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Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl (Belle de Jour #1)

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Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple that gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew--by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a twenty-something London working girl--and had the audaci ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published August 27th 2007 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jamie Nelson
Apr 16, 2010 Jamie Nelson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book initially sank its claws into me during the hot sex scene at the beginning. A friend of mine kept recommending the Showtime series to me, but already having enough television addictions, I thought I'd read the book. Big mistake.

I feel that I regressed a little while reading this, and a more appropriate title would be, "The Narcissistic Ramblings of a Nympho." That's right, don't be fooled - Ms. Dujour paints the work of a callgirl as a fun little jaunt between various male's abodes and
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Heather Knight
Jan 27, 2008 Heather Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally a blog, this book is a collection of diary entries from a London call girl. Belle is a likable narrator, even if I had a hard time believing both her unshakable businesslike nature and her overall good humor.

Being a call girl never really seems to get her depressed; the men never seem ugly, or vicious, or bad in bed. I felt like she had done better as a call girl finding decent guys than most of us do dating. Which is a pretty good recommendation for becoming a call girl, I guess.

One
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Christina
Sep 04, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, 2008-reads
I was originally planning to give this memoir three stars, but by the final page I couldn't justify why it didn't deserve four. I really enjoyed this. Belle is upfront honest, classy, humourous and intelligent; She has an insight to the world that you wouldn't "expect" from someone in her expertise. Any stereotype you have in mind about call girls will pretty much be banished by the time you're finished reading.

If anything, I'd say I admired her - not her chosen lifestyle, per say, but definite
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Shari
Feb 26, 2008 Shari rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: men with illusions
Still reading, maybe, but now I remember why I stopped reading her blog: "the boy."

People who say "the boy" to refer to their significant other come across as a) insecure and b) not fooling anybody about the long-term prospects of that relationship. Also, they're as annoying as a toddler discovering a new word.

While I can award 9 out of 10 for her maintaining focus on the (theoretically) titillating bits that (theoretically) everyone wants to read, where is the human side of Miss BdJ? Does she
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Efka
Mar 03, 2016 Efka rated it did not like it
I think I'll go with the Tv-series, thank you very much. It's just that this novel, it's not really a novel - as the title says, it's a diary. Yeah, I know, you're probably thinking now "If it's written in the title, what were you expecting?" Honestly, I did not have any expectations, but I hoped that since it is published as a book, there will be a structure and general resemblance to a book, but it seems my hopes were too high.

The main problem, which leads to further problems with this book i
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LaFleurBleue
Jul 06, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it did not like it
Difficult to know where to start: it's a diary, supposedly real, so there's no storyline, no beginning, no end and especially no point.
I did not manage to understand why the author kept this diary and why she felt compelled to write something in it every day give or take. Probably because she is just in love with her tonsil.
Her string of former boyfriends identified with stupid monikers like A1 to A4, then Boy. None of them seemed real, and even less interesting.
I hated the way it was very poor
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Lisa
Mar 14, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
I'll admit I was only curious to read this because I really enjoyed the t.v show.

I think my main problem with this was the format. Obviously, it's an actual diary and I actually enjoy books in the diary format when they're interesting. I've never read a diary that was as all-over-the-place as this.

I was expecting something different; something better. I didn't think it was awful but I didn't find much of it very entertaining. A lot of the diary entries would be completely random things that hap
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Mary
Apr 15, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
I was only going to give this book three stars, but I can't justify doing that. It was a great read. True, you can read it all for free on her blog, but the girl put herself out there, blogging about a day-to-day that is much racier and far less legal than most.

Unlike some other reviewers, I thought her tone was perfect. She came off as a bit snarky and certainly intelligent--which isn't a view we're often given of anyone who works in the sex industry.

She's pretty fair about her ups and downs
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Kristina
I don't know why this piece of trash is subtitled an "Unlikely call girl" because it seems prostitution is perfect for her. I don't know how much of this crap is "real" or how much sprang from her fevered, over-active and knickers-obsessed mind, but it's all garbage. I don't recommend this book to anyone. It's awful.

As I was on vacation last week and reading Gladwell's kind of meh David and Goliath, I decided to try something more fluffy. So I bought this ebook. What a waste of $9.99. The diary
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Jenn
Feb 16, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I would like to first say that I only gave this book 4 stars because of the end. I am not sure if the author had always been planning a sequel and that's why it ended the way it did but it just sort of stopped. On one had it was very much like an actual personal journal, people writing journals don't wrap up the plot before filling it up and moving on to the next one, but this also leaves the reader with very little closure. I finished and felt like, "OK that was odd".
Aside from that I loved th
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Katie Alexandra
I had been wanting to read this book for what felt like years, the only thing that was holding me back was that no bookstore near me ever carried it. In the meantime, I watched the show and absolutely loved it. I finally got around to ordering it a couple weeks ago, to say the least I was very disappointed.
The most disappointing thing to me was the main character (and author) Belle de Jour. This book was put together from her own, real life events that she posted about on her blog. You would th
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Maya
Mar 06, 2009 Maya rated it liked it
Though I was skeptical, due to the marketing and first few minutes of the Showtime series, I was surprised at the quality of this book.

The diary format makes this book interesting because in truth, there's no story. No arc. No real character development. Just the notes and observations on life and vocation from the point of view of a beautiful British post-grad who just never cut it in the office world. "Belle" tells us about her friends, exclusively males and even more exclusively ex-boyfriend
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Suzette
Nov 23, 2011 Suzette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having watched Secret Diary of a Call Girl before reading this book, I have to say the book wasn't really what I was expecting. The real-life Belle certainly seems to have a better handle on balancing her life. She made time for friends, relationships, family, her professional/academic goals, and still made time for escorting. The majority of the book didn't even have to do with escorting, it mostly had to do with her her friendships and relationships past and present. I was surprised that when ...more
Lani
Feb 15, 2009 Lani rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit, biography
This was pretty much complete trash. Apparently they made it into a TV show!? WTF... Dear everyone, please stop making blogs into books. The only one I found even remotely entertaining was Candy Girl, and that wasn't great either.

I just didn't find Belle very likable, and the whole thing just seemed annoying. The sex was either very vague or very graphic and just liked being shocking. Was this marketed as soft-core erotica? Did women read this? I just don't get it. Seemed like a Sex in the City
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Nicole Hallberg
Feb 09, 2013 Nicole Hallberg rated it it was amazing
I thought this was fantastic. I had stumbled upon the show after some Doctor Who intervention (the lead in the show is Billie Piper, who plays Belle in the show). When I found out this was a blog turned book, I just had to scoop it up.

The writing style of blog/journal is one I admit I am not usually fond of, but she just made it work so well for her story. I was hooked immediately of course, and though I loved the inclusion of the A's, I was sad to not see her best friend from the show (whom I
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The Booklover Butterfly
Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl follows a high class London escort named Belle de Jour – obviously not her real name. Belle writes journal style entries for each day that depict her encounters with peculiar clients, her interactions with friends and ex-boyfriends, and her everyday life.

I liked Belle’s writing style immediately. She’s clever and humorous in her observations, and she keeps things light. One of the things I liked best about Belle is that she doesn’t fit the trashy, unintelligent ima
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Tocotin
A book about the life of a call girl, boring? Yes. I understand it was a blog first, but looks like the author didn't bother to review the entries and compose a more interesting and well-constructed story out of them.

I didn't expect anything especially revealing or insightful, but a little more substance would have been nice. Surprisingly, the author wrote a lot about her private life (boyfriends, parents, travels), and much less about her work, and this was what I wanted to read about. All righ
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Jess
I am a little bit over sexual adventuress books, to be quite honest (see In My Skin: A Memoir; The Bride Stripped Bare) but I'd always meant to pick this one up at some point, as I had seen the telly show with Billie Piper (very scarred at seeing Rose's boobs - what would the Doctor think?). One of the reasons why I liked this one much better than those other books is because Belle du Jour approached the topic and experiences with a sense of humour - Gemmell and Holden taken themselves so seriou ...more
Sarah Goodwin
Oct 31, 2014 Sarah Goodwin rated it it was ok
This is the story of prostitution from a candy-coloured specs perspective. It says something that the ITV series added more depth.

Entertaining enough but Belle is a lot like friends that I avoid - always on about her exes and the dramas associated with same. Preoccupied with knickers and makeup - slipping public school french into every sentence. Not a protagonist I relate to.

Save yourself some time and watch the series instead, the book is only a parade of similar encounters with identical tho
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Sabrina Rutter
Jun 19, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it did not like it
I must be honest and say that I only read up to page 201.
In my opinion this book is written by a transexual. I have friends that are strippers that don't go through all the make-up, shaving, and deodorant that this person does.
Maybe I would have enjoyed the book more if the author was honest and said that they were a transexual call girl, but I just can't get into a book where I feel like the author is lieing about who they actually are.
There was also a story about her masturbating that sortive
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Kelly Buchholz
Jul 29, 2012 Kelly Buchholz rated it really liked it
Clever, witty, hilarious and shameless in the very best way possible. I want this woman to be my best friend.
Laura Greenwood
Review posted August 26th on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

This review will make frequent mentions of sex and sexual activities (as could be expected from the well known book title!)

Based on her popular blog, The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl (also known under slightly different names) chronicles the diaries of Belle in her day-to-day life as a call girl, while still traversing her own love life, and of course her sex life too! The book is written in diary format and includ
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M0rningstar
Jun 10, 2011 M0rningstar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really wanted to give this book three stars. It's refreshing to see someone write about their sexuality in such an unfettered manner. In a way, the author normalizes sexual desire, framing it as a natural appetite to be sated and enjoyed where and when appropriate, much like a penchant for good food and fine wine. Sex is taken off its oft-unquestioned pedestal, stripped of its usual moral and mystical raiment, until we can look into its bare face as just another basic drive, a sibling of thirs ...more
Jeni
Oct 05, 2009 Jeni rated it liked it
I love blogs. I am obsessed with blogs. I am not so sure blogs should be books.

I have read my share of blogs turned books. I didn't think this book was of that category-until I read the first two entries.

Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl had an intriguing cover. I judge books by their cover.

I liked the book, but I am having a hard time singing it's praises. I am not sure why. It's not that I am up tight about sex or prostitution. Please.

Belle, as I guess her name is, is a call girl.
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Nicola
Mar 16, 2008 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book left me feeling really depressed. The narrator has such a cynical outlook on life. (As a dyed-in-the-wool cynic myself, I'm not sure why this bugs me so much. Maybe because her version of "life's a bitch and then you die" wasn't even intelligent or thoughtful. Pfft.)

It's clearly a fake memoir, but that's okay, I don't really expect realism from my non-fiction these days. What gets me is the misrepresentation, because it's not about the adventures of a call girl, really. The vast majori
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whatthedeuce
Jan 21, 2008 whatthedeuce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Go read it for free at the blog.
Recommended to whatthedeuce by: No one.
Much to my dismay, I pretty much loathed this book. I'd been so psyched to read it since I watched the UK series based on it last year. However, the author comes off to me as trying extremely hard to be witty and clever when, in fact, she's trite and boring. The only entries in her journal that I truly enjoyed were those recounting work episodes. Unfortunately, the writer's personal love drama constitutes the majority of the book, and it never once drew me in. I just rolled my eyes when she'd bl ...more
Amar Pai
Mar 01, 2012 Amar Pai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect this to be great literature, but I did expect hot stories of freaky sex and interesting details about the high end side of the world's oldest profession. Instead we get glib, tossed off diary entries (referring to her boyfriend as The Boy... ugh) mixed with mundane vulgarity and platitudes about love and wage slavery. There are greater insights about sex/love/money in any random episode of Sex & the City.

The relationship parts reminded me of this annoying girl I used to date
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Danielle
Aug 25, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
I only got halfway through this. It's under dramatic like real life (So it might be real but altered a little). I like the TV series. Especially the first season. One of the main differences is that Belle has a boyfriend at the beginning but is vague about this relationship. She's much more sexually adventurous than in the series. She also refuses to have orgasms for clients.
I found that her profession intriguing but not her character or her friends. I tried to find something I could relate to
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Rick
Oct 17, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I had read some of this back in the day as a blogspot blog, and it was insanely compelling, but i lost track of it. Then I bought this book like 3 years ago at heathrow, and when picking out books for my vacation, I figured I'd take this with me, since I was swinging through Heathrow again. It's a pretty solid read. I like to think it's all real, and I suppose it probably is, since I started following Belle De Jour on twitter the other day - and she certainly still seems real. It's also probably ...more
Gnomad
Jan 31, 2011 Gnomad rated it it was ok
Diary. Call girl. Does what it says on tin.

If you read this like a blog, which it was, it works pretty well. Actually, I think I could've become quite addicted to it if I'd had the site on my RSS feed and been given small parcels of story over weeks and months at a time.

Unfortunately, it got turned into a book and I expect certain things out of my books that I don't with my blogs. Like, oh, I don't know, character development or that steady movement to some particular goal or outcome that we of
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Brooke Magnanti is a forensic scientist and writer, who, until her identity was revealed in November 2009, was known by the pen name Belle de Jour.

While completing her doctoral thesis, in 2003 and 2004, Magnanti worked as a call girl. Her diary, published as the anonymous blog Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl became popular, as speculation surrounded the identity of Belle de Jour. Magnan
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