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The Washingtonienne

2.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,410 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
The blog that scandalized Washington, D.C., is not a sharp steamy, utterly unrepentant novel set against the backdrop of the nations' capital....



"Just between us girls, Washington is an easy place to get laid. It's a simple matter of economics: supply and demand. Washington lacks those industries that attract the Beautiful People, such as entertainment and fashion. Instea

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Published June 1st 2005 by Hyperion (first published 2005)
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Christine
Aug 31, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing, off-putting, gross... a few words I can think of to describe this book and its main character, Jackie. If I didn't have to read it as part of my job, I would have quit about 2 chapters in. Jackie essentially trades sex for money and has no respect for herself, her friends or her many lovers. She has no morals and is only sorry for her despicable behavior when she gets caught. If Jackie had even one redeeming quality, she might make a good anti-hero, but the problem with this book is ...more
Leighann
Ha! I love that it says "My review / What I learned from this book".

I, unlike many reviewers here, liked this book. It was a quick read, I picked it up after dinner and finished it before going to bed. For all the people that 'hated this smut' why'd you pick up the book? Did you think you were getting a conservative political account of what living in DC is like? The authors boobs are on the cover! And she was involved in a sex scandal! If you aren't interested in that 'garbage' maybe you shoul
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Maia
Oct 05, 2010 Maia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten I still owned--and had read--this awful trash until I started clearing out our enormous bookshelves yesterday as we arrange our move. I never bought nor sought out this book, I'm glad to say. It was sent along by a book-industry friend as a lark (we'd all been "anti-Sex in the City girls" for years together 'in the city', where, as obviously also in DC, girls like Jessica Cutler abound and probably have for ages). I remember a cold chilly morning in winter, curling up by the fire w ...more
Drew
Nov 26, 2008 Drew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I just finished reading Washingtonienne, a fictionalized account of Jessica’s experiences working in Senator Mike DeWine’s (R-OH) office. I was just at CGS when this story broke in the DC, then national, press. It chronicles the life of a young woman who blogs about her sexcapades while working on the Hill. I picked up the book since I’m a political junkie; however, I was left wanting, just as a high wears off and you’re looking for your next fix. The book was enjoyable just for the “I’ve been t ...more
Lain
Dec 02, 2007 Lain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somehow the standards for fiction and memoir are different. In a "real" story, I expect things to be a tad disjointed and unresolved in spots, and I will even tolerate a certain amount of poor writing. After all, the author is somewhat limited by the facts (unless he's James Frey). In a novel, however, none of that is acceptable. Don't try to sell me a half-assed book if you have the freedom to make up whatever the heck you want.

Although Cutler presents this book as a novel, it's well-known tha
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Linnea Hartsuyker
Oct 22, 2009 Linnea Hartsuyker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This past weekend I read Washingtonienne. It was one of the most depressing books I've ever read. It's a roman à clef about a girl in DC who starts a blog about her sexual exploits with various DC men, which earns her notoriety and gets her fired from her job. I was hoping it would be a fun sex-and-shopping novel, like The Millenium Girl or Valley of the Dolls. Both of those go to dark places, but the heriones are likeable, and even if you don't like or respect their choices, they are generally ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
I told myself in the beginning I would not beat up a book or an author, so I will have to keep this review short.


I am fine with an occasional sex scene or obscenity cast around - but this book was over the top and a little too much. Filled with sex, drugs and some work life, this book was not the "Washington Sex and the City" it was advertised to be.


I only finished because I could use it for two challenges and I am that girl who must give a book a fair shot. After 100 pages, I only had 150 some
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Vanessa
Jun 22, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose if I was going to muster up something positive to say about this novel it would be that it was short, and easy to read. That is where my positive feedback ends. The main character in this story is incredibly shallow and the reader spends the whole book following one bad decision after another. Her focus is always on how to something for nothing. Well, not "nothing" she will have sex with anyone who will throw her a bone. As one chapter ended and the next one began, I kept wishing that ...more
michelle
Aug 01, 2007 michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a juicy read, kind of trashy, but I love it. It's a story based loosely on a true story. The main character is an intern on the Hill for a senator, sleeps her way through DC, blogs about it "privately" to her friends, then gets discovered. I think I read this book in a day. My ex also read it and tore right through the book.
Joy
Aug 23, 2007 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any girl living in DC whos spent any amount of time partying in the city...
Pick up the book, read the first line, and you'll know whether you are going to love or hate every word. It's a quick and easy read, but beautiful and nasty at the same time, everyone's dirty little secret. Fantastic...

Lets face it girls, this is a much more accurate depiction of Washington than anyone would be willing to admit.
Angela Risner
Jun 10, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Cutler worked for Senator Mike DeWine (yes, from my state). During her time on The Hill, she spent a lot of time in clubs, taking drugs, having sex and barely eating. She kept track of all of it in a blog. She was fired for having the blog, basically.

It's hard to know how to feel about a book like this. Sometimes I felt:

*Intrigued, because this is a world I know very little about.
*Disgusted, because of the complete lack of depth and soul sometimes shown
*Sad, because someone only acts thi
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Dana
What a sad little whore. Whats even sadder is that this is based on a true story and this crap got published. What has become of literature? I only read this because Sarah Jessica Park is turing this into a tv show for HBO and I was hoping for a smarter, Washington version of Sex and the City. I just hope its far better then this book. None of the characters were likeable, they were all pretentious, souless, sad little whores. The plot just crumpled by the second chapter and became boring. No on ...more
Lee
Apr 23, 2008 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa
Dec 20, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a trashy novel! I was not surprised, having followed Jessica Cutler's "career" in DC. While supposedly a work of fiction, this book was a thinly veiled account of her experiences in the nation's capital. It chronicled a lot of mindless, self-destructive behavior. The main character was very hard for me to like or understand. Over and over again, she tried to explain her irresponsible behavior by saying she was just one of many young women in DC acting this way. I have news for her. I was a ...more
Tiffany
Oct 15, 2015 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this was going to be smut when I picked it up (thankfully at a discount store, not full priced), but what I got was not what I bargained for. At the very least, there could have been decent writing or plot line, but there wasn't. It was just three hundred-ish pages of nonsense about a girl who is essentially a sociopath. She doesn't care who she hurts as she plows her way through a city she doesn't even belong in. And then when she finds out that people got hurt by the stuff she said abou ...more
Monica Sheila
Oct 05, 2015 Monica Sheila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burn-pile
I found this book dumped outside an op shop prior to a three hour train ride, and the zines i had weren't going to last that long. .....

I knew it was going to be that kind of laVeyan feminism type books...but i do wish someone had provided a TRIGGER WARNING for the RAPE SCENES encountered on pages 113.

to take a few lines page.
"Dan! Stop it!" I shreiked, thrashing around beneath him.
"Ssh," he warned. "you dont want this incident to end up on the front page of roll call, do you?"
I STOPPED STRUGGLI
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Caitlin
Jul 05, 2014 Caitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I disliked this book immensely. The main character is vapid, shallow and even her "come-to-Jesus" moments were unfulfilling because she didn't change! On top of that, the main character's FIRST sex scene is when she is raped by a married man. And doesn't see it as rape. I was amazed that the character didn't have a major disease or health problem - she is raped multiple times throughout the book and is addicted to coke and drinking.
The feminist in me died a little reading this - but I hate not f
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Erin
Nov 22, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my DSM girlfriends
Recommended to Erin by: childhood friend
My friend and I read this book together at the bookstore we worked at 5 years ago when the book first came out. It's based on the author's life as a clerk on Capitol Hill - she becomes and classy call girl of sorts and writes a blog about her exploits. The author was outed by a colleague and her story hit the news and garnered her a book deal. Scandalous, delicious, great read.
Wayland Smith
Sep 11, 2015 Wayland Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-challenge
This book claims it's "inspired" by the real world events that the author went through in the sex scandal a few years ago. I really hope it's not too closely based on her, for her sake.

The main character is vapid, shallow, unfaithful, manipulative, and those are some of her better qualities. After cheating on her fiance in New York, she moves to DC to live with a friend and try and get a better job. She ends up sleeping around at work, and then writing about it.

Now, to be clear, I think people
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Rio (Lynne)
I made it to page 127. Just awful, but judging by the cover what should I have expected? Bad dialogue, naive women, pathetic men.
Stacie (BTR)
Aug 27, 2012 Stacie (BTR) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. The main character lacks even a single redeeming quality.
Cate Calhoun
Aug 20, 2013 Cate Calhoun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a waste of paper.
Stephanie
Mar 11, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The night Jacqueline "Jackie" Turner makes a bad decision and cheats on her fiancé, he turns around the next day and slaps her with enough evidence and backup to prove her infidelity - thus, giving her precisely two days to get the hell out of his apartment. Without an argument or a place to go, she decides to simply leave New York City altogether and temporarily crash with her best friend in Washington, DC.

Following her move, it doesn't take Jackie long to make her mark as the smutty, scandalou
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Lorna
Jul 19, 2010 Lorna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this book no stars if I thought people wouldn't think I had just been too lazy to rate the book; this was awful! Let's list the reasons why:
1.) If Jessica Cutler wanted to be a writer, she should have spent more time learning to write well - it read like a Live Journal! No descriptive adjectives, not settings, nothing that invited me into the book to sit at the table with these women and watch their lives unfold (which, by the way, Sex and the City happens to do well - the book that th
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Amy Y.
The book The Washingtonienne is about this young woman named Jacqueline Turner who moves into Washington after cheating on her finance with her ex-boyfriend. Devastated, her best friend helped her move in into her apartment and helped her apply for an internship as a mail clerk. Everything was running smoothly a few days after Jacqueline had moved to Washington, but she was in desperate need for money. Then, she met a rich man who worked for congress and promised him to "please him" if he gave h ...more
Erika
Oct 21, 2008 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I should think about this book. I saw a blurb in the Style section of the Washington Post one Friday (10/17/08?), and it said that SJP is going to do a show on HBO (which I won't watch) "loosely" based on the book, without most (or all?) of the naughty (read: NASTY SLUTTY) and blog bits. Um, why bother, then?

I'm reading it here and there when I get a minute. It's a quick read and doesn't take much intelligence to digest, since it's essentially soft porn and a lot of curse words
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Anne
Jul 28, 2007 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the fictional account of Ms. Cutler's real-life exploits as an intern on the Hill. It is filled with her drug and alcohol induced sexcapades, which she recounts for her friends via her daily blog. She uses her size-0 body and designer clothing to attract wealthy (often married) older men who pay her rent in exchange for her company. This is the literary equivalent of bad reality television and quite possibly the most poorly written book I have read in the last several years. As Cutler at ...more
Katie Elizabeth
This book was an extremely easy read (I finished it in about 4 hours total) but it was also quite entertaining...It was not "well-written" by any means (her vocabulary and lack of real character development in the "story" left a lot to be desired), but more than anything I believe that anyone who enjoys reading compilations of outrageous anecdotes that describe, and embarrass, those who hold the power in our country, would enjoy this. For the most part, I think the entertainment came from the fa ...more
Jessica
Nov 05, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a strange read for me. I only read it because the author used to be the mail girl in my little sister's office in DC, but before my sister worked there. So I thought I would give it a whirl. Firstly, the author writes like a nine year old. Scondly, she is trying to emulate a lot of the other novels that have come out with lots of label dropping, etc. If I were a staffer in DC, I would be so irritated with this girl. She makes it out like her lifestyle is the norm in some inane atte ...more
Yanni
Jan 19, 2015 Yanni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ribka Prima Septyanti
Shelves: humor, chara-dev, bitchy
I put it as read even though I only read the last parts of the book briefly. It's not that I don't like the story and the theme. I always love bitchy narrative, and this book take a light and humor side of a bitchy adult life. But the book take a direction I don't like after it reached it's climax and start of the actual story and development.

It's worth it as a time-passing read, as it won't occupy your mind
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