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The Scorpion's Sweet Venom: The Diary of a Brazilian Call Girl Hardcover – Feb 2007

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Bruna Surfistinha is the pseudonym of a twenty-something Brazilian prostitute who attracted the attention of Brazilian media and television by publishing on her weblog,, her sexual experiences with clients. She lives in Sao Paolo.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Decent erotic memoir, could have been better... March 11 2007
By Psycheguy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bruna Surfistinha, AKA Rachel Pacheco, has written a 167 page very explicit memoir of her days as a teenage prostitute. It is a quick read and her stories do indeed leave little to the imagination. The author details how she ran away from home at age 17 after a falling out with her parents, specifically her father. She reportedly retired from the 'world's oldest profession' at age 21 and met her current BF while pacticing her trade...

She became known as Bruna the Surfer Girl via her online blog, which is still available. Reportedly she wants to study psycholgy -- interesting choice. She juxtaposes writing about life with her parents before she ran away and her adventures as a prostitute after running least for the first half of the book. The second half is devoted to her various sexual adventures, and there have been many as one might imagine. Some of the stories are certainly 'peculiar,' some are rather funny, and some are just sad.

She includes an appendix entitled "Bruna's 15 Commandments" which certainly are intersting...she also has another appendix on "Girl's Tips On How to Spice Up Your Sex Life" which are fairly accurate (for the most part) in my own opinion.

I would concur with the other review in that the writing does leave something to be desired, or at least the translation does...yes, the book can be titillating though there are plenty of books out there to satisfy that is a quick, fun read if this is what you are seeking (if very explicit writing about a lot of non-traditional sexual behaviors/acts is not your thing, then you probably want to skip this one). On the other hand, if you enjoy erotic memoirs, this one is worth a read...and you might want to check out her ongoing blog as well.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rule, Britannia. Britannia, Rule the Page April 28 2009
By William Wilson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Seventeen year old leaves bourgeois domesticity and hypocrisy for independent life and adventure. I'm not panning this book because of anything Ms. Pacheco/Surfistinha wrote but because its publisher (British) elected to translate it into British English and it's this same translation that is foisted upon American readers here. Constantly running into oddball, provincial, limey colloquialisms cuts this book off at the knees every time it tries to get started. Scenes that are supposed to be--and in the original text I suspect are--sexy, or explicit, or poignant or all three, fall as flat and flaccid as John Cleese and Michael Palin trying to reenact their long dead Monty Python parrot gag on SNL what-odd decades after they performed the original for BBC Television. The only thing more pathetic and futile than the forced laughter the audience tried to offer those two degraded, toothless anachronisms is the unfortunate reader trying to sludge his or her way through this morass of British mollases (or treacle?) to find the Brazilian girl buried beneath it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Single Minded Oct. 13 2007
By A. Trzewik - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I praise the book, and what it's trying to do but I thought it to be one dimensional, and without any debth. She spoke of being a messed up kid even tho she had a good family, and then the rest of the book was just sex. She spoke of what she did but rarely of how she felt. I instead recommend Call Girl by Jeannette Angell.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and Sexy Read Feb. 20 2008
By Tracey Macomber - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think the Critics are Writing Too Harsh of Reviews. The Book is An Easy Read and Keeps you Entertained. It Gives Curious People the Insite to Prostitution and Satisfies Curiousity. I Enjoyed It and My Boyfriend is Finally Interested in Reading a Book Finally (after I read him a few pages of Bruna's Story). Book Definently Turns You On.

It Take Courage to do what She Did and to Share Your Life of Prostitution with Millions of Others. I'm Happy for Her and I Hope She Does Well.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Decent erotic memoir July 29 2013
By B. Wolinsky - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can see why this would be popular in Brazil, but I doubt anyone would care here. First off it's a very short book, and I read it in an hour. Secondly, Brunha blames her parents for everything. She goes from spoiled rich kid to kleptomaniac to drug using kleptomaniac to high class whore. Her father may have been a horrible man, but let's face it, this girl was looking to make easy cash. At least she liked what she did.