Book Review — Insatiable: Porn, a Love Story by Asa Akira

Insatiable: Porn - A Love StoryInsatiable: Porn – A Love Story by Asa Akira
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this. I mean, it’s a book written by a porn star. Anything could happen.

*First warning, this one is not for the squeamish. This takes erotica and goes all-in. Nothing is left up to the imagination. In fact, I’m not even sure my imagination went that far before reading this.*

But that’s not what ruined it for me.

There was nothing of substance here. No insights into the adult entertainment industry. No revelations about the life of a porn star. Definitely no feminist themes.

The whole things reads like a series of unconnected, disorganized anecdotes. After reading each chapter you can’t help but think “so, what?”

(It’s also really hard to empathize with the ultra-wealthy who spend money so frivolously. $10,000 on an hour of sex, no big deal. Getting high and blowing $30,000 on Elvis paraphernalia, why the hell not. )

And did I mention it’s badly written? There’s a reason most authors write 6-10 books before anything of theirs gets published. There’s a reason famous people hire ghost writers.

Everyone wants to write a book. And well, honestly, your first one is going to suck. It’s nothing personal, it’s just a fact of writing. (Similar to how the first time you sit down to play piano or swing a baseball bat, you’re not going to do dazzle a crowd or hit a homer.)

Also, look, I have an open mind, but that doesn’t mean I read without bias.

My main passion and hobby is reading, and I have a feeling that you enjoy it too. Our idea of a fun time and Asa’s cannot be more fundamentally different. Let’s just say that high school nights for me did not involve hanging out, stealing things, doing drugs, and orgies. I’m not judging here, I’m just saying that I can’t relate.

Asa obviously enjoys what she does and has achieved her dreams. I wish her nothing but the best with the rest of her career.

But in the end, if you’re looking for an empowering book about women, feminism, or the porn industry, look elsewhere. Though it may seem titillating, I suggest you pass this one up.

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