Getting Off - Erica Garza

Getting Off

By Erica Garza

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Getting Off book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 28 Ratings)

Getting Off Erica Garza Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A courageous account of one woman’s unflinching and ultimately hopeful journey through sex and porn addiction.

A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame – these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off.

What sets this courageous and riveting account apart from your typical misery memoir is the absence of any precipitating trauma beyond the garden variety of hurt we’ve all had to endure in simply becoming a person ― reckoning with family, learning to be social, integrating what it means to be sexual. Whatever tenor of violence or abuse Erica’s life took on through her behavior was of her own making, fueled by fear, guilt, self-loathing, self-pity, loneliness, and the hopelessness those feelings brought on as she runs from one side of the world to the other in an effort to break her habits —from East Los Angeles to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, through the brothels of Bangkok and the yoga studios of Bali to disappointing stabs at therapy and twelve-steps back home.

In these remarkable pages, Garza draws an evocative, studied portrait of the anxiety that fuels her obsessions, as well as the exhilaration and hope she begins to feel when she suspects she might be free of them. And yet there is no false or prepackaged sense of redemption here. Even her relationship with the man she will ultimately marry seems credibly, painfully rocky as it finds its legs with several false starts. Erica’s increasing sense of self-acceptance and peace by journey’s end feels utterly earned, and absent of recovery platitudes.

In exploring the cultural taboos surrounding sex and porn from a female perspective, Garza offers a brave and necessary voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that Internet culture has had on us all.

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User reviews about this book

  • Not what I expected.

    By JorgeA2
    After reading several reviews online about this book with much anticipation and excitement. Erica Garza is a very talented writer and storyteller and the story of her growing up in southern California and the struggles of childhood, the intricacies between her and her parents and schoolmates was very interesting and captivating. I was very disappointed though with stories of her sex life. Reading reviews on the book I expected many torrid details much, much wilder and adventurous sexual escapades. None of which were provided. Yes she was very sexually active but nothing out of the ordinary and to what I was led to believe I would read about.

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