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Dork Whore – Iris Bahr June 10, 2007

Posted by reddlissa in Literary Journal.
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Thanks to Heather for lending me this absolutely hysterical novel…

Fresh out of the Israeli army, twenty-year-old Iris Bahr decides to follow in the footsteps of many before her and backpack through Asia.  Unlike the average traveler, however, she has more in mind than seeing the sights: she is on a desperate mission to lose her virginity.  From seedy hotel rooms in Bangkok to opium-fogged jungle compounds, Iris winds her way through Asia and, inevitably, through her own complicated past.  But each adventure, whether heartbreaking or hysterical, brings her closer to the realization that she’s got something more inmportant to lose than just her virginity — her own insecurities.  (from back cover)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There are parts that made me laugh aloud, parts that left me cringing in fear of what may happen next, and parts that brought back memories of my own experiences and hang-ups.  Although Iris borders on being annoying at times it completely fits the actions and thinking of a 20-year-old so she can be forgiven.  I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a touching yet totally hysterical read.

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