"Some Girls: My Life in a Harem" by Jillian Lauren
At the age of 18, Jillian Lauren was a theatre school drop-out and sex worker. She had worked as both a stripper and escort when she got word of a job that would pay $20,000 for two weeks of spicing up the parties of a Singapore businessman. But when she arrived, she learned that the job was really to be a part of the harem of the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei.
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem is the story of Lauren's childhood, how she ended up as a sex worker, the 18 months she spent in the harem as one of the Prince's favourites, and what happened to her life after she left.
This book is frank and honest. There is strong language and Lauren is very open about her jobs in the sex industry. It is interesting to follow along on her journey, on a path that most women would not choose and in an industry that most people are not exposed to.
The details of her life in a harem are incredible. We've all heard stories and rumours about harems as well as about the indulgences of the Royal Family of Brunei, and now Lauren is giving us the real details about this life. However, when it comes to her life in the harem and the scandals, jealousies and fights that one would expect, there isn't much detail.
Some Girls is an okay story about life in a harem but a better story about a woman finding her place in the world, taking a path less chosen, and struggling to define who she is.