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Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper | [Diablo Cody]

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

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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Publisher's Summary

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 24, 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.

©2006 Diablo Cody; (P)2008 Penguin Audio

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-28-11
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-28-11 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Prefer a 3.5 if I could"

    I didn't know what to expect when choosing this book and frankly only considered this title since it was offered at a very low cost. And I must admit... my curiosity took over.
    Overall I was pleasantly surprised.
    Ms. Cody illustrates a slice of this foreign world with sharp-witted humor. She conveyed tolerance and at times compassion for her fellow sex workers. And with clever wit she expressed a wide range of thoughts and feelings towards the men who paid for her services. To say that this author has an open mind is an understatement . I think I identified with Ms. Cody in the sense that her insatiable curiosity drew her to this profession. I found it refreshing as she described her love and admiration for her partner, specifically I liked how she admires him for the kind of dedicated father he is to his little daughter. I finished this book really liking Ms. Cody. Overall I am glad I chose this for a quick and non-complicated listen. It is a fun book and yes I agree, not for everyone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 04-08-11
    Diane United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I don't buy it"

    Something doesn't sit well with this story. I don't buy the whole premise. The book, whose author repeatedly refers to herself as a "dork", reads like a pornographic magazine. If she's such a nice and innocent girl, then why all the trash talk? And if she's really trashy, then why pretend not to be?

    I did learn something about the strip scene, but the story's incongruity left me with doubts about the author's integrity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie A. Archibald usa 06-02-09

    Postal Bunny

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    The story of a smart girl who is drawn into exotic dancing and her return to life away from it. Self discovery and comic relief make the story interesting.

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    stephen Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-25-13
    stephen Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but more as an example: how not to write descriptions.


    Has Candy Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I would think twice about another Cody book.


    Did Natalie Moore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I really liked the performance.


    Was Candy Girl worth the listening time?

    Yeah, it's short enough to be okay.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Taylor Broken Arrow, OK 07-09-12
    R. Taylor Broken Arrow, OK 07-09-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you like best about Candy Girl? What did you like least?

    The story was a new twist on the stripper/prostitute angle. This girl was not forced into the life or led there by some male taking advantage of her. She went because she tried it and became addicted, according to the story.

    I didn't think the reader was as bad as many said. There was not a lot of inflection in the voice, but I guess I overlooked that.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Natalie Moore?

    probably


    Could you see Candy Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NOPE! I would not be watching it anyway if they made it. Not opposed to sex in movies, nor to some degree, not opposed to movies about sex. I just think this is a poor venue for it. I would get really tired of watching her and her friends do pole dances and masterbation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-20-11
    Shane Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Provacative and Interesting"

    I found the behind the scenes operations of strip clubs to be fascinating. Listened to this on one long flight. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-05-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-05-11 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Interesting and funny/gross insights"

    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. Oh, and as can be expected in a book about the porn industry, there are graphic details and foul language throughout.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Speedway, IN, United States 02-26-14
    Pam Speedway, IN, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you listen to Candy Girl again? Why?

    yes and I have, just loved it.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed through a lot of it


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it so good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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