The 'Sex/Life' Source Material Is Just as Steamy as the Netflix Show

Is 'Sex/Life' based on a book? The Netflix show tells the story of a suburban housewife and mother and her exploration of sex. Learn more here.

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Feb. 28 2023, Updated 2:04 p.m. ET

Mike Vogel and Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life'
Source: Netflix

Many Netflix subscribers who watched Sex/Life were captivated by its jaw-dropping moments. But because of the nature of the show, which features tons of nudity and, as the title would suggest, sexual content, some viewers have wondered if it's based on a true story. Or, at the very least, a book.

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The series tells the story of Billie, a housewife and mother whose boredom in her marriage leads her to start journaling and taking vivid trips down memory lane to recall her sexual exploits with an ex-boyfriend, Brad. The Netflix series has won over many viewers who want to know more about the story behind it.

Adam Demos and Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life'
Source: Netflix
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Is 'Sex/Life' based on a book?

Not only is Sex/Life based on a book, but the book is actually a memoir called 44 Chapters About 4 Men written by author BB Easton. In the book, BB recalls her own sexual experiences and in that way, the show is a journey for her that differs from what the viewers see as they watch the story unfold through the eight episodes of Sex/Life.

She explained to Oprah Daily that writing the book allowed her to relive those times in her life and now, the show has done the same thing.

"That was the most cathartic experience for me," BB told the outlet. "It helped me form a bridge between my current life and the girl I used to be. I was living my current life but I was writing about all these fun experiences, and it helped me feel like I was the same person."

In real life, BB never left her husband for another man. She does, however, relive some of her past experiences through her memoir.

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Sarah Shahi in 'Sex/Life'
Source: Netflix

Now, BB and her husband get to enjoy seeing it all play out on Sex/Life with the rest of us. She admitted that seeing her story on the small screen has been a dream she "didn't even know" she had. And you can still buy 44 Chapters About 4 Men on Amazon if you feel so inclined to get a look at the story that inspired the Netflix series.

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Season 2 of Sex/Life drops on Netflix on March 1, 2023.

Season 1 of Sex/Life ended with something of a cliffhanger. Billie chose to stay with her husband, only to run back into the arms of her sultry ex-boyfriend in the final moments of Episode 8. This left the door open for Billie to continue to explore her options in Season 2 — and based on the trailer, that's exactly what she does.

Except, it looks like Brad might have moved on with someone else already.

Will Season 2 focus on a different story from author BB's past? Either way, there are options, and the book and show version of Sex/Life have a growing fan base.

Watch Sex/Life now on Netflix.

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