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Book Review: How to Murder Your Life

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Cat Marnell’s addiction memoir is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Written in a chatty tone with needle-sharp whit, each chapter moves at such a wild and incessant pace I practically felt I was riding her Adderall high.

How to Murder Your Life is an honest, funny and predominantly bleak recount of Marnell’s progression from prescribed Ritalin to sniffing coke, popping MDMA, smoking spice and injecting heroin all while living a flash life as a beauty editor in New York.

Marnell throws her readers into the heart of the action. It’s impossible not to get swept up in her drama. My heart ached as she recalled moments of feeling devastatingly lonely, looking for comfort in the darkest of places and watching everything she worked so hard for slip from her grasp as her addiction escalates, eventually taking over.

What’s great about Marnell’s memoir is she quite simply does not give a damn. Throughout the book she is unshakingly herself, no matter how cruel, twisted and ugly things get. And trust me, they do. Her honesty is raw, her stories are terrifying, and her writing style is absolutely intoxicating.

Believe me when I say this book is not for the faint-hearted. There were moments when I had to put the book down and take a moment’s breath before subsequently picking it straight back up and losing myself for a few more hours. Read with caution, but absolutely, read this book.

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