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

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

Published by Macmillan Audio on May 28, 2019
Genre: Biography, Memoir, True Crime
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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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.

Look. Listen.

Stay out of the forest.

You’re in a cult. Call your dad.

Elvis, want a cookie?

If these catch phrases mean anything to you, chances are you’re a fellow murderino: a fan of the hit true crime comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder. Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the podcast explores the darkest corners of humanity, using the medium of comedy to work through the inevitable anxiety that true crime creates.

Like Karen, Georgia, and other murderinos, I’ve been fascinated by true crime since childhood. I became hooked with the advent of Court TV, in particular the trial of the Menendez brothers, who murdered their parents. I always thought my true crime obsession made me morbid and weird and was pretty embarrassed about it, keeping it mostly to myself. Years later when I discovered My Favorite Murder, I realized that there are millions of other people out there like me. We’re not creepy for being interested in true crime. (Well, maybe some people are creepy, but that’s a separate issue.) Similar to Karen and Georgia, for me true crime represents the absolute worst case scenario—and bolsters me to do whatever I can to educate myself so that I (hopefully, fingers crossed) never become a victim. In discovering this podcast, I felt empowered and seen.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is a dual memoir, filled with Karen and Georgia’s signature wit and wisdom. Inside are stories of vulnerability—some that they’ve talked about on the podcast, and some that they’ve never shared before. In addition, they delve deeper into personal issues that they’ve previously discussed, but never at this length: mental health, eating disorders, drug addiction, and alcoholism. Through it all, they share their many lessons learned, sorrows, and triumphs.

If you’re a murderino, you might have already read the book. But if you’re not, maybe this book will turn you on to the podcast. I read the audio version, which is read by Karen and Georgia. For regular podcast listeners, this format feels like home. It’s just like the podcast, but a little more personal and refined. Also, readers of the audio version will enjoy a few voice cameos by some unexpected guests.

Reading Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered reminded me just why I love the podcast and adore these ladies so much. Karen and Georgia aren’t perfect, nor do they claim to be. They’ve made mistakes along the way—they’re the first to admit that research has never been their strong suit—but they’re willing to learn and do better. They’re staunch advocates for victims as well as survivors of crime. Most personally for me, their elevation of mental health was a major factor in my decision to return to much-needed therapy. I can tell you firsthand about the massive amount of good that they’re doing and the positive impact they’ve had on my life.


Rating: 5 stars


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