‘You failure. You disaster. You disgusting girl...’
psychiatrists to score prescriptions and pills.
Throughout, the carousel of addiction never stops. Repeated stints in rehab saw Marnell pay lip service to vague aspirations about getting clean, only to return to her old ways with little more than a shrug.
Even after landing her book deal Marnell, now 34, overdosed on heroin and at one stage her worried agent contemplated employing a ghost writer.
She shouldn’t be likeable, yet her whip smart wit and oodles of charm radiate from the pages. There is a happy ending of sorts – not quite closure but perhaps catharsis – although one can’t help but feel that Marnell’s hedonism-fuelled adventure is far from over.
Cat Marnell grew up in an affluent suburb of Washington but clashes with her staunchly conservative parents made for a miserable childhood