Ditto The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, which is also set within the glitzy world of New York fashion magazines. She writes with blunt honesty about her drug abuse, including the lost days and nights, screwed-up work assignments and debilitating bouts of insomnia that left her jittery and prone to wild hallucinations.
There were the toxic relationships with men who lied, stole from and violated her sexually, emotionally and physically.
What began as typical teenage rebellion – needling her psychiatrist father by spouting off about feminism; idolising grunge queen Courtney Love; borrowing a friend's Cypress Hill T-shirt emblazoned with a cannabis leaf – soon evolved into something far more destructive.
Attending boarding school outside Boston and newly diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Marnell recounts how she would order Ritalin from her father "like a pizza".
Cat Marnell's much-hyped memoir, How To Murder Your Life, is a lot more dark and twisty than that.