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Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
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it was ok
bookshelves: memoir

So why does Diablo Cody spend a year stripping? Well, because she was bored with her all-too-ordinary life, and wanted to be rebellious. At least, that's what I think she meant, in her last chapter where she sums things up. And that kind of spoils the book for me. If she needed the money, if she had a habit she needed to support - you know, your more everyday reasons for getting into stripping. Or if she was introduced to it by a friend, rather than ardently pursuing it herself. But her reasons were so flimsy that I kept wondering why on earth she kept going back to these strip joints, and getting ripped off by management.

The little window into the stripping life is kind of interesting, but without much reflection as to what it meant to Cody, or to her co-strippers, there's not a lot of insight to be gained from this book. Cody's dialogue (at least, the dialogue she's writing for herself) is painfully self-conscious and witty. Yeah, we get it, you're the educated stripper! You're incredible. Candy Girl is fluff without much substance.
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December 5, 2007 – Shelved
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January 1, 2008 – Shelved as: memoir
January 1, 2008 – Finished Reading

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Elizabeth You know, I think that was my issue with the book- I wish it would have given a voice to the girls who weren't there for a lark.

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