The Winchester School of the Arts, nicknamed "The Laundromat" because it's where better schools send their "dirty laundry." Get kicked out of Exeter, Hotchkiss, or Choate? End up at Winchester.
Carli, a gorgeous pigtailed Hollywood actress going undercover at Winchester to research her role.
Fun (short for Fellini Udall Newport), an embittered senior and graffiti artist who was almost expelled--until his dad (and a lot of money) convinced the headmaster to let him work off his crime as Carli's assistant.
Beautiful, talented senior Darcy Novak, one of the least screwed-up people at Winchester, has disappeared.
As Carli and Fun discover each other's hidden talents, there's a villain setting them up. Can they save Darcy--and themselves--or will they wash out?
Pretty Good Book That Kept Me Second-Guessing Myself
By Daniel Ehrenhaft
Pub. Date: December 2008
3.5 out of 5 stars
R - Profanity, Sexual References, Sexual Humor, and Violence
While going undercover to research for her new TV show, Carli least expected to get caught up in a mystery. But when a girl goes missing, Carli cant even think of standing aside. If the cops arent going to take it seriously, someone else needs too.
Fun isnt happy with the arrangement. He doesnt want to baby-sit a Hollywood brat, but if he wants to graduate he has to be Carlis assistant. While Carli creates ideas of her own, Fun cant help but harbor his own suspicions.
Neither of them planned to investigate a kidnapping. Neither were they prepared to face the outcome of their snooping&
Dirty Laundry was a pretty good book that I hope leads to a possible series, if not sequel.
Instead of describing the setting and characters as bad, I think a more appropriate word is icky They thought icky thoughts. They lived in icky rooms. They took part in icky activities. And some people were just icky, both physically and mentally. I believe the author wrote it that way purposefully and it did suit the story plot. I would have preferred it differently, but it worked out well.
From the beginning I had the bad guy pegged, but throughout the book I was forced to second-guess myself. The evidence was contradictory and the words sly and deceiving. Dirty Laundry is one of the few books that took a common problem and setting, but didnt annoy me with its regularity.
The writing format and character voices were sloppy, but just quirky and funny enough to pull it off.
Im hoping Dirty Laundry is just the beginning to a series or at least a planned sequel in the works. Yes, it could do fine as a stand alone but its plot and characters could easily live on in a few more books. That would enable a more gratifying goodbye.
Date Reviewed: March 30th, 2009
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Both characters, Carli and Fun, did not have a lot of depth in their personalities and character-wise. They were both like 2D characters and I was not particularly fond of either one of them.
Sure, the plot itself was fairly interesting but because the writing style irked me, I wasnt able to thoroughly enjoy the storyline. I liked the idea of an actress going undercover to research her role and having an undercover assistant to guide her along the way. I hated how Carli kept comparing herself to Sheila, the role she was to play, and it wasnt until the second half of the book did she finally stop comparing every other page. I am also tired of the whole prep school theme that has been going on for who-knows-how-long and thats also probably why I disliked Dirty Laundry. I dont mind reading them but after a number of the same types of books&I mean, a girls gotta have some choices, right?
The ending also was shot. Dirty Laundry definitely didnt have a very strong ending and it just basically made the whole book go down the toilet. So in case if you havent noticed, I did not have such a high opinion on this book.