How to Murder Your Life

How to Murder Your Life At the age of 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 psychiatri

  • Title: How to Murder Your Life
  • Author: Cat Marnell
  • ISBN: 9780091957353
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 wasAt 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 Cond Naste 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 the horrendous guilt she feels lying to those who try to help her Writing in a voice that is utterly magnetic prompting comparisons to Brett Easton Ellis and Charles Bukowski she captures something essential both about 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.

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    1. This is definitely a readable book. The descent to rock bottom is seductive when it happens in such a glamorous way--clubbing, sexy magazine jobs, suffering painted prettily. One thing that is inescapable is that privilege makes addiction sustainable in mind blowing ways. I offer that as observation rather than judgment. There is a good, interesting afterword about where Marnell is now but much of the book is a recitation of addiction and lots of glamorous name/brand dropping without much reflec [...]

    2. If you would like to read the shallow story of a self-described 'privileged white girl' who is an addict, this might be the perfect book for you. Can you guess that the author comes from a dysfunctional family that looks great from the outside but is rotten to the core on the inside? And of course she comes from money. The kicker is that her dad is a psychiatrist who prescribes her uppers and downers and her mother is a psychotherapist. This is a story that is b.o.r.i.n.g. It should never have m [...]

    3. So I was ready to write a pretty negative review of How to Murder Your Life, and then toward the end I turned a sharp corner and realized I was a bit teary and totally engaged in Cat Marnell's story about her addiction. I didn't know anything about Marnell nor do I have much interest in beauty or celebrity, but I gather that she has been the focus of some publicity in the last few years. I don't even remember what piqued my interest when I requested this book because I can only read so many addi [...]

    4. I was a devoted reader of Sassy magazine and have followed Jane Pratt's career ever since, but for whatever reason I didn't hear about her website, xoJane, until it had already been around for a while. In fact, I discovered it just after Cat Marnell, its beauty editor, was let go for problems related to her unrepentant drug use. It was hard to catch up on exactly what had happened after the fact, so I was very curious to read the whole story as recounted by Cat herself in How to Murder Your Life [...]

    5. I heard once that an addict stops maturing at whatever age she starts abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Cat began abusing drugs and alcohol as a teenager, so that might be part of the reason she writes like a teenager. It could also be that she worked for beauty magazines her whole life, but whatever it is, she uses a TON of exclamation points and italics for emphasis and a vocabulary that makes me think I’ve accidently flipped the station to some teen-centric show on CW. It’s an irritating writ [...]

    6. Since we worked in the same industry, I was just as swept away by Cat's clever druggie/beauty column and surrounding drama at the time (I don't know her personally). I wasn't aware of her at Lucky, and when she was writing for xojane, I was like, yeah, why can't she be honest about her Adderall and graffiti-writer blow jobs—at least it's honest, and she has a great voice and sometimes you really do need to know how a liquid lipstick will stand up to a BJ. And then she left for Vice and her col [...]

    7. I am amused by people who requested the book not knowing Cat Marnell nor having any interest in the beauty industry, and post a review about how they hated everything about it. The point of spending money on a book is to buy something that interests you. Read, learn, grown, carry on a conversation, etc. With that said, I have always been a fan of Cat Marnell's writing. From Lucky to VICE. I am also a big fan of her favorite boss (JGJ). Having lived in the same neighborhood, shared friends in the [...]

    8. Ugh, I loved it. I LOVED it. Can't remember the last time I devoured a book like this. I was totally caught up in the "wtf is WRONG with her" train during the XO Jane days (and her behavior as described in the book, especially then, is so abhorrent). But she's a fantastic writer -- witty and self-aware and piquant. I just really thought it was great and hope the best for her.

    9. In an unsurprising continuation of my accidental theme of 2017, I loved this book about yet another unlikeable female main character. From fiction to nonfiction, Hausfrau to The Rules Do Not Apply, I have found a real affinity for these flawed women and their stories. I've liked Cat Marnell's writing since her time at xoJane and Vice. My familiarity with her work made this book much more enjoyable for me; if I hadn't had any prior knowledge of her life and writing, I doubt I would have been as i [...]

    10. When I started this book, I wasn't sure I would finish it. The beginning is disjointed, disturbing, and filled with exclamation points. I kind of felt like I was reading what an overly friendly and terribly drunk girl at a bar was babbling to me. It took me awhile to adapt to her style. I also have virtually no personal experience with drugs. She was naming pills I've never even heard of. What saved the story a little is that I did end up finding it interesting. Beauty products are another love [...]

    11. ספר מיותר ומשמים. קייט מרנל נולדה ב 1982. בגיל 35 , אחרי שנים של התמכרויות שונות ופעמיים שהות במכון גמילה היא פירסמה לעולם את הביוגרפיה האלמותית שלה שכוללת סמים, בולימיה והתנהגויות מופרעות מסוגים ומינים שונים.אחרי התחלה סוערת שבה היא מתארת את המשפחה הדיספונקציונלית שלה, אב פסיכ [...]

    12. Yes, I know. We're not supposed to find this amusing or hot. We're supposed to find it distasteful because Cat Marnell relied on family money and beauty-world connections to avoid the worst consequences of her actions. We're supposed to be shocked and appalled (the horror! the horror!) at a memoir that "glamorizes" addiction. And blah blah blah. But you know what? "How To Murder Your Life" is darkly clever, over-the-top, andwell, hilarious. It could be hotter--- Cat's sex life isn't described in [...]

    13. This is real car-crash reading that is voyeuristically rivetting: Marnell seems completely honest in her grisly recital of addiction and humiliation. Talented, privileged (and knowingly acknowledging both), it's not completely clear how she gets into such a dire spiral but she depicts it in full-colour. The biggest mystery is how she ever managed to hold down such a public job in NYC when she was hallucinating, sobbing and wearing grubby, dirty clothes It gets a bit repetitive but is still an ey [...]

    14. This "trash"terpiece is the exclamation-mark-riddled love child of a coke-fueled unprotected rager between The Devil Wears Prada and A Million Little Pieces. A so-bad-it's-good schadenfreude binge.(Before they go to publication, I hope someone on staff catches that Heath Ledger wasn't in The Dark Knight RISES.)

    15. Nope, nope, nope. If anything, this book glorifies drug abuse and addiction. It also glorifies anorexia and bulimia, not to mention making extremely poor life choices and then whining about how hard the experiences were to go through because of those poor life choices. Cat Marnell comes from an admittedly dysfunctional, but extremely privileged background afforded her because her parents were wealthy. She seemed to learn nothing and I mean NOTHING from any of her rehab experiences OR her poor li [...]

    16. How to Murder your Life is, without a doubt, my favourite book of 2016. Released in February 2017, this book is the autobiography of Cat Marnell’s life so far.Wowza. As soon as I saw this on Netgalley I knew I needed it in my life. I absolutely love fashion magazines and just find the whole fashion industry intriguing (and often ridiculous). If you loved The Devil Wears Prada you will adore this real life version. I recently read Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman (UK Vogue Editor-in-Chief) and [...]

    17. Is she buying drugs with the money from this book? Or is she donating it to help other addicts? She never seems to want to be sober- this book is just a self-indulgent next step after the articles written about her. This isn't a story about her getting clean, she's just trying to extend her fifteen minutes in the spotlight. I really did like her, and I wished I could have helped her but she became so unlikable that it was a struggle to finish. Her priviledge was very irritating- how dare she moa [...]

    18. Part fascinating, gossipy goodness, part "girl, what?" Cat Marnell really makes her addiction sound rather glamorous, but she totally warned the reader about her gross white privilege early on. There are a lot of pop culture and internet references that I imagine will really date the book at some point and the attempt at reflection at the end of the book felt forced and insincere. Not a great read, but, oddly, not a terrible or terribly sad (other than feeling a way for and about her at various [...]

    19. An ultra-privileged druggie fashion girl memoir, written with a flippant and unapologetic attitude and with absolutely no redemptive ending definitely isn't for everyone. But going back to Lucky magazine, Marnell has a writing style I find appealing--almost against my will. Fun and super fast read that is practically guaranteed to make you feel much better about all your life choices.

    20. I waited years for this book and it was worth it. Read it. Seriously. My review is just read it. You'll thank me later.

    21. I've been reading Cat Marnell and taking her beauty product advice--shout-out to Dr. Dennis Gross alpha beta ultra gentle daily peel--since the advent of the erstwhile xoJane. I even almost submitted a few pieces to xoJaney to stop myself each time with the mental reminder:"Stacy, you don't want to be a confessional writer. You've always managed to keep your crazy New York life largely private in the face of online oversharing. Don't give that up now. Besides, your fellow downtown disaster/crazy [...]

    22. When I first thought of reviewing this book, I wanted to eviscerate the author. Who throws away all the privileges she was handed? Who chooses drugs over a luxurious NY lifestyle working for Condé Nast? But, after some reflection, I realized that Cat had already eluded to how "white privileged" she was in the first few chapters. She already knows how stupid she's been and how dismaying it is to have thrown away her life for drugs. So I'll give her that.I waited impatiently for the release of th [...]

    23. This book gives you a harsh look into the life of Cat and her battles with drug addiction.Cat comes from a wealthy family which makes addiction even easier for her.At 15 she starts to explore with drugs and becomes quickly reliant on them to be able to function day to day.Cat spirals down a slippery slope of exploration of harder and more dangerous drugs alongside abusing prescription meds.Cat is in the fashion industry and drugs play a part and becomes extremely dependant on them.It's not for t [...]

    24. I *loved* it. And there's an extra star, for all the hilarous, outraged one-star reviews that completely missed the point of the book. Cat Marnell is like the love child of Courtney Love and Diana Vreeland and this is like White Girl Problems for real. Hilarious, engaging, relatable (well, depends on the reader) and full of two of my biggest obsessions: prescription drugs and makeup. Best addiction memoir since More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction and I *love* that book.

    25. She does a great & very interesting job -- because this is book is quite entertaining yet doesn't make addiction attractive. Good writing, yes. Compelling story, yes. Scratching my head over whether also has much to do with miracle of name dropping? Or perhaps more so the amazing ability of many addicts to be equally enthralling & obnoxious? Maybe all that & then some

    26. I thought it was excellent. Marnell uses honesty and humor to tell her story. She says outright that she's the product of white privilege, and she doesn't attempt to disguise it. Instead she just kind of lets it all out. Also she describes her home decor as "midcentury meth lab" which i really like

    27. Great read for all the Cat Marnell fangirls and boys out there, or anyone who likes honest and entertaining writing.

    28. If you can deal with the privilege that absolutely drips off these pages (and to be fair, Marnell owns it) this is a fascinating and often shocking memoir of addiction. The irony of the addiction that derailed her life being responsible for Marnell's 15 minutes of fame is kind of breathtaking. As a writer for xojane and Vice, Marnell has been at the forefront of what Laura Bennett writing for Slate calls 'the first person industrial complex', the rise of the confessional (sometimes argued as exp [...]

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