Some Girls

My Life in A Harem

Lauren, Jillian

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Some Girls
At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Plume, c2010
ISBN: 9780452296312
Branch Call Number: 306.74092 L378s 2010
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,21 cm


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A jaw-dropping story of how a NYU theater dropout from the suburbs ends up on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend eighteen months in a prince's harem, only to emerge from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser.

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Oct 02, 2012
  • HOL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love the flow in her poetic writing. Very interesting life, personally I thought the chapters about her in another country were boring compared to her stories in the states, but the book overall is marevelous.

Aug 20, 2012
  • brixton17 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A bit scattered, not as much details on the harem as I would have liked. She had a pretty bad childhood and referred to this in the story several times, perhaps to justify her behavior? I found myself skipping through the pages about her past, because it didn't really apply, and it was generally added in to the story at odd times. Would have liked more information about what happened in Brunei, more details. Lots of moments were glossed over.

Jun 11, 2012
  • Philla15 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I purchased this book from the Friends of the Library sale, needing a book I could leave behind while on a trip. While it was fairly well written and the topic was certainly gripping, by the end of the book I had grown to dislike the main character. This coloured my overall appreciation of this novel. It was interesting to learn more about life in some Arab countries at a certain point in time and the decadence of opulance.

May 26, 2012
  • smichal rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book really left me with so many more questions than answers. The author did not describe much in detail - why did she do all those things such as stripping and becoming a prostitute in the first place? I did read that she seemed to be molested! :( I guess that had a lot to do with it.

What was it like having sex with "Robin"? She totally avoids any description by saying that she spaced out, which is not believable. Why did she return to Brunei a 2nd time? I ignored all the rambling accounts of her Jewish childhood. Why'd she date that douche aftewards (Andy) who made her get an abortion? Why did she get a giant tattoo on her private parts? She seems like she needs help to stand up to these predators!

Dec 20, 2011
  • bicron101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not worth reading. The book of the authers life had some interesting acounts of things she claims happened but the authors view towards many of these events makes it unbelivable

Oct 25, 2011

I liked this book. I read it in two days. If you are not the one who likes judging others, you will enjoy the story. Not too deep? But at least sincere. After I finished it, many questions appeared in my head. the only thing I feel sorry about is that I don't think 18 years old could benefit a lot from such kind of experience and reflect on it. But that is an opinion of woman, not reader

Sep 09, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The author is very clinical in discussing her activities and that seemed a little sad, since a lot of what she chooses to do is lacking in any kind of moral code or emotional underpinning. It's almost as if she's so distanced herself from her life as a prostitute that nobody in the book, including herself, is really human. Everyone seems at heart to lack basic compassion. However, she is honest in that these were choices she freely made.

Aug 03, 2011
  • kpalichuk rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

a pretty quick read; I think i expected something a bit more in-depth with less focus on her life as a call girl.

Apr 05, 2011
  • rmsanford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I received this book for Christmas and read the story through. Lauren tells the most extraordinary tale in a way that makes you understand why she made the choices she did.

A fun bit of trivia; she is currently married to the guitar player in Weezer.

Dec 22, 2010
  • Jmarie22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting book, about a young girl, and her life and experience in the sex industry.

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