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The Internet has been around long enough as a venue for works like the diary presented here, which debuted online, for such works to have lost some of their mystique. Still, Nissel deserves her moment in the sun. As a struggling college student at the University of Pennsylvania, she decided that to keep her mind off her empty stomach, she would keep a journal of her days and post it on the Net. The result is a series of biting, funny entries about the evil atmosphere of check-cashing offices, the horror of being two cents short for the grocery bill and the joys of making friends who buy dinner. Her wry thoughts about being flat broke will appeal to readers who enjoyed Bridget Jones's exploits and similarly sparky works. Nissel is no fictional Bridget, however, obsessing about weight and cigarettes. She's a city girl who knows the exact price of ramen noodles and the pain of counting pennies. Although she occasionally recycles material, she rants with aplomb, using colorful anecdotes (her elderly landlord comes for the rent and ends up falling asleep on the couch) to pull the reader further into her impoverished reality. She doesn't delve into the actual fear and pain associated with poverty, but views her time of hunger with amusement, like a financial misadventure that she always knew would end. Charming and sharp, Nissel's diary will be relished by anyone who's ever been a student and remembers those ramen noodles. (Apr.)Forecast: Already a palpable presence on okayplayer.com, a hip-hop Web site she cofounded that receives 500,000 visitors a day, Nissel has a solid base constituency. With a blurb from Chris Rock, a five-city author tour, stickering campaigns in several key cities and a low cover price, this paperback original is poised for success.
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"...the deft way Nissel transforms the ordeals of poverty into funny, reassuring anecdotes makes it an almost enviable condition." -- Mademoiselle Magazine, April 2001
"Her searing laugh-out-loud commentary makes this a must have-if you're broke yourself, get it from the library." -- Honey Magazine, April 2001
"What makes Nissel's book shine is her unsentimental prose and wicked sense of humor." -- USA Today, April 12, 2001
This diary was one of the cleverest ideas in a while. It does come off as a little corny in places (I'll agree with critics), but this did well in moving facts along in an urban... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Quin
Really relatable, and if you're broke it makes you feel like there's a way out.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got about 1/3 through, then quit. Same old, same old story about trying to make ends meet. Been there, done that.Published 15 months ago by sonybalony
I guess this is a good book if you like reading about other people's awkward circumstances, misfortunes and all of that; I personally don't enjoy that sort of thing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Emma Gat
My boyfriend and I started reading this one day while we were on a road trip. We were cracking up the entire time. I eventually finished the book and laughed all the way through. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Laneesha White
The singularly most hilarious book I've ever read. I laughed so hard at practically every scenario that at times my stomach muscles actually ached from enjoyment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by IDIGFLICKS
I have read half of the book and there are a couple of sections that are funny but I'm having a hard time finishing it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by t11hoang
I read this book quite a while ago and decided to re-read it. I loved it the first time and loved it again on my second read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tina