Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper Paperback – Dec 28 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Don't get me wrong, it is a good read but if it was me I would have put in so much more detail.
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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