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Some Girls: My Life in a Harem Paperback – 27 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; 1 edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296312
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lauren, Jillian [ [ Some Girls: My Life in a Harem ] ] Apr-2010[ Paperback ]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas P. Murphy on 29 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
The author recounts key aspects of her life in this memoire that focuses mostly on her stint at a courtesan in a harem for the royal family in Brunei. Prior to this interlude in her life she reviews aspects of her upbringing with her adoptive parents that alternate from endearing to abusive (the latter occurring from her father, a broker with a penchant for playing show tunes on the piano).From an early age she pursues a course as an actress and continues this at NYU where she stays only for a short time before dropping out. To make ends meet she turns to one of life's oldest professions and this ultimately leads to time in the royal castle/compound where she caters to the needs of the royal family, specifically the males but with considerable material benefits. Most of the action in the harem has to do with the infighting and competition within the ranks of the women who come from many different countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, etc. Life in Brunei is luxurious but restricted as well as "monitored." The author tells her story in the first person with warmth, color, humor, candidness and a good writing style. For the most part she manages to carry the story along and keep one entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexa on 17 Mar. 2015
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I finished this book a while ago now and I am still torn about whether or not I liked it. It was readable, extremely so, and I did enjoy reading it but I am still unsure about how much of the book I can actually believe. Some Girls is an autobiography of Jillian Lauren - an American who became part of the harem of Prince Jefri, one of the princes of Brunei. There is a little background on how she came to become a prostitute and how she was selected to be one of the girls flown to Brunei when she was just 18 years old but most of the story is covers her life in Brunei.

Jillian Lauren is very self-indulgent, a little self-obsessed and seems to think she is shy and insecure when all the evidence points at the exact opposite. She isn’t a particularly likeable person in the book and at times I found myself just rolling my eyes about things she was saying or doing. I’ve no doubt that she must have elaborated events to make them sound more fantastic. The events are extravagent, and extreme and I am sure some of this happened - but I feel there is more to it than is written here. Because of this it is hard to feel much empathy for her and makes you feel like you don't really care how her story finishes and toward the end of the book I found myself wanting to just shake her.

However, despite the short comings this was an oddly compelling and interesting read. Good literature? Definitely not. Good light reading? Yes, I think so. And, at the end of the day, there aren't an abundance of books set in Brunei and this ones gives an interesting insight into a world that was hidden for decades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronika on 4 July 2013
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It was OK, not bad, not good. Nothing too heavy. I liked the way she described things. I didnt when he wanted us to believe she fallen in love with him. (REALLY???) and how she wasted all the furtune she made there...
I liked the insight view on the girls, see what motivated who and to read more about this huge and dangerous GAME. It made me think how different we are and I could not settle being a very rich man`s 200th woman JUST for all the money. Not judging here its just weird.
Anyway. I dont regret reading it, it will make you think!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on 21 April 2012
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I was quick to judge both the book and the author, but the further I got in to it, the more I enjoyed the story and empathised with the author. The blurb on the back led me to believe she was almost sold unwittingly in to life in the Harem, but Jillian Lauren is painfully honest about her own motivations and experiences there. The insights in to daily life in the harem are very interesting, with details on their restricted but indulged lives, the expectations of the girls, and the relationships between them.
Jillian is honest and mostly unapologetic about her lifestyle and behaviour, which makes her an intriguing character.
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By ellison on 18 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
An aspiring actress does some pole dancing and then escort work. She ends up as a toy for a prince for $. She hangs out there being catty with others like her. She returns home for occasional difficult adventures. Whiner. Insightful.
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