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Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn

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How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her ung ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by Gotham Books (first published December 18th 2009)
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Peace Love and Reviews
In case, some of you doesn't know, Tera Patrick is one of the biggest porn star of our time. I will not be a hypocrite, yes I know of porn and porn stars, I have more guy friends than girlfriends and the girlfriends that I have (and me) are not prejudice to porn, it is per se, a very graphic form of adult entertainment. Anyway, I am not here for that. I am here to review Tera Patrick's account of her life.

Now, I know when we hear of the term porn star, we immediately associate this with someone
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Melissa
Jan 15, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ladies-writin
Is something inherently degrading, even if the person it's happened to doesn't think so? Does all pornography objectify all women, even if Tera Patrick thinks she's had a great career & a great life? Can we trust her to make that judgment even though sketchy sexual events in her childhood may have warped her perspective? I suppose ultimately I'll believe her if she thinks that things have turned out the way she wanted them to; admittedly, I just skimmed this book, so perhaps I missed some cr ...more
RB Love
I cannot help my fascination with porn stars. This book is just a shade under Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star in overall quality and there you have Tera Patrick in a nutshell, I guess. Second only to Jenna Jameson in the porn industry, worldwide.
Her candor about her firsts in the business, her relationships and particularly the money she earned and spent and negotiated and was taken for and created are the nasty, dirty nuggets that tease you through from start to finish, but t
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Jayne Lamb
I don't apologise for, but neither can I explain, my weird obsession with porn star autobiographies. (The 'auto-' is indicative only because there are *always* ghosts in these machines. What bothers me though is how similar they are, not terribly well-written, and a weird kind of thematic schizoia that affects them, going from the cold hard and often abusive facts to effusive "Being a porn actress is the best thing a woman could possibly do" affirmations. There is mental illness,(always), addict ...more
Rei
Jul 24, 2011 Rei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I saw Tera Patrick had a book I HAD to read it! I've been a fan of hers pretty much since she started in the porn industry, I half-shamefully admit. ;) As much as I do enjoy reading all the nasty, sexy bits, I also enjoy a story with substance, and thus, was also drawn to the title of the book; "A Memoir Of Love And Porn".

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I read it within a week. That's fast for me.

The book does, obviously, delve quite a bit into the dirty details ab
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Jennie
Well I thought I liked Tera Patrick...turns out I just like looking at her naked. It boggles my mind that this book was ghost written because it's so poorly constructed it could have easily been penned by her hand. I don't expect quality literature from a porn star but I thought I would be entertained. This book annoyed me. In the beginning the passive aggressive back pedaling is what bothered me..."Oh my mom almost choked me to death and we didn't speak for 16 years......3 paragraphs later...." ...more
Alison
Feb 03, 2010 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Tera is surprisingly candid about the darker parts of her life.
Olivia
Aug 17, 2015 Olivia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disaster!

- You can tell she thinks she was really cool when she was younger. The way she talks about being a model, drinking, doing drugs, and having sex as a teenager are very "look how cool I was". It was annoying. Especially when she went on and on about what a natural model she is.

- Just like a lot of women whose careers involve being nude, she compares herself to Marilyn Monroe. It was rather offensive. I'm not sure if she really knows anything about Marilyn since she says Marilyn
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Martha Fendt
I love memoirs and I think Tera Patrick is absolutely beautiful, I don't watch porn(just not for me) but if I had to pick my "fav" porn star based on looks, Tera would be it. As soon as I saw it at the library I got it, because it's right up my alley. However it really wasn't very well written at all. I finished it quickly, it wasn't exactly boring, but just written fairly poorly, to the point where I'm very surprised there was even a ghost writer at all!!! There were some interesting parts, lik ...more
Kristine
Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick, a MOBI file I read on July 12th sans my Kindle on a sick day from work. ..... no, not that kind of sick.

Well, Tera first explains that her interest in fame of any kind began with Marilyn Monroe (which, naturally, leads me to believe that an interest in Jean Harlow might've made a tad bit of difference). After that, her writing style is very conversational, exclusive, to the point, and confessionary. She details a teenage life as a model and the discovery of her
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Tera
Nov 19, 2012 Tera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Wonderful book. Everyone thinks that poems stars are all alike and that they are just "porn stars". Tera Patrick is not just any ordinary porn star. She is well educated having obtained an EMT certificate and working as a nurse. She worked her way to the top. I believe one thing that I admire about her is that she enjoyed what she did and does and does not let anyway define her and make her do something if she doesn't want to. One thing she says about those who are porn hopefuls is that you mus
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Xanthi
Jun 01, 2015 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had not heard of Tera Patrick before reading this book. I came across this memoir by accident at a booksale and thought 'why not?'. One of the reasons I read memoirs is to get an insight into a different sort of life than one I have lived up to this point. And I have to admit, reading the memoirs of a porn star has a certain 'car accident' appeal to it - by that I mean, ghastly to look at but you can't tear your eyes away from it. Or at least that is what I was expecting. As it turned out, des ...more
Thyceen
Nov 18, 2014 Thyceen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
EHH. Not a great read......but I finished it!
Bálint
Feb 23, 2017 Bálint rated it it was ok
Interesting book, with a lot of typos and grammar errors, but I didn't exactly expect a Pulitzer winner so it's ok. Interesting and controversial conclusions in the book - so it definitely needed a bit more time. Mind you, the end of the book meshes with her marriage ending so I can't blame her. But how she summarizes Evan is something that is very one sided and goes straight against what she wrote about him in the previous chapter. Anyway, I didn't mind reading this book.
Philip Hollenback
I was hoping for more insight into the mind of a porn performer, but this book disappointed. It was largely an advertisement for Ms. Patrick's various business ventures. I didn't get the sense that she really had any deep thoughts about the life she chose. She manages to make a few observations such as the fact that she had an emotionally absent father and an abusive mother might have damaged her psychologically.

The main thing I learned was that Tera Patrick has borderline personality disorder a
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Петър Стойков
Тера Патрик беше на върха си преди няколко години, но кариерата й залезе доста бързо, въпреки безспорните й качества, след като си хвана за гадже бившия фронтмен на Biohazard - татуиран от главата до петите тип, който едновременно й стана мъж, мениджът и бизнеспартньор. Не, че следя събитията отблизо, по-скоро ги реставрирах постфактум за да разбера защо тази книга е толкова особена.

Та, на въпроса. Тоя тип обсебва живота й дотолкова, че даже пише нейната автобиография (това е очевидно от текста,
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Ryan Simpson
Jun 09, 2015 Ryan Simpson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This felt more like an accompaniment to her burgeoning porn empire than a true autobiography. This is a book about Tera Patrick the porn star, not Linda Hopkins, the person behind the persona, and it feels like it's written in character. Perhaps unsurprisingly sex features heavily but it features too heavily to make it feel like it's the voice of a real person. No-one could be this obsessed with sex, not even a porn star. Case in point, when she meets her husband for the first time, instead of a ...more
Abbe
SUMMARY: How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her unglamorous job in a nursing home; her first forays into the adult movie business; and how, with her husband's help, sh ...more
Ashish
Nov 01, 2012 Ashish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
Sinner Takes All is a fascinating look behind the scenes - not just behind the creation of porn, but into the life and mind of one of its most iconic figures in the 90's. It's not very well-written, and tends to be sometimes defensive, sometimes apologetic, sometimes all-out inspiring - but it is a very real and honest look into Tera Patrick's life, origins and motivations.
It's also a very interesting look at the human beings behind the industry - if you were used to seeing them as objects, one
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Heidi
Jun 08, 2013 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sex, memoir, 2013-reads
A fast and semi-entertaining (though very repetitive) read until 1/2 way through when she dates some jackhole who almost doesn't get on the plane to meet her (after saying he fell in love with her because of their amazing phone conversations over three months) because OH MY GOD WHAT IF SHES GOTTEN FAT?! He then points out that he can fuck ugly girls because he just has to turn them around. But the one thing he can't fuck is a fat girl. WINNER! CLASSY!

Also, Tera made some asinine comments, my fa
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Jj
Feb 19, 2013 Jj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one as I know nothing about the porn industry and was kind of curious. I think in retrospect it wasn't quite the right book for that kind of insight. It was a lot more personal than I was expecting, with Tera talking a lot about some real low points in her life and her various chaotic relationships. Some of the parts I found interesting and wanted to know more about - how she broke free of the contract she was under, for example - she's legally obliged not to talk about. I'd also lik ...more
Jonathan
Apr 12, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Having recently read 'Girlvert' this book felt less authentic and gritty. Whilst it doesn't hold back on the personal turmoil in Tera's life it also felt
like it glossed over some of the more unsavoury elements of the porn industry. The passages describing her relationship with the Evan Seinfeld are nauseating and border on the comical in their cheesiness. The epilogue discusses their subsequent divorce and gives the impression that he used her for his own financial gain and to find a way into t
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Juan Espinoza
Nada del otro mundo. De hecho puedo decir que me decepcionó un poco. Siempre he pensado que Tera Patrick es un poco falsa, quizás por eso nunca me hizo click como performer. Esta buenísima y todo, pero sencillamente creo que es muy obvio todo el acto de "pornstar".

Y el libro refleja exactamente eso. Aunque, y no niego que lo que ella dice sea cierto, el libro trata de intentos de suicidios, depresión, pornografía, etc. Siempre lo hace con una cierta asepsia que le quita emoción a la historia que
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Nonito Abbu
Jan 04, 2013 Nonito Abbu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A voyeuristic peek into a life of a porn star. I love Tera's humble beginnings and how she managed to pick herself up from the ashes after she crashed and burned with her modeling career as a free-spirited but out of control teenager left alone to fend for herself in a faraway country. Her story is very inspiring in the sense that the book spurs you to believe in the power of ambition and sheer determination. I love the stark honesty of the book as Tera bares everything (literally and figurative ...more
Angela
Jun 18, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll say right away that this one is not as good as Jenna Jameson's.

However, her way into the industry was definitely different than Jenna's, and I was surprised by the negative remarks about Jenna that were scattered throughout, especially given that Tera isn't mentioned at all in Jenna's book.

She doesn't have as many "issues" as Jenna did in her youth. That makes her different for sure, and thus, more relatable to a "normal" person.

She definitely had moments of going off the deep end, just l
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Jess Kerschbaumer
Right from the start I liked this book better than Jenna Jameson's. I found it interesting that Tera claims she got into the porn industry "for the right reasons." Throughout this book she seemed very honest and genuine about the highs and lows of her life, especially candid in the lows. She manages to keep the big picture in perspective for the most part, to claw her way up and rise above her humble porn star beginnings. I liked that for once a star wasn't totally lost in the haze of drugs, alt ...more
Brian
Mar 09, 2010 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with a expected similarity to Crystal Renn's recent Hungry. Where Renn found plus size modeling and a life partner who engaged her and challenged her Patrick found the cold studio machinations of Porn Valley and a failed marriage. Patrick wrote the balance of this book before her marriage ended and so, we the reader, the ending comes as a halting and seemingly unfair surprise in the afterword. But this is probably best because it means that it hasn't been re-examined from three ...more
Lindsay Goto
This wasn't what I was expecting and at the same time it was. Tera Patrick has lived a very interesting life, but I found that there were some things I wanted to know more about that she didn't focus on. Other things, which I wasn't as interested about, she did focus on in far too much detail. It's all a matter of preference though and it's interesting to see an insider's view of the porn industry and how she dealt with things.

As an autobiography it was funny, sometimes thoughtful and above all,
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Tracie Marquez
Jan 10, 2013 Tracie Marquez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Jenna Jameson's bio and LOVED the chance to catch a glimpse into her life. It was a great read. Then I read this thinking it would be just as thrilling with juicy details. But it just felt like I was reading a sort of repeat of Jenna's book. Linda and Jenna lead similar lives. They both didn't have a strong family foundation and they both dated their share of shitty guys. They both worked for similar companies, yada yada. I think I'm gonna stop reading any more porn stars' bios bcuz I'm s ...more
Linda Smolenski
As I was reading this book I kept thinking how a person from the outside can always better see the situation than the person in it. Experiencing it. I was basically waiting for the other shoe to drop and Tera to finally figure out what's REALLY happening in her "perfect, happy, fairytale" marriage. I read about it in the very last chapter. When she finally did open her eyes to what was so painfully obvious. That was at least somewhat rewarding, to finally see her out of denial that was screaming ...more
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