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Sugarbabe: The Controversial Real Story of a Woman in Search of a Sugar Daddy Paperback – July 10, 2010
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Pseudonym of a psychologist living in Sydney, Australia, Hill recounts her picaresque adventures trying to snag a "dick" to support her champagne lifestyle and high mortgage. Attractive, lusty, nearing 40, although advertising her age as 35, Hill hoped to duplicate a winning six-month relationship with John, a married "zillionaire" genius with two children, who had urged her to quit her job as in order to be available full-time for him while he paid lavishly for her living expenses, before unceremoniously dumping her. Developing a "Mistress Plan," she sends out a cleverly worded Internet ad asking for ,000 per week in return for exclusive entertaining in her own apartment (cooking, conversation, sex); the responses roll in, mostly from middle-aged, hardworking types in lonely marriages, and she selects three men: American Dick, French-Algerian Jacques, and Chinese Tom. Although Hill exalts in her feminist sense of empowerment, the insecurity proves too punishing, and she decides that finding true love is the answer. In workmanlike prose, she dishes the necessary nuts and bolts and the requisite sex scenes, concluding with a bit of banal wisdom on marital fidelity.
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About the Author
Holly Hill was born and raised in regional Australia before moving to inner-city Sydney in 1989. She worked as a journalist before moving into public relations and corporate communications. She is the author of Sugarbabe and its follow-up, Toyboy. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Top Customer Reviews
In a chatty voice Holly discusses each man she met after advertising herself online. She claims to have received 11,000 responses to her ad, but begins the memoir by telling us she had a propensity for both extreme over and understatement. She describes every dull conversation focusing on the men's jobs in finance, their sleazy plans for deceiving their wives, and their praise of her over-the-top beauty and intelligence (both called into question by a picture I found of her and the absurdity of her dialogue). Holly keeps waiting to feel ashamed or guilty, but realizes that she is sexually aroused by men desiring her enough to buy her, whether or not she is attracted to them. Even the men she does find appealing seem repulsive on paper. I normally enjoy sensationalistic, juicy stories, but I nearly gagged reading Holly's detailed sex scenes with these slimy men.
Holly claims a large hypothalamus explains her willingness to take extreme risks. In truth, it seems more like she is simply greedy and foolish. And a hypocrite. She fakes sympathy for the deceived wives she calls "stupid cows" and tries desperately to convince the reader that she is performing a public surface. "Once again... I was providing the confidence to change a life.Read more ›
As other readers have noted, Hill writes extensively about how beautiful and sexy she is, how every man finds her enchanting, and how every woman is threatened by her breathtaking beauty and raw sex appeal. Even if Hill's claims are true (which I seriously doubt), the constant boasting is unnecessary and smacks of an insecure woman trying desperately to convince others that she is special (or "too special" as Hill says in the book).
Another thing that irked me about Sugarbabe was Hill's insistence that the vast majority of men cheat on their significant other (about 70%, by her estimate, though I don't recall where she came up with that figure), and that the world therefore needs an open-minded revolutionary like her to help couples (mostly women) see the error of their monogamy ways. Holly comes to this conclusion after interacting with several potential Johns and chatting with male friends who regularly swap partners and party till dawn. The possibility that it's the company she keeps, not men in general, who are prone to cheating doesn't ever occur to Hill. She instead assumes that nearly all men are cheaters and that it's up to her to "save marriages" by entertaining sexually frustrated men and encouraging the world to rethink the relationship rules.
Though Hill's arrogance and flawed assumptions are the most irritating aspects of Sugarbabe (at least to me), there are plenty of other annoyances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book was very interesting, I couldn't put it down. Probably because Sugar baby stuff always interests me (always watch this stuff on lifetime when it's on). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Milos_Mom
poorly written. the story did not have any redeeming value.Published 14 months ago by Katherine M. Demsky
Don't let some of the other readers (obvious) insecurities about Holly's findings scare you off. It is not not designed to be an academic textbook, it is one womans (brave)... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Apeltree
Manages to straddle truly awful pop psychology with incredible ego and erotic fiction. Holly is (apparently) irresistable to every man she meets (provided they are fat middle aged... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jayne Ker
I was drawn in to the book at first, but after the first half, it goes downhill fast. The author is extremely insecure and reminds us almost continually how beautiful and sexy and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by JJ
Boring after first few chapters. Lot of repetitions. Found a waste of time reading the interviews and same old story repeated.Published on September 22, 2014 by P. rai
I wanted to give this book two stars because it was actually fairly well written. Grammatically, at least. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Allie Stoller
Entertaining and clear account! This writer's wide eyed innocence somehow shines through this story of a sugerbabe. I really enjoyed it!Published on April 21, 2014 by frogs333
Very informative and shows that as opposed to what society thinks there are women out there that are empowered by their sexual prowess and they shouldn't be viewed as "less... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Dawn-Daytona Beach FL