16 June 2009 ~ 1 Comment

(Book) Candy Girl by Diablo Cody


I wanted so badly to like this book. I like the author’s style as far as her smart-alleck attitude, but I didn’t like how superior her voice sounded. “Oh look, I have lived, I stripped for a year” “oh, strippers are stupid – well, except for me”. That’s kind of the ‘voice’ I heard. I’m a huge fan of Juno and I’m glad I saw the movie before I read the book – I probably would have skipped it.

The story itself is interesting for the things that it exposes about the industry (the pay schemes for instance), but the haughty attitude of the author ruined this one for me. There were also a few scenes (the licker) that made me feel a little ill, I may be a little queasy though 😉

At the end of the day, I’d say read this one if you like memoirs, but go in knowing that you may not love it.


Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of “Dave’s Book Club 2006,” 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.


One Response to “(Book) Candy Girl by Diablo Cody”

  1. Dy 16 June 2009 at 4:51 pm Permalink

    See, and I totally have to disagree.
    I HATE memoirs as a rule–give me my escapist fiction–but loved this book. Her attitude and voice made me finish it in one sitting.

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