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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

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not for everyone

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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It's only okay

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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Candy Girl?

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.<br/><br/>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.

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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.

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  • Shane
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 08-20-11

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.

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  • Diane
  • United States
  • 04-08-11

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 5 people found this review helpful

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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 7 people found this review helpful

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This is nothing like Juno, and that's a GOOD thing.

Even though I'd owned and read the paperback edition of this book nearly a decade ago, when I saw that there was an audio version of Diablo Cody's deep-dive into the MPLS stripper scene, I HAD to get it. #noregrets I'm a sucker for a diary-style read and tend to gravitate towards tales that discuss the, uh, not-so-conventional-experiences-and-pastimes of women around my age (I'm 26, but also super boring by comparison,) but I like my lit to be equal parts smart and shocking. Candy Girl perfectly achieves that ratio. Listening to stories like this can occasionally get a little awkward, but I found Natalie Moore's narration to be perfectly straight-forward and totally entertaining to listen to...even when Cody was discussing strip club "extras" and giving cd-length lap, no no, BED dances in the champagne room. How she managed to achieve the totally non-cringey recounting I'm not totally sure, but I was here for it. If you're a memoir junkie who's into semi-sordid stories and love a good detail, download Candy Girl, because Diablo goes there.

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Not great; just ok

Interesting experiences shared but not a likable character. Her phraseology was overdone. Explaining her upbringing in the last chapter made it seem like it was added hastily since that very important detail was left out. It was read well though.

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Dope ❤️

Written so well, so fuckin funny. Told in such a perfect way. Must read for sure ❤️