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Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor Paperback – August, 2004
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The author, Julia Derek, loses no time getting into the meat of the story, appropriately naming the first chapter And So It Began: Having been in America only three months, this Swedish journalism student realizes that she has never been able to afford studying abroad in the first place. Now, if she can't come up with a way to make more money, she has to return to her home country. She is determined to stay, however. Unable to work legally in the U.S., she decides to become an egg donor. Though her first donation is difficult, it doesn't take long before she becomes a repeat donor.
In sparse, fast-paced prose that never misses a beat, we get to know the thought-process behind Julia's decision to continue over and over. Her honesty manages to be fetching even in its harshest moments. And not only is the mechanics of the donation-procedures described down to a T - with many hilarious occasions chronicling Julia's obsession with the daily shots an egg donor is forced to inject herself with - the cast is also richly drawn, perhaps one more fully so than the rest. I'm talking about Julia's confidante and partner in crime: the warm and approachable Ruth, the broker of her eggs. Eager to comply with Julia's wish to continue selling her eggs, Ruth makes sure to find interested parties throughout the city. Together, the two seem to become unbeatable. Unfortunately, as they approach the ninth donation, problems begin to occur.Read more ›
Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor is very well-rounded because the author adresses both sides of the egg donor industry, ie that of the donor as well as that of the clinics (in this book the clinics are represented by Julia's egg broker Ruth). The author shows that involving lots of money in the donor process can be very dangerous.
This book is well-written and to the point. And the humorous style of the author makes this heavy subject a lot easier to digest. All in all, it's a fun, well-balanced story that I enjoyed reading and learning from, and I recommend others to do so too.
How anyone can accuse Derek of blaming others for her situation baffles me - she's not blaming anyone. Did Ella Menna below actually read the entire book or just the back cover? It sure doesn't seem so from her writing. If she did read it, she seems to have missed the very point of it, that no one is really to blame! It was just a situation that spiraled out of control. No one foresaw what was going to happen. Ruth, the egg broker, isn't an evil person who knew Derek would end up like she did. But was she a coward who didn't take responsibility for her actions? Definitely. Then again, Ruth is, like Derek, simply a human being.
This book leads the reader towards the ever-lasting dilemma of the ethical and the material in our society. The shocking factor is that Julia and many other college girls just like her would risk their most precious possession- their health, for a ridiculously low and insignificant compensation for their eggs. They would expose themselves to an unidentified health risk and life-lasting consequences which is simply despicable.
The truth is that we live in a material world and there should not be any other reason for a woman to go through such painful and ugly process unless she makes a fortune out of it.
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This was a very personal and honestly written book, from one donor's perspective. This is a young woman's story, and this was her reality. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Liz, NY
The author's experience with egg donation was highly dramatized and against all recomendations. It did not occur to her once that there was another side to the story (the... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by K. Holt
Egg donors are not recommended to cycle over 6 times and are not to make over $10000. This is available to donors and unless a donor is dishonest, they wouldn't be allowed to cycle... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by southernpeach
Most people have heard of "Egg Donors", but few will ever know what that really entails. "Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor" not only explains, but actually exposes the potential... Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by Sweetblood
This book was not the most well written book but it did offer a different perspective on egg donation. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Teri Turner
I found this book quite useful in providing a personal perspective on egg donation. Readers follow Derek from D.C. Read morePublished on May 7, 2007 by Laura
I was given copy of this book by a friend. I found the dark cover and title to be interesting, however I had no expectations. Read morePublished on April 23, 2007 by Martha Mckittrick
If you're a fan of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's", you will not only get "Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor", you will love it. Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by Dana L. Stonestreet