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 twenty-four, 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 year-long 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.
A fascinating literary "peek" show
PROS: A vivid and insightful peek into a variety of "scandalous" professions, Cody is so honest and accessible that her story is immediately believable. She takes the readers on a meandering journey of empowerment that allows us to feel a little bit naughty, yet safe behind the plexiglass. At the same time, she maintains such a witty, down-to-earth perspective that you could imagine sharing her adventures over Saturday brunch. This is a fascinating, indulgent little read!
CONS: She leaves us wanting more life lessons; to know more of how the story ends. Then again, isn't that how a good book usually ends...?
One of my favorites
Witty and fun to read. Great insight into her world! After reading this you will want to have this woman narrate your life!
Not worth the money
I really enjoyed the book for its insight into the sex-work industry. However, Diablo Cody's writing style grew tiresome pretty quickly. The name dropping and heavy-handed attempts to prove she's cool got really old. Additionally, there seemed to be too many clever phrases for clever's sake. I would definitely recommend you check this one out from the library, but don't spend hard-to-come-by money on this one. It's interesting, but just not worth the money.