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Book review: Memoir

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 |

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell



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 writing style, especially because she’s writing this in her early to mid thirties.

Also, for some reason I got the impression that this was supposed to be funny, and it’s not. At all. It’s entertaining to read about a spoiled kid who goes to interesting parties because of her job, but that’s it. Her being spoiled is how she was able to abuse drugs for so long and work as an intern in New York City for several years—she didn’t have to pay her rent. Then, when her parents finally cut her off, her pay doubled and she was able to survive until drugs and bulimia completely ruled her life—and then she just ran off to hang out with grandma.

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