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One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (Five Star Paperback) Paperback – 4 Jul 2005

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New Ed edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852427884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852427887
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A warm and erotic book, packed with intense sexual experiences (Diva)

This coming of age tale is the latest women-can-write-about-sex-too bestseller (Metro)

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Love may be hard to find, but sex waits at every turn

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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present several years ago but only now read it (I started it a couple of times in the past but the lack of somewhat gripping plot and the absence of any deep meaning behind the explicit diary entries of the young girl made me abandon "100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed" every time). I finished it today and, as you can see from my rating, I did not like it. It seemed a bit pointless, very juvenile, not at all insightful and quite a sad "search for love" of one [very] young Italian girl. Of course, sex sells, and I can imagine the uproar the book made in Catholic Italy, especially taking into account that Melissa P. (Melissa Panarello, that went on to write a few more books, which never repeated the initial success of "100 Strokes...", which sold over 2 million copies around the world) comes from a small Sicilian city.

To sum up, Melissa P. loses her virginity at the tender age of 14, at 16 she is having group sex with 5 men, she plays Lolita to her math teacher and dominatrix to a married guy she meets online. All of her sexual escapades she documents in the diary (which does not reflect on anything else in her life, it's just her sexual adventures with occasional sentence about her search for one true love thrown in). The said dairy, of which we are given extracts, is only about 160 pages long, it starts abruptly and abruptly it ends, with Melissa's quest for love over when she finds her prince (literally).

While the book has imminence, it lacks any insight into Melissa's brain, her background and why she came to be who she is. I hoped for clues, I searched for hint, but it seems all Melissa P. cared to document was numerous sex scenes, which, after the initial shock, became quite predictable and tedious.
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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present several years ago but only now read it (I started it a couple of times in the past but the lack of somewhat gripping plot and the absence of any deep meaning behind the explicit diary entries of the young girl made me abandon "100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed" every time). I finished it today and, as you can see from my rating, I did not like it. It seemed a bit pointless, very juvenile, not at all insightful and quite a sad "search for love" of one [very] young Italian girl. Of course, sex sells, and I can imagine the uproar the book made in Catholic Italy, especially taking into account that Melissa P. (Melissa Panarello, that went on to write a few more books, which never repeated the initial success of "100 Strokes...", which sold over 2 million copies around the world) comes from a small Sicilian city.

To sum up, Melissa P. loses her virginity at the tender age of 14, at 16 she is having group sex with 5 men, she plays Lolita to her math teacher and dominatrix to a married guy she meets online. All of her sexual escapades she documents in the diary (which does not reflect on anything else in her life, it's just her sexual adventures with occasional sentence about her search for one true love thrown in). The said dairy, of which we are given extracts, is only about 160 pages long, it starts abruptly and abruptly it ends, with Melissa's quest for love over when she finds her prince (literally).

While the book has imminence, it lacks any insight into Melissa's brain, her background and why she came to be who she is. I hoped for clues, I searched for hint, but it seems all Melissa P. cared to document was numerous sex scenes, which, after the initial shock, became quite predictable and tedious.
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By Lisa_R on 23 Sept. 2014
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Very brave. Writes beautifully- clearly a little pretentious in places- but she was very young when she wrote this. A masterpiece in its own right. To be appreciated properly for what it is by few - but this is true of all art.
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By Kathryn on 11 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
What a lovely book, so sad yet so erotic. What freedom this girl had, no family abuse here......So much is destroyed for people in their youth.
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