A Letter To Cat Marnell: My Thoughts On 'How To Murder Your Life'

Cat Marnell Photo: TheCut
Holy Shit! I could not stop reading this book. Girl, your good. And I don't mean good at being a drug addict, although all things considered and you're still alive, great job but I mean good as in writing and keeping a hidden life. Turning an addiction memoir into a humorous-tragedy-happy-ending-kind-of-ish? I literally felt like I was watching the ending of the Devil Wears Prada and you know that bittersweet feeling you got? Yea, you know when she walks past Miranda and waves and smiles and it's like "aww" but also sad but also happy? Yea, that's the feeling I got when I finished the "Afterword" of "How To Murder Your Life".

I honestly read nothing about this book before reading it, except it was a New York Times Bestseller. I saw "Beauty Editor at Lucky" and was like I have to read it. I am a sucker for books based in the fashion industry especially in NYC. How else can I live my fantasy life of an Upper East Sider? I can't binge watch Gossip Girl THAT much.
How To Murder Your Life By Cat Marnell Photo: MegBiram.com
Any who, Cat Marnell. I laughed, I cried and when you let Marco back in for the ten millionth time, I wanted to punch you in the face. But all in all I was obsessed with this Memoir and really think that if you haven't read it or hadn't planned on it, go buy it! Seriously. This true life story of a young girl who became, and still kind of is, a drug addict who also was an alcoholic at one point and had ADHD, Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Bulimia, family issues, was raped, taken advantage of among a thousand other things and hid it all from her family, so-called friends, and work. Work in the fashion industry at that, even with crazy outbursts. Phew! That's a lot.

I admire your fight to live, even though it seemed you didn't want to a lot. But damn girl, you are alive and telling us your story. Putting this book in our "chic little hands". I also admire you for even writing this book and bring legit awareness to what addict can and probably really are going through. It gave me insight to how I can better handle anyone I know in these situations. I have had a few friends that were drug addicts and all I ever knew was to walk away. Its hard to deal with people hurting you, stealing from you and screwing up their lives. But, now I know more and understand more of what drugs can actually do to you and like you said, when your in a bad place you surround yourself with others in a bad place and it just gets worse.
Cat Marnell "I'm Back" for XoJane Photo: xojane.com
I really hope though, Cat, that you find your way out of being an addict completely, all the Adderall included. And I hope it doesn't get bad again like you said it will. But, for now, keep doing you girl and finding more positive things to commit to besides drugs and junkies. I'll be rooting for you. All the best.

Signed Opinionated Fashionista


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