Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy New
$12.21
  • List Price: $18.00
  • Save: $5.79 (32%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Girlvert: A Porno Memoir has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir Paperback – June 3, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.21
$10.42 $9.32

Popular & highly-rated in Biographies & Memoirs
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
$12.21 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
  • +
  • Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story
Total price: $22.62
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review


"If Hemingway had been a porn star, this is how he would have written."
The Nervous Breakdown

"Oriana Small has pushed herself to the outermost extremes of what the body and mind are capable of—all before turning thirty years old—and now she's made it an authentic read for the rest of us to marvel at, elevating the depravity and denial inherent in the pornographic arts to a singular literary experience."
James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces

About the Author

Oriana Small is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. As Ashley Blue, she has appeared in over 300 adult films—including the infamous Girlvert series—directed seventeen adult film features, co-hosted Playboy TV's Night Calls Hotline, and has won numerous adult film industry awards, including AVN's Female Performer of the Year in 2004 and Best Supporting Actress in 2005. She lives and works with her husband, photographer Dave Naz, and her cat and dog in the Hollywood Hills.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book; 40417th edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982505639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982505632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Graham M. Flower on January 1, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Oriana has written a frank and straightforward description of her life in porn. Porn seems to have multiple layers with some less extreme approaches and others that really go way beyond the call of duty. Oriana seems to have specialized with video companies and directors who were doing some of the most extreme pornography. So this book is not for the faint of heart, its pretty raw and she definitely specialized in some things that go beyond anything I'm interested to see.

However, you can get a good sense of the porn world culture from this book and a good idea of how the whole business works. Its best if you can experience this from her writing rather than personal experience. From her descriptions it sounds like this is a subculture where drugs are super pervasive, way beyond what I had guessed. It also sounds like the money is often heavily spent on partying and drugs. Its not a total surprise that this business attracts people who are toward the instant gratification end of the spectrum and don't exactly plan ahead. But you can see the extent of this from this memoir.

You can also see from what she says of her background how she might have gravitated to this kind of business as her mom was literally a junkie and her mom had several partners as well as affairs. So you can see that she was severely neglected as a child by a mom who had some pretty severe drug problems herself.

You can see that some of the companies that she was working for created more violent and abusive types of porn. It doesnt sound appealing, in fact alot of it sounds pretty gross. But you can see the pattern where the directors try to push the preformers towards ever more extreme acts, and the top end seem mostly outrageous to me.

Its a pretty frank memoir from the point of view of somebody in the more extreme parts of the business. You get a pretty good picture of what goes on and you learn about some of the practices that will blow your mind.
Comment 34 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The first half is just fascinating; a candid and explicit look into the world of porn from a woman who was a superstar in the industry. You want to know what its like, what really happens with the performers and the producers in a world none of you will ever really know, here it is and nothing is held back. It confirmed what I was told went on in the industry. The second half is very sobering and takes you down a very dark road, but in the end it finishes upbeat, with a lot of hope. Oriana pretty much has left the biz with her head intact and a life with no real regrets; she did what she did and the future for her is going to be just fine. She is one of the the exceptions, most I think do not leave the industry in a good way.

I was fortunate to get the book at her book signing party in LA. My only regret is that I was not able to stay long enough for her to sign my copy...it's a keeper.
Comment 55 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You never know what you are going to get when you read a porn star bio. It could be an amateurish whine-fest with some arousing sexual experiences Lights, Camera, Sex!, or it might be Ron Jeremy's Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz, which is surprisingly well written. This book is closer to the second, though it really turns up the shock value. Small pulls no punches in her description of either the actors or the actions that comprised her adult film career, and her brutal honesty at times was almost too much to handle.

However, as the book follows Small through the transformation from Oriana Small to porn star Ashley Blue, the reader is struck by both the brutal language and the brutal honesty. Small doesn't hold back when discussing her mistakes (drugs, yes, porn, no) and the feelings and needs that were created and satisfied along the way. Even with all the cruel language, the book is well written, moves well, and holds the reader's interest.

Despite some truly horrible situations, one stops short feeling sorry for Small, as her unbeatable attitude comes shining through. At the end of it, I was almost proud of her, and definitely happy for her. Not what I expected, but worth the effort.

Those interested in the sex industry will find this book interesting. Those who may want to keep their children OUT of the sex industry may also find it valuable.

If you don't find this review helpful, please leave a comment as to how I can improve my reviews.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Reading GIRLVERT is like a white water rafting trip, you have an idea of what you're about to experience, but don't realize how rough the ride is going to be until you're well into the trip ... when the trip is over, you're not only relieved, but have some appreciation for what you just went through.

I found Oriana Small's account of her life in porn (as Ashley Blue) to be educational, brutally honest, eye-opening, frightening, depressing and, at times, quite disgusting. The storyline is a staple Hollywood tragedy: an emotionally immature young adult from a broken home tries to build a life in the big city, but succumbs to world of drugs, sex and bad relationships. Small, a woman with no apparent inhibitions openly divulges her life in pornography. It's not a happy story and it certainly isn't pretty, but it is revealing and more importantly, honest.

GIRLVERT is an accumulation of small chapters that each highlights pivotal/defining moments in Small's life as a porn actress. The clichéd "wanted to be a model, but ended up in porn" somewhat rings true as she and her boyfriend naively start with nude pictures and progress quickly to a more extreme type of pornography. The honesty of her writing is evident as much of what she describes doing (and what's being done to her) is pretty rough to read about. While she admits to be sexually adventurous (shoving her fist down her throat is a "normal" aspect of her personal sex life), throughout her book she details incidents that were certainly not enjoyable ... but the payday justified any misery she experienced. This behind-the-scenes view of hardcore porn really reveals the seedy nature of the business. Much of what she describes is simply filth ...
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Girlvert: A Porno Memoir