of drama and go to a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. Oh course nothing seems to go as planned for Lucy. When her Father and new step-mother are about to say their "I DO"S", when "someone" from the past shows up with shocking news. Now Lucy is being forced to leave for vacation with her family and the "new addition" is coming along for the ride. While what comes in the story next will blow you away. The Drama, The Deception and The Dirt makes for a thrilling read.

    I adore everything about the book from the cover to the story itself. Very fresh and unique. I loved how smooth and fast the pace of the book when. The story and the character's were very entrancing. I could not put the book down, literally. I stay awake until 1 AM to finish the book. I just found I NEEDED to know what came next and how it would end. I really enjoyed Lucy's characteristics although I did feel she was a but whiny at times. Sloane. Well she is the girl you love to hate, always at the root of all the drama and scandal's. Author Lori Culwell has written such a fun book for all ages and definitely knows how to dish out The Dirt!

    Final Thoughts: The book has beyond any doubt lived up to my expectation's. The Dirt is a true form of a Chick Lit novel. Anyone who enjoy these types of books as I do would wholeheartedly "dig" The Dirt.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Good book!

    In the words of Edward Cullen,"What's a wedding without some family drama?." DRAMA! Who doesn't love drama!! I liked that the start of this book it filled with angst.

    What I liked most about this book is the great drama. Sibling rivalry, a lost daughter and mom, and just a family trying to move on from the hurt in their lives. I adored reading from Lucy point of view seeing that she is not like her other sisters. Lucy is a great character that is coming of age to understand things. I liked that she is swayed by beauty or money.

    The plot of the book is also great! I loved seeing the sisters fight. But what I especially loved is the new sister coming in to play. I hadn't expected that!! The dirt that comes out from the family and what the family does is a good read. I like the dad is doing his best for his family. Being a single parent is hard. I loved that he remained with his family no matter what.

    This book is good drama and a fast read. If you want some family drama, good sister fighting and secrets exposed left and right, read this book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Live To Read

    Lucy Whitley is the nerd of the family. She never feels pretty or respected by her other family members and worries over being over-shadowed by Sloane, the "pretty sister." Sloane is a member of the Pretty Girl club and very mean to Lucy. She never stops reminding Lucy of her nerd status. Luckily, Lucy still have some self-esteem left as well as her two best friends. They help her through thick and thin.

    When Lucy must attend her fathers' wedding, she wants the whole debacle over with. Unfortunately, Lucy is not so lucky and leave more embarrassed than ever before. What happened to Lucy and what will she do now?

    Lucy's character is OK. She is a little too wimpy, the reader will wish for her to stick up for herself. Her sisters can be cruel as sisters sometimes are. Sloane is probably the worst, she is shockingly stuck-up. The reader will be rooting for Lucy throughout the book. There are some surprises that will make the reader turn the page back and ask him/herself "did that really just happen?" The author writes from the vantage point of a teenage girl and succeeds admirably. This book would be appreciated by young adults/teens.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

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    Review Of The Dirt By Lori Culwell

    I highly enjoyed reading The Dirt By Lori Culwell. She wrote a great story about a family of four sister's from the perspective of one of them Luck Whitley. It captured my attention from the very first page which actually consisted of e-mails between the family. I enjoyed that because it made the book somehow more real if that makes sense. Lucy Whitley is the nerdy sister of the group. She has a low opinion of herself because she feels her sister Sloane it the "pretty" sister. Her sister belongs to a super secret society of girls called the Pretty Girls or PG for short. Therefore her sister is a raging terror in and out of school. Lucy has two best friends Finch and Dylan. They are more like sister's then friends and they vow to never be PG (even if anyone would actually ask At the start of this book they are getting ready to go to the wedding of their father and his girlfriend Lisa. Lisa seems to be the typical soon-to-be stepmother. She would like to erase all signs of a family before she got their and create her new starter family. Although Lucy doesn't really want her dad to marry Lisa she supports him in the hopes of going to a boarding school in Connecticut called Darlington. Lucy feels this is the best way to escape her sister Sloane, being teased at school and the whole "Whitney Family Scandal". But something happens at the wedding that turns Lucy's whole world upside down. I would really love to tell you more BUT I feel you need to read what happens at the wedding for you to really enjoy what goes on in the rest of the story. This book kind of reminded me of the Lindsay Lohan movie Mean Girls (LOVED that movie). If all Lori's books are as great as this one sign me up to read them all. On a scale from 1-10 I give The Dirt a big 10. If you are looking for a great story with radically different siblings, a fast paced story, "mean girl" type antics, and of course a great guy you MUST READ The Dirt. Everyone needs to go out right now and pick themselves up a copy and learn what it really means to be a Whitney.

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