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"Carolyn Murnick’s insights into the freighted complexities of youth, beauty, and sexuality, and how these forces collide within long, close female friendships, turn an already affecting murder mystery into a story for our time. Never morbid or sentimental, always honest, THE HOT ONE is a wholly original memoir that explores and unpacks the often vexing reality of what it means to be a young woman in the 21st century." 
—Kate Bolick, bestselling author of SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own

“Carolyn Murnick's THE HOT ONE is as suspenseful as it is heartfelt and honest— an affecting, revealing investigation into the mysteries at the heart of young friendship.”
 —Robert Kolker, bestselling author of LOST GIRLS: An Unsolved American Mystery