Book Review: Asa Akira’s Insatiable Porn A Love Story

~ Book Review: Insatiable Porn – A Love Story By: Asa Akira ~

            Backstory: Last month, I accidentally stumbled upon Bobby Lee’s podcast, Tiger Belly. I watched a few of them on Youtube and saw the one where Asa Akira was promoting her book. I know Asa Akira is a porn star and considered the biggest Asian-America in porn. I didn’t know anything else besides that. Listening to her on the podcast, she seemed very real, interesting, and sounded articulate. I decided to give her book a try. Buying the new one was a bit expensive, but her first one was within my price range. I got it and quickly started reading it.

 

About Me: Before I start my review, I want you to know a little bit about me. My parents are quite conservative and traditional. Instead of rebelling against it, I actually embraced it. Therefore, there are a lot of things I have never done and probably will never try. There was a time, I wondered if what I was doing could actually be called ‘living’. I was finally able to come to the conclusion that this straight and fine line which I walk every day makes me, me! I apologize for the cheesiness. Truthfully, I’m not as straight edge now since I no longer live under my parents’ roof, but that doesn’t change the basis of who I am. Anyways, I know deep inside every good girl, there is a wild child that never blossomed. I wonder if I would be completely different to the point of being unrecognizable if I could just push through my rigid moral compass and let my forever coma induced wild side out. That’s probably why I love reading about the lives of wild characters/people. It’s too late for me; I’m stuck on my ways, but I still want to live through the craziness vicariously. That’s how I want to preface this review: it’s written by someone you may consider as a goody two shoes (with a shockingly liberal mindset) who is easily impressed because she has experienced nothing. With that out of the way, here’s my review.

 

Review: Right from the beginning, I was hooked. The first chapter told readers that this will be an honest and sexually explicit book. That’s what I wanted. It was kind of educational, to me. Readers follow the ups and downs, life transitions, relationships, and sex career of Asa Akira’s mostly adult life with tiny bits of her teenage years. She’s not a perfect human (though who is?) and owns it. She owns her craziness, love her sex, need for attention, bad eating habits, and insecurities. She’s a girl, a woman, and that’s that.

One of my favorite parts is the haikus. They are so witty and hilarious. Overall, I think, I love reading things I’ll ever have the balls to try through Asa Akira’s perspective such as the porn industry, hooking, and sex dungeons happenings. She can be quite brutal with her opinions. Insights on anal sex and the love life of a porn actress were super enlightening.

I have to say that51xixdnfrql-_sx328_bo1204203200_ I was expecting more shocking revelations about doing porn and the porn industry, but I understand this is a memoir and not an expose. Also, this is not a big deal, but I did not like the chapter, break up letter. It was a cute concept, but I didn’t like the execution. However, it holds much truth. Everyone will eventually grow and mature thus things change. Additionally, I didn’t like the chapter, diary. I just kind of rushed through it. By the way, I wonder how the arrangement of chapters was decided. It’s not in chronological order. Knowing nothing about the author, at times, I fell behind. It wasn’t hard to catch up, but looking back, it would have been if I took a long break between reading it.

The best thing about this book is Asa Akira. She’s an honest and true narrator. I think it humanizes her which is a good thing. Though she is honest and true, sometimes she will answer with there’s just no rhyme or reason. At times, my simple mind longs for a reason or justification. We can’t always get what we want, I suppose.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the book. It was an entertaining read. The author is very blunt, fun, and has lived a life most people will never have.

Afterword: The copy of the book I bought comes with a new afterword by the author. She talks about reading upsetting reviews especially from feminists. I honestly don’t know why or how you can pick up a book like this and not go into with an open mind and come out hating it. I shake my head to those self-proclaimed feminists who trashed this book because Asa Akira is a real woman living in her own truth. img_3628

Spoliler-ish: Last thing, Asa Akira recounts an incident where a stranger at the airport grabs her breast. She was in shock and never thought she would react with confusion and tears. She thought if something like this ever happens to her that she would fight back or something. I remember this scene because I can relate. I was once at a club and was already warned that there was a guy going around and grabbing girls’ butts. In the midst of jumping up and down, I felt someone pinch my butt. I was confused. Did someone really pinch my butt? I was warned beforehand, so I should have been ready to fight back. I turned around, but there were too many people to try and guess who did it. I left the dance floor feeling sad and disappointed. I should have quickly grabbed that arm or do something. That’s when I realize why so many people get away with molestation. No one expects it and when it happens, the victim is frozen in shock, completely speechless, and cannot recover quickly to fight back. Wow! That was a long anecdote not about the book. I apologize.

Final Thoughts: I liked this memoir. It was eye-opening. I don’t know if I can recommend it to the faint at heart, but if you can read books about loose morals, explicit sex, and drug usage, then you’ll be in for a ride.

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