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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper [Paperback]

Diablo Cody
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Jan. 2 2007
Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of “Dave’s Book Club 2006,” Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source— amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn’t take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill.

This is Diablo’s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen’s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer’s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

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Why, you might ask, would a healthy, college-educated young woman start stripping for a living, when she could work in a nice, clean office? Cody, now an arts editor for Minneapolis's alternative weekly, had spent her whole life (all 24 years) "choking on normalcy, decency and Jif sandwiches with the crusts amputated." When she moved from Chicago to Minnesota to live with the new boyfriend she'd found on the "World Wide Waste of Time," she took a job at an ad agency—a setup with good "porn shui" (desk well angled for undetected online porn surfing) but not much else. Attracted by a local bar's amateur stripping contest, Cody soon moved from stage stripping to lap dancing, from tableside to bedside customer service and, finally, peep-show sex. Removing her clothes and dry-humping strangers in sex clubs had become her way of escaping premature respectability. Quite inexplicably, her boyfriend was completely cool with her new occupation, even joining her on occasional sex jaunts. When the inevitable burnout set in, Cody switched to phone sex, until that, too, got old, and the 9-to-5 straight world beckoned. Cody's so alarmingly entertaining, readers will wish the book were longer, though they'll be glad it ends before anything really ugly happens.
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A copy typist by day in Minnesota, Cody was hardly a likely candidate for entering an amateur stripping contest. But her curiosity got the best of her and, encouraged by her boyfriend, enter she did. The contest left her with an increased curiosity about the profession, and Cody decided to take an evening job stripping at Schieks, a local club. There Cody learns the ins and outs of stripping--how to catch a client's attention, how much the house takes, how some nights are highly profitable and others leave a stripper in debt to the club. Eventually Cody outgrows Schieks and moves on to Deja Vu, a bigger club that's much faster paced. A promotion at her day job forces her to give up stripping temporarily, but before long she's back in the adult entertainment business, this time stripping behind glass in an emporium. Cody's lively romp through the adult entertainment business is bound to appeal to those wanting a peek inside the inner workings of the sex industry. Kristine Huntley
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Have High Expectations... May 7 2008
I had read a few reviews for this book before I ordered it and they were quite mixed. Some people really loved, others thought it fell short. I fall into the latter category and perhaps it was because my expectations were too high.

The writing style gets annoying quickly with the constant overuse of similes. As I was reading it, the first thing that came to my mind was, "If you're going to write a book about your experience as a stripper, tell the naked truth (as it were). Don't leave out certain details because you're obviously now embarrassed by them." If you're looking for a more raw book regarding a woman's experience in the sex trade industry (stripping, etc), I would recommend Jenna Jameson's book "How To Make Love Like A Porn Star". It's far better than Diablo Cody's memoir.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial April 4 2010
By Claire
Diablo Cody has sparked my interest but ultimately left me disappointed with this work. While the novel does not make for a bad read, for me it just lacked any real insight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read Nov. 2 2010
I really enjoyed this book. I don't want to write much as you should check it out. It has its funny moments but I just feel given the subject there was potential for so much more.

Don't get me wrong, it is a good read but if it was me I would have put in so much more detail.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be shocked... Aug. 2 2011
This book was surprisingly entertaining. I had been concerned that it was going to be some sob-story woe-is-me tale about a woman trapped in a lifestyle. It is actually quite the opposite of that. The author claims to have gone into stripping of her own free will - and not ostensibly to write this book either - this is actually the only part of the whole book that I didn't feel was true. I can understand going "undercover" to get all the dirty details with the intent of exposing it, but her rationale is that she was "rebelling". I just didn't believe her motivations - women don't enter the sex trade to rebel. And I don't believe her relationship with her boyfriend either - she can go rub up on strangers all night and he's okay with that? yeah...

Anyway, the author's motivations aside, it's a very interesting and fast story. There are some very funny parts, and some very disturbing parts, and I'm pleased that I read it.

WHAT!!! There's porn and foul language and depictions of obscene behaviors in a book about the porn industry!!??? What a shocker!

(Did we really expect it to be a "wholesome" stripper story? Really?)
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First book from Dave's book club! April 9 2006
By Robin
I'm awaiting my copy, so I haven't read it yet. Watching 'Diablo' (or Brooke) chatting with Dave Letterman certainly made me want to read her book. I do like a gutsy, confident woman, pink fishnet notwithstanding. Robin
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