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The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke Paperback – April 10, 2001
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
The book is structured as an actual diary, with entries on various days describing Angela's latest battle to eat/ survive/ pay her bills/ get textbooks and so forth. A lot of what she endures will be familiar to many college students and graduates, but a lot of it is simply amazing, both in terms of what Angela has to go through and some of the very strange people she encounters. Even as she struggles to get by, Angela maintains her wicked sense of humor, and that comes through in all of her 'entries,' as do her keen perceptions about poverty, human nature, and so forth. Some of what happens to her seems unbelievable except in the context of everything else that she's enduring - even the pretty crazy stuff seems normal in her world and in her chatty, informal, funny narrative voice.
I'm very glad that Angela survived her senior year and that she is no longer broke, as much as I did enjoy her tales of woe. 'The Broke Diaries' would make rewarding, entertaining, fun and funny reading for almost anybody. Just don't forget to pay attention to some of her astute perceptions about poverty.
Bravo Angela for writing such an incredibly realistic book for those of us who have lived off Ramen noodles, flirting with the utility guys and enjoying $5 cabaret nights (including meal and transportation)!
There's quite a few things in this book that are familiar to me, and to many other readers too. Being 2 cents short when you're buying something was the main thing, oh my god, that happens to me so often! (Which is why I use my card so often.) There's so much other enlightening moments in this, being blacklisted, having people look over your shoulder when you're writing, going on dates just so you can eat...
Everyone should read this book. Without a doubt.
This book was a breathtaking break from the usual romance and mystery novels. There's not another book like it. It manages to give tips and tell stories in a writing style that makes you feel like the author is your best friend.
I enjoyed it and will urge all of my formerly broke friends to buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read this book at least ten times. Whenever I feel like giving up...Whenever my sunshine turns to gray....you know where I am going and sorry to quote Prince... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chanell J. Wilson
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 13 months ago by Quin
Really relatable, and if you're broke it makes you feel like there's a way out.Published on August 11, 2014 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 on June 28, 2014 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 on April 5, 2014 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 on January 27, 2014 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 on January 20, 2014 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 on January 12, 2014 by t11hoang