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What an amazingly strange book. Perhaps one of the most intriguing and weird "heroines" of any book I've ever read. I bought this book because it was a daily deal on Audible. It caught my attention, though I can't say for sure why. The main character has not left her apartment or come in direct contact with another human in several years. Explaining why would spoil the story. But rather than shutting herself off from relationships, she has found unique ways to make connections and form "friendships" in her narrow little world. She makes her living, and a very good living, operating as a webcam sex worker, who also happens to be a virgin. She presents the details of her work in such a clinical way most of the time that she might as well be explaining her job as a nurse or a CPA.
The story evolves around the choice she makes to expose herself to the world, a step she thinks is extremely dangerous to others, in order to save another person and eventually, to have a personal relationship. By the end of the book you discover just how resourceful, brave and heroic she truly is.
The writing is tight, it moves quickly and I found myself unwilling to put it down. And while she is so clinical and matter of fact about her profession, there are a couple of topics that might make some people uncomfortable, but they are integral to the story and are what makes her the person she is and drives her to take what she considers a huge risk. The narration was excellent.
One of the best books I have read this year.
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overall: this book had me, then dragged me into a shallow puddle, then left me there, then told me the same thing again again as I had damp clothes on for the next 5 hours.
there are seductive moments Torre captures very well. women have certain titillating features that slowly pull a man into her. she grabs at these features.
Torre plus the narrator capture Annie the best. everything about her feels realistic.
con: the story
after a short time the main characters constant speculation and pondering get annoying. it's like thoughts talking about thoughts. it's like she spends more time being self aware then actually doing anything. there were points were I was like OK we get it....STFU n move on.
maybe this story would be better read than heard.
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