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Los cien golpes

2.57  ·  Rating details ·  4,899 ratings  ·  363 reviews
"Catherine Millet can go put her clothes on. The young Sicilian Melissa P. has become an extraordinary literary phenomenon in Italy. Melissa's diary in which this school-girl from Catania narrates her erotic experiences is outselling "Harry Potter" . . . A real literary talent."-"Les Echos""Cien Golpes" is the fictional diary of Melissa P., a Sicilian teenager who embarks ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Serpent's Tail (first published 2003)
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Aug 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy
I find some kind of qualitity in this book.
It is the single most obnoxious female teenager you will ever read about.
"He hit me and it fell like a kiss" to infinity and beyond.
A book I strongly recommend to teenagers or adults that love hating a book and/or a person.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I disagree with many of the one and two star reviews here. If you are looking for 50 Shades of Gray or classic romance, you will be disappointed. This is a beautifully written, raw, and disturbing account of a young girl's quest for love or lack thereof. This book explores a teen's lack of self esteem and self worth and the boundaries she will cross to feel accepted and "loved" in the only way she thinks she deserves.
I've heard the author is a teenager herself and this gives the book even 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.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an unnecessary massacre of sexual fantasies ...i think One of the main reasons that makes the book so popular is the taboo!

Felicia Edens
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2012 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'
Jun 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read?O.O And it's based on real life of this girl!
Deborah Ideiosepius
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 Roberts
Aug 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gross and lonely men. pervs, really.
Recommended to Emily Roberts 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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005, sex, erotica, fiction
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Stephanie Tuell
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2011 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
Though sexually explicit, the graphic nature of a young girl's thoughts in an expository style of writing is felt during a critical time of personal sexual development makes for an insightful read. It makes an argument that more needs to be discussed openly with responsible, mature leadership of women with young girls prior to approaching, on the cusp of, and during their initiation into accepting their own womanhood to inspire greater levels of self esteem and self-knowledge about sexual, datin ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
There seems to be a debate about whether this story is fact or fiction - I would like to go with fiction.

I chose this book to fit in with a challenge I am in and it fits 2 caterogories - a language other than my own and this book has been translated from Italian and n erotic novel with a menage theme - this fits that slightly.

Melissa starts writing her diary as a 14 year old virgin then she meets Daniella and they have a short affair where she loses her virginity and she thinks she is in love wi
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The book is supposed to read like the diary of a teenager supposedly looking for love (and having a lot of bad, horrible, meaningless sex in her way, don't ask me why because the reader never gets an actual not-estupid explanation on the reason why that is the path choosen), but it reads as the diary of someone who thinks oh-so-highly of themselves (no 15 year old writes their sex adventures in bad pseudo-poetry style, sorry) while being an idiot.

The best one can say about the protagonist is th
Oct 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a pathetic girl with a pretentious style of writing/being/thinking trying to write about 'coming of age' and sexuality, but instead only managing to create a book full of perversion. If it wasn't a short, quick read I would've stopped altogether. And it doesn't deserve any more of my own criticism, so rather I will copy & paste (eh hem, bit o' plagiary) other people's scathing reviews (which, if I'd read before I picked this book up from the library, I wouldn't have bothe ...more
Well that was quite an experience. And increadibly harrowing. It is hard to remember while reading this book, and reading he exploits she gets involved in, that when this book started Melissa was only 14. And you do tend to lose sight of her youth as you read more and she loses more of her childlike innocence.

A warning to all readers, this book is INCREDIBLY graphic. It does not shy away from the less glamourous aspects of sexual relationships and you end up feeling quite disgusted by it all. No
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I heard that Melissa P's mother threw her manuscript in the trash and was enraged at the thought that her daughter would write such a thing, let alone attempt to publish it. Writing that is provocative and even controversial interests me. That being said, I didn't think the book offered anything particularly new or interesting. The protagonist goes from virgin to "absolutely zero inhibitions" over the course of a page or two, and repeatedly seeks out men who do not respe ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this ok to read, but not as candy-flossy as I'd expected. Not really candy-flossy at all, actually. Its supposedly the diary of a real teenage girl from Italy who goes through a period of sleeping with lots of different people, not in the best situations, because she's got a strange view of herself, relationships & the need to be loved. I say its supposed to be the diary of a real girl, because I'm not entirely convinced. I don't know of anyone who wrote or thought that way between t ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most review are 1-3 starts i don't think it deserves that low of a review. It was actually very intresting although i already knew what i was getting myself into. A couple of years ago my best friend sent me the Film (Italian and only version). It was re-freshing to read it because it had much more than the movie (Like all do)

If your looking for an erotica this won't do. This has a very strong sexual content. But it's also very sad and i felt as if Melissa is hard to figure out but she's just a
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I have read a lot of reviews about this book that were not favourable. Many said it was unrealistic, unmoving and certainly un-erotic. But I loved it. I was moved by it. A teenage girl drifting through life on the breeze, engaging in intense, often meaningless sexual encounters with various men. As she tells her story through a series of diary entries, she slowly becomes more and more cold and aloof, her sex becoming more severe. She seems to be punishing herself as much as she punishes the men, ...more
Laura Morales
There is something deeper in this book than just the sexual experiences of Melissa.
As a teen myself, when I read this book, I didn't see it then. I was just very excited to read something I wasn't suppose to, and I am not going to lie, I also found exciting the sex scenes, hahaha.
But now that I'm older I wondering wether Melissa had gone through all of that if her first sexual experience had been a better one. In my opinion she was looking for someone to show her love and affection, and went l
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