“Insatiable: Porn – A Love Story” Review

One of my favorite porn stars has a book. Asa Akira, net worth $1.5 million, paid $2000 a scene. You or your significant other have probably seen her videos online, don’t lie. She came out with Insatiable: Porn – A Love Story earlier this year, and it’s taken me this long to learn about it. I read it in less than 24 hours, and I must say, it contains a buttload of hilarious and sexually-insightful anecdotes that made me laugh out loud and nod in agreement; for example:

Nothing is more of a turnoff than when someone you’re not into texts you.

and

How much I love a guy is in direct correlation with how often I unsolicitedly blow him to completion.

Before I dive into this review, let me just say that it’s not the most well-written book. It could probably do a tumble with an editor for a bit. The first chapter literally starts with a graphic threesome. It was interesting, until I ran across this passage:

Bobby’s cock is great for porn. Big, straight, all one color. It was shiny from the juice coming out of Monica’s pussy, making it look as if Monica was giving birth to it.

What?

Nonetheless, Insatiable was a fun read, despite its lack of an actual culminating message. There was no takeaway or lesson learned from this book. There wasn’t as much scandal or juicy inside-looks into the porn industry like you’d expect. (“What the baby wipe industry doesn’t know (or do they?) is that mothers of newborns are not the ones keeping them in business. It’s sluts. It’s whores. It’s pornstars. In porn, we use baby wipes for everything…. If a girl has baby wipes in her house, but no baby—I’d say she will most likely be down to let you put it in her ass.”)

What this book does offer are detailed descriptions of sex and the seemingly-normal day-to-day events of one Asa Akira, Fleshlight Girl with an award-winning asshole. This is a book about Asa Akira’s love story with porn.

Asa Akira
credit: Inside.com

Through this book, I learned that there are two different productions of porn. Asa explained this in a letter to her Mom:

See Mom, in porn, there are two kinds of productions: Gonzo porn, and Feature porn. In Gonzo, the movies are just straight-up sex—no dialogue, no setup, no scenario. The cameraman uses the camera to maneuver around the people having sex, getting really tight shots of the penetration and stuff.

Feature porn is totally different. It’s considered “classier”—they are like real movies, but with sex scenes integrated into them. There are additional days of shooting only dialogue, and it’s a really long and tedious process. The sex is usually way softer, too—and the camera generally stays on either a tripod or a jib, a safe distance away from the actual sex. It’s marketed more toward couples and women.

Asa also recounts a number of strange encounters during her stint as a dominatrix, a hooker, and a stripper. During her time at the Nutcracker Suite, she recalls sticking a metal rod up her her manager’s dick hole and electrocuting him upon his request. She also shares her brief fling with hooking, taking on only two customers before deciding that it wasn’t for her. And she relives the friendship she fostered with Maury, a kind and rich Jewish man who frequented the Hustler Club’s Champagne Room where she worked as a stripper.

Like I said, this book is rife with thoughts I could relate, too, even if Asa and I don’t share the same lifestyle. There was a humbling feeling I got as I read, as this book humanized not only Asa but people in the porn industry as well. The simple passage below showed that she is more than just a porn star–she is also like any other woman who has the displeasure of cleaning off tacky jizz post-coitus:

I turned on the sink and watched the cum on my hand turn into rubber when it hit the water. Something about cum, once it’s cooled off, is just nauseating. Like my orange juice, it was something I only enjoyed freshly squeezed.

Of course, what if a memoir without dirty details from pre-famous days? Asa grew up in a normal household with parents who are still together. She went to the United Nations International School in New York with a scholarship, and was surrounded by the rich and affluent. She also shares her addiction to Special K (ketamine) (“While all my friends wisely switched nostrils every other line, I insisted it’s better to fuck up one side of my nose completely, than to fuck up both sides mildly.”) when she was younger. She dabbled with all sorts of drugs (although avoiding crack and heroin, which she and her friends deemed drugs for losers) before sobering up by the time she was twenty-two.

Asa also shares my same distaste for the entire state of Florida:

Without question, Florida is the trashiest state in North America. You hear a scandalous story about a woman and her daughter getting into porn together, and you just know it’s happening in Florida. A man with a mullet shoots an innocent bystander because he can’t take a doggy bag home at an all-you-can-eat buffet—you don’t even have to ask! It’s bound to be a story from Florida.

Let’s be real, after the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman brouhaha, you can’t deny that Florida is a cesspool of crazies.

Half the book is like a dedication to her Spanish husband, fellow porn actor Toni Ribas.

asatoni

One chapter reads like a diary, and it documents the first time she and Toni meet, their first film together (DP, of all things, and her first anal), the development of their relationship, leading into their brief engagement and Vegas wedding over the holidays. The way Asa writes about Toni is quite endearing. I can almost picture Miley Cyrus circa 2012 when she was with Liam Hemsworth, her eyes looking up adoringly at him during red carpet events.

Sometimes, when he’s sleeping, I’ll quietly go under the covers and just smell his dick.

and…

There’s nothing I love more than when we have a day off together, and he doesn’t wear any deodorant. I just bury myself in his armpit and breathe.

Tell me how that’s not true love. 😛

If you’re not a fan of erotic novels, I doubt you will enjoy this book. Asa does kiss-and-tell past the point of TMI. If you are into that and Asa Akira, however, then you’ll like this book. It’s not a huge tell-all (or should I say bare-all?), but it does give you a sneak peek into the life of an award-winning porn star.


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