How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale

ISBN: 0060539100
ISBN 13: 9780060539108
By: Jenna Jameson

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In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager—drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace—Jenna began her rapid downward spiral of addiction and degradation . . . while at the same time becoming the porn world's biggest crossover success story.Her intimate memoir, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, is a shocking sexual history, an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult film industry, and a gripping thriller that probes deeply into Jenna's dark past. Mix in hilarious anecdotes, adrenaline-pumping triumphs, and photos from Jenna's private collection, and you have a tell-all autobiography unlike any other.

Reader's Thoughts

Elizabeth

This was a strange book.I had sat down to read a few pages of this book, and before I knew it I was 300 pages deep. This book was undeniably addicting at first, and was certainly a page-turner, but it soon took a turn for the worse.To begin with, Jenna is clearly lacking in her writing skills, which wasn't surprising. On top of that, this book is filled with unnecessary things. A good chunk of this book is made-up of dialogue between her, her father, and her brother. It was enjoyable at first, but quickly became repetitive and incredibly boring. There are also diary entry's from when Jenna was a child, which at first were endearing and somewhat insightful. Those too, however, soon became incredibly obnoxious and unnecessary. One other thing that annoyed me was that Jenna referred to penises as "pee-pee's" and vagina's as "ding-dongs." Not only are you a porn star, Jenna, but you're also a grown woman. Not appropriate.I was not sure how I felt about the book while I was reading it, and after finishing it I am still not sure. I think that I went in to reading this book hoping for something much more than what I was getting. Overall I feel as though there is nothing profound or incredible about Jenna's life or her book. The book was enjoyable at times, but overall was just ok.

Lauren

I think this is a story of survival. (Why do people always look at me funny when I admit to having read this?) Being the queen of her business that she is, I read it wanting to know what made her tick. "Sex" is the popular answer to that. But that's really not the truth. She admits to loving sex, but she dispels the myth that porn stars are sex addicts who want to get paid for their source of pleasure. She's very honest about admitting how bad the sex industry can be. The fact that she survived brutal rape (more than once), addiction, and bad abusive boyfriend after bad abusive boyfriend, says that she's tough. She's also a very smart business lady. She deserves all that she has, if it's what makes her happy. When in doubt, if you were to ask yourself, "what would Jenna do?" it would be as valid as asking "what would Jesus do?" or "what would Janis do?" Jenna would say to move on and make the best of the situation. She knew how to separate emotion and work. In the end, she's just another girl who had a string of bad boyfriends and wanted to be successful at her job. Really, it's a just another story of a gal trying to make it on her own. This isn't a story about sex or about porn. It's a story of survival. I didn't give it any more than three stars only because she didn't write it all by herself.

Chris DePoy

This is not an instructional book. This is a coming of age story about a young outcast who grew up to be one the most famous models in entertainment. I have read other books that Rolling Stone’s Neil Strauss had help write and publish such as Motley Crue’s The Dirt, Marilyn Manson’s Long Hard Road Out of Hell, and Dave Navarro’s Don’t Try this at Home. However, I will say this one was very intelligently crafted, and Jameson’s journal entries show it was her hand that had crafted most of this story. Also, although many people may scoff at this, but unlike Neil Strauss’s other books, this book actually didn’t objectify women. This book starts off as a story about a teen girl who wanted to be a pretty thing exploited by her man to becoming a story about a woman who took control of her own destiny. Although sometimes these choices were self-destructive, it was her self-management and self-promotion that gave her the wealth, company ownership, and celebrity status. This isn’t a literary achievement but I suggest not passing her story up.

Jessie Pearl

Dont let the 600 page length of this book fool you, a lot of it is pictures, photocopy journal entries, and fluent but childish writing style. Still, story wise this is indeed interesting as hell in my opinion, but I'm in to this kind of thing. If you care not for stripper/porn star stories you should obviously not read this, but that's what's right up my alley so I take it for what it is. It was suggested to me that everything she says in this book is a lie but I have no idea, I take it at face value because that's what is presented. There are parts that are sad, and parts that are hilarious. But this is not in fact a guide on making love like a porn star, though she does give blow job instructions in one chapter.

Erin

I think if you're going to invest the money and time into reading this book, you shouldn't be ashamed of reading it in public! The most embarrassing part of reading this book for me was that I got it as a birthday present from my fiance's parents after he told them I wanted it -- and they had no idea that it was a biography when they bought it!I read a lot of other reviews that critique Jenna's writing in this book, but seriously? She's a porn star! Of course she didn't graduate high school or learn how to write a captivating story with great flow and proper diction and syntax!I went into reading it for what it was (as many other people who gave this 3+ stars): a story about the woman behind "the actress who 'put the star in porn star.'" I thought it was a nice mixture of memorabilia from Jenna's life to give you an idea of where she came from and how she turned out the way she did. And remember that it does have an "X" rating right on the cover!

Imogen

Here is one weird thing about this book: It's about six hundred pages long, but about a third of that is pictures. Here's another thing about this book: during intense passages about things like rape, there will be pictures of porny-ass ol' Jenna with a gallon of lipstick on showing up her butt, or something. Which could totally work in two ways: either as total, 'you are reading this for the porniness' exploitive cash-in, or in a meta, 'here is the reality, looks how different it is from the way it's portrayed' kind of commentary way. But instead I honestly couldn't figure out which it was supposed to be, and ultimately, I kinda feel like it was just to make Jenna's autobiography an Event Tome instead of, y'know, a porn star memoir. Which works- it is huge and cinderblocky. Another weird thing is how ghost-written it feels. Alex said that Jenna Jameson is hella smart and articulate and all the things we say when we mean 'the assumption that comes with her background is that she's stupid, but the reality is that she's not,' and I totally believe her. But that doesn't always translate to writing, right? I know absolute conversational intelligent geniuses whose e-mails and letters are strings of cliches and stiff phrases. So I've got nothing against Neil Strauss as her, uh, co-author. It's just weird how, like, the prose slightly has character and slightly doesn't. Not to resort to one of the hackneyedest metaphors about writing in the world, but it's like potato soup where the only spice is a little bit of salt. I wish that her voice had come through more, because the sentences themselves read like they could have been written by literally anybody in the world, if they were co-writing a book with a professional paragraph-churner.Pretentious. I guess the only other weird thing I want to mention is how, like, if you take out the specifics- the fame, the porn, that kinda stuff- her life is just pretty much everybody else's life. Like, a few fucked up relationships, a little overboard on the substances, the amount of money she has is none and then a lot and then not much and then ultimately enough. Which I'm sure, also, is the point- it's just weird to get to the end of six hundred pages and read that somebody in their, what, late twenties? Is at the same point emotionally that I am in my late twenties. What am I supposed to do with that, if I already knew that sex workers were real people with real lives? I just felt like I didn't take much away from it. Um, so whatever. It was fine. It's probably not worth thirty bucks though. Is it in paperback? I'd wait for the paperback, if it's not.

Leticia

How am I going to describe this book? For starters, I'm a porn fan, but not of Jenna Jameson. In porn, she is plastic, superficial and pathetic. This did not dampen my curiosity, however. I am an avid reader of the writings of the porn star Stoya; the difference is that Stoya has an extremely sharp intellect.Jenna Jameson's autobiography is well-written. It is also frustratingly laid out, much like her life. It is filled with photographs; broken up with interviews; punctuated with comic strips; scattered with sketches. She must have had an outstanding editor, because it hangs together very, very well.Essentially, Jenna Jameson = porn because: revenge. Which, while being possibility the most un-self-reflective thing someone could write into an autobiography (perhaps the point), is also predictable as fuck. The story of Jenna's life is also what you would expect: total white trash, lots of drugs and bad decisions.She gives sex work a really bad name. I was hoping to see "I got into porn because I love to fuck". But really she has very little self-respect, and a confidence borne only of an arrogance resulting from diva-dom.The most interesting parts of this book were those in which Jameson attempts to make sense of her life through writing; the poignant parts of her life are exactly that: poignant. And while I am well aware that abused women tend not to make a lot of sense of their lives and the choices that they make, the fact that she made the SAME mistake, over and over and over again, made me wonder what the hell was wrong with her.In any case, I pushed through this book to the end. The writing was good, the structure was good, the story was meh, and I skipped a huge amount (really, who reads a split-column biography that interrupts a story for god's sake?), but I still finished it.And I finished it because of curiosity. So, regardless of all of the utter failings of Jenna Jameson personally (which, let's be honest, is the only reason I couldn't put up with more of her life), this book was pretty good. I'm sure that if I had far lower standards, I would have really enjoyed this book.Essentially, though, Jameson's personality is as superficial and plastic as her body. That in itself should be an allegory.

Jenn

From the moment I heard about this book, I was interested. What could possess someone to become a porn star? What are the motivations? Of course this was only one woman's story, but my thoughts on porn stars didn't change much.Jenna Jameson has lived a pretty disturbed and hard life, that's for sure. I think she's a really strong woman for coming out and saying some of the things that happened to her.Regardless of my personal feelings regarding the subject matter, it was interesting to see how she became who she is today. I wasn't very interested in reading about her doing drugs (almost every other page) or about another abusive (both mentally and/or physically) relationship she was involved in, but for the most part, the book kept me wanting more. The novel is separated into "books", which was fine, but I didn't really see the point. There was a whole 'book' of a conversation between her, her brother, her father, and her sister-in-law that I really couldn't wait to get through. That, and that half the autobiography is filled with pictures of her were the two main problems I had. I'd barely read 50 pages before I was almost halfway through the book.The last couple of chapters were filled with lovey talk about her new guy Jay, who she ends up marrying and plans on having children with. I know this was written four years ago so this isn't her fault, but I think I heard recently that she's now with and pregnant by some other fella. Just bugged me a little, but that can't be helped.Overall though, an interesting read.

Barbara Skuplik

I think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the inside--some juicy details and "secret behind the scene" recollections. There seems to be such a fascination with this industry, with many people wondering "how could they do that", while curiosity gets the best of us. What I got was a much more raw, honest, and personal story of what many consider to be the "Queen of Mainstream Pornography". This book is much more about Jenna Jameson, her life growing up, and the effects it had on her, than the "behind the scenes" commentary I was expecting. It seemed to be an attempt to figure out who she is and make sense of her past and current life. Of course, she is no longer married to Jay (as the book ends off), and depending on which sources you believe, she is either separated from Tito Ortiz, or happily in bliss. Her craving for motherhood is made clear throughout the book with her early first sexual experiences and yearning to have a true "parent" figure in her life. She takes you through her drug addictions, some photo shoots, the making of her movies, many of her sexual trysts--straight or otherwise, her career, her family drama, and her past. The book is rather long; filled with glossy photos and many black and white pictures from her childhood to present day. I would like to see her write a followup to she where she is in her 'head space' now. Her constant searching for approval, belonging, acceptance, and love is clear throughout, and manifests itself in many different ways (sex, drugs, attention seeking behavior, codependent relationships). I hope she has been able to find a bit of closure now that she has a family and has settled down and found some peace. This was definitely a fun book to read--very easy to read and surprisingly a fast read as well. The pictures are explicit (as a warning to those who are not comfortable with overt nudity but definitely add to the book. The book is punctuated by several diary entrees throughout her life, which if real, is a neat way to see the chronic issues and insecurities that have plagued her from childhood and sadly followed her to adulthood. This book is not for everyone, but it is definitely interesting!

Janice

I bought this book on a whim many years ago and just never got around to reading it. At the time I was very interested in women's empowerment and sexuality, and since Jenna Jameson did have some crossover success, and was one of the biggest money makers in the porn industry I was interested in reading a little more about how she achieved that success. Honestly, I think she gives herself a lot more credit than she deserves.... she also repeatedly calls herself a "good girl" when describing her childhood, but then goes on to describe early use of alcohol, drugs, assault, and vandalism. I'm pretty sure her definition and my definition of being a "good girl" are two different things. After reading this book - it's not surprising that she made many of the choices she did. Her father, a criminal, at one point a cop, and a drug addict. She and her brother were both heavily addicted to meth, and she had absolutely no positive female influence in her life. She apparently was also raped three times before she turned 20. I don't doubt any of her childhood trauma, however, I'm not sure I believe half of what she writes about - I almost feel bad that I can't take a lot of it seriously, or find it believable in any way. I'd be fascinated to find out what a mental health professional thinks. Also, it's pretty amazing that she never served any jail time, or was never arrested for half of the situations she describes. I don't think I can recommend reading it. It only cost me $1 after all, and maybe 48 hours of my time. It made me feel bad for her more than anything, which is really not what I wanted it to be. *UPDATE*So I looked up Jenna on Wikipedia after finishing this review. She's been arrested twice for alcohol and drugs since then, and has now been divorced three times (although she did finally have twins a few years ago). Sad.

Angeline Peterson

I didn't have high expectations for this book, considering it was written by a porn star with little education. But I came out realizing that Jenna Jameson has a firm grasp of who she is, where she's been, and how to market herself better than any porn star on the planet. She's witty and introspective; making the traumatic times in her life seem like a mere stepping stone. She's been through so much: the death of her mother, drug addiction, the porn industry, yet she managed to come out of the other side a successful woman who didn't let pain get the best of her. I loved this book! And the pictures throughout aren't bad either!

Mindy

I got some sideways looks reading it in waiting rooms and my mom wanted to know why I wasn't reading "something else", and I'm sure there's a large segment of the world that would not enjoy reading this and would find it vulgar and think it shows what society is coming to... and I'm not even saying they're wrong. I don't feel like it was a waste of my time to read it though. It's more interesting and serious than you would think judging by the cover. I'm surprised at some of the serious issues she survived (rape, drug addiction, her friend's murder, unhealthy relationships) and even though the book is really long and I got bored in the middle, I wanted to keep reading to finally get to read that her life got better (which it did). I ultimately liked the styling of the book the most- which you can get a feel of with the cover. I liked that there were pictures throughout the book from all different stages and events in her life and (presumably) photocopies of her journal from middle and high school. It had nice chapter dividers and everything was visually appealing. The writing was good too. It was an easy read, but not because it was lower-level reading. I don't know how much were her words or Neil Strauss', but the stories were interestingly told and no matter who worded it, you can tell Jenna has put serious thought into her life and reflecting and making wise comments about what she's learned. Her journal entries as a young adult confirmed her intelligence and introspective qualities too. And even if you don't want to have things in common with a porn star, she has gone through many of the same basic relationship issues anyone else has on some level. I did get bored in the middle where there is a section that alternates between play-styled dialogue on the page and some of her journal entries from when she was younger. The stories weren't bad, I just preferred the typical narration to the way she had it on the page when her and her brother Tony and her dad were talking about memories. Oh, and she does get RATHER graphic describing some of her real-life sexcapades...

Chris Garcia

The title has nothiong to do with "How to", but is a compelling and well written and unapologetic autobiography of the most successful porn starlet of all time. It traces her beginning from being gang raped when she was 17 to eventually working her way up as a self sufficient and successful CEO of her own company. What emerges that is remarkable is that it is eventually a journey towards middle classness, a journey from dysfunction to social rebellion to social convention all on her own terms. I find that I admire her more and more the more I find out about her as a person. Like Madonna and Lady Gaga, in all of their Whore of Babylon weirdness they represent a new kind of independent liberated woman, even defying the old conventions of feminism,and pushing the edges of the acceptable for women's roles in society.

Amber Kevill

right now im a few chapters in. i am hooked! so nobody aspires to be a stripper or in porn but i think the book really shows 'its not what you do but how you do it' she is such a smart women and lessons can be learnt from her. im surprised how hooked in i am and surprised that she can appeal so well to wemen after being in an industry where she must appeal to men. i agree with other reviews that say its weird that she says about being raped then has pics in that chapter of her from stripping. i have already downloaded her other books to read after. it really is an easy read, and made up from alot of pictures so dont let the length put you off(i also wish the pictures were more in order or had better descriptions as there were pictures from porn movie covers when she is still just stripping and pics of family when thats not the chapter topic). the 3rd part of the book is annoying in that its written as just an interview transcript with diary parts put in

Courtney

Okay. Well. It was interesting. What else can I say about this book? I found myself frustrated because it felt like it was written by, well, someone who never quite took school as a priority and started stripping and having sex on film for money. Which makes Jenna Jameson sound worse than I think she actually is, but... that's how the book reads. The story of her life is a bit predictable with the standard troubled childhood and life of trials and hardships, but to Jenna's credit, she does admit in the book that she realizes that as much as she doesn't want her story to be THAT story - that maybe she would have ended up on the same path without the things she went through and that other people have been through the same drama and wound up as doctors so really, her past is inconsequential. It's an interesting read, but I wish I hadn't shelled out the money it cost me for the hardcover copy. I can't even read it in public because of all the nekkid pictures!

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