Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder! Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that s...

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Title:Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
Author:Karen Kilgariff
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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Reviews

  • Kate

    I cannot wait to listen to the audiobook (and buy a finished copies because they weren't many pictures).

    I've always been a true crime fan, but I kept it on the down low so as not to creep people out. Finding My Favorite Murder podcast was a revelation.

    In their book, Karen and Georgia open up even more about their lives and their murderino ways. It's so them and so funny and familar that it feels like Karen and Georgia's first lunch together- where you grab food with a new friend and find out yo

    I cannot wait to listen to the audiobook (and buy a finished copies because they weren't many pictures).

    I've always been a true crime fan, but I kept it on the down low so as not to creep people out. Finding My Favorite Murder podcast was a revelation.

    In their book, Karen and Georgia open up even more about their lives and their murderino ways. It's so them and so funny and familar that it feels like Karen and Georgia's first lunch together- where you grab food with a new friend and find out you're actually murderino soulmates.

  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats

    I was fortunate enough to receive a partial early copy from Forge. I loved every single page I read and cried at the end. It’s that good. Full review to come.

  • Jenna | JennaStopReading

    I still can’t believe I managed to get my grimy little hands on a partial ARC of this book, but I am SO glad I did. I can’t wait to read the rest when it comes out in May.

    As always, Karen and Georgia are authentic, hilarious, straight forward and passionate. This book reads very similarly to the way they speak in their podcast, but does a deeper dive on who they are as people and the events that made them the way they are.

    I don’t cry much, but I found myself getting choked up as Karen describe

    I still can’t believe I managed to get my grimy little hands on a partial ARC of this book, but I am SO glad I did. I can’t wait to read the rest when it comes out in May.

    As always, Karen and Georgia are authentic, hilarious, straight forward and passionate. This book reads very similarly to the way they speak in their podcast, but does a deeper dive on who they are as people and the events that made them the way they are.

    I don’t cry much, but I found myself getting choked up as Karen described her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and as Georgia talked about how reading Ray Bradbury changed her life. These women are real and their stories are powerful. Their obsession with true crime is only one small part of who they are, and the pretty great thing is that the rest of who they are...is just as incredible. Thank you, Karen and Georgia.

    SDDGM.

  • Katelyn

    OK I WAS NOT READY—don’t misunderstand me; being a listener who frequently back tracks the podcast to hear Karen wake me up to my “sweet angel baby-ness” or Georgia amping me up to assert my own Riot Grrrl Courage, I was puuuuumped for this to come out (and lucky enough to snag an ARC). But less than 12 hours later, I’m ready to read it again... too soon? SSDGM!!!!!!

  • Brandon Forsyth

    Here’s what you do. You make a thousand signs.

    You put them up on street corners and community bulletin boards. You hang them from ornate balconies and make them look like the flag of a new country. Drag them behind planes and make them circle the cities of the world like you’re announcing a new global superpower. You turn the signs into clothing like those weird toilet paper ads.

    The signs read “KAREN KILGARIFF AND GEORGIA HARDSTARK HAVE WRITTEN THE GREATEST DUAL MEMOIR / COLLECTION OF HUMOUROU

    Here’s what you do. You make a thousand signs.

    You put them up on street corners and community bulletin boards. You hang them from ornate balconies and make them look like the flag of a new country. Drag them behind planes and make them circle the cities of the world like you’re announcing a new global superpower. You turn the signs into clothing like those weird toilet paper ads.

    The signs read “KAREN KILGARIFF AND GEORGIA HARDSTARK HAVE WRITTEN THE GREATEST DUAL MEMOIR / COLLECTION OF HUMOUROUS ESSAYS / SOCIAL STUDY / FEMINIST MANIFESTO / ADVICE BOOK / TRUE CRIME ANALYSIS EVER AND SURE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A QUALIFIED STATEMENT BUT IT IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR YES EVEN THOUGH IT’S ONLY FEBRUARY” or something to that effect that might be catchier.

    I am overwhelmed with enthusiasm for this book. It is actually, to use a clichéd word,

    .

  • Caroline Vericker

    I will always be a little bit heartbroken, I think, that I don't get to actually be best friends with Karen and Georgia

  • Natasha Niezgoda

    Words cannot describe how perfectly pertinent this book was to my present life. And if I can get real with you, it’s kinda like walking into a

    . And I know the word “therapy” is weird and scary and defeating, but it shouldn’t be. I’ve gone. For 6 years in fact. And it changed my life. And this book makes you realize that life is messy and hard and you need an a

    Words cannot describe how perfectly pertinent this book was to my present life. And if I can get real with you, it’s kinda like walking into a

    . And I know the word “therapy” is weird and scary and defeating, but it shouldn’t be. I’ve gone. For 6 years in fact. And it changed my life. And this book makes you realize that life is messy and hard and you need an advocate to help you get back on track. You need “clutch-friends” and you need to forgive yourself.

    God, I cried so hard during the first two chapters. And then some more in chapter 5. I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF throughout all of chapter 4 because THAT WAS MY LIFE. And I was totally moved when both Karen and Georgia admitted that we’re always making mistakes and learning from them and that’s

    .

    This book is a collection of essays. The topics range from eating disorders, alcoholism, being the product of a broken home, anxiety, true crime (obviously), a love for reading, and friendship.

    It’s so relevant that it’s almost BIG BROTHER nuts. But the bottom line is this

    .

    . Thank you for taking the time to read this. I LOVE YOU.

    Elvis, want a cookie? BYEEEEEEEE

  • Krista

    I'll begin by saying that I'm not a “Murderino”, but my daughter is and we've listened to a few episodes of the

    podcast together; I know who

    I'll begin by saying that I'm not a “Murderino”, but my daughter is and we've listened to a few episodes of the

    podcast together; I know who Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack are and I recognise the value and appeal of what they put out into the world. So, from the point-of-view of a not-totally-invested reader, I'd say that this “autobiographical self-help book about murder” was a thoroughly decent read. Karen and Georgia share their life stories (stating that many of the details have never been shared with their fans before), and they are open and thoughtful and bring their acid humour to tough topics; just like on the podcast. On the other hand, I don't know that

    could be considered terribly well-written – I found passages clunky, the advice kind of basic and repetitious, some of the humour forced – but I'm sure that when my daughter (the intended audience) gets to read this, it will be everything she was hoping for. (Note: I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the publisher and passages quoted may not be in their final forms.)

    So, this

    an advice book – Karen and Georgia make only a couple of references to murder and serial killers, and only where it ties in to the advice they are giving on how to stay safe (physically and mentally) out in the world. The book is formatted in what they call essays, with each of the authors sharing their spin on catchphrases from the podcast (“Don't Be A Lunatic”; “You're in a Cult, Call Your Dad”; “Stay Out of the Forest”; etc.), and each section ends with one of the authors interviewing the other on the topic. I liked the way this interview ties up each section – not only does it feel more like their conversations in the podcast, but it reinforces the point they make a few times about the importance of asking thoughtful questions of others and really listening to the answers; the importance of having people to share your deepest stuff with, whether it's your clutch of closest friends or a therapist. I do wonder if this book would have wide appeal to a male audience (I know there are male Murderinos), but I reckon it's acknowledged that people can only share from their own experiences. From the section “Buy Your Own Stuff”, Georgia's personal story leads to the statement, “I realized that dudes who talk about their 'crazy ex-girlfriend' are full of shit. What they're really talking about is someone they hurt and didn't leave the way they found.” And in the same section, Karen writes, “Being a thirteen-year-old girl is simply the worst experience you can have in life, including all cancers and bear attacks. It is a daily series of betrayals and base humiliations that you must figure out a way to look cute during.” Either way, I nodded along with those statements.

    And, yeah, they write with the same salty language with which they talk – and I'm sure that's expected by their fan base. Overall, I was interested in Karen and Georgia's origin stories and recognise the grit it takes to share these stories with their fans. I totally believe that this is exactly what the fans will want; and I totally believe that the advice will be valuable for many. I'm rounding up because I'm sure the true Muderinos will love this.

  • viktoria

    : I've deeply suspected and profoundly hoped that this (no doubt) beautiful ode to true crime, anxiety, and the freedom of how to stop worrying and learning to love your weird self would happen. I was so very pleased—and proud with absolutely no foundation—to hear them announce the publication date. I will be stalking all the sites for an ARC as well as pre-ordering.

    Yay murderinos!

  • Tucker

    O MG! I was just listening to My Favorite Murder in my MRI. I'm so excited!

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