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Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
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Sep 19, 2010

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What would happen if Juno, from the movie of the same name, aged another five or six years, found her way into the sex industry and then wrote about it? You'd have "Candy Girl." Of course the line between Juno and Diablo Cody is a thin one - the latter did create the former, after all. And as I read this, I heard Ellen Page's laconic voice pushing the MPAA R-rating envelope. This isn't a cautionary warning of the Beauty Queen sort. It is more a story of the working class grind told with plenty of cheek.

The highlight of this book is Cody's inventive play with language, describing the mundane and banal and obscene with skewering, original honesty. The New Yorker might caller her's a "distinctive voice."

Don't go into this unprepared: this isn't a sunny world, there are no Michael Cera-types adding some earnestness. And ultimately, there's no real point to the book, just a series of cleverly spun tales. But spending a couple of hours reading them is rewarding enough.
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