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Some Girls by Jillian Lauren
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Mar 11, 2011

did not like it
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I found this book sad and disturbing, bereft of any real point.
I picked it up out of curiosity about Brunei and an abiding interest in each
person's unique story, but finished it only to see if the poor girl eventually
found some sort of redemption. It seems she didn't.
Jillian and her brother Johnny grew up in the middle-class non-observant
Jewish family into which they were both adopted. Both experienced troubled
and wild teenage years. Johnny found fulfillment in God, becoming a devout
Hasid. Jillian takes a condescending view of her brother's path, while
proceeding to make one unfortunate decision after another. In the course
of the story, which is told in very vulgar and melodramatic terms,
she becomes a stripper, a prostitute, a "porn performance artist,"
and the mother of an aborted child. She is perpetually miserable, and yet refuses
to seek any path that might lead to true freedom and joy. Her primary philosophical
guideline is "What would Patti Smith do?" Despite endless self-analysis,
she never seems to get it. It is obvious that she is full of self-hate,
and yet there is a smugness about her that I found very annoying.
I can't think of one reason to recommend this book to anyone. In fact, I'm
sorry I read it myself.
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Chelsea I'm not finished with the book I'm only up to when Jill goes back to ny, I didn't read/notice anything about an abortion. Did I miss something or not get to it yet ?

Teresa I think it happened after she returned to the U.S. after the whole Brunei experience. Just a sad, sad story. And the worst part is that the author herself doesn't seem to know how truly sad it all is.

Ruby De los reyes My sentiments exactly.

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