Live Fast Die Hot

Live Fast Die Hot

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by Jenny Mollen

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By the bestselling author, an outrageous collection of personal stories about motherhood, responsibility, and other potential disasters

Jenny Mollen is a writer and actress living in New York. Until two years ago, her lifewas exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive



By the bestselling author, an outrageous collection of personal stories about motherhood, responsibility, and other potential disasters

Jenny Mollen is a writer and actress living in New York. Until two years ago, her lifewas exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy—who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend’s old beach caftans and to invite their drug dealer to Passover seder (so he wouldn’t feel like they were using him only for drugs).

Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail.

Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet. It follows Jenny to Morocco, where she embarks on a quest to prove to herself that she can travel alone without reenacting a plotline from Taken. It shows her confronting demons—most of them from childhood, a few from the spirit realm. And it culminates in Peru, where Jenny decides that maybe the cure for her anxiety as a mom lies at the bottom of a cup of ayahuasca.

Hilarious, outlandish, and surprisingly affecting, Live Fast Die Hot reminds you that even if you aren’t cut out for parenting, at least you can be better at it than your mother.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mollen’s second effort to show readers glimpses of her life, after her essay collection, I Like You Just the Way I Am, is by turns endearing and off-putting. Mollen, the wife of actor Jason Biggs, describes her dizzying life, which includes taking ecstasy while pregnant and offering her husband a threesome to spice up a date night. When her son, Sid, is born, she writes a beautiful paragraph about holding him for the first time—”I wasn’t ready for kids. I was just ready for him”—and promises the reader that this love for Sid would be her impetus to grow up. But the spirit that animated earlier adventures isn’t fully tamed. She goes ghost hunting in her own house and travels to Morocco to meet the people who made a rug she bought. There’s an off-putting showmanship to her storytelling, a sort of breathless look-what-I-did, but fans of her earlier work should enjoy this book. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Brazen dispatches on the life-altering effects of childbirth and motherhood on a woman with a stern "reluctance to be a responsible adult." In 2008, actress and author Mollen (I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People, 2014) discovered her "accidental pregnancy" with her then-boyfriend, actor Jason Biggs. A neurotic tangle of anxiety and insecurities at 28, she writes of contemplating abortion but saw, for the first time, an actual future and a family plan with Biggs, whom she eloped with soon after. Though she miscarried, her second pregnancy was successful. Mollen's melodramatic misadventures and life lessons in new parenting populate the remainder of this candid exercise in unfiltered adulthood. Whether taking ayahuasca in the Peruvian jungle with Chelsea Handler, ghost-proofing a new house, or impulsively venturing to Morocco to meet the weavers behind her pricey Beni Ourain rug, Mollen's opinionated anecdotes are outspoken, often vulgar, and intermittently entertaining. Her rhetoric is not a cuddly, softhearted tribute to motherhood: recreational drugs played a role in her first pregnancy, and negotiations for threesomes aren't uncommon during date night. Most of these incidents seem drafted for maximum comical effect, and some strain to achieve it, but there are a few true motherly moments that resonate as "part of an emotional, painful, joyous journey [the author] was finally happy to take." Once born, did baby Sid really hold the power to vanquish Mollen as the "fun-loving woman-child" she'd considered herself to be? Sure, and she believes that to be a good thing: it was truly time to grow up. Nevertheless, even a life beautifully enriched by a child couldn't dampen her effortlessly snarky outlook on kids, love, marriage, and Tinder. An uneven barrage of life stories by turns hilariously candid and self-consciously flippant.
From the Publisher
"Mollen is the voice behind @jennyandteets, which is chock-full of potty humor, sexual innuendo, and bad behavior. If you like this kind of thing — which I do — you’ll inhale her memoir like an illegal substance (which the author has also likely inhaled at one time or another). Sharp, saucy, and mildly disturbing, she reminds me of a young, psychotic Nora Ephron."
New York Magazine's Vulture

"Jenny Mollen is hovering only slightly above sanity, which is the one quality I require in order to be friends with a mother. This hysterical circus of a book reminds me why we're friends."
—CHELSEA HANDLER, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uganda Be Kidding Me

"With her incomparable wit and acidic wisdom, Jenny now turns her signature perspective to the most terrifying of feminine terrain: motherhood. And with a generous helping of demented antics and just enough vulnerability to make you cry, she'll have every complicated woman thinking they just might be up for the job. Lord help us all."
—LENA DUNHAM, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl

"I kind of can't believe Jenny Mollen is an actual person and not a character -- she's biting, hilarious,  surprising, over sharing, and relatable."
—ANDY COHEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Andy Cohen Diaries

"Raunchy, witty, whip-smart fun. Jenny Mollen is the girl your mother warned you about."
—JENNIFER WEINER, New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love?

“The wild, wonderful Jenny Mollen unleashes her life story… Proof that life is often stranger and always funnier than fiction.”
—PIPER KERMAN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orange Is The New Black

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

JENNY MOLLEN is an actress and the New York Times bestselling author of I Like You Just the Way I Am. She was a columnist for Playboy Online and The Smoking Jacket and has contributed to Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New York,, and Grub Street. She has been heralded by The Huffington Post as one of the funniest women on both Twitter (@jennyandteets) and Instagram (@jennyandteets2), and named one of Five to Follow by T Magazine.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Live Fast Die Hot 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Minus the Morrocan rug and faous hubby, this was far more relatable than I expected. Having been a fan of Chelsea's for a few years, I thank her for havig you and Jason on her show!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Easy read and had me laughing the entire time. Always good to know there are other crazy people out there!