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"Confessions" is a true tale of how the creation of a business from kind gestures can only lead to corruption. -- Ucdadvocate.com, October 20, 2004

About the Author

Julia Derek is a writer who lives in New York City. Her eggs are no longer available to the public.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adrenaline Books; Stated First edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974907901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974907901
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marianne Halvorsen on January 17, 2005
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"How did I end up like this? This was not the way I had planned it." These are but some of the questions the protagonist of Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor asks herself in the deeply emotional prologue that jumpstarts this edgy and unusual memoir. And like the title promises, it's truly a confession of a serial egg donor.

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.
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I don't understand what the previous reviewer is talking about; this memoir is anything but banal. What makes it the opposite is that the author was so honest. Few writers these days dare being so straightforward, especially when it comes to such a controversial and touchy subject. This reviewer thought it was surprising that this is simply an account told by one particular multiple donor -- despite that the back cover copy of the book doesn't promise anything else except for this. It's a cautionarly tale meant to warn other young potential egg donors that being an egg donor might not be as carefree as the ads make it seem, not a clinical reference book about egg donation in general.

 

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. 
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This memoir was one of the better books I've read recently. Quite honestly, I didn't have high expectations when I picked it up, so I was pleasantly surprised. The best thing about it was the author's persona, her humor and unafraid honesty. I really liked that she didn't portray herself as one of those ridiculous people who blame the world for the bad choices they make. Considering the touchy subject matter, the story could easily have derailed into one long whiney diatribe. However, Derek is brave enough to admit that she is actually a human being, not one of those Stepford Wife women/robots who never make stupid mistakes. And she points out repeatedly that she herself chose to keep donating. Did she get bad advice from someone she should be able to trust? Sure. Should she have stopped earlier? Sure. But she didn't. Daring to be this real makes for an interesting memoir.

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.
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This is an amazing account of someone who decided to make some money and ended up rather shattered and disgusted by the entire enterprise of selling her own DNA. I actually spoke to Julia Derek and knew some of the main characters in the book and everything is entirely accurate - no "sensationalism" involved. A cautionary tale. Bottom line - egg selling is nasty, dirty business.
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"Confessions of a serial egg donor" is by far my favorite book written by Julia Derek. Her writing is brilliant and vivid. It made me feel almost physically the pain that the main character is going through.

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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