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100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed

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An instant blockbuster in Italy where it has sold over 700,000 copies, and now an international literary phenomenon, 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed is the fictionalized memoir of Melissa P., a Sicilian teenager whose quest for love rapidly devolves into a shocking journey of sexual discovery.

Melissa begins her diary a virgin, but a stormy affair at the age of fourteen
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 22nd 2004 by Grove Press, Black Cat (first published 2003)
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Giovanna
Feb 21, 2015 Giovanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DATEMI LE STELLE NEGATIVE

Credo che Melissa P. debba pagarmi la visita dall'oculista, sono certa di aver perso qualche diottria qui. Premetto, per evitare equivoci di ogni tipo, che io non do una stellina a un libro perché ci sono scene di sesso. No, io do una stellina a questo schifo per questi motivi:

1) questo coso (mi rifiuto di chiamarlo libro) è letteralmente un continuo stupro della lingua italiana. Ora, fosse stato un libro in traduzione ci sarei potuta passate sopra (forse), ma quando leg
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Empress
Aug 10, 2007 Empress rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: All those moms and health ed teachers who thought Reviving Ophelia really spoke to my generation...
Surely this has been misclassified as erotica--yes, there is a lot of sex, but it isn't erotic by any means. If anything, it's depressing. Think Go Ask Alice, only with nocuous sexual encounters being the object lesson instead of irresponsible experimental drug use--only much, much worse.

(I should have known from the title...)

Wracked with self-doubt after a disappointing first encounter with love, the author admittedly attempts to muffle her feelings of loneliness and inadequacy through deliber
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Arwen56
Poichè di questo libro, oggettivamente, neppure quel "maestro della parola" che è Baricco potrebbe mai farsi venire in mente qualcosa da dire al riguardo e poiché l'ho "etichettato" come "spazzatura", ne approfitto per parlarvi, appunto, della spazzatura.

Ne avrei un tantinello le palle piene, io, della spazzatura. Smistare i rifiuti sta ormai diventando un lavoro a tempo pieno, almeno qui in Lombardia.

Nella terrazza della cucina ho la bellezza di otto pattumiere: una per l'umido, una per la ca
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Sha
Jan 12, 2011 Sha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I read this when I around the same age as the author is in the book, my cousin gae it to me when she found out I was sexualy active. She read it because her literature profesor made her. She told me that if I was going to be sexualy involve with somone I should have my eyes pretty open, because guys dont think the same way about sex that we woman.

I have to admit at first I was suprise my cousin let me read a book with such content, but whe I finished it and started thinking about everything I u
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Shelley
May 22, 2007 Shelley rated it did not like it
Not sexy, not hot, not erotic. A bored teenager had a lot of bad sex with a lot of lame guys and wrote about it. I keep reading to find out why, and I think I did: she was bored and dumb.
Scarlet
Dec 03, 2013 Scarlet rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Scarlet by: *buddy reading with my beautifull Glass*
I. AM. SPEECHLESS.

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Angigames
Aug 01, 2016 Angigames rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ma-anche-no
Ero giovane, ero curiosa ma mi chiedo ancora come ho fatto a finirlo!
No comment!
Roberta
Apr 11, 2014 Roberta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dimostrazione che il sesso vende, anche quando è scritto orribilmente
Elisa
Mar 14, 2011 Elisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I commenti sull'opera d'esordio di Melissa Panarello si aggirano prevalentemente intorno ai "che schifo", "secondo me non ha fatto davvero queste cose", "è una mossa commerciale". Quindi, siccome sono una Lettrice antipatica, mi sono proposta di leggere il libro per trovarci un senso un po' più profondo. Mi stupisco che l'interesse del lettore medio si concentri sulla veridicità di quanto raccontato. "E' impossibile che abbia fatto tutte queste cose!". La protagonista si chiama come l'autrice, m ...more
Evan
When wine tasters judge wine, they clear the palette with saltine crackers.

Professional book reviewers need something like those crackers before objectively reading and judging sex books -- especially all the hormonal, Lolita-crazed reviewers from the New York Times and Kirkus reviews and the Times (UK) who raved about the alleged literary merit of this laughable piece of garbage. To clear their mental palette, they need to masturbate before reading; to cleanse the system and clear their brains
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Nickname
Forse vince il titolo di libro più brutto e stupido mai letto.
OK merita una stellina (sarei tentato di non dargli manco quella) ma la merita, perché:
1) Ha una parvenza di trama.
La ragazzina che cerca l'amore ma non sa distinguere tra amore e sesso, la da a tutti e alla fine riesce a capir qualcosa trovando l'unico ragazzo sensato di tutto il libro.
2) Sono riuscito a finirlo, vista l'alta dose di stupidità ho più volte pensato di abbandonarlo.
3) Il libro è piuttosto corto (e per fortuna, altro c
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Sonia M
Sep 16, 2015 Sonia M rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Το πρόβλημα με αυτό το βιβλίο είναι τα κίνητρα πίσω από τις πράξεις της πρωταγωνίστριας. Είναι λειψά. Δεν συμφωνώ με τις κριτικές που λένε ότι η συγγραφέας ήταν εντελώς άστοχη. Μερικά τα πέτυχε, πιστεύω. Η ηρωίδα ανησυχεί γιατί οι συνομήλικοί της θα έχουν ζήσει περισσότερα από εκείνη μέχρι να ενηλικιωθούν. Είναι γεγονός η πίεση που βιώνουν οι έφηβοι στο δυτικό κόσμο για να έχουν εμπειρίες. Καλλιεργείται η αντίληψη ότι αν δε ζήσουν άγρια δεν έχουν καθόλου εφηβεία. Η ηρωίδα το τραβάει αυτό στα άκρ ...more
Ashley
Aug 06, 2007 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs
This book is a true story about a young girl's sexual encounters with different men. It is in the form of a diary. This was a strange book...didn't really enjoy it. How her parents didnt realize her that their daughter was having these sexual encounters is beyond me. The authors description of the sexual encounters was horrible.
Felicia Caro
Aug 22, 2016 Felicia Caro rated it it was amazing
I am so surprised when I hear that critics and readers alike are still shocked and taken aback when they read a novel about a young girl’s sexual experiences growing up. Granted, Melissa Paranello’s One Hundred Strokes Of The Brush Before Bed has been deemed by the author herself as pornographic literature. Even still, Paranello has added that this doesn’t make her book any less full of content or substance, as it explores themes of politics and identity, and deeply. And from my end of the line, ...more
Melissa
Aug 18, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't decide between 4 or 5 stars so I chose 5 because it was very well written for such a young girl.

An erotic account of a very young girls sexual desires and experiences during her search for true love. I didn't perceive this book to be disturbing however she is an underage minor according to law which understandably makes it seem morally wrong. So don't read this if this is what you believe in.

To me this book actually shows the reality of a lot of teenagers who imagine sex to be 'love'
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SPWinchester
Feb 19, 2016 SPWinchester rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AHAHAHAHAH praticamente ho buttato un pomeriggio.
Non so davvero da cosa iniziare, ma sarò molto breve perché ho già sprecato fin troppo tempo con questo "capolavoro erotico del 2003"... AHAHAHAHAH
La scrittura è pessima e ignobile.
La protagonista ed i personaggi secondari sono scialbi, inutili, superficiali e profondi quanto pozzanghere.
Per quanto tenti (invano ovviamente) di affrontare tematiche forti come la scoperta e l'esplorazione del sesso, l'autrice fallisce completamente, le varie situazi
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Feb 02, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it did not like it
This book wasn't erotic just an uncomfortable read. It is horribly overwritten and the "erotic" encounters told in such a detached way that they're not at all sexy. This is a story about a young girl who needs some serious psychological help. She seems to purposely choose sexual partners who will never love her back. Oh you have a girlfriend? Great, lets screw! They just use her horribly and walk away. She's not empowered just pathetically sad.

This book was over written, a bit tedious in spots,
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Hannah Messler
Nov 27, 2010 Hannah Messler rated it did not like it
My God. Italy, I'd like to turn you over my knee and whip hell out of you for publishing this dingy little fool of a book. I mean, at every page you think to yourself, "I feel like this was written by some jackass teenager," and then you have to stop and second-guess whether you're just like lacking in compassion or whatever because it WAS IN FACT written by a jackass teenager. To suppose that this somehow "scandalized a nation" seems enormously implausible, unless the secret lives of teenage gi ...more
Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)
I know this isn't exactly 'popular' among reviewers, but I can appreciate it for what it is. It's not meant to be an enthralling tale or erotic novel, it's simply read like a memoir of a very 'different' young girl who indulges in activites of a perverse nature.

I think if you throw away any expectations you may have before reading, you will also be able to see my point of view. I haven't seen the film adaptation, but I think I would be interested in doing so.
Duygu
Jun 24, 2008 Duygu rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book, which is basically a story about a young girl being very promiscuous. This book was trying so hard. I don't think it is impressive that a 16-year-old wrote it, as it reads totally like a high school assignment. I didn't find it anything -- not erotic, not scandalous, not repugnant, not even interesting. The only thing I found it to be was a waste of my time
Lys
Jan 08, 2011 Lys rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definirlo "libro" è eccessivo. Morbosismo puro che vuole solo compiacersi di se stesso. Soldi buttati.
Glass
What did I just read?O.O And it's based on real life of this girl!
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
Technically an ‘erotica’ book this is a fascinating story about a girl who is exploring her sexuality. It has a very rough and honest feel to the writing style because there is very little sugar coating of motivations; if she wants to have sex with someone, or explore a type of sex she has not previously done there are no convoluted justifications for doing so. A lot of novels would sugar coat the behaviour, using excuses of love or innocence for doing things. This novel does not; she does thing ...more
Emily
Aug 11, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: gross and lonely men. pervs, really.
Recommended to Emily by: To be honest... I was curious, basically.
God. That was porn. Seriously. I totally expected it to be much, much better. I mean, I knew about the explicit sex and all (and it's not that bothers me -I actually like it when other books are honest and stuff), but... this? This isn't even erotica! This is depressing sex, told by a depressed, two-faced teen who's bored and hates herself 'cause I have no other reason. Besides, it was so badly written! I know she was sixteen and it's her diary, but "my rose", "my secret", "his lace"?! So cliché ...more
Sarah
Dec 13, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, 2005, erotica
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Stephanie Tuell
Jun 24, 2008 Stephanie Tuell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens
this book wasn't as good as i thought it would be. melissa begins to keep a journal about her sexual encounters as she searches for love. although she is only 14, she comes off as being older. i'm not really sure what i expected the book to be like, but i don't think it was like this. i guess i was looking for more suspense or detail. more about why she was doing this.

this is a book i would recommend to teens around the age of 15 or 16 to read. i know some people may disagree saying that it may
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Reina
Jun 10, 2011 Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nabokov and Anais Nin fans
A delightful, lovely little short story on a teenage's girl to find love to sastify her soul through her sexuality and sensuality.
As with most young girls, their confidence and self worth are often comprimised for the simple pleasures of men. Melissa through almost poetic, dreamy liquid prose describes through entries of her diary, her journey from an optimisitc innocent child to a young women who believes herself capable of receiving and giving real love.

Despite any claims on the fact that it
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S
Feb 21, 2012 S added it
Não vou classificar este livro. Não consigo fazê-lo. Confesso que no início, pensei que todo ele seria crú, obsceno. Melissa foi destruída por muitas pessoas que passaram pela vida dela, enquanto ela buscava desesperadamente algo que preenchesse a sensação de vazio que sentia. Apercebemo-nos que o tempo passa por ela, mas ela não desiste da sua procura. Desanima, mas não desiste. É um relato intenso, por ser verdadeiro, chocante. A escrita não é bela, mas é sincera. Não vou dizer que é um belíss ...more
Alessia
Apr 08, 2011 Alessia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
L'unico libro che non ho finito di leggere perché mi ha dato il voltastomaco.
Zoey
Dec 06, 2013 Zoey added it
WTF???!!!
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