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How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  10,099 Ratings  ·  815 Reviews
Jenna Jameson's unforgettable memoir is many things at once: a shocking sexual history; an insider s guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult-film industry; and a gripping thriller that probes deep into Jameson s dark past. With never-before-seen photographs from Jenna s private collection, exclusive photos taken for this book, and original cartoon strips, ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by It Books (first published 2004)
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Mar 12, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with an Interest

First, let's talk about porn. Then, we'll get to the book.

I've never seen Jenna Jameson in porn, I don't watch porn.

I'm not anti-porn, I know some feminists are, but I can't hate on people for wanting to watch sex and masturbate. That's perfectly understandable. I always knock on a Boyfriend's door and wait for permission before entering the room.

You're a sexual per
Sep 07, 2008 Imogen rated it really liked it
Here is one weird thing about this book: It's about six hundred pages long, but about a third of that is pictures.

Here's another thing about this book: during intense passages about things like rape, there will be pictures of porny-ass ol' Jenna with a gallon of lipstick on showing up her butt, or something. Which could totally work in two ways: either as total, 'you are reading this for the porniness' exploitive cash-in, or in a meta, 'here is the reality, looks how different it is from the wa
Jul 30, 2007 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I think this is a story of survival. (Why do people always look at me funny when I admit to having read this?) Being the queen of her business that she is, I read it wanting to know what made her tick. "Sex" is the popular answer to that. But that's really not the truth. She admits to loving sex, but she dispels the myth that porn stars are sex addicts who want to get paid for their source of pleasure. She's very honest about admitting how bad the sex industry can be. The fact that she survived ...more
♛ Garima ♛
I don’t read memoir or autobiography. The closet thing I've read, prior to this - that could pass of autobiography, is ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ which we all know autobiography of the great and beloved Indian leader MK Gandhi. Though, I enjoyed it while reading, whole experience was not quite as I expected it would be and that’s the reason I stayed clear of autobiographies.

So, when I found this one, I though why not try again? To Jenna’s credit, because she was in showbiz, her au
Jun 08, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, book-club

Jenna Jameson attempts to write. Where do I begin? First of all, there is a difference between an interesting story and a well-executed story. When both elements are there, you have a great story. Her life story is definitely not boring, but her life in story-form is delivered very poorly, not to mention it's about 300 pages too long.

I must add that I knew, kind of, what I was getting into: I knew she didn't have a writing background (or an e
Jun 26, 2008 Greg rated it liked it
This book is nearly 600 pages, and yet I read it in only a couple of days. Clearly I enjoyed it if I read it so quickly while having as busy of a life as I do. And yet at the same time, I would also offer up a few rather critical comments. The first is that it's the most self-indulgent autobiography I've ever read. If Benjamin Franklin's autobiography can clock in at under 150 pages, anyone's can. The author(s) leave no stone unturned. EVERYTHING is crammed in this book. Diary entries, pictures ...more
Jonathan Maas
Feb 10, 2016 Jonathan Maas rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the least sexy book ever written, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss gives an unflinching look at woman born without roots, a woman who made it to the top of a very, very dark world.

I picked this book up because I wanted to analyze Neil Strauss and his work, and in particular how he makes ghostwriting / non-fiction / biography so darn fun. I am still in the middle of figuring that out, but I'll say this one is compelling, but not
Jul 16, 2008 Jessie rated it really liked it
Dont let the 600 page length of this book fool you, a lot of it is pictures, photocopy journal entries, and fluent but childish writing style. Still, story wise this is indeed interesting as hell in my opinion, but I'm in to this kind of thing. If you care not for stripper/porn star stories you should obviously not read this, but that's what's right up my alley so I take it for what it is. It was suggested to me that everything she says in this book is a lie but I have no idea, I take it at face ...more
Angeline Peterson
Feb 25, 2010 Angeline Peterson rated it it was amazing
I didn't have high expectations for this book, considering it was written by a porn star with little education. But I came out realizing that Jenna Jameson has a firm grasp of who she is, where she's been, and how to market herself better than any porn star on the planet. She's witty and introspective; making the traumatic times in her life seem like a mere stepping stone. She's been through so much: the death of her mother, drug addiction, the porn industry, yet she managed to come out of the o ...more
Angel Erin
Sep 13, 2015 Angel Erin rated it really liked it

For anyone who doesn't know (I think most of us do though) Jenna Jameson is a very famous porn star. How to...Make Love Like A Porn Star is her autobiography filled with tales from her childhood that was filled with rape, abuse, and more. The book is also about her transformation from an awkward teenager to being a beautiful woman and porn star. If all of this makes you uncomfortable then feel free to not read the rest of this review.

So I actually bought t
Apr 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Good: I was really sort of impressed with Jenna Jameson after reading this autobiography. She's been through so much to get where she is, and she puts it all out there. The book didn't come off as though it had an agenda as some of these tend to. There was no feeling of attention seeking, excuses or seeking redemption - just the uncut story of her life. I, of course, loved the more scandalous aspects of the book - the celebrity tell-all stuff. I also loved how the book showed that not everyt ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Nags rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up, 2011
The book had some predictable content but far less than you would imagine. The narrative is candid (sometimes too much so) and a light, quick read. There are some excerpts from Jenna's diary which looked so genuine that I would be very surprised if they forged it. It's also amazing to see how her dad took to the news of her becoming a porn star - very well in fact, although she came from a reasonably "normal" family. Her relationship with her brother is also pretty special.

Some parts of it real
Dec 14, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: so-bad-its-good
This was a strange book.

I had sat down to read a few pages of this book, and before I knew it I was 300 pages deep. This book was undeniably addicting at first, and was certainly a page-turner, but it soon took a turn for the worse.

To begin with, Jenna is clearly lacking in her writing skills, which wasn't surprising. On top of that, this book is filled with unnecessary things. A good chunk of this book is made-up of dialogue between her, her father, and her brother. It was enjoyable at first, b
May 21, 2008 Courtney rated it it was ok
Okay. Well. It was interesting. What else can I say about this book? I found myself frustrated because it felt like it was written by, well, someone who never quite took school as a priority and started stripping and having sex on film for money. Which makes Jenna Jameson sound worse than I think she actually is, but... that's how the book reads.

The story of her life is a bit predictable with the standard troubled childhood and life of trials and hardships, but to Jenna's credit, she does admit
Barbara Skuplik
I think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the inside--some juicy details and "secret behind the scene" recollections. There seems to be such a fascination with this industry, with many people wondering "how could they do that", while curiosity gets the best of us. What I got was a much more raw, honest, and personal story of what many consider to be the "Queen of Mainstream Pornography". This ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Logan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-bought
Like other reviewers, I have often been given a wary eye when admitting I've read this book. I loved it, though, and am always singing its praises. While you may not approve of her industry, it's hard not to appreciate that she is a star because she made herself one. She didn't do anything she didn't sign up for, and she worked hard through her own ambition (not anyone else's) to get to where she is today. These days her story is still changing, and it would be interesting to see a book from her ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Sex work is such a fascinating cultural phenomenon! Which is why I’ll warn you now that this may be a relatively lengthy and tangential rant-slash-book review. I’ll also warn you, in case it wasn’t 100% obvious from the title and topic of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, this book is quite pornographic in nature and should be purchased with caution by those of more delicate sensibilities.

Sex work is frequently identified as the oldest profession in the world, and society has gone through a wh
Callie Rose Tyler
This book contains adult material....duh

This book is enjoyable but it really depends on what you are hoping to get out of it.

Going into this I knew absolutely nothing about Jenna Jameson and quite frankly, I don't know if I would have been able to pick her out of a line-up. (This has now changed since this book has approximately 3,000 billion pictures of Jenna in various stages of undress.)

No, I'm not a fan, the reason I picked this up was because I had recently watched the Lovelace bio-pic star
Jan 24, 2009 Lilah rated it liked it
First, a tangent:
Believe it or not, it was for Neil Strauss and not Jenna Jameson that I picked up this book. He's great trashy reading, a real talent for Lifestyles Of The Odious Yet Compelling. The Game was one of the funniest books I read last year – hell, ever - it was a totally bizarre story to live through, and Strauss was the right guy to tell that story. Sure, the veracity is suspect since everybody wants to make themselves look good – and Strauss, being a master pickup artist himself, k
Jan 06, 2009 Bunny rated it it was ok
Ding ding.

Look here, Jameson. I am a phone strumpet. I have, in my time, heard hundreds of euphemisms for sex organs. And never. ever. ever. have I heard anyone refer to a vagina as a goddamn ding ding.


Seriously, I would get really really really into a chapter, she'd say the wo
Jul 12, 2010 Erin rated it liked it
This was a book club read and I have to say that I was a little scared to pick it up. Not only because I'm totally unfamiliar with the world she lives in, but also because there are like 1000 naked pictures of her in the book and you can't possibly read this anywhere out in public.

Overall I thought it was interesting. She certainly doesn't hold back and there were a couple of things that totally grossed me out. In fact there were a lot of things that totally grossed me out, but a few that I tot
Nov 16, 2012 Leticia rated it it was ok
Shelves: autobiography
How am I going to describe this book? For starters, I'm a porn fan, but not of Jenna Jameson. In porn, she is plastic, superficial and pathetic. This did not dampen my curiosity, however. I am an avid reader of the writings of the porn star Stoya; the difference is that Stoya has an extremely sharp intellect.

Jenna Jameson's autobiography is well-written. It is also frustratingly laid out, much like her life. It is filled with photographs; broken up with interviews; punctuated with comic strips;
Mar 03, 2015 Oki rated it it was ok
Me he terminado este libro para poder rajar? Me he terminado este libro para poder rajar.

A ver, a ver, a ver... Digamos que la culpa es mia porque me gusta mas un titulo reshulon que a un PePero un sobre con dinero, y que no lei la contraportada para asegurarme de que iba. PERO, este libro es malo nivel mucho!

Para resumir, el libro promete en el titulo contar el trasfondo del mundo del porno, donde todo parece muy excitante, superdivertido, y tal, y en realidad el libro es una autobiografia de J
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was an eye opening (and occasionally a jaw dropping) look into a world whose reality I could not even dream of. I came out of the book with a great deal of respect for her, which I would never have guessed going into it.
Nicholas Nash
Dec 25, 2016 Nicholas Nash rated it it was amazing
Tough to carry this book open around openly, but was surprisingly a decent read, given the author. Very intimate and graphic in places, but brutally honest and from the heart. Don't judge the author. Judge the book.
Kerry Connelly
LOVING this book! Filled with extras like amusing comic strip pieces as well as diary entries from girl to woman hood and a myriad of personal and profesional photos.
Some critics have scrutinised the extras saying it's narrsasistic and over the top- but i though they worked really well, giving a fun and intimate look at her life which broke up the text really well.

The book details personal stories of the relationship with her father, the shenannigans she got up to with her brother,sexual abuse
Aug 03, 2011 Mindy rated it liked it
I got some sideways looks reading it in waiting rooms and my mom wanted to know why I wasn't reading "something else", and I'm sure there's a large segment of the world that would not enjoy reading this and would find it vulgar and think it shows what society is coming to... and I'm not even saying they're wrong. I don't feel like it was a waste of my time to read it though. It's more interesting and serious than you would think judging by the cover. I'm surprised at some of the serious issues ...more
Aug 26, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned
From the moment I heard about this book, I was interested. What could possess someone to become a porn star? What are the motivations? Of course this was only one woman's story, but my thoughts on porn stars didn't change much.

Jenna Jameson has lived a pretty disturbed and hard life, that's for sure. I think she's a really strong woman for coming out and saying some of the things that happened to her.

Regardless of my personal feelings regarding the subject matter, it was interesting to see how s
Chris DePoy
Jul 13, 2013 Chris DePoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not an instructional book. This is a coming of age story about a young outcast who grew up to be one the most famous models in entertainment. I have read other books that Rolling Stone’s Neil Strauss had help write and publish such as Motley Crue’s The Dirt, Marilyn Manson’s Long Hard Road Out of Hell, and Dave Navarro’s Don’t Try this at Home. However, I will say this one was very intelligently crafted, and Jameson’s journal entries show it was her hand that had crafted most of this sto ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
Oddly enough, before reading this I respected Jenna Jameson for her no-holds barred attitude that led her to the top of the porn industry. Unfortunately, after reading this, I lost most of that respect. This book is 600 pages of Jenna Jameson, in no apparent order, with random pictures, sometimes captioned, sometimes not, splashed next to stories of violence, self-destruction, and a person who takes a stand for herself in terms of business but is so insecure that half the book is just about her ...more
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Jenna Jameson (born Jenna Marie Massoli) is an American entrepreneur and former pornographic actress. Jameson founded pornographic entertainment company ClubJenna in 2000 with Jay Grdina, whom she later married and divorced. Jameson has also crossed-over into mainstream pop-culture, starting with a minor role in Howard Stern's 1997 film Private Parts.
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