Book Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 29, 2019
Source: Borrowed

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 shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered might be an odd book choice for someone who had previously never listened to My Favorite Murder and had no idea who Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark were, but something about it called to me and I decided it would be a nice audiobook to listen to at work. And you know what? It was. I had a great time listening to this one and it was so much more than I expected.

Even as someone who had no background whatsoever on the authors, I really connected with this book. I thought that the authors’ stories were really interesting, but, above all, their advice to “fuck politeness” really resonated with me. The whole idea of fucking politeness is to set aside societal norms and the idea that women have to be nice and friendly in favor of keeping yourself safe. I mean, when I think about it, the number of times I’ve been in a less-than-ideal situation just because I didn’t want to offend someone is scary.

Aside from that, I appreciated all of the authors’ stories. The one about Karen’s mom’s Alzheimer’s was heartbreaking, and I loved how both Karen and Georgia encouraged doing whatever you have to do for your mental health. I’ve never really been into true crime, but the next time I go on a long road trip, I might have to listen to My Favorite Murder.

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