VERDICT: Much better at 29 than at 15
STARS: 5 out of 5
I first read Candy Girl back when it was first released, around 2005 or 2006. I was a sophomore/junior in high school, and I was intrigued by the book. I enjoyed it, but obviously a lot of it went over my head. I remember my best friend and I having to Google a lot of the terms in the book to get through it because we were so young and naive.
Rereading it as someone a month shy of 29-years-old made the book so much better. I’ve lived more, experienced more, and shed my naiveness. I have friends that are or have been sex workers, and “Candy Girl” gives a great look into WHY people start stripping (moneyyyy) and why they continue despite learning to hate the industry (again, moneyyy).
Diablo’s writing is honest, witty, and easy to consume. Her descriptions allowed me to visualize her, the other strippers, and each club where she worked. Johnny and Peanut really made the book whole, as two people who loved Diablo no matter her job description and who just wanted her to be happy.
Whether you value your purity or are a former sex worker yourself, I feel like Diablo Cody’s Candy Girl is a great read for people everywhere, and a great look into a world that many never experience.