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McLennan, purportedly the highest paid Manhattan call girl of her time, has an interesting story no doubt: topping out at $2,000 an hour, she made headlines in 2005 when she landed on the cover of New York magazine. In this memoir, however, the 28-year-old Montreal resident is unfortunately reticent regarding the emotional and psychological details of her sex- and drug-fueled former life. Drawn by fast money and drugs, would-be actress McLennan hooked up with Jason Itzler, owner of the New York Confidential escort service and self-proclaimed "King of All Pimps." She writes with detachment and nonchalance about both the idea and the experience of selling her body for cash (she brought along an imprint machine for clients who preferred to pay by credit card), keeping any part of the business from becoming very interesting. Published in part to capitalize on McLennan's associations with Ashley Dupre, the escort whose liaisons with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer led to his resignation, this memoir adds little insight.
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About the Author

In 2004, Natalie McLennan (born in Montreal) began working under the name Natalia for the escort service NY Confidential. Since that time, Natalie has been a featured guest on the Today Show and Larry King Live, and has appeared in such print media as the New York Times, New York magazine, New York Post, and the Daily News.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; First Edition edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775946
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Fuchs VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
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Natalie McLennan wants you to like her. Because she's a nice girl. Really. She never blackmailed her married clients by calling their wives and she never bled them dry like she could have. It's a "soul thing."

If this kind of drivel sounds good to you you might like "The Price," at least if you've never read a hooker tell-all book. The book has neither the humor and intelligence of "Mayflower Madam" nor the gritty if depressing reality of "Going Down." McLennan isn't unlikeable, she's just not that interesting. You don't love her, you don't hate her. You just can't really care what happens to her because "The Price" is as phony as a prostitute pretending to be what she thinks you want. Even the descriptions of sex read like someone's idea of what a reader might think is hot -- I'd reproduce some of them here but Amazon's naughty word detector would probably ding them. Still, you can probably write them yourself: "He was so hot and huge," "My _____ was so wet," "Her ____s were so ______," "I couldn't keep myself from _____ing repeatedly at the sight of his/her _______ ________s." Yawn.

There is almost zero insight here into either the mind of a high-priced call girl or the men willing to pay four figures an hour for one. But then, how much insight can you expect from a woman who writes that her boyfriend who beat her up didn't deserve to to be arrested? No explanation why, no past tense involved, just that he didn't deserve it.

At least if this book were well-written, it might make up for its lack of depth.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
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When I ordered this book I thought it was about Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the sex escort that brought Eilot Spitzer's political dreams to a blazing crash landing. It wasn't, but it was about her co-worker and friend Natalie "Natalia" McLennan. It was easy for me to get the two of them mixed up because when the Spitzer news story first broke Ashely was trying to stay out of the spotlight--at least until she could turn the publicity into a boost in her singing, acting and modeling career. Natalia on the other hand was sought out to appear on "Larry King Live," "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Today Show." This book seemed at first like it was stealing Ashely's thunder, but while that may have been one of the reasons for it's publication, it will probably only help sell Ashley's own memoir when it is eventually published?
The book's "Prologue: When Natalia Met Ashley" introduces the two soon-to-be very high priced and successful call girls to each other and describes in minute detail how Ashley was easily recruited into the business by Natalia and her pimp Jason to become an important part of the "New York Confidential" Agency.
After that introduction of Ashely, Natalia begins her own tale of her journey into the Sex Escort business. As is the case with so many women caught up in the sex trade, her downfall was drug addiction. However, in Natalia's case she was pretty much a druggy before she began selling her body.
This is the story of relatively shy girl from Canada who dreams of becoming famous and eventually gets swallowed up the meat grinder of New York City. As the National Tap Dancing Champion of Canada she danced with Gregory Hines at the Montreal Jazz Festival and then began her "off-off Broadway" acting career.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Hyman VINE VOICE on December 22, 2008
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Let me start by saying this is outside of my normal genre, because I don't follow the celebrity world much. I had hoped I would learn some interesting things that I could use as conversation starters at parties, or somehow get insights into the theoretically glamorous world of high end call girls. This book covers the author's life from her youth in Canada, her involvement with drugs early on, and her rebellious move to New York where she becomes a high end call girl and does a lot of drugs. Along the way she drops veiled names of famous people she has slept with.

But, the book was neither interesting or titillating. In short, the book is:
Had sex, made a lot of money
Did a lot of drugs
Had more sex, including with some famous people
Did even more drugs
More sex, more drugs, more famous people
Then everything falls apart

At least it doesn't try to have post facto judgements about 'the life' in either direction.

The problem is that the biggest empathy I felt towards the author is that my review wouldn't be good.

If you want to read a book about the horrors of drug abuse, read The Night of the Gun. It is much better written and much more interesting, and you'll walk away glad you read the book.

If you want to learn about prostitution from the safety of your couch, although it is historical, try Sin in the Second City. It is well written, interesting, and you'll walk away with lots to talk about.

To read about endless meaningless sex, try The Game. It gives a lot more view of the personalities involved, and includes some celebrities in it too (although by name, not just hinted)

If you want to read a stunning, moving autobiography about someone who has faced horrific adversity and persevered, try War Child.

In short, outside of some passages here and there, the final few chapters, and the nice cover photo, the book isn't worthwhile other than riding the Spitzer fame.
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