Well, it ends up there are a lot of issues with this book. Asa Akira contradicts herself, moves back and forth through time so much in one paragraph tWell, it ends up there are a lot of issues with this book. Asa Akira contradicts herself, moves back and forth through time so much in one paragraph that the reader gets confused. I hope that for Asa's next effort she hires a ghost writer. Jenna Jameson had Neil Strauss and her memoir was great and *did* shine light on the industry. Asa intended to shine light on the industry she loves but there was nothing there for me, I didn't learn anything new about the industry that I didn't already know, and I just felt like I was reading about her ass cleaning a little too much. The first couple of times, sure, I understand -- she's won awards for her asshole -- but more than that, I felt it was repetitive and she didn't know what else to talk about. I found that I liked her less and less as the book went on. She's boring and unlikable. She's stuck up and a hypocrite. It's difficult to like a person who never seemed she was happy with what she had.
The book could have improved if she structured the book in chronological order, or at least deferred from jumping back and forth through time AND ALL SPACE in one chapter. A ghost writer, or an apt editor would have made all the difference in the book. It's like reading Tommy Lee's memoir, Tommyland, and getting frustrated because he kept talking about his dick at every chance. Proofreading would have helped, too! Gee wilikers, if Asa Akira spent time reading and rereading her memoir, she would see how often she contradicted herself, repeated herself, and how confused her narrative was. It was a hell of a ride to read this book, and it sucks I didn't like it. I wanted to like it so badly, but it was pretty fucking shitty.
[2.5/5] Uh, the cover is pretty. Well, by now I've read all if not most of the biographies/memoirs on Mötley Crüe and this one is my least favourite. I[2.5/5] Uh, the cover is pretty. Well, by now I've read all if not most of the biographies/memoirs on Mötley Crüe and this one is my least favourite. I kind of want to re-read the other ones so I can keep better (read: filthier) memories. Mötley Crüe is not my favourite band. Hell, I don't listen to them regularly, but seeing as I love a good music-related memoir, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to read this. I love famous junkies (teenage me loves junkies) and I always enjoy reading about their excessive life in the industry. It's dirty but real. I love it. This one fell short and that's probably because Tommy's dick seemed to have a lot more dialogue than I was expecting. His personality, which shines beautifully here, does not mesh with mine. I...I felt like a 15 year old boy wrote this. Not sure what else to say but I think it's worth it to check out -- I've learned a little bit from Tommy, especially about the handy uses of celery. ...more
This was the 'easy breezy' read I was looking for to launch myself back into a more consistent reading schedule. It was quick but not that good. As maThis was the 'easy breezy' read I was looking for to launch myself back into a more consistent reading schedule. It was quick but not that good. As many other reviewers noted, Jordan Belfort's vocabulary seems to be limited and they aren't wrong. The one thing I really enjoyed about this is Jordan's voice. Shit, does it ever resonate in this book! Anyway, many apologies for the scattered review...I thought I was going to love it because of my love for unlikable characters and wall street, but nah. ...more
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Whenever my dad says that I probably need psychological help, I brush him off sayiA video review to come with more thoughts and insights (no spoilers)
Whenever my dad says that I probably need psychological help, I brush him off saying I have a degree and can help myself, but I think there’s a reason why he says what he says. I really loved this book and I feel like that may say something…abnormal about me. Maybe that I appreciate good literature? Or that I thought the book did what it sought out to do? Was it because it was well-written?! Who knows, but I can only imagine people who get appalled when they hear people loved this.
Celeste Price is a beautiful 26 year-old teacher in Tampa, Florida who is a pedophile, or more specifically, a hebephile. Her attraction is towards adolescent boys between the ages of 13-15. However, she is stuck in a picture-perfect but loveless marriage with a man 15 years older than her preferred type. Starting her first day at her new school, she spies the perfect candidate to act out her deviant ways – a young 14 year-old boy named Jack Patrick. His apparent supple youth with androgynous features is what draws Celeste to him. A boy not fully developed. Someone who is quiet and not outwardly confident will surely keep a secret. The story is incredibly intense and well-written as you follow Celeste and the quick chain of events during the school year. I couldn't tear my eyes from the pages because Celeste is a magnetic but vile person that you have to see what she’ll do next. The book explores the idea of beauty and goodness and the privilege one has to be attractive and get away with vile actions. I will refrain from spoilers, but if you know the patterns of pedophiles, you’ll have a good idea of how the story ends.
I think that it’s not a surprise I enjoyed this wholeheartedly. The book did what it sought out to do, and I can’t fault it. It’s perfect in that respect. I think whenever I gush about something controversial, it brings me back to Jr. high when particular kids would ostracize me for my unconventional tastes in movies and books. Telling me I’m a terrible person for enjoying ‘fucked up things.’ Meh, I have friends now who have the same tastes, so it works out ;)
This book has been getting countless comparisons to Lolita and American Psycho, which I can see by the use of postmodern devices (e.g., unreliable narration, satire, social commentary…), but Tampa is truly in a league of its own and although I can see comparisons, I don’t think there’s anything quite like it. I haven’t had an impulse to stop half way through a book just to start at the beginning ever. I highly recommend to strong stomachs, and critical and open minds. ...more
I've already read this and I've been wanting to reread it since the first time I read it a few years back. I love music memoir and reading about the eI've already read this and I've been wanting to reread it since the first time I read it a few years back. I love music memoir and reading about the excess and hedonism is addictive; I can never get enough. I'm teetering between 4 and 5 stars for this one. Good shit....more
Some parts were good, some parts were right well terrible. I would have much rather watched the show, than read this sorry excuse for fan-fiction. StiSome parts were good, some parts were right well terrible. I would have much rather watched the show, than read this sorry excuse for fan-fiction. Still gave it three stars because I love Skins. That is all. ...more
Melvin Burgess is the Irvine Welsh of Teen fiction. Burgess is able to send you straight into the mind of each character and what they're going througMelvin Burgess is the Irvine Welsh of Teen fiction. Burgess is able to send you straight into the mind of each character and what they're going through, which amazingly enough is a little more than I can handle. That being said, I didn't dabble in the same ungodly amount of drugs these kids did, which made me cringe everytime a drug was consumed. Certainly overwhelming and entertaining, I would recommend the book to teens and anyone else who would like to read about teens having sex and taking too many drugs. ;) ...more