They said write what you know so that's what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it's not me who's lying, it's them.
Our story isn't for everyone. It's not even for us.
So if you're looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You've got a hold of the wrong book. This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and "try new things" and then pull it out and decide... #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I'm making one promise with this book.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.
Umm... What? That pretty much sums up my thoughts all the way through this bizarre story. I understood what this odd mix of people remembered from their senior year of college - the things they did, the things they were forced to do, the way it brought them all together. What I didn't get was why. For the majority of the story, the focus is on which of them wrote The Dirty Ones and for most of that time, I kept wondering why they didn't just read it and go from there. Instead, we get a jumble of "memories" with some steam thrown in. Speaking of steam, I expected there to be a lot of it and the book does have its share, but timing is everything and a lot of the sexcapades were way off on that. To give just one example without spoilers: one minute this group is in a room together trying to figure out who has exposed them all and the next, three of them are locked in another room going at each other with a frenzy. I can appreciate a scorching scene as well as anyone, but a little context and connection to the characters is also an important aspect, both of which were lacking here. We do finally get answers to the many questions that arise, including who wrote the book. Let me note here that this is what kept me reading in hopes of clearing up the confusion and making some sense of it all. However, the answers are as convoluted as the rest and so completely over the top that I was left thoroughly disappointed with the whole thing. From the high ratings I've seen, I realize that I'm in the minority here, and maybe this one just missed the mark with me, but it is what it is. I love dark and twisted stories, but this one just didn't do it for me.