At the age of 15, Cat Marnell unknowingly set out to murder her life. After a privileged yet emotionally starved childhood in Washington, she became hooked on ADHD medication provided by her psychiatrist father. This led to a dependence on Xanax and other prescription drugs at boarding school, and she experimented with cocaine, ecstasy - whatever came her way. By 26 she was a talented 'doctor shopper' who manipulated Upper East Side psychiatrists into giving her never-ending prescriptions; her life had become a twisted merry-go-round of parties and pills at night and trying to hold down a high-profile job at Condé Nast during the day. With a complete lack of self-pity and an honesty that is almost painful, Cat describes the crazed euphoria, terrifying comedowns and horrendous guilt she feels lying to those who try to help her. Writing in a voice that is utterly magnetic - prompting comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis and Charles Bukowski - she captures something essential about both her generation and our times. Profoundly divisive and controversial, How to Murder Your Life is a unforgettable, charged account of a young female addict so close to throwing her entire life away.
©2017 Cat Marnell (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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Maybe I'm biased because I already love Cat but omg this was total perfection. Love!
"Drugs , beauty magazines and rat attacks"
Loved listening to Cat's story. She's been through some crazy shenanigans & it's very entertaining.
"Get a Grip, Woman!"
It's hard to relate or have sympathy for a woman who has lived a comfortable life of enormous privilege yet can't stop messing up her life so shamelessly. I felt like shaking her and telling her to get a grip. I wasn't invested. Almost at the end and I can tell she's not going to be clean, and no redemption at the end. There's no motivation or reason, somebody will always be there to wipe her backside and insulate her from life's realities. I'm sure she's a nice person but it doesn't emerge in this story. if she really has talent, get back and rise to the top drug-free. then I'll read your follow-up and be really glad for you.
no, unless she becomes more humble
it was read with feeling, like somebody who enjoyed acting out her life.
"She should move to Thailand and write some more :)"
It's obviously not as sad as it would be minus the large house, wealthy parents, expensive boarding school and exciting beauty industry jobs. I don't love her life and by the end of the book I sighed audibly when she said she had reconnected with her family, that they were all alive, that she kind of ate and slept 8 hours every day. She seems like a sweet, smart girl and that is probably the reason why you end up wishing her the best. There's also a part of me, as a former biologist, that is amazed at the resilience of the human body :)
Parts are really absorbing and the honesty is refreshing. But long lists of designer names and cosmetics are tedious. Ms Marnell may have included them as an ironic contrast to the grim consequences of drug taking but they are still tedious. Also, there's no analysis of why the writer behaves as she does. Deep reflection may not have been the object of this book but it left me unsatisfied.
"A long way to go"
Great performance. Addiction isnt about the chemical hook of drugs, its about soul holes and gaps in our social network. Cat clearly has so much potential, I hope she fills her world with good people who are true friends, that's how we recover.
Cat marnell is a brave women who has been through a lot. The book gripped me from star to end I was hooked.
"Love it 💋"
Won't be for everyone, but for a female millennial, it was incredibly relatable. Not because I can relate to her drug addiction, this book is about so much more than that- it's feminist, its achingly confessional and it's cool af.
"How to murder your life"
Cat's honesty is always refreshing and her delivery was fantastic (apart from the screams. AHHHHHHHH!)
"Terrible audio narration"
The story is actually ok but the author spoils it by narrating it herself. She already has a very high voice pitch and and half of the time she just shouts. It is difficult to endure. Additionally, I found the ending quite pathetic. 'Im still on drugs but Im so much healthier and happier now' - sounds silly and insulting to anybody who knows just a little bit about addiction. It feels like her piblisher forced her to finish on an optimistic note.
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