“Be kind to little you.” – Georgia Hardstark
This book, where do I even begin. Well for starters it is written by the amazing hosts of the podcast My Favorite Murder Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. My Favorite Murder (MFM) is a true crime comedy podcast, I discovered it during quarantine and according to my Spotify Wrapped at one point I listened to thirteen episodes in a row. To say the least, I am a bit obsessed.
These two women have my heart, they took Brene Brown’s message of being vulnerable and ran with it, both throughout their podcast and this book.
The book is filled with funny sayings that they causally said at some point but now are ingrained in my mind forever. These include but are not limited to:
- If you’re in a cult call your dad
- Sweet baby angel
- Fuck politeness
- Stay out of the forest
- Fucking hooray
They take these sayings and expand on them with stories from their lives. Their biggest mistakes and their biggest accomplishments and everything in between. How they learned that they actually love their annoying brother and how being parents are humans too.
They sprinkle in true crime throughout the book, but it is nothing gory and there are no details that’ll make someone squemish, just some names and stories that’ll make you think twice about strangers.
Karen and Georgia are so open about their experiences with trauma, therapy, toxic masculinity and more. They preach self-love, self-advocacy, and freedom from responsibility of other people’s choices.
There were times where I laughed, where I cried, and where I could feel such a connection between my personal stories and the stories they were telling. It is an empowering story of two women who conquered the odds and are helping you do the same.
If you can’t tell already, I don’t think it would be possible for me to recommend this book enough. I know the subject of true crime is not everyone’s cup of tea. All that I ask is that you give it a chance.
And lastly, Elvis want a cookie?