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Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
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Jul 05, 2010

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bookshelves: memoir-and-autobiography, non-fiction

If you set aside all the hype that surrounds this book (no, it’s not the funniest book ever published! no, it’s not an important political statement! no, it’s not even very well written!), it’s actually an enjoyable read.

Dyed-in-the-wool geek, Diablo Cody deals with her quarterlife crisis by becoming a stripper. Although her motivations are not always transparent (it’s hard not to suspect she kept up the stripping gig just to give herself more material as a writer), Cody makes an upbeat and inoffensive narrator. I’ve never felt a particular need to strip in public, but I could recognize Cody’s chilling realization at 24 that underpaid office monkey work was all that being a well-educated good girl seemed to offer.

Recounting her year's rebellion against middle-class norms, Cody gives a detailed and entertaining account of the various clubs that she works in. There's the ‘upscale’ bar where the strippers schmooze their patrons; the more brazen fully-nude juice bar; and the ‘Walmart of sex’ emporium, where she masturbates in a box for $20 a session. Probably the book’s most successful facet is that Cody is rarely unkind about her fellow strippers: she’s curious and thoughtful in her descriptions, marking their circus freak attributes, while also peeling back the uber-tanned veneer to reveal them as wives, moms, regular people.
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July 5, 2010 – Shelved
July 5, 2010 – Shelved as: memoir-and-autobiography
July 5, 2010 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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