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Publisher's Summary

The true story of a young woman who funded herself through college in the States by working as a dominatrix - a sassy, graphic, and extraordinary memoir.

Shawna Kenney is now a freelance writer and photographer, and lives in Los Angeles.

©2001 Shawna Kenney (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Domination made endearing

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

The narrator was fantastic. She let the story tell itself without interfering with the plot. I could actually hear the author through her narration, and that's normally what I look for in audiobooks.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The tampon tea stirrers, among a few other grotesque things. This is one of very few books I had to put down because I was actually nauseous.

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Despite some occasional nausea, this was actually a great book and a fantastically interesting story. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who's not super squeamish and is comfortable with reading about alternative lifestyles.

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Not as bad as it might sound.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Was a Teenage Dominatrix?

Well… the scat scene was gross but told in a funny way.

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She performed the characters very well.

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

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came away amused,if not shocked at what some people like to do for "fun".

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Overall, the story was detailed and entertaining. It would've been nice to hear more of her life outside of work, but that's just my opinion. I'd read this again. Don't listen while eating.

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Realistic!

What did you love best about I Was a Teenage Dominatrix?

It read like a true story from someone who had really done it all, and not become sucked into the crappy side of that world.

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Flexible Hours, Plenty of Time for Homework

This is one of the best sex work memoirs I've read. I couldn't stop listening.

From a working-class childhood, Shawna made her way into college supporting herself with odd jobs. She answered an ad for a dominatrix, and ended up with a lot to learn in a short period of time. She tells you all about being in power at such a young age, and bending the rules to fit her needs and capabilities.

Shawna's voice is distinct: humorous and true. She tells her story like she's sitting right next to you.

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love love love this book

so good and a quick listen. i plan on reading the rest of her books!

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Really awesome book!!

I loved this book!! the woman narrating it was a little fast but it was an easy fix. Reading this you'll definitely have a lot of laughs and gasps and "whaaat??"s

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Super entertaining!

Very well written and quite funny! You fall in love with this 20-something managing her double life like a boss while making her way through college!

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Great memoir from a young lady trying to survive

Really enjoyed the tale of how this woman used kink loving clients to fund her way through school. You mostly hear her side of the story but it's her memoir and you really get the feel she is a young college student trying to find her place in the world and get educated. Something a I'm sure a few listeners can relate to. I'm always interested to hear accounts of time in the sex industry and this book is a fair and personal account. If you like punk and tales from sex workers you'll like this book.