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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What makes a teen yearn to be a porn star diva? Porn star Hunter answers that question with the full-frontal portrait of Simone Young, a young New Yorker who decides to gain control of her life through selling her body. Simone's introduced to the life by Carmen, a former classmate turned prostitute who persuades Simone to get her freak on. Not content with being a hooker, Simone works at a hip-hop club, moves on to a massage parlor, becomes a stripper and, eventually, a porn superstar in L.A. By age 21, she retires, deciding the adult entertainment industry, numerous affairs and substance abuse will never fulfill her. Hunter and Valentine's depiction of Simone's descent into a brittle, hedonistic world leaves little to the imagination, and Simone's transformation in the resolution remains moving if out of left field. Illus. with photos of Hunter. (July)
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About the Author

HEATHER HUNTER, one of the porn industry's best known actresses, was the first African-American to gain widespread popularity. The Bronx, New York native was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2003. Michelle Valentine, a cum laude graduate of Marymount College, has been in the entertainment industry for many years. She lives in Bronx, New York with her family.

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Customer Reviews

I haven't even completed the book, having only read a few chapters.
Gerald Kopp
Maybe if she had written a real autobiograhpy it would have been much more interesting.
Anthony N.
Sometimes it seemed more like "Letters to Penthouse", but again, also had its moments.
ryan4nu

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you cannot take the heat, stay out of this kitchen! In Insatiable: The Rise of a Porn Star, legendary adult film actress, Heather Hunter, takes readers into the steamy world of the porn business through the fictional character, Simone Young. At 17, Simone dives head first into the fast lane in her quest for stardom. She has dreams of becoming a rap star, but is easily lured into a life of using what she has to get what she wants: fast money and all it could buy, adoration, and opportunities to meet people who may be able to help her come up.

Money and fame come easy to the comely Simone as she moves fluidly from a life of prostitution to stripping to starring in adult films. Everything seemed to come naturally to her, and soon she is in high demand. However,she finds her life spinning out of control as she quickly learns that the industry is one that will chew you up and spit you out. Will Simone escape before it is too late?

Fans of urban fiction will undoubtedly love this book. Hunter certainly delivers plenty of details about life in the fast lane. Simone's sexual exploits are vividly recounted in ways that make you feel like a fly on the wall. The reader that likes to be entertained in those kinds of way will not be disappointed.

Personally, there were several elements of the story that did not click for me. For example, there was a lot of flowery romance novel language that stood in too stark of a contrast to the harsh, explicit language you would expect in the adult film industry. At times, it felt like I was reading two different books. Also, I would have liked to see more of an interior conversation going on. If this is ultimately supposed to be a tale of growth and redemption, we need to hear more of what Simone is feeling and thinking.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Adult film start Heather Hunter has released her first fiction novel. Insatiable is a 300+ page novel in which Heather writes about a fictional character named Simone. The novel chronicles Simone's early years in New York and her voyage into the world of adult entertainment.

Many people reading the book may think its an autobiography due to the fact that the pages of the books are adorned with beautiful pictures of Heather Hunter. Although Heather's image (fully clothed) appears on the pages in the book, the book is not an autobiography, it's fiction. Fans of urban fiction will identify with the colorful street language.

The intimate scenes in the book are very descriptive and there are many sexual buzz words in the book. This is a book that the lighthearted might find themselves peaking at the pages due to the nature of some of the content. The book leads us through Simone's graffiti tagging teen days, to her early sexual experiences, and of course one thing leads to another. It's a very exciting story as Simone finds herself in one situation after another, without giving away too much of the story at one point she even finds herself in a hotel room with a dead man and drugs. The descriptions of Simone's time working in strip clubs is quite descriptive. So much happens in this book it could literally be two books. It's a book that you might have to digest in bits and pieces due to all of the action but it won't disappoint fans of adult entertainment and urban literature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
INSATIABLE is the fictionalized story of a young woman and her rise as one of the most sought-after African-American female porn stars. Simone decided before she ever finished high school, she wanted out of her mother's house. Feeling her mother would never support any of her endeavors, she figures out a way to move in with her close friends. She starts trying to make money by selling her body, and it isn't long before she is stripping in Atlanta. However, when a featured headliner at the strip club tells her she is a natural for porn, life for Simone completely changes.

Life as a porn star results in easy money for Simone, but it also brings loneliness and moments of self doubt. She finds herself wondering, like in the Deborah Cox song, 'How did I get here?' After being swindled, used and just tired from the partying and drug use, Simone must make a decision to change her life. The question is whether she loves herself enough to do so.

Although this is a fictionalized account of Heather Hunter's life, it is a good mirror of her experiences as Simone, the main character, was tested as she searched for enduring love, sought praise from her mother, inner peace and the ability to prove to others she is more than a sex star. The message is clear and I love that Simone recalled her mother stating education is the key to a better life. I love that random people asked if she loved herself. I love this is a cautionary tale, because although the ending is smooth, it isn't perfect and readers will recognize Simone still has room for continued growth.

The pacing of the story was fine and the flow of the tales in Simone's life were easily chronicled. There was a good dose of hedonism with behind-the-scenes look at the adult porn industry and exotic dancing.
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