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Pretty Little Dirty

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Lisa sees the life of her gorgeous best friend Celeste as just about perfect: she has a gigantic house, two older sisters to coach her through the hazards of high school, and loving, lively parents. As Lisa's own home has long been a place devoid of joyful noise—her mother has shut herself off in her bedroom for years—Lisa joins the Diamond household, slipping into their routine of sit-down suppers and soaking in the delicious normalcy of Diamond family life. But what begins as the story of two young women living a charmed adolescence, one of mastering dance moves and the protocols of male-female interaction, soon swirls into an intoxicating novel of art, music, and self-destructive impulses as Lisa and Celeste dare each other ever onward.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 06, 2006 – Girlhood friends bolt from their innocence with a mixture of eagerness, ignorance and regret in this winning coming-of-age saga, told with candor and aptitude. In 1976, Lisa and Celeste move, from Chicago and New York respectively, to Kansas City, Mo., and enter sixth grade. Celeste is a blinding beauty; Lisa, who narrates, jumps readily into the welcome of Celeste's picture-perfect family, eager to efface her own dark home life. The girls mark every milestone together, from wilderness camp and first kisses to dances, drinks and loss of virginity. By the middle of high school, boys, and the real power a girl might wield over them, spawn ravenous sexual appetites in both. Their search for new summer conquests leads them to the edgy world of older art school students and '80s punk rock, each experiment with sex and drugs opening a new door onto another. Celeste and Lisa turn down paths marked by danger signs visible from a great distance, yet Lisa's voice is absolutely immediate. Shocking in its casual erotic frankness and enlightening in its drawing of shallow relationships, this novel gets the complexity of childhood friendships dead right, as well as their importance in shaping who one becomes.

Customer Reviews

Probably the best book I've ever read.

It's almost hard to put into words how great Pretty Little Dirty is. I stumbled upon this book and I've read it over 20 times. I've loaned this book to so many close girlfriends, and EACH ONE loved this just as much as I did. This coming-of-age book kicks all other coming-of-age books out there. You become lost in the characters and I pray this turns into a movie someday soon! This book seems to break all the rules of teen books. Beautifully written and strangely familiar parts, you almost see yourself in these amazing, scary and crazy situations. These parts stick with you for the rest of your life. This book takes you out of your world. Celeste's beauty grips you, Lisa and Celeste's friendship is admirable and these best friends stick together in this crazy life they fell gladly into. This book surprises the hell out of you. Truly, truly amazingly daring book. Period. You will not be disappointed.

Pretty Little Dirty
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Mar 14, 2006
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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