Criminal That I Am

by Jennifer Ridha

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Quick take

If nothing else, Criminal That I Am will make you feel better about your own life screw-ups.

Why I love it

Regret is an inevitable part of any life. Almost everybody has had occasion to ask him or herself the question: "How could I have possibly been so stupid?" But Jennifer Ridha takes that regret to the extreme. She spends three hundred pages trying to explain — to herself as much as to readers — a massive mistake that destroys her personal life and wrecks her career. If nothing else, Crim...

Member thoughts

  • Brandi I.

    Chicago, IL

    "Memoir full of juicy drama that kept me asking how this well-educated person could be deceived and manipulated so easily. "

  • Dahkota B.

    Chehalis, WA

    "As someone who sits in a courtroom daily, I found this book to be very intriguing! "

  • Ana M.

    Memphis, TN

    "We've all made a spur of the moment decision we regret but she takes it to a whole new level. At times it felt more like a desperate grab for pity than a desire to examine what she did. "

  • Callin T.

    Chicago, IL


  • Lauren K.

    Windermere, FL

    "I would have liked to have read more about the experiences of the prison system that created their circumstances and what compelled her to do what she did. A little too much print spent on self pity."

  • Mollie F.

    Aurora, CO

    "I suppose Ridha's intentions were good. However, this book was beyond boring and the author took the notion of self-pity to a new level."