‘How A Bad Girl Fell In Love’ by Girl on the Net

Part confessional, part drunken-rant-on-the-bus, Girl on the Net guides us through the lessons a thirty-something sex blogger has learned about sex and love.

This book takes us on a journey that begins with a happy ending and goes swiftly downhill from there, dismantling some of our myths about romance along the way. Girl on the Net weaves her own relationship issues and surprises through candid personal stories and weird facts gathered from three years of sex blogging.

This book explores key sexual issues facing men and women: porn, kink, commitment, the biological clock, why feminist men are hot, and whether sex and love should really go hand in hand, or whether happiness lies in following your true desire…

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Reviews of How A Bad Girl Fell In Love

London Evening Standard says: “The confessional autobiography of the eponymous, anonymous London sex blogger (and her 13.8k Twitter followers) doesn’t pull a single punch, spank or nipple clamp, bonking its way through 25 chapters of threesomes, throatf***ing and piss-play.” They also called it a ‘romp-com’, which delighted me.

Marvelous Darling: “The first thing I’ll say is that I only got about a chapter into How A Bad Girl Fell In Love before I had to call for a sex break. If you’re familiar with Girl on the Net’s blog, you won’t be surprised to hear that her depictions of sexual exploits are hot as fuck. They really appeal to my desire for simultaneous hotness and efficiency, which is to say that I never found myself skipping sentences to get to the good parts. It’s just… one big good part.”

SexBlogOfSorts: “Personally, I’m sick of heroines who are nice, and uncomplicated – scatty, but essentially good – who know what they want, and always get it in the end. Real women *do* ‘swing erratically,’ though there’s not currently much on the shelves that acknowledges that. Girl on the Net does. It’s what makes this really worth reading.”

Screw Taboo: “If your version of kink is more rough and ready than high protocol, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the sex stories in the book. Those who are more vanilla or whose kink profile differs significantly aren’t uncatered for though. It’s not just about sex. It’s about love, life, mental health, friendship and family.”

This D/s life: “a glorious, fucked up, neurotic, in a very British way, exploration of what it means to be her, and she is just that, confidently her, even when that means she has no clue how this life, love and happiness thing is going to work out (and she seems very sure she will screw it up somehow). I won’t spoil the end but I will tell you that you will enjoy the journey she takes you on to get there.”

HornyGeekGirl: “It is well written, entertaining, honest, and really fucking insightful. More and more of our generation are choosing to do things differently, to not follow the ‘path’ people expect, and so much of this book is telling you, “hey that’s okay, the people who matter won’t care about that stuff”. It can be figured out. Both times I read this book I actually hugged it when I finished, that only happens with very special books, with books that I really connected to.”

Eggplant Emoji: “I smiled a lot while reading How A Bad Girl Fell In Love. It hit the nail on the head on so many things—from compelling explanations of how differently the world treats men and women (“If… I could have kids without pregnancy, keep my job, and get a pat on the back for doing the odd feed or walk in the park, I’d jump at the chance to have them too”) to hilariously honest confessions (“Open relationships look a bit like nightclubs to me: I’d love to be able to enjoy one but I think I’d rather have a nap”). There’s also a Rock Paper Scissors story which may be one of my favourite things I’ve ever read.”

Eyes Skyward: “Though she frequently reminds us that she in no way is offering advice on either sex or love, you can’t help but envy her frankness, passion and willingness to improve herself without ever compromising her own identity. The book is frequently funny, genuinely insightful, and even moving.”

KinkCraft: “The next time someone asks me “What is love?”, this is the book I will point them to. I have never read anyone who is able to express what it means to love someone and to be loved more beautifully or with quite so many swear words.”

SoWhatNow: “That aside, it’s simply a really well-written book. In her previous volume she mentions that she did philosophy at university, and I see remnants of that in how she puts together her arguments (but without any of the, ahem, impenetrability). Her section on pornography is refreshingly direct and sensible — a real treat. Also, look out for whenever she mentions coffee. Also, the Epilogue is very clever: you’ll close the book with a smile on your face.”

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