Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody
Date Read: January 2009
Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source— amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn’t take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill. This is Diablo’s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen’s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer’s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.
Read for fun (Kindle)
Overall Rating: 3.00
What I Loved: I didn’t love Candy Girl so nothing really stood out.
What I Liked: To say I liked the book, might be overstating…..I found it interesting. Diablo Cody wrote Juno (which I loved) and is writing The United States of Tara (which I am looking forward too) so I like her writing. Plus, how brave (or crazy—it is all perspective) it was for her to try stripping for a year. It was an interesting tale to read and a little disturbing.
What was So-So: The story in general wasn’t as catching as I thought it would be.
I would recommend it as a book to read if you are interested (or curious) about how that industry works. It was eye opening-really. I do believe she got a great (is that the word) chance to work in several different types of places. Her writing was excellent as always and entertaining.
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