The Hot One by Carolyn Murnick

The Hot One

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 loved spending afternoons exploring the woods. Only when the girls attended different high schools did the...

Details The Hot One

TitleThe Hot One
Release DateAug 1st, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
Number of pages256 pages
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Mystery

Reviews The Hot One

  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Katie Robinson
    This is definitely NOT a true crime tale, more of a memoir about female friendship and grief. If you're looking for a gripping whodunit, this is not for you. 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 remind me...
  • 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...
  • Valerie
    The Hot One is about two girls, Carolyn and Ashley, who were best friends growing up in New Jersey. Then circumstances of life sent them off in differing directions in their late teens. Carolyn stayed in the East, developing interests and eventually having a career in media and journalism, while Ashley moved back to Los Angeles, California, and kind of drifted into dancing and stripping, escorting, and the fast life. The once daily calls dwindle ...
  • 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...
  • Kristine
    The Hot One by Carolyn Murnick is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.The greater plot than that of the trial and investigation of the author's friend, Ashley, is their diametric lives after their close friendship during their early tweens and teens. Where Carolyn is introverted, sheltered, somewhat isolated (even after moving to New York), and recalls nearly everything in terms of could'ves and should'ves, Ashley is ebulent, freefor...
  • 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).
  • Thomas
    Great read! This book is primarily a memoir, a book about the author's childhood friendship and how it shaped her. It's not a true-crime whodunit, although it contains some of those elements. It's really more about how people form their self-image and identity through friendship -- through comparing and sometimes competing with peers -- and how people deal with the loss of those friendships whether they end because people simply grow apart or, in...
  • Lori
    pointed look at the damaging ramifications for girls/women who internalize the pop culture message that being "the hot one" is something to be desired and and measure their self-worth in their sexual attractiveness to others. unfortunately, the rambling writing detracts from the narrative.
  • Jessica
    It was ok. Started out great but kind of lost interest in it.
  • Rozeltte
    I am not impressed at all. Don't get me wrong, this is a very gripping case. I do feel, however, that the author just drawls on and doesn't get to the point. Giving background information about herself is okay, but I don't see the relevance of speaking about her Playboy moments and her apparent "not romantic love" for her best friend. Her spacing and paragraph structuring could also be better. The author seems to write about multiple different th...
  • Hillary
    I will start this review by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.I was really thrilled when I won this book. I had heard such interesting things about it, and the fact that it was about a true story drew me to it even more.It is such a sad and disturbing story and the fact that it is written by someone close to the victim makes it even sadder because you can really see the disturbance and confusion, sadness and hurt that it ha...
  • Maudaevee
    This was okay, there was a lot I liked about it and to be fair I received an ARC from a goodreads giveaway so some of what I didn't like could be changed. Overall the story was good, I think many of us have that one friend like Ashley that we were once extremely close to, that we veered away from but still felt attached to. If something tragic happens to that friend, you can't help but question the circumstances that led to it. My main issue with...