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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – Book Review

Hello! And welcome to My Favorite Murder… wait, no, that’s not right… welcome to Shih Tzus & Book Reviews, the place that I get to talk about the highly anticipated book by my favorite murderinos!


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

My Favorite Murder started as a way for Karen
Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to work through their fears. Now it’s a
worldwide community…. Even its darkest moments are lightened by Karen
and Georgia’s effortlessly funny banter and genuine empathy.” —

My thoughts

Confession: I’m fairly new to the MFM fam… within my first 6 months of becoming fully immersed in the podcast. Even so, Karen and Georgia have become (cheesily enough) like close friends that I can’t wait to spend time with twice a week (for the regular and minisode). Basically, they’ve showed me that my love of the macabre and weird is not only okay, but a pretty common way to process the horror that’s in the world. YAY I’M (sort of) NORMAL!

I had so much more of an emotional experience to reading this than I originally anticipated. Honestly, it felt like such a deeply personal therapy session for me. From encouraging me to be more kind to myself (I am a sweet baby angel, after all), making me feel alright for not having my life completely sorted out at this stage (I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up), and for feeling more comfortable about cutting people out of my life if they aren’t contributing to my overall well being, this book genuinely spoke to me.  While I will say I wish there had been more true crime incorporated into the book (if you’re looking for true crime, pick up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, TBH) just because that’s what I associate with these lovely ladies, I legitimately think this was exactly what I needed at this time. 

We barely get any time on this planet. Do not spend it pleasing other people. F*** politeness. Live life exactly how you want to live it so you can love the life you make for yourself.

Karen Kilgariff, Stay Sexy Dont Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Overall, if you’re a fan of the ladies behind the podcast, you’re going to ABSOLUTELY love this. It’s everything you’ve wanted to know about our fearless murderino heroes in the best possible way. If you’re not? Well, if you’ve ever had a f*** the patriarchy thought, or wished that we could remove the stigma around mental health, this is for you.

Xx and Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,

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