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I Am Jennie

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Drunk and high, holed up in a hotel room with a beautiful blonde she barely knew, Jennie Ketcham was thirty-six hours away from entering rehab. Her on-camera alter ego, Penny Flame, was a rising star. Her personal life, however, had been getting worse for years and finally hit an all-time low.

Guys are gonna want one thing from you. To Jennie’s young ears, her father’s adv
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Aug 10, 2012 Holli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennie's book is a very honest and eye-opening memoir about not just her life as a porn star but about her life in general. She talks about what led her to that life (it's not what you may think) and she also shows her struggles with addiction and her journey out of all of it. I first became aware of Jennie Ketchum on Dr. Drew's Sex Rehab show and I was instantly drawn to how real she seemed on the show. She came on there ready to "promote" herself and quickly found out that in all honestly she ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book made me laugh, cry, cringe and shout out loud. It was a roller coaster of emotions. Jennie’s writing hit some place deep down where not only are you cheering for her the entire time, but the empathy I felt for her through her experiences was uncanny. I think every woman should read this book, as it leaves you with an inspired feeling. Jennie is an amazing and remarkable person.
Jul 22, 2012 Ricky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012
A poignant life-story that reads like a novel. Jennifer Ketcham, a former adult actress and reality-TV celebrity, tells the painful, authentic and cathartic story of how she became the hyper sexualised Penny Flame and the remarkable transformation that allowed her to reconnect with herself, friends, lovers, family and sobriety.

The destructive force, the deep-rooted causes and the emotional numbness of addictions are portrayed with an honest and deft narrative that does not over-rationalize, re-
Apr 03, 2014 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat interesting look into reality television and one porn star's journey. The salacious details, especially written in the somewhat bragging tone, could have been cut in half. And it still was not completely clear why Jennie made the leap to hard-core porn. I did appreciate her unsparing take down of the way sex workers/models draw distinctions between themselves and "real" prostitutes.

The behind the scenes look at reality television was interesting and uncomfortable and raises the questi
James Perkins
Mar 28, 2013 James Perkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memoirs by young people usually appear naive and ridiculous, a cheap way to cash in on somebody's flavour-of-the-month celebrity, and too obviously the work of a ghost writer. This one is a little different. Having read Ms Ketcham's articles in The Huffington Post, as well as her very personal blog, Becoming Jennie, I was interested to see what this book had to say. It comes across as an intimate confession, describing her porn career in some detail, including how she got into it, what she did w ...more
Michelle Cristiani
Aug 08, 2016 Michelle Cristiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
I am impressed with Jennie Ketcham - she sees a lesson in everything. And no matter what she is doing at this moment, she has a drive to be the very best at it. This positive attitude comes through in her writing - which, as far as I can tell, was done with no ghost writer. She tells her story of addiction through recovery with grace.

The unfortunate effect is the inside scoop on how many women in the porn culture get pushed beyond their emotional limits, struggle with addiction, and - saddest o
Jul 09, 2012 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads. I entered to win the book because I learned about "Penny Flame" by watching a season of Celebrity Rehab. She initially went onto the show with a suitcase full of sex toys hoping to disrupt the show and gain more celebrity. Instead, after a few days, she embrassed recovery and found her authentic self, Jennie Ketcham.

At times this book was hard for me to ready, especially her becoming sexually active at such a young age, and her descent into pornography and drug
Jul 11, 2012 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This book was actually much better than I had actually expected. Had I never opened the book and read her touching poignant novel I would have only judge her based on past choices. This book just goes to show everyone has a story that to tell and you really have to know someone to know who they really are and why they have made some of the choices they did. I am glad that Jennie Ketcham decided to write her story. You see a great tra ...more
Corina Laborico
Jul 29, 2012 Corina Laborico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written account of one woman's journey to finding her soul and learning how to accept herself. Jennie Ketcham has a courageous spirit that anyone can resonate with whether or not you've ever worked in the sex industry. Her honesty is refreshing and raw. I can only hope that it can serve as inspiration and hope to others who have walked in her shoes and those who wish to make a change in their lives. Jennie Ketcham truly is an inspiration that I know will help her to pay it f ...more
Erin Garrett
Feb 03, 2013 Erin Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the rawness of this book and how open she was about her life. Never felt like she was exaggerating or wanting you to like her. Very blunt.
Sep 24, 2012 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice little story about a porn star who thought she could fool reality television and then discovered who she really was.
Russell Grant
This one is a bit of an odd duck for me since I've never read an inspirational autobiography before. I discovered the author via the guilty pleasures of "Dr. Drews Sex Rehab" show. Prior to being an author, Ms. Ketcham was the porn star Penny Flame. This is her story, from adult sex worker to whatever she is now. At the end of the book she's left the industry behind and about to embark on whatever her future holds. Which is great, as far as I can tell she's the only person to come out of Dr. Dre ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a compelling story. Jennie skillfully weaves her past and present together to create a memoir that gives readers a peek into her motivations, challenges, and growth as she transitioned out of a career in pornography and faced up to the bad choices that she made. The most poignant aspect of the book, too me, was its humility. Jennie owned and took responsibility for her character flaws and the damage that they did to others. It was refreshing to read an autobiography of a sex worker where th ...more
Robert Wood
Mar 29, 2016 Robert Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny Flame was more than capable of generating heat. I was glad to find that she has found peace with herself and found answers to some of her questions about who Jennie Ketchum really is though I'm not a fan and a little skeptical of psychology, medical or any kind of reality television. Her story is really interesting and chaotic at times. I kind of felt like I was invading her privacy which obviously was not her intent but just suggests that she's a great narrator of her own life and a good ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Stphstr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My initial reaction to reading the first chapter of Jennie’s book can only be described as “stunned”. I’ve read Jennie's blog and she has spoken honestly about her past, but I never imagined it to be as she describes it here. As I read, I could see it, hear it, feel it….even smell it as If I was there watching this happen to her. They say that if an actor can physically make the audience feel what the character is feeling, then they are a great actor…Jennie does this with her writing. From the f ...more
I was excited to see that Jennie had written a book. I'd first heard of her when she was on VH1's Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew , then its spinoff, Sober House. I've since seen one of her films (great scene in Reform School Girls, by the way!).

I really appreciate when adult actors tell us their stories. I don't understand what lead Jennie into becoming a promiscuous teenager or drug abuser. I never felt like her home life was bad and would like to understand that better. I don't see how her parents u
Oct 29, 2013 Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fascinating story written by a brave young woman. Her accounts of life as a coke addict and porn star were brutally honest. As someone who has had to confront demons myself, I really admire people who truly face up to their dark side; who are honest with themselves and who make amends when they screw up. So much respect to Jennie for all the hard work she has put in to rebuild her life and become a kinder, gentler, less destructive human being.

Her story really showed just how enormously c
Sep 16, 2014 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those looking for a titillating tell-all from a former porn star, and those looking for a feel-good redemption / rehabilitation story, will both be somewhat disappointed. Jennie chose the porn route (a) to pay for her drug habits, (b) to preemptively combat her fear of intimacy and her inability to have a healthy monogamous relationship, and (c) to establish a presence in the public eye. I suspect her story is far from unique in her job. I also suspect that she quit her job mostly for business a ...more
Kristine Mckenna
Dec 16, 2013 Kristine Mckenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was watching a bit too much Dr. Drew, but I remember Jennie and she seemed to want to change and live a normal life. We routed for her. Her story into the Porn industry is sad and scanky. It's a disturbing world she lives in~no true feeling or real relationships. At the time she thinks she is doing quite well. I had to stop reading parts of this~so graphic and wrong. She does a great job explaining how slowly she went down the rabbit hole. First a few pictures, then a woman, then men, ...more
William Cale (Calico)
This is a moving story of a woman finding herself one of the biggest stars of the porn industry and hitting the breaks. Her story from childhood to this point is very telling about how easily someone can take that path.

Her inner work is presented to the reader in a raw and honest way. She openly discusses the illicit details of her adult career as well as the details of her rocky personal life that brought her to this point.

In her journey to gain a semblance of autonomy from the drugs, the men a
Nov 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Jenni for sharing your story of hope. I have a friend in the strip club world who I know now will get out of it when she's ready. After reading your book I understand what she meant when she said, 'I got myself into this and I will get myself out.' Thanks again and all the best.
Jun 05, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't thrilled about this choice for book club but in the end it was a good read. I almost quit around halfway through. It got a bit dull and self indulgent but I'm glad I completed it. It made for a very interesting launch into what turned into group therapy at book club.
Dec 19, 2014 Nicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Am Jennie is very engaging and interesting, but the writing itself sometimes was so bad it took me put of the story. Would recommend though.
Nov 30, 2013 Ljbishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a painful book to read and I have so much respect for her for writing it. Before the book was released, I had followed her from 'Celebrity Rehab' and her ensuing blog which chronicled the writing of her book, her struggles with sobriety and a new love. Her journey is breathtaking and gives those hope that no matter what their circumstances, they can turn their life around. I believe she is currently engaged and has completed her Bachelor's degree. I read somewhere that she wanted to be a ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
exploring self-worth and allowing for redemption
She-ra's A' DragQueen
Capital L-A-M-E LAME.

As a veteran reader of the memoirs of pornstars, strippers and hookers I really didn't expect anything spectacular, but this falls short of the bar I've set for this niche genre by far. The supposed debauchery was far short of shocking or entertaining, her storytelling style and her story are completely uninteresting, and above all she never manages to endear herself to the reader and spark even a twinge of interest as to what comes next.

I do not recommend anyone read this b
Maria Reynolds
Enjoyed this book a lot, well worth a read.
Marianne Mccarthy
Aug 07, 2013 Marianne Mccarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into the library for Orange is the New Black and came out with this autobio of a former porn star who went by the name Penny Flame. I really enjoyed the book. I thought it was blunt stuff about a day at the office for a porn performer and insightful, especially about addiction. Gossip-ridden but well-written, which surprised me. She's bright. Sex sells. But at what price? Read it and find out.
Anne Marie
Feb 20, 2013 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm-2013
Really interesting life story – this woman made a 'good' living as a porn star for years before realizing how miserable her life was. She talks about how she got into it, what kept her in it, and how hard it has been to stay out. Her tone is neither judgmental nor apologetic, and her story is fascinating.
Jan 05, 2013 Britni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recovery
I loved this book so much. Maybe it was because I idenitifed with it so much,but I thought it was wonderful. There's not much I can say beyond that. Sometimes you just connect with an author, and Jennie Ketcham's honesty and vulnerability in writing this is truly inspiring.
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Jennifer "Jennie" Ketcham is a writer, blogger, artist, and former pornographic actress and film director under the name Penny Flame.

In December 2009, Ketcham began contributing to the Huffington Post, on the inauguration of their Los Angeles edition.
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