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Girl With a One Track Mind: Exposed Paperback – Unabridged, 5 Mar 2010
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`In 2006, Abby Lee's anonymous blog detailing her very colourful love life was turned into a bestselling book, but soon afterwards her cover was blown. This memoir reveals how being outed turned her life upside down. With large dollops sauciness, this is a fascinating read - but not one for the faint-hearted!' --Cosmopolitan
`The bright author's sequel follows what happened after her identity was exposed - how she coped with her family, friends and the media knowing about her intimate secrets - and will appeal to fans of the first book.'
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The author of this review appears to be confusing Belle de Jour (Dr Brooke Magnanti) who 'outed' herself in The Times, with Girl with a One Track Mind (Zoe Margolis) who was was outed by The Times. The consequence of this was that Zoe lost her job in the film industry as a runner. The small size of that industry, where reputation is everything, meant that she could not find further work - call me old fashioned, but that looks like a career killer to me!
I picked up the first 'Girl With a One Track Mind' some time after Zoe was outed as a casual airport bookstore purchase and much enjoyed its mix of diarised sex exploits and handy hints & tips. Only subsequently did I track back to the blog to discover what the consequences of that book release were and the controversy caused. Since then I have followed the blog with interest, as well as having Zoe on my Twitter 'Follow' list.
Having tracked the blog back to the point where she was outed, much of the story re-told in 'Exposed' was familiar to me. In essence the book falls into two parts; a continuation where the first book left off, and the outing and subsequent events. I would say that if you enjoyed the first book, then you will no doubt enjoy the first part of the book. The real meat of the story though is in the second part of the story, at which point we begin to see Zoe's apparently confident exterior disintegrate in the face of a situation not of her own making (no matter what your views on the viability of internet anonymity). Where the book improves on the blog, is in the way in which it provides the glue to hold the story together, as we see what was going on 'behind the scenes' of the blog posts and how friends and family were reacting to the situation. Towards the end of the book we begin to see the emergence of a new career for Zoe, and that is where I would anticipate the next book taking us.
A good read and at times very instructive on the modus operandi of the British press.
This particular tome keeps up the fantastic quality of writing style, but is far more insightful as we get to not only the identity of the girl, but also deep into the heart and mind of who she actually is.
It details how everything changed for her upon the public outing of her identity, in a manner that left me angry and at times, exasperated by the hypocrisy of the gutter press.
The fact that the reader already knows she will be exposed makes it a gripping read as one awaits the revelation in each turn of the page as the year progresses. When once exposed, so to speak, we then are taken into the murky world of the tabloids, and the frustration and despair of a life destroyed for the want of a cheap headline.
However, the last laugh is to be had by the wonderful Zoe as she finds herself forced into a new life, and a new career and a new identity - that being HERSELF!
All in all, a great read, and for anyone who has read 'girl with a one track mind' it is a MUST read!
I admire Zoe for writing so openly about her insecurities and I admire her for showing a more vulnerable side to her in this book. That said there is still enough sex, scandal and secret fantasies to keep you hooked and shouting out with joy that someone else thinks/feels the same way as the rest of us. I also found myself giggling at the little annotations, diagrams and `how to' sections. They are witty and accurate representation of our attitudes and behaviours.
I would recommend to men and women of all ages. It is a real eye opener and I wish there were more titles that realistically illustrate that women can be sexual, dominant and successful yet still feel exposed, want a family and find love.
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