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Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
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Sep 16, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2009

Kind of a cotton-candy book - although much less innocent than cotton candy. It was certainly interesting to learn what Diablo Cody did before writing the screenplay for Juno and gracing the red carpet. Living in Portland, OR, supposed home of the most strip-bars-per-capita, it was interesting reading about the behind-the-scenes world of the strip club. Here in Portland, our clubs are possibly wilder, as full nudity + alcoholic drinks are allowed, none of this silly $9 soda stuff. The book overall was a quick read, but I felt kind of naughty reading it on the bus - I was hoping my elderly seatmate wasn't looking over my shoulder,as Diablo spoke about genitalia and other sexual matters.

I gave it two stars because a)I didn't hate it, but b)I got it from the library & I wouldn't have paid $ for it.

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Terri Yeah, I was definitely glad this was a library book too. I think her writing style is pretty mediocre and that she tries too hard to make herself seem "different" when she's really not. I think this is one of those cases where someone thinks their life experience is totally unique and fascinating and they think the world will eat up their story, but it just falls flat. I can't believe I got bored with reading a book about stripping (ha!), but that's what it did for me. I believe her fame is a lot of looking a certain part and being in the right place at the right time. I'm scared to see what kind of a screenplay she is creating based on the Sweet Valley High teen novels!

That all being said, I am still planning on reading a similar memoir (from Viva Las Vegas) since it's more about Portland's scene and I'm just curious to compare the stories and writing style:

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