Weirdly, I recently read another self-help book by a pair of podcasters, which was called HOW TO BE FINE. I did not like HOW TO BE FINE and after reading this book, I think I know why. HOW is like this Pinterest-perfect version of being flawed, carefully curated and, you know, aspirational-- but in a really conspicuous way that also makes you feel simultaneously attacked and annoyed. This book is like seeing the posts of one of your oversharing friends on Instagram, where they're as open about their struggles as they are their triumphs. Parts of it are aspirational but they also keep it real and when they give you advice, it feels like they're on the level, if you know what I mean.
I ended up really liking this book. Some people gave it negative reviews because it goes to some dark places but I think the authors talked about trauma and recovery in a really healthy way and gave good advice too. I loved the memoir portions, which alternated between devastating and hilarious (and weirdly, that worked-- maybe because of the gallows humor required to be entertaining in a true crime podcast), and thought their lives were fascinating. I loved hearing about their families. I thought the things they said about feminism and social awareness were totally on point. This was purely an impulse buy for me and I went into it highly skeptical but honestly, it is THE self-help book I would recommend to anyone seeking solace that comes couched in the jaded skepticism of the Gen X mentality.
So, basically, I'm considering myself an honorary Murderino.
3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars