The Hot One by Carolyn Murnick

The Hot One

Recommended by NPR, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, New York Post, and Bustle A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend.As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late 1980s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common: two outsiders who...

Details The Hot One

TitleThe Hot One
Release DateAug 1st, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Mystery

Reviews The Hot One

  • Krystalyn
    I felt like the author spent majority of the book bragging about being a childhood friend of the victim and justifying her value in their friendship. While reading this book, I also felt that the author was trying to be apart of something bigger that didn't involve her until she obsessively pushed her way into the witness stand; not only was the book repetitive but I found the author to be annoying.
  • HollyHobby123
    I bought this book not knowing what to expect, therefore my mind was open to the author's viewpoint . I have now finished the book and I found it truly appalling to see how the author's parasitic approach to the death of this seemingly tragic girl found it's anchor in the early childhood friendship as some justification for writing this book. The author becomes unknowingly Ripleyesque in her obsession. In referring to the victim, Ashley Ellerin, ...
  • Castille
    I wanted to love this book-- gritty memoirs are my absolute favorite. Don't get me wrong, I did like it (3 stars = liked it), but it was not quite "there" for me. It seems like Murnick might have been better off waiting a bit longer to publish this, so that the trial had concluded. A major point of the book is how hard it is to accept things that happen, especially when one endures loss and then is expected/forced to move on without receiving clo...
  • Elizabeth Wisker
    An insufferable narrator combined with unignorable editorial mistakes. Not even a good hate-read.
  • Bexa
    To be truthful, I skimmed most of the second half of the book because I was just done listening to the author whine about herself. This book was built on the premise that her best friend from childhood gets murdered and she is just so overcome with sadness and guilt that she has to go out and figure out who killed her. In reality, she has basically nothing to do with the case and pushes her way into the case when there's nothing she could offer. ...
  • Milli (MiracleMilliReads)
    When reading a memoir, I feel like I have to connect with characters and author without having to try. It should be an instant connection just by reading a perfectly written story. Not only did I not feel that way, but I was so disoriented and confused throughout this entire read. I loved the story, the case, and the reasoning for her to go after the details of what really happened to the person she once had the most dearest relationship with. Th...
  • Jennifer
    Sooo if you know me, you know I'm obsessed with true crime. This book totally sounded up my alley. However, it fell a little short for me. The story was intriguing enough, especially having the background of the victim's (Ashley) life as a young adult. But it felt like there was some fluff in there. 3/5.Many thanks to Simon and Schuster/NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!
  • Melissa Shapiro
    Sorry but I don't need to hear about every single thought that crossed your mind for 15 or more years. Call me cruel but this was the most boring book I've read in a long time, and totally self-indulgent on the part of the author.
  • Allison
    Meh. This will sound harsh, but I'm not sure the murder of this woman's childhood friend is that interesting to other people.
  • Irmak Ertuna-howison
    if you are looking for a true crime this is NOT it. i would still read it if it wasn't so tedious and repetitive.
  • Lisa Batchelder
    Dull in every way. Weak.
  • Ariel
    This book is written by Ashley Ellerin's childhood friend. Ashley is famous for having briefly dated Ashton Kutcher and for being a victim of serial killer Michael Gargiulo. I was intrigued by what Carolyn had to offer but it wasn't really anything. At first I was intrested in the recounting of her childhood friendship with Ashley. I am around the same age and grew up in the same general location so it was a nostalgic trip for me. Z Cavaricci, I ...
  • Katie Robinson
    This is definitely NOT just a true crime tale, more of a memoir about female friendship and grief. If you're looking for a gripping whodunit, this isn't exactly it. But, if you want to give it a chance, it's worth it. I found the perspectives on long (stemming from childhood) female friendship incredibly accurate; she put things into words that I've felt but never expressed. Her grieving process and the way she handles her best friend's murder re...
  • Belinda Frisch
    Susannah Cahalan describes Carolyn Murnick’s The Hot One as “riveting” on the cover copy, and I can’t think of a more apt description. A memoir more than anything conventional True Crime, The Hot One spans the years from Carolyn’s childhood friendship with victim Ashley Ellerin to her untimely, violent death and beyond.What happens when best friends drift apart? When you can’t take back whatever caused the rift? When you wonder who so...
  • christa
    This is so in my wheelhouse, but. The author and Ashley Ellerin were best friends back in their school days, but eventually drifted apart. Murnick moved to New York City, successfully moving into a writing career; Ellerin moved to Los Angeles, where the party girl -- who spent weekends as a stripper in Vegas, settled into the fringe of celebrity culture. Most famously, she dated Ashton Kutcher. After Ellerin is murdered by a serial killer, Murdic...
  • Arnied
    The Hot One wasn't that HOT. While it is a page turner you are basically just exploring what happens to many childhood friendships. People grow up and change often to the point where they have little in common but the past. That was the case with Carolyn and Ashley when Ashley was murdered in her LA apartment. This isn't a whodunit. We know whodunit. The book sort of fools you into thinking that Carolyn is going to find out things about the murde...
  • Beth Conroy
    I truly loved this book. And it turned out to be much more of a coming of age memoir based on the relationship dynamic of two childhood friends. Delving deep into Murnick's personal experience surrounding the tragic murder of her childhood friend, I was engrossed in her captivating descriptions of her emotional growth over the years. Murnick is a beautiful writer, willing to bare all for her readers, and I resonated with her in so many ways.
  • Susan Liston
    This was pretty bad. I remembered this crime, the girl who was murdered in the Hollywood Hills the night she was suppose to have had a date with Ashton Kutcher. I thought that he either was the murderer or he was an idiot..he said he went to pick up her and she did not answer the door although her car was in the driveway, the lights were on and there was red liquid stain in the hallway he could see through the window. Way to put two and two toget...
  • Sharon
    I try my best not to leave reviews because I worry about tearing down someone's work (I know, I could never be a critic). But I have to agree with so many of the reviews. This memoir made me uncomfortable from middle to end. The beginning was great, and I wish she had focused on her memoir of female friendship (even if it meant the novel were shorter) and her critique of the concept of the male gaze without trying so hard to turn this into a true...
  • Karen Germain
    Thank You to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advance copy of Carolyn Murnick's book, The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder, in exchange for an honest review.PLOT- Carolyn Murnick and Ashley Ellerin were childhood best friends growing up in New Jersey during the 1980's. They were inseparable as children, but when they became adults, their lives went drastically different directions. Murnick moved to New York City and lived...
  • M. Bagellegstein
    This book is far more nuanced than a straight True Crime whodunit; at its core, it's a study of female friendships, and how childhood girlfriends fundamentally affect each other as they become adults. What happens when your best friend disappears? Who are you when the person you're always measured gone? Murnick deftly explores the details of a brutal murder case, which definitely satisfies the book's True Crime element. But her hones...
  • Janice
    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review.This book is more of a memoir to friendship and loss than a crime story, but I enjoyed this book. I had never heard of this murder, but it was interesting to get the personal perspective and not the just the legal/judicial story. This book demonstrates how murders have a very profound effect on families and friends and changes peoples lives forever. It also demonstrates how there a...
  • Angie
    Don't bother. It became frustratingly apparent early in the book that while the author and Ashley had been close as children, they had grown apart (Ashley moved away in high school). The author learns of Ashley's death in a newspaper article. They hadn't seen each other in at least more than a year (the chronology is fuzzy and imprecise.) She acknowledges they'd grown apart. It's clear that the author isn't even close enough to Ashley's family to...
  • Liz
    The Hot One started out as a good novel type read. It got bogged down with superfluous details as the book progressed. It is admirable to write a memoir about such a tragic event in one's life. I'm not sure however, if this was the right one for Murnick.ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Simon Schuster (August 1st 2017).
  • Jessica
    It was ok. Started out great but kind of lost interest in it.
  • Sarah Marble
    This writer...made this all about her. 👎🏼
  • Aaron
    Though the author says up front that this is a "work of memoir," I found it far too shallow and self-absorbed to be a good memoir, and far too jumbled to be a good true crime read.It fails as a work of true crime because the author has trouble staying anchored to one time and place. Though the story unfolds in more or less one direction across 15 years or so, within one "scene" she occasionally wanders backward or forward along the timeline of he...
  • Jen Kirsch
    The Hot One is an engaging, well-written, honest memoir written by Carolyn Murnick's whose childhood best-friend Ashley was brutally murdered in her Hollywood Hills home at the age of 22. This book is an exploration of how the two started at the same place, growing up together, in the same area, doing the same things, yet ended up in such different places. One in New York. The other in LA. One alive. One murdered (stabbed 47 times, mutilated). Th...
  • Gillian At Home
    "There were many years of that. The feeling where we were always each other's first. Where we were partners and pseudosisters... where we began to be regarded as a unit to our classmates, that it was known that neither of us would go anywhere without the other. There was no need for autonomy, because we had found the one thing we valued more."At first, the story of Carolyn Murnick's relationship with her childhood friend Ashley Ellerin is familia...
  • ElphaReads
    I am sure that I am one of many women who remembers those teenage girl friendships that were steeped in both devotion and a bit of competition. I think that as a society we set women up to compare ourselves to each other, and as if we are constantly being judged by those around us and that we have to outperform each other. In many ways. And this is a culture that also, unfortunately, can foster an undercurrent of misogyny and sexism towards women...