As I lay curled up on the bed the other day, thumbing through my review copy of this book, a certain section catches my attention. It’s an excerpt that causes enough of an ache in my genitals that it demands to be read out loud. My narration isn’t entirely self-indulgent, though; Mr. Peaches is in the room sitting opposite me and, as I recite the section in my best ‘alluring’ voice, we both know that I’m trying to seduce him. After I’m done there is a moment of silence before he gets up, moves over to the bed, pulls my trousers down and fucks me there and then.
This, in part, is why this review is so terribly overdue. Girl on the Net’s personal and very intimate tale of ‘A Bad Girl Who Fell in Love’ is so candid, so eloquently composed, and (in many cases) so goddamned arousing that I can’t get through some chapter without wanting to jump Mr. Peaches or without getting jumped after an impromptu recital.
However, as an aspiring academic I also have to admit that research-focused reading often has to take precedence over erotica or other sex-centric reading material. It’s a sad reality of my life that I never seen to have enough time to read the most recent steamy sex publication and it’s why I so rarely review books. I suppose what I’m saying is, Girl on the Net, if you’re reading this and we ever meet up in person then I definitely owe you a glass of wine for the delays.
But my slow efforts to digest this book should not reflect negatively on the book itself, because Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love, is an outstanding read. Filled with all of the elements needed for a truly effective and astutely introspective look at sex, love and everything in between, this is one book that I highly recommend, not just as erotica but as a unique glimpse into the world of adult sex blogging and of one wonderful blogger in particular.
Girl on the Net: A Bad Girl Who Fell in Love
If you don’t know who Girl on the Net is then I strongly advise that you go and check out her site and become acquainted with her wide array of excellent reading material. But, for now, I’ll do my best to provide a summary for the writer herself. Girl on the Net is just that: a girl on the net, sharing her real life experiences when it comes to all the things that people might term as NSFW. Her exploits are varied and her write-ups of said exploits are consistently helluva hot. As it stands Girl on the Net has to be one of my favourite sex writers out there, even if our preferences don’t always align.
This is Girl on the Net’s second book (and, I have to admit, I haven’t read her first) and it acts as a ‘part confessional, part drunken-rant-on-a-bus’ for the tale of Girl on the Net’s growing love of one man, known as Mark. Of course, like all good love stories, there are highs and lows in the tale of Girl on the Net and Mark’s relationship but, as Girl on the Net stresses herself ‘This book is about love, but it’s not a love story’.
This is very true, but it doesn’t detract from the book at all. In fact it actively works in the book’s favour and perfectly complements Girl on the Net’s attitude throughout the anecdotes recounted in the pages of this to-be-continued autobiography. I say anecdotes because each chapter of Girl on the Net’s book, while following a chronology, has its own topic and its own story to tell, making it seem entirely unique. Because of this Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love can be read just as proficiently as a series of articles to dip one’s toes in as it can as a fully-flowing, continuous story.
Considering I read this book intermittently I really appreciated this aspect of Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love. I could return to the book at any point I wanted and I never felt lost; I was never lagging behind or out of the loop. It was as if each time I returned to it I was physically meeting up with Girl on the Net and catching up on life and the philosophical ramblings which match so perfectly with gossip and wine.
And I think this is where Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love really excels. Presented as an intimate tale in more ways than one, there is an approachable informality in Girl on the Net’s writing which makes you feel welcome when it comes to the topics discussed in this book. The author reads as a friend, rather than a dry narrator or someone who is trying too hard to be ‘cool and hip’ in their writing style. This made Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love so much more compelling than any cut-and-dry erotica, and so much more valuable to me personally.
Indeed, rather than presenting straight-up erotica Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love is actually much more holistic in its approach to its topics. Yes, there are more than enough steamy sex scenes, buts there are also open conversations on sexism, gender binaries, sexual assault, body image, baby-pressures and what it’s really like to be a blogger. And, I have to admit, while the sex scenes in this book were compelling, it was everything else that kept me gripped.
As someone who is a sex blogger, has PCOS and suffers from anxiety I truly felt for Girl on the Net at some points in her book because I had been in the same place myself. There were points where I actively stroked a page, subconsciously trying to comfort both Girl on the Net and myself while mentally reassuring us both that “everything is going to be okay”. Any book that musters so much empathy in me will always be considered as effective in my book (pun intended) and Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love was a story so familiar that I couldn’t help but see myself in the author, as facilitated by her bravely honest confessions.
In fact I often found that I related to either Girl on the Net herself (I go with the dragon deck too) or many of the other cast members in this publication. Mark himself reminded me of Mr. Peaches so much in some instances that it was hard not to project at times. A few times I would read out quotes from Mark to Mr. Peaches and he would say ‘This guy sounds like a genius’, which I will take as his seal of approval too.
If there’s anything bad to say about Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love it’s that the compact chapter structure can make longer periods with the book seem like somewhat of a chore. This could be very personal; having got used to academic writing it is rather jarring to me to approach a book with 26 smaller chapters rather than 5-6 larger ones. However, as I said before, each of these chapters are compelling enough as stand-alone sections that they never really lose their charm, even if I sometimes lost my patience with them.
Girl on the Net: How a Bad Girl Fell in Love is described on the cover as ‘Controversial. Honest. Explicit’ and, to me, ‘Honest’ is the one that rings true in the most universal sense. Acting as the confessional that it promised to be, this book provides a vibrant romp into the orgasmic romps of our titular author, but it also offers so much more. This is a book that doesn’t hold back and Girl on the Net succeeds in presenting herself as a vulnerable (but ultimately bad-ass) individual trying, like all of us, to navigate this crazy world as best she can. The result is a compelling read which I highly recommend.
People who like unconventional erotica.
People who are fans of the Girl on the Net blog.
People looking for an easy-to-digest read.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who want pure erotica.
People who dislike Girl on the Net’s writing style.
People who prefer longer chapter structures.