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Candy Girl

af Diablo Cody

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"Diablo Cody was 24 years old when she decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. On a whim, she signed up for amateur night at Minneapolis's seedy Skyway Lounge. She discovered that stripping delivered a rush she had never experienced before. In 'Candy Girl', Cody tells the captivating story of her year-long walk on the wild side. She gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer's keen eye, from quiet gentlemen's clubs to multi-level sex palaces, with all of her wry observations along the way."--Provided by publisher.… (mere)
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This was a great Saturday read that you can just pick up carelessly and finish in about 3 hours tops. I too am fascinated by the stripper lifestlye. "Diablo's" (what a stupid moniker) writing style is funny but goes way overboard in the crazy slangy observations and somehow cheapens the experience. She never seemed to skim more than the bare surface of any emotions, said she was a "good kid" but her tattoos and surrepetitious dumping of her boyfriend made me think otherwise. (i don't think that people with a lot of tats are 'bad' i just wonder how 'good' she really was.) Plus, her boyfriend's complete acceptance of her dry-humping people until they came is a little incredulous. He must've been cheating on her the entire time. ( )
  gakgakg | May 28, 2020 |
A very frank and interesting look inside the sex trade. Diablo isn't shows you want its like when an average girl decideds to be a stripper, then work in a peepshow, and finish up as a phone sex operator.

It is a very open book and shows you the good and the bad of the industry.

And it is often very funny. ( )
  rondavis | Apr 18, 2018 |
From the “interesting women” reading list, this one is often rather sad. On a whim, Diablo Cody started stripping just to see what it was like; soon the extra money ceased to be “extra” and became essential. The economics of strip clubs – at least the ones she worked at – are interesting; the dancers were heavily pressured to solicit drinks, lap dances, “bed dances” (like a lap dance, but horizontal), and other “special” services; in many cases, the dancers have to pay to work and get money back for each “special”. As a result, it was entirely possible to work a grueling shift and end up owing the club money for the night. Cody comments on the resulting strange inversion of the normal gender relations – attractive young women in scanty to nonexistent clothing begging old fat bald guys for the favor of their company. OTOH, when things went well, they could go very well indeed – Cody describes an evening when she literally got more money than she could carry from a customer who kept buying $90 bed dances.


Club managers, who Cody calls “The Mustaches”, do not display fatherly regard for their dancers; not surprising under the circumstances. Cody mostly writes about herself and her supportive boyfriend, without a lot of comments on other dancers (except their physical attributes); one painful exception is where she narrates a young single mom’s comment “You think you’ll always love your baby’s daddy, because he’s your baby’s daddy; but you don’t”. Not Shakespeare, but still profound.


Her day job was as a copywriter for a Minneapolis ad agency; strangely, her “real” employer didn’t seem to notice when she repeatedly showed up for work exhausted after a dance shift that lasted till 04:30 and when she dyed her hair bubble-gum pink; in fact, she got a promotion to a managerial position. She must have been a decent copywriter; some of her writing in Candy Girl is LOL funny – too bad I can’t repeat any of it here. With “****” censorship, all you’d see is definite articles and conjunctions.

Cody went on to become a successful screenwriter; she must have got lots of interesting material from her short stint as a stripper (in addition to permanently distorted feet from dancing in 6” heels, black and blue thighs from pole work, but, on the plus side, “abs of adamantium”).

Quick read, sometimes very funny, hide from the kids. ( )
  setnahkt | Dec 5, 2017 |
When a young, college-educated woman with a perfectly respectable if uninspiring office job in Minneapolis decides, on a whim, to enter the "amateur night" contest at a local strip club, it unexpectedly leads to a year of awkward, amusing, strange and empowering experiences in gentlemen's clubs, from the seedy to the high-end. Largely fluff, this proved a good fit for my vacation reading. ( )
  ryner | Jun 23, 2017 |
I had seen Diablo Cody at Cinequest a few years ago after her screenplay, "Juno" had been so successful. The interview with her at the California Theatre was very well attended, I'd guess almost 1,000 people were there and the interview was so weird. The interviewer was an older personality who would often host sreenwriting presentations but this interview seemed to go off the tracks as the interviewer seemed to turn into a dirty old man baiting an attractive, smart younger woman. The audience turned on the interviewer and it started addressing questions to him instead of Ms Cody in the form of demands that he clean up his act. I guess he had done his homework and read this book before the interview and made some bad prejudgements about the author.

It is a funny, intelligent memoir about Ms Cody's obsession with stripping when she was younger. Her writing is sharp and be warned it is filthy. Stripping is not good line of work to get into. She put it in some perspective, in the rear-view mirror. She doesn't have a clue why she had to do it but she did. I think she wishes hadn't and has not really come to terms with the self-knowledge/self-ignorance that has resulted. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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"Diablo Cody was 24 years old when she decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. On a whim, she signed up for amateur night at Minneapolis's seedy Skyway Lounge. She discovered that stripping delivered a rush she had never experienced before. In 'Candy Girl', Cody tells the captivating story of her year-long walk on the wild side. She gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer's keen eye, from quiet gentlemen's clubs to multi-level sex palaces, with all of her wry observations along the way."--Provided by publisher.

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