“A journey down the rabbit hole of LA's most subtly toxic industry ... funny, brilliant, coy, playful, and wise.” — LENA DUNHAM, author of Not That Kind of Girl
Musician Hayley Gene Penner tells all in this harrowingly honest memoir.
Singer-songwriter Hayley Gene Penner's memoir takes a brutally honest yet humorous look at the dark, intimate truths we spend our lives running from. Like a map of beautiful mistakes, Hayley’s stories of questionable sexual encounters, artistic aspirations, and emotional abuse trace her coming of age in the music industry.
Hayley explores all her relationships — from her childhood as the daughter of a celebrity, to the destructive and coercive relationship with her boss, to her encounter with the actor we all know but who mustn’t be named — and brings them together in a series of sharp, touching vignettes. People You Follow straddles the delicate boundary between ethical and unethical behaviour, self-protection and self-destruction, power and weakness, giddiness and despair.
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In Hayley Gene Penner’s searing memoir, the singer-songwriter dissects every shocking, regrettable, heartbreaking, and occasionally hilarious experience she’s had with men. From the emotionally and physically abusive relationship with her mentor and songwriting partner to the toxic drama with her first real boyfriend, People You Follow reads like a wildly dramatic, impeccably witty movie script. (It even has a celebrity lover too famous to be named.) But what’s even more amazing is that as Penner takes us on this anxiety-ridden tour of her worst memories, we get to see her grow and evolve as a person. As she gains confidence and perspective throughout her romantic journeys, we couldn’t help feeling that by joining her on the ride, a little bit of that growth rubbed off on us too.