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Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

One of the funniest books I have ever read would definitely be Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant. It’s about a popular girl named Betsy who has just finished high school but has also lost her boyfriend and most of her friends. Betsy thinks she’s going to have a terrible summer but then she meets Dolores, who is very quirky and not like her old friends. During the summer they begin a cleaning business and through a lot of funny events, Betsy grows as a person.

My favourite character in this book would have to be Dolores. She said and did some pretty outrageous things throughout the story, but the best part about her was she was always fun. Dolores always planned new things for Betsy and her to do together resulting in Betsy coming out of her shell again. At the same time, she was also human. I found her much more relatable than Betsy because she had her flaws but also owned up to them.

Another great thing about this book is its location; the characters actually live right in Halifax. A lot of books are about characters from the States or from Europe, so it was a nice change reading about places close to home. In a way, it was like seeing those places through a different lens since it was Grant’s perspective. It was kind of interesting to read about things I never even noticed about these places, like downtown Halifax for example.

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My favourite part in the book was during one of Betsy’s and Dolores’ cleaning jobs. They only had one night to clean the entire house and had to work quickly, so instead of mops they dumped a bucket of water on the floor and pulled each other across to clean it. It was a pretty funny scene in the novel.


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If you like books like An Abundance of Katherines or The Carrie Diaries, I think this book would be great for you. If you want to check it out, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret is available at Halifax Public Libraries.


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