Some Girls

Some Girls

My Life in A Harem

Book - 2010
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At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : PLUME, c2010
ISBN: 9780452296312
0452296315
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm

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Pisinga
Oct 03, 2017

“I was not easily fulfilled with what I was doing and kept looking for more out of life”
That is, in her own words, is how you could characterize the author of the book.
Without trying to blame anyone for the paths chosen in life, we all make many mistakes, but it seems to me that what she chooses is the road of a spoiled brat. She describes her years of life before the harem, in the harem and partly after the harem. You can explain her behavior and choices because mistakes of youth. But .... Her desire to have a lot of money, no matter how they are earned, is disgusting. And the impression that she even justifies it.
Now, after she wrote and published this book, she again uses this opportunity to become famous and earn money.
She has a writer's talent, although sometimes she winds up the sentences that the question arises: did she write it under the influence of something?
I would not advise reading this book to young girls who are faced with the choice of life's path. Can push to the wrong path.
It was interesting to learn about life inside the kingdom of Brunei, although it was limited to descriptions only within the harem of this prince. And nothing more. The book is written in order to become famous and earn a lot of money.

HOL Oct 02, 2012

Love the flow in her poetic writing. Very interesting life, personally I thought the chapters about her in another country were boring compared to her stories in the states, but the book overall is marevelous.

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brixton17
Aug 20, 2012

A bit scattered, not as much details on the harem as I would have liked. She had a pretty bad childhood and referred to this in the story several times, perhaps to justify her behavior? I found myself skipping through the pages about her past, because it didn't really apply, and it was generally added in to the story at odd times. Would have liked more information about what happened in Brunei, more details. Lots of moments were glossed over.

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Philla15
Jun 11, 2012

I purchased this book from the Friends of the Library sale, needing a book I could leave behind while on a trip. While it was fairly well written and the topic was certainly gripping, by the end of the book I had grown to dislike the main character. This coloured my overall appreciation of this novel. It was interesting to learn more about life in some Arab countries at a certain point in time and the decadence of opulance.

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smichal
May 26, 2012

This book really left me with so many more questions than answers. The author did not describe much in detail - why did she do all those things such as stripping and becoming a prostitute in the first place? I did read that she seemed to be molested! :( I guess that had a lot to do with it.

What was it like having sex with "Robin"? She totally avoids any description by saying that she spaced out, which is not believable. Why did she return to Brunei a 2nd time? I ignored all the rambling accounts of her Jewish childhood. Why'd she date that douche aftewards (Andy) who made her get an abortion? Why did she get a giant tattoo on her private parts? She seems like she needs help to stand up to these predators!

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bicron101
Dec 20, 2011

Not worth reading. The book of the authers life had some interesting acounts of things she claims happened but the authors view towards many of these events makes it unbelivable

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krigana
Oct 25, 2011

I liked this book. I read it in two days. If you are not the one who likes judging others, you will enjoy the story. Not too deep? But at least sincere. After I finished it, many questions appeared in my head. the only thing I feel sorry about is that I don't think 18 years old could benefit a lot from such kind of experience and reflect on it. But that is an opinion of woman, not reader

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 09, 2011

The author is very clinical in discussing her activities and that seemed a little sad, since a lot of what she chooses to do is lacking in any kind of moral code or emotional underpinning. It's almost as if she's so distanced herself from her life as a prostitute that nobody in the book, including herself, is really human. Everyone seems at heart to lack basic compassion. However, she is honest in that these were choices she freely made.

kpalichuk Aug 03, 2011

a pretty quick read; I think i expected something a bit more in-depth with less focus on her life as a call girl.

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rmsanford
Apr 05, 2011

I received this book for Christmas and read the story through. Lauren tells the most extraordinary tale in a way that makes you understand why she made the choices she did.

A fun bit of trivia; she is currently married to the guitar player in Weezer.

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