Part memoir, part diary, part dirty haiku, this book by top Asian porn star Asa Akira is a fun romp inside the mind of a woman who is unabashedly, unashamedly "insatiable." She has done it all- drugs, prostitution, hard-core pornography, marriage, divorce, abortions, and finally marriage to the man of her dreams, a fellow porn star. Compared to most adult star tell-alls, this one feels refreshingly unfiltered. She admits she was hooked on drugs. She tells some of the downside of the industry.
Her telling of her own story feels like a bit of a swan song, a final spilling of the beans to cash in while she goes out at the top of her game. But that makes it even more fun. I particularly liked how she explains the challenge of NOT having sex with too many of the men in a porno shoot, because her husband, also a porn star will be angry. She is delightful and smart, never plays the victim, and her self-deprecating wit makes us laugh out loud. No dumb naive waif from the sticks, she, but rather a seasoned stripper by the time she arrives in porn valley. And she takes the valley by star, becoming an award-winning porn actress, specializing in anal and gonzo scenes.
She does what other women in the industry have never been able to do- she never lets us feel sorry for her. She is not a piteous figure, at least to this reader, but rather a young woman in clear control of her own life, with a certain joie de vivre that few people in the sex industry have. One of the best chapters is the one in which she is stressed out about being the host of the AVN awards and she describes her manic, feminine craziness. The best part is when her husband brutally gives her rough sex and it calms her down. What a story!