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

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!

Chris

OK, you already know the stereotype of the Stripper/Porn Actress: Raped at an early age, an emotionally un-involved father, and the meth-head, tattoo shop owner boyfriend--who's uncle raped her and then raped and strangled her best friend. The author is a self-confessed E! junkie and it definately shows in her writing style. She never seems to let the facts get in the way of a good story. The timeline seemed to jump erratically, and the narrative was constantly interrupted by useless teenage diary entries and family round-table conversations that, in my mind's eye, would have been filmed from a high angle with a grainy black and white hand-held camera. These "intimate moments" often contained contrary facts to what was previously written. Jenna ends the book with her "true love": a man who continually leaves town for month on end, and changes the locks on her when she storms out of the house after arguments involving breaking all the dishes and decorations in the house.She does add some humorous, if raunchy, anecdotes, pointers for other molestees to get into porn, and a bit of kiss and tell of the A-List. This is an autobiography that could definately have used a better editor. Now, a number of years after the book was written, it is funny to listen to her bad mouth her former husband.

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.

Vanessa

Maybe it's all Howard Stern's fault - but ANYTHING Porn, that's not really porn, I just gotta read. Jenna really truly is a good person and her memoir is both funny, sad, touching, and totally interesting from start to finish. She's a straight shooter and tells her story, just the way it happened. There's a bit too much packaging: goofy comics, lots and lots of photos - but hey, she'll do anything for her fans. Would love to have a meal with her one day.

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.

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!

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!

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.

Nags

The book had some predictable content but far less than you would imagine. The narrative is candid (sometimes too much so) and a light, quick read. There are some excerpts from Jenna's diary which looked so genuine that I would be very surprised if they forged it. It's also amazing to see how her dad took to the news of her becoming a porn star - very well in fact, although she came from a reasonably "normal" family. Her relationship with her brother is also pretty special. Some parts of it really surprised me, like how she has included an actual contract to act in a porn movie, tips for aspiring porn stars, etc. Although it was probably very conservative of me to think this, most porn stars make a choice to be where they are. The money is quick, they only work about 20 days a year, and if you make it big, there's no looking back, much like any other career choice. There are conversations between Jenna, her brother and her dad that's recorded verbatim. They were interesting in the beginning but soon started to drag and get boring. Wouldn't really recommend this unless you are very curious about how someone would go about becoming a porn star or Jenna's life in particular (it's very detailed that way). The ending is a happy one - she gets married. The book is pretty huge and I gave up after going halfway or so and then skimmed the rest of the pages. Note: there are some graphic pictures in the book so not something you want to leave lying around the house.

Agi

Interesting. A story of a wild girl, even tho she is trying to convince everyone, that she use to be a good girl (yeah, not buying it). I enjoyed reading it, but its one time, fast read, to relax- if you enjoy reading about adult industry, drugs and wild life of porno star of course :) The most interesting thing for me was to see who she became, how she was changing, having a dad who was running from responsibility of having kids, mum gone when she was so young, granny being an alkoholic, and drug addicts both her brother and her boyfriend. Book ends well, but her real life now, when she is 40, is not so honky dory. So while book gave me impression of life smart, relationship silly girl, but one that lands on four legs always, it seems like she lost it in her real life.

Eva Leger

I didn't really know what to expect with this but I'd heard some good things about it and wanted to try it. I'm not a huge Jenna fan but I do like the woman and find her very attractive and interesting. This reads like a memoir which is what I was hoping for so I'm happy. I was wondering at first how she had so much to write about because it's not a thin book by any means, almost 600 pages with some pictures included. She did it though, she kept me wanting to know more the entire time. She told about her childhood, her family and friends, her career, everything with enough detail for it to be interesting and not so much that it gets boring. I just found out that this isn't her only book and I do plan on looking at what else she has written.

Callie Rose Tyler

This book contains adult material....duhThis book is enjoyable but it really depends on what you are hoping to get out of it.Going into this I knew absolutely nothing about Jenna Jameson and quite frankly, I don't know if I would have been able to pick her out of a line-up. (This has now changed since this book has approximately 3,000 billion pictures of Jenna in various stages of undress.)No, I'm not a fan, the reason I picked this up was because I had recently watched the Lovelace bio-pic starring Amanda Seyfried and I really loved it. Before that I watched The Notorious Bettie Page and was enthralled so I thought this book would be right up my alley, and at first it was.I would say that the first half of this book was very interesting as it chronicled her childhood and life as a teen-aged stripper. However, once she becomes established in the adult film industry everything begins to feel very repetitive....I dated this loser and cheated on him with this person and was drunk and did drugs and slept around....again and again. There are a few interesting anecdotes and celebrity cameos: Bruce Willis is an arrogant perv, Tommy Lee is needy and clingy, Marilyn Manson is actually pretty weird, and Howard Stern is nice, well sort of. It had it's moments but overall once you pass the 300 page mark everything kind of runs together and you are so desensitized that nothing is really shocking anymore. As I said before there are a ton of pictures but very few have captions and none of them are chronological. It would have been nice if the pictures related to what was happening in the book at that time. For example, how about not having a topless photo sandwiched between diary entries from when you were 10 years old. Not only are the pictures shown with no years or dates attached but she rarely references dates or years in her writing which can make it very difficult to follow.However, if I take a step back I think that the real reason I only 'liked' this over 'really liked' is due to my expectations. Both Lovelace and Betty Page went through some terrible, terrible things but when it came down to it they were just innocent girls that got caught up in a corrupt industry. Both of these ladies turned away from the 'p' word and made good. Jenna's story does not take this direction. This poor girl experienced terrible abuse and was raped several times throughout her life but doesn't ever seek justice or make a stand against rape. In fact there are a few times when she is raped and then makes the monster her boyfriend. All these years later and I don't see a ton of reflection. It's more like oh well, boys will be boys, it all worked out in the end. WTF?! At one point Jenna insists that she still would have joined the adult movie biz even if she hadn't been abused and I find it hard to believe since she herself says at the end that if so and so hadn't raped me I would have never met this person or made this career jump. She actually comes across as accepting of rape and treats it like it isn't as big of a deal as it actually is and that really bothered me. She constantly let's men take advantage of her, in fact a man calls her a whore threatens to kill her dog and she marries him, and that's supposed to be a happy ending?I guess I was looking for a tale of redemption or empowerment and that's my problem since this book is not obligated to be inspiring. Overall, her story was interesting but not reflective or thoughtful. I felt like most of the pictures and some of the writing was just fan service. The book is long but she does try to break it up by including diary entries, comic panels, lists, interviews, and pictures...lots and lots of pictures. The first 300 pages are really entertaining and the rest of the book is just a slow decline. Do not read if you are looking for an inspiring story featuring a strong woman.

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

Jackie

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was an eye opening (and occasionally a jaw dropping) look into a world whose reality I could not even dream of. I came out of the book with a great deal of respect for her, which I would never have guessed going into it.

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!

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