Posted by: koolwine | October 7, 2016

Brunei: Some Girls

Some Girls by Jillian LaurenAn eighteen-year-old Jersey girl jumps at the chance to earn $20K in two weeks by attending parties thrown by the insanely wealthy Prince of Brunei. The young but savvy former escort quickly becomes one of the Prince’s favorites, and winds up staying a year and a half. Lauren interweaves her exotic adventure story with the details on how an upper middle class kid from the suburbs becomes a sex worker.  

Country Focus: Brunei

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
By Jillian Lauren
Published by Plume, 2010.
339 pgs.

Genre: Memoir

About the author: Lauren has penned a post-Some Girls memoir called Everything You Ever Wanted and the novel Pretty.  She’s still living large with rock star husband Scott Shriner (the bassist for Weezer), and their two adopted special-needs sons from Ethiopia.

World Lit Up Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5,  with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)

Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren


After the shops closed at nine p.m., security guards opened the doors for us. Salesgirls stayed late in the stores and we kept shopping, my arches aching in my sandals as we power-walked the dim corridors of the closed malls. I started throwing down Chanel gowns on on the counter without even trying them on. I figured I might as well go until I hit my spending limit, but I hit a wall of exhaustion first and gave up. We drove back to the hotel close to midnight. I had been shopping since eleven that morning.

“What was my limit anyway?” I asked the bodyguard when we were in the car. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t hit it. I had certainly tried.

“You didn’t have one. No limit only for some girls. Only for very special girls.”


  1. For some reason I read this book before starting my global reading project. Which means by my rules, I have to find another Brunei book, which is not so easy!


    • Good luck! As far as I can tell, there’s not much out there. I would have liked to have found a book that offered some insight into the life of an average Bruneian.


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