The Hot One

The Hot One

A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder

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"Growing up in rural New Jersey, Ashley and Carolyn were inseparable, but as teenagers they began to drift apart. Carolyn ended up at Columbia University, and Ashley moved to Los Angeles, where her vibrant beauty became an entrée into a world of never-ending parties. When Ashley visited Carolyn in New York, however, she revealed darker secrets that didn't quite fit the golden lifestyle Carolyn had imagined. Then, at the age of twenty-two, Ashley was found brutally murdered at her home in Hollywood. The Hot One is the story of Carolyn's emotional quest to find out what really happened to her oldest friend. It's a journey that takes her through the hills of Hollywood, into courtrooms in Los Angeles, to strip clubs in Las Vegas, and back to her own childhood memories as she tries to unravel how she and Ashley became so different."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781451625813
1451625812
9781451625820
1451625820
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 M977h 2017
Characteristics: ix, 244 pages ; 24 cm

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abcDena
Jan 15, 2018

I'll be honest: partway through this book, I googled the murder victim's name and it turned out I knew all about the case (Ashton Kutcher's "ex-girlfriend" is the victim). So I skimmished the rest of the book. Before I googled, I was slightly put off by Murnick's voice as the surviving friend. She comes off as a self-involved narcissist and I usually love broken people! Anywho, not a bad book. I was really enjoying it before I spoiled it for myself, but once I knew what I knew, the wind in my sails died.

La-dee-dah.

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oscarmaterath
Nov 21, 2017

Since the author really didn't know the victim very well, the book ends up being about the author herself. Not very interesting. A bit too much "look at me, look at me".

ArapahoeKati Aug 28, 2017

I really enjoy true crime, but lately I've been drawn to reading about the victim's family and their friends in the aftermath of tragedy. I couldn't put this down because it's also about the power of female friendships and how we view ourselves in comparison to others. Highly recommend if you like true crime but need a break from all the (often gory) details. If you liked "Alligator Candy," you'll also enjoy this.

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