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How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat…

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir (edition 2017)

by Cat Marnell (Author)

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Title:How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir
Authors:Cat Marnell (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2017), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell



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The author is so spoiled, pretentious, privileged and full of herself that it's pretty unbearable to read. I thought the story would be somewhat interesting except she never gets better and she never WANTS to get better so it seemed like a fruitless read. It's also a bore to read about some dull girl talk about how beautiful she is while she's starving herself and puking up her food. I have no sympathy for addicts so I'm most assuredly biased but this girl needs a slap in the face and to have everything taken away from her. What a little shit she is. Also, her wig on the back cover is because she was messed up on drugs and left hair dye or hair treatment in too long and basically fried her hair and scalp. That's the sign of a winner in life! But at least she's thin and rich, right? The $500,000 she got for even writing this book is undoubtedly in her arms, snorted up her nose, or inhaled in her lungs. I'm just glad I rented it from the library so she doesn't get a dime from me. She's just trash and she will definitely die from a drug overdose. ( )
  thisismelissaanne | Oct 29, 2018 |
Ridiculous memoir about an honest, and rough, beauty editor. Who knew magazine editors did crack and angel dust? Not me! ( )
  nheredia05 | Jun 12, 2018 |
3.5 stars. Cat Marnell really lets you see what life as an addict is really like. There were so many times I was squirming in my seat because of the decisions she was making, or I guess I should say that her addiction was making. I was very uncomfortable at several points because you could see her life heading in very dangerous and scary direction, but it also felt very real. I really appreciated her candor when it came to her reality. I wish so badly she could have ended the book with a happier note but I guess that's not real life. I know some people have a problem with her writing style, but I enjoyed her conversational tone. It was fun and inviting and it made her feel all the more relatable. If you are into celebrity and fashion and gossip, you will probably enjoy this book because she delves into her life as a beauty editor and her experiences in the NYC fashion industry alongside her addiction to oh so many drugs. ( )
  AmalieTurner | Dec 14, 2017 |
I admit I was extremely intrigued and entertained by Cat Marnell's story and writing style, but I was also extremely irritated and put off by it. I honestly don't think I have ever read anything so vapid and shallow. This is not an uplifting "look at how much I have overcome to get healthy" story. This isn't even a "learn from my mistakes so you don't end up like me" story. This whole story is self-indulgent glamorization of drug addiction that reeks of spoiled white privilege. ( )
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"From Cat Marnell, 'New York's enfant terrible' (The Telegraph), a candid and darkly humorous memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and downtown nightclubs. At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America--and that's all most people knew about her. But she hid a secret life. She was a prescription drug addict. She was also a 'doctor shopper' who manipulated Upper East Side psychiatrists for pills, pills, and more pills; a lonely bulimic who spent hundreds of dollars a week on binge foods; a promiscuous party girl who danced barefoot on banquets; a weepy and hallucination-prone insomniac who would take anything--anything--to sleep. This is a tale of self-loathing, self-sabotage, and yes, self-tanner. It begins at a posh New England prep school--and with a prescription for Attention Deficit Disorder medication Ritalin. It continues to New York, where we follow Marnell's amphetamine-fueled rise from intern to editor through the beauty departments of NYLON, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Lucky. We see her fight between ambition and addiction and how, inevitably, her disease threatens everything she worked so hard to achieve. From the Conde Nast building (where she rides the elevator alongside Anna Wintour) to seedy nightclubs, from doctors' offices and mental hospitals, Marnell shows--like no one else can--what it is like to live in the wild, chaotic, often sinister world of a young female addict who can't say no. Combining lightning-rod subject matter and bold literary aspirations, How to Murder Your Life is mesmerizing, revelatory, and necessary"--… (more)

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