"Fox makes a case for herself as one of her generation’s most authentic storytellers...The memoir is a practice in radical transparency. While other high-profile memoir writers might carefully construct their narratives in the service of maintaining a calculated public image, Fox takes an unflinching look back at both the exhilarating and painful moments of her life, one that she has chronicled as only she can.” —Cady Lang, TIME
“Searing…We tend to see survivors in one of two ways: the ‘good survivor,’ a strong woman who identifies herself by her trauma and internalizes shame, or the ‘bad survivor,’ a talented and unrepentant train wreck who shamelessly acts out. But Fox, through her memoir and public persona, presents a third option. She dares to be honest without yielding to the tremendous pressure to confess to the abuse she has endured from a vantage point of crystalline respectability….In her book, Fox refuses to play the good survivor’s game of switching off entire parts of herself, like the parts that might still be attracted to an abusive ex or that crave a drug to relieve pain. She makes no apologies nor does she make a song and dance of what she was thinking. She is not your survivor.” —Elizabeth Nicholas, New York magazine's The Cut
“A car crash of a memoir of addiction, abuse and sex…Every new anecdote brings a fresh opportunity for disaster: Which character will be arrested or die or nearly die by the end of this chapter? Messy, tense, and sometimes tragic…also darkly funny.” —Jessica Testa, The New York Times
“With her new memoir, Fox has become a writer, telling her story with a kind of dissociated, deadpan sweetness born of having experienced several lifetimes’ worth of adventure and disaster by the age of thirty-three…It adds up to a story of a woman who’s damaged and tender, protective and unpredictable, a self-identified freak.”
—Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
“Fox’s debut memoir spares no one, least of all herself, in its shocking tales…[An] amalgamation of soap opera, Mafia flick and A Star Is Born topped with a heaping of heroin.”
—Ilana Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
"This isn't the type of celebrity memoir filled with frivolous name-drops and flimsy anecdotes; it's a revealing and often harrowing journey through the life of a person who has been reviled, adored and victimized--and also just happens to be recognizable. In many cases, such as when she recalls her father's physical and emotional abuse, she turns what she endured into a teachable lesson, clearly stating what she learned from the pain."
—Sonia Rao, The Washington Post
"Harrowing, achingly sad at times, and a narcotics-soaked shock to the system. It's also impossible to put down."
—Helen Holmes, The Daily Beast
“Fox’s powerful instinct to survive and to harness her own narrative are all over this well-crafted, exciting, shocking, heartfelt, and altogether unputdownable memoir…Fox started the buzz herself, calling her memoir-in-process ‘a masterpiece’ last year. Her star is rising, and fans will find that buzz utterly deserved.”
—Annie Bostrom, Booklist