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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  48 reviews
When Ayn Carrillo-Gailey confronted her boyfriend about his porn habit, he pronounced her “pornophobic.” Determined to prove she wasn’t phobic, simply more enlightened, Ayn set out to learn all she could about this phenomenon. Like any good researcher, she added her new quest to her daily To-Do list: 1. Drop off dry cleaning 2. Call Mom 3. Visit sex toy store on Melrose Ac ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Running Press (first published March 13th 2007)
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Karen
Feb 01, 2009 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "good girls" who don't easily get offended
Okay, so I was at the gym on a the treadmill and I always look around at what people are reading and I couldn't help but have this title jump out at me. Now if a guy had been reading it I would have been like, whatever. But, a girl was reading it and that piqued my curiosity. So, when I got home I looked it up on here and it had great reviews as well as an interesting hook. It's basically a "good girl" who realizes she knows nothing about porn and decides to educate herself for the sake of her r ...more
Cassandra
Jul 22, 2007 Cassandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women
I heard this author speak on Drew & Mike on the wrif and I had to check this book out.This book is light hearted fun for women. A couple spots were are a little to graphic but overall good chic lit.
Candy
I had high hopes for this book, and it didn't disappoint! Funny, quirky, with a strong voice coming through, and even a happy ending, it really made for a fun, quick read (I finished it in one sitting) that had me laughing out loud.

Mind you, it occasionally is a little too "precious"- it sometimes reads a little bit like "Sex in the City" and other chick-lit horrors (gushing about sex with my gal pals and having drinks, oh yes!), and it takes away some of the magic of the story to hear that, whi
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Sara Townsend
When Ayn Carrillo-Gailey’s boyfriend accuses her of being pornophobic, she sits down and creates a “porn to do list.” It includes visiting a strip club, testing vibrators, and ten other items she, as a self-described “good girl”, is curious about but has never experienced. The result is this book; a laugh-out-loud memoir of her journey through the adult entertainment industry.

Her writing is honest and she, along with her always entertaining friends the Naughty Knitters, hold nothing back as they
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Ali
Nov 24, 2009 Ali rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: funny
This book is hilarious. The author/protagonist begins a journey into discovering porn and sexuality (nothing crazy here, well ok, she ends up viewing a pretty crazy taping of a show, but she's pretty uptight, yells at boyfriend about porn and decides to learn a bit about it) with the support/egging on of her friends.

Its not so much her attending an oral sex workshop or visiting a sex shop that's funny as what happens in her relationships and attempts to have relationships all while doing things
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Marsha
What is a straight-laced girl to do when her boyfriend is being a jerk? Dump him and become a red-hot mama! (Not necessarily in that order.)

Ribald, funny and really hot in places, this novel shows what happens when a women kicks over the traces—and then gets caught in the reins. Suddenly, being a bad girl isn’t as easy as it sounds and Ayn learns that the hard way. But it’s a great trip for her and the reader as she assembles a sexy list of Things To Do and ticks off the items one by one.
Ealasaid
This is one of those books where I can't tell if it's a true story or not. It's funny and entertaining (and has a lot of good info on porn and the sex industry along the way), but it's also got a lot of the standard, predictable chick-lit stuff that annoys me. So, I'm glad I read it and I enjoyed it, but I did a nonzero amount of eyerolling along the way.
Nik Johnson
I think that this a great story. Ayn could have taken the statements her boyfriend (at the time) told her and just tossed them aside as untrue and moved on with her life; however, I admire her decision and willingness to dig deeper and figure out if she was truly afraid of the subject.
Sara
I loved this book. This was a book about a prudish, naive woman who explores the world of porn. She starts with the help of her boyfriend - he constantly has stacks of Playboy magazines laying around and she doesn't understand why, so she starts to ask questions and research. Her journey was interesting... I even learned many new things.
Kristina Pecora
I loved loved loved this book, as I felt the author would fit right in with my friends and our bookclub. Also, incredibly interesting read for a good girl like myself;) I highly suggest it for anyone who is curious, and who wants to laugh out loud while watching someone else do all the research;)
Kayleigh
This book is hysterical-if you don't have a fear of vibrators or porn, or even if you do, this book will demystify some of the ways that our society deals with sex. It's funny and entertaining, sometimes gross, sometimes enlightening, and that's never a bad thing.
Lisa
This book was introduced to me by Shane. I loved this book, it was so funny. I was laughing out loud at the crazy antics of the main character. the writing and dialogue were hysterical. It was a fantastic light and fun read.
Ruthie
This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. This is one to read for giggles and silliness, not for seriousness. But it is very well written, sarcastic, and was informative on a few topics for me.
Diana Martin
This book is great for anyone who is curious about porn and sex or just want a good honest story about a woman learning about herself and embarrassing herself a few times along the way.
Kelly
This one opened up my sexuality a bit. My favorite lesson was to focus "down there" instead of letting your mind wonder to grocery or to do lists!
AK
Very entertaining and well-written book about how a woman comes to embrace sexuality after being told by her boyfriend that she was a prude.
Shanna
Really this book is not as raunchy as you would think. Really for me it was more amusing then sexy but I think that was the point.
Anne
Hysterical, well-written book about all things porn. Learned some new stuff, but in a very entertaining way!
Jennifer
Hysterical and educational! I was so proud to be informed at the next sex toys party I went to!
Doug
Well written, fun, and fascinating perspective on the world of pornography.
Heather
I enjoyed this book it had several laugh at loud moments
Jennifer Troupe mason
This book was hilarious!!! Very easy read
Libby
A hilarous book! I recommend for every woman!
Heather
Hi-larious!
Kimmie
HILARIOUS.
faelinwolf
Dec 23, 2007 faelinwolf rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women who have never ever thought about anything porn related...EVER
Shelves: librarylove
This was not the book I thought it was. It was interesting, entertaining. I thought the parts where she actually discussed various "pornography" was good--like the brothel and the sex toy party and the vibrators. But I didn't like her implication that "Good Girls" didn't participate in any of the porn culture--meaning anyone who had read erotica or read Playboy or Penthouse or Hustler or who wasn't a vibrator virgin or who had watched porn or visited porn websites was a "bad girl." What bullshit ...more
carla
super quick read - maybe took an hour and a half? definitely entertaining, but i wondered how a girl could be so clueless about porn. then i realized: i was her. when i was much much younger. still, if you need a quick book for the bus or train, fun and easy reading.
Maria
Oct 29, 2012 Maria added it
this book was so funny! I loved it.
Shona
This book is situated between two genres, the challenge book in the vein of Dave Gorman and the typical modern romance. Sadly, it fails to truly sell itself in either genre. The parts where the author focused on the topic of her porn voyage were genuinely interesting: however, far too much of the book was spent detailing the relationship between her and Sam, the man she falls for.

The writer unintentionally portrays herself as being incredibly judgemental: while she somewhat opens her mind toward
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Shane Hall
Every woman needs to read this book, especially the ones that think porn is dirty, awful, abusive and just plain bad (and that men are disrespectful misogynists for viewing and liking it).

As the author herself, a self proclaimed "evolved" feminist, admits several times, she mistook the above sentiments for the truth: the problem was her own deep seated fear of sex and the baggage it can bring. Her journey to this realization is highly entertaining as she discovers herself and her natural sexuali
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Ayn Carrillo Gailey currently lives in Los Angeles where she is finishing her next book ("Blindspot") and first made fun of herself (sadly, this is very easy to do) in “Sex y LA,” a popular relationship column that received critical acclaim from The LA Times. She is also the author of "Pornology: AKA A Good Girl’s Guide to Porn" (Running Press/Random House) which is currently available in the U.S. ...more
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