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Not What I Expected
on March 3, 2007
I have been a fan of Orman's for years now, and waited with anticipation for this book. After all, I'm a woman. I earn and use money. I was expecting an intelligent analysis of the unique issues women face when dealing with money -- all those sticky relationship things, attitudes learned from our mothers, residual sexism in salary structures - and some sound advice for getting past these things and claiming real financial strength.
What this book presents, instead, is a large print, surface level set of instructions on matters than any woman over 20 is at least somewhat familiar with. Perhaps it will be useful to women who have been living in a cave for the last fifteen years. For young women, read "Young, Fabulous, & Broke." But if you've been around, skip this book.
I bought it the day it was released, and also got Jean Chatzky's "Make Money, Not Excuses" book for women from the local library. I really wish I'd done this the other way around.
Suze, I love your show and your earlier books. You're energetic and fun and wise. But this book is way below your standards - and while we all understand wanting to help your friend start her new publishing venture with a virtually guaranteed best seller, this book is fluff. I am disappointed and frankly, shocked.
Readers, I will keep watching her show, and will pass this book on to my 18 year old daughter. It's just not useful for anyone whose been around awhile and not kept herself totally in the dark. I sincerely hope there are very few women left who are so financially ignorant as to really need to read this book. If you feel this book was helpful to you, it won't be for long. It is too basic, too poorly written, too silly. Use it for what it is, then move on.