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Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back Paperback – September 2, 2003
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However, it does ultimately have flaws in two areas.
Firs, while Karyn created a web phenomenon and led an interesting life, she isn't much of a writer. Lots of "anywhos" and shifting between past and present within the same paragraph. Some stories (the rodent in her bathroom, her dating a guy named Brad) are funny; other seem self-indulgent. To some extent, this is mimics her website, so maybe this is okay. But she seems like a smarter person than this, so I kept wondering if this book would've been better with a ghost writer.
Also, while she ingeniously pulled herself out of debt, Karyn doesn't seem to have analyzed what happened very much, or to have learned from it. I was expecting more insight into why she thought she over spent like that, and how her life was different now that she is out of debt.
I don't begrudge Karyn asking strangers for money-it's a great idea in its way-but she seems more interested in having her story made into a movie than in figuring out how to move on and live life without charging $600 coats and hundreds of dollars worth of cosmetics.
That story would've been more interesting, and I wish she had filled us in! How DO you change from a shopaholic to a frugal gal?
When the author found herself suddenly unemployed and saddled with this large debt load, she did not decide to go the bankruptcy route. Instead, she showed ingenuity by creating an interactive website whereby people could send her money to help her get out of debt, if they wished. Her website kept the public posted as to her progress in terms of her debt reduction. Her debt was reduced through donations made by the general public, her sale of her personal belongings on eBay, and whatever money she was able to pay from whatever job she could land.
The author details how, when she moved from her native Chicago to New York City, she got in debt. I found her story to be funny, although the writing is prosaic and somewhat juvenile, at times. It is also hard to believe that these were the antics of a woman in her late twenties. She showed little judgment and virtually no introspection. Still, the author managed to get rid of her debt in a matter of months and land a book and movie deal to boot. So, she is not a total ditz. If one takes this book at face value, one will enjoy this easy, breezy little read.
As for those who stand in judgment of the author and her frivolous accumulation of debt, keep in mind that she paid every last penny of her debt. She just chose a somewhat novel and imaginative way in which to do so. I suspect that those who are most irked by her success and the way in which she got rid of her debt, are those who only wish that they had thought of it first.
However, I was somewhat surprised to find that despite the enormous amount of international media coverage and millions of hits to her website, in the 20 weeks it took her to pay off her debt, she actually only received $13,328 in donations from 2,718 people. (After that she claims to have quit accepting donations.) A windfall of $13K is nothing to sneeze at, but it seems out of proportion to the enormous amount of attention she got. No doubt she has financially benefited far more from the *story* of her website (through this book, movie deal, and future deals) than she did from the website itself.
The book is actually not as bad as I expected.Read more ›
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This book is both entertaining and informative. It let me know I am not the only one who overspends at times, gets in a bind once in awhile, yet still smart enough to dig myself... Read morePublished 5 months ago by KIMBERLY SEMIEN
Throughout most of the book I was stunned at how much this woman spent. I can't imagine paying $2K for rent on an apartment that is less than 500 sq ft. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Utley
REALLY BAD FOR THE WRITER WHO THE BOOK IS ABOUT I WANTED TO REACH INTO THRE BOOK AND HUG AND HELP HER.Published on December 30, 2013 by VALERIE TOWNSEND
I loved this book!
A fantastic read, will have you laughing out loud.
Credit card debt never looked so good then again it's always bad.
This book was very funny it kept me entertained. Not a hard read and somewhat inspirational in a quirky way lolPublished on January 3, 2013 by Sydney Sophia
The story (which I'd already heard about on the news when it happened) was pretty good, something many people can identify with, although her method of getting out of it is... Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Jamie Filpi
This book was laugh out loud funny. It is a very entertaining "true story". I can't wait to read the other books Karen Bosnak has written.Published on October 25, 2011 by blinc
My favorite type of book to read is non-fiction, especially memoirs. I really love any book that makes me think hard about the choices I make. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by The Literary Lioness
Karyn is a hilarious writer. I really enjoy her sense of humor & she really has a knack for telling a great story. Love this book and her fiction work as well. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by L. Kirk