What would you do if you owed $20,000? Would you: a) Not tell your parents? b) Stop colouring your hair, having pedicures and buying Gucci? c) Start your own website that asks for money without apology?
If you were Karyn Bosnak, you'd do all three...In New York for the first time, with the dream job and the smart flat, Karyn starts spending...and spending.
But when it all goes horribly wrong, and her credit card balance mounts in a terrifying manner, Karyn knows that she has to take control.
She starts her website www.savekaryn.com on which she fearlessly asks for donations to help pay off her debts.
The website receives over 2 million hits and has replies from all over the world - some supportive, many abusive.
But after four months, Karyn has become a new woman- debt-free, grateful and happy.
This is the hilarious and touching true story of how she does it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/05/2004
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780552151658
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Review by BookAngel_a
I found this book to be a very easy and light read. Finished it very quickly. However, I could never make up my mind whether I liked her or not, and whether I agreed with what she did. I personally love to shop, but I always look for bargains and am careful with my money, so part of me blamed her for buying so many things she didn't need and "wasting" so much money. But I was pleased that she seemed to learn from her mistakes, and found a way to get out of debt without declaring bankruptcy. I don't think I would have the nerve to ask for help like she did, and to keep her cool when faced with criticism like she did. I heard she got a movie deal at the end of the book, but haven't seen any notices about an actual movie coming out...
Review by msmonica
Debt...we all have but most of us want to hide it. Not Karyn! In this great memoir, Karyn details how she acquired debt and ultimately, how she beats the debt. In the beginning, Karyn was simply trying to live the life of a New Yorker ala Carrie Bradshaw. But what the show failed to tell Karyn (and myself) is that NYC life is not as simple as a brownstone on a journalist (freelancer) salary. Instead, everything adds up and quickly! Although it's easy to say, no Karyn...don't do it!, I often found myself nodding my head as I read knowing that I did the same thing as she did. Taking a cab when I know I should take the train...check! Cute shoes that cause blisters...check!But the most admirable part of the book is how Karyn attacks her debt and finally gets out of it. Her book inspired me to weed through my closet and visit Buffalo Exchange to make a sale. I also began to post my books for sale. Karyn reminded me that our debt might seem insurmountable, but it only is if we don't take action. I loved this book and all the humanity Karyn displayed.