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Everybody Freaks Out! But It's Going To Be Okay.

2.57  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Everybody stresses about saving for college. And it's no wonder. That estimated tuition number can be scary. But don't worry. Whether you, a friend or a relative needs some guidance, this illustrated book is a lighthearted way to see how easy it can be to overcome your worries and get started saving.

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Paperback, First Edition, 44 pages
Published April 17th 2014 by T. Rowe Price
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Jul 25, 2014 Jjudyfl rated it did not like it
I won this "book" from Goodreads.
A THIN "book" suggests starting a 529 plan for a college bound kid. It features silly drawings of cartoon people, & is apparently available for purchase.
This "book"
is set in rhyme,
It's dumber than dirt,
I wasted my time.
Jul 26, 2014 Natalie rated it did not like it
If I would've known this was basically an advertisement, I wouldn't have tried to win it.
Jul 24, 2014 Jin rated it it was ok
I won this book from the sweepstakes and I just received this booked day. while opening the package I got a paper cut. maybe this was a bad omen or a sign. I think this was more like a advertisement rather than a book. illustration maybe cute but story wasn't really there. it's totally about 529 college savings plan. I am a bit disappointed by it. I thought I could use this book in the fall with my students but It is more for parents who are planning to send the kids to college. it wasn't the ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this "book" from Goodreads First Reads.

I never would have entered to win this "book" if I had known it was an advertisement. I was looking forward to reading this with my children. Waste of time. Would NOT recommend.
Jul 29, 2014 Autom rated it did not like it
Won this book on goodreads.

Definitely not what I thought it was going to be.

This is NOT a children's book even if it is set in rhyme. Don't know why it would be listed under the "children books category" in the giveaways. That's irritating...

This book is basically an advertisement to save money when your kids go to college. A better way to advertise would be to hand these out to parents on campus tours with their kids. At least then you would have the "right audience."
Judy Ann
Jul 26, 2014 Judy Ann rated it did not like it
This book is not worth the paper it was printed on. Very disappointed
Desiree Streib
Jul 26, 2014 Desiree Streib rated it did not like it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought it would be tips, ideas, and strategies for future college planning, but this book is actually an advertisement from T. Rowe Price. It's a book written as a children's book. It has parents realizing the cost of their baby daughter's tuition and they start to freak out. Eventually they realize that they should get a 529 plan and they go to bed and sleep peacefully with not a worry in the world. At the end, there are checklists and web addresses t
Jul 28, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
I'm a former banker, so I knew about 529 plans, but I still found this book (which is a pamphlet disguised as a picture book) to be informative for the average person. This is basically an advertisement for 529 savings plans, but it's done in a way that educates and is entertaining. I read it to my 6-year old daughter, and she enjoyed the story even though she didn't really understand all of the benefits of that type of tax-free savings plan. The end result was that she wants to start a 529 ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
I have mixed feelings on this book... I originally thought it was junk mail when I saw it, but the name was familiar, so I took a look at it. It doesn't really look like a book.
That being said, I do like that proceeds from the sale of the book go to Junior Achievement. I also think it is a great way to introduce young people to college savings. I am not sure what age-bracket they are aiming the book for, though. The look of the publication, as well as the artwork seems geared towards young ch
Wendi Dusek
Aug 06, 2014 Wendi Dusek rated it it was amazing
If you have small children and do not know how you are going to pay for college - this book is for you. It's basically an educational guide and a very quick read leading you to a website to save for your child's or grandchild's college through a 529 plan. I did go to the website " " and it very easily will walk you through and answer basic questions on setting up a 529 College Saving Plan. (Tax Free - yes everyone loves those words!!) I would recommend the book and the ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, humor
Thanks again for this give away book in return for a review of it.
This book has a double purpose...great info about saving for kids college for parents/guardians and adorable illustrations for kids. My 2-1/2 grand-daughter loves the book and her parents appreciated the the useful information in the book. The only negative about the book is that it's not a book!!! It's just an advertisement from T. Rowe Price in book form.
Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was really more of an artistic advertisement than a book. Still, I got it for free, so I can't complain too much. Currently being a college student with tons of looming debt, I can appreciate the book's intentions. Hopefully one day I can look into this company when I'm planning my own children's future. :)
Katrina Knittle
Aug 04, 2014 Katrina Knittle rated it did not like it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

I was disappointed when I recieved this book to find out it was basically advertisement. If I would have known I would probably not have enter to win it.
Erin Lynn
Jul 17, 2015 Erin Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this "book" through the Goodreads giveaway program.

This whole thing is an advertisement disguised to look like a children's book. It's not cool.
Steve Kemp
Oct 18, 2016 Steve Kemp rated it really liked it
Won copy on GoodReads
Reading Harbor
Jul 30, 2014 Reading Harbor rated it it was ok
I just got the book in the mail. I won it, as did many other reviewers.
It was a cute book. The drawings were nice. I liked the illustrations. However, this is not really appropriate as a children's book or a book at all. I went in thinking it was something else completely. This is more like an advertisment pamphlet than a children's book. The illustrations are really gorgeous. It is a shame. If more work were put into it, it might actually have been a good tool to educate people to save more and
Jul 27, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
I won this "book" from Goodreads First Reads.

The illustrations were awesome. There is real talent there that can go far. That is why it got two stars from me. The rest is a marketing nightmare waiting to happen. I learned more from the one page pamphlet than I did from the booklet.

I am not going to spend a lot of time on this except to say, be careful how you advertise something. This is misleading. The website says this book has information about the 529 investment inside of it and I found more
i cant believe that i even signed up to win this outrageously bad book.i cant believe i fell for a advertisement and this makes me so upset.while i find that these drawings are very upsetting to me as i think a kid would feel the same...all it shows is that if an adult doesn't get his or her way they use violence and banging their heads on tables is not something i think should be in this book...i was trying to find kids books for my neiphew"s kids. i am glad i am not sending this out...
not that
Aug 31, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
When I received this book in the mail, my 12 year old child read it and then handed it back to me and said that it was just an advertisement. Then I read it and I had to agree. It is about the 529 Savings Plan. As a parent of a senior in high school, the book did have useful information for my child and I to look at as we contemplates life after high school. The reason for the 3 stars is that I really dislike when books are put out as informative but end up being an advertisement.

This book did
Scott Haraburda
Aug 16, 2014 Scott Haraburda rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book.


Everybody Freaks Out! But It's Going To Be Okay is nothing more than a well-illustrated brochure about the 529 college savings plan.

I was totally disappointed when I won this advertisement from T. Rowe Price, a publicly owned investment firm headquartered in Baltimore, wishing I had never entered to win this book. It’s definitely not a children’s book, even though it has well-designed illustrations and written in rhymes.

Katie Harder-schauer
Aug 11, 2014 Katie Harder-schauer rated it really liked it
I was expecting this book to be a children's book, and it is, but it isn't. The information provided is clearly intended for adults and the rhyming scheme is a little bit forced at times. It is an interesting way to get parents thinking about saving for their children's college expenses although I would have actually appreciated a more in depth description of what the 501 plan (or whatever the number is, the book is downstairs and I'm too lazy to go get it right now) is. I'm also a little too ...more
Casia Courtier
Apr 29, 2015 Casia Courtier rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved this First Reads Goodreads Giveaway book for an honest review.

Being a new mom and college graduate, I have some idea of the crazy that goes with paying for college. However, whereas I would like to start saving for my child, my husband doesn't quite see the value of college. I did learn something in this book though that may cater to his thoughts as well. The numbers 529. Looks like I need to do some research on 529.

This book is a colorful picture book that could actually be read to
Aug 18, 2014 Maria rated it did not like it
I received this book thought the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This 'book' is really just an advertisement for a college savings plan. Don't buy it. I wouldn't have entered had I know the 'book' was just a trick to try to get people to invest in the plan.

It's written for children and marketed towards their parents. It's a children's story picture book for adults about financial planning. I don't understand that decision at all. The delivery method is, quite frankly, stupid and doesn't make sens
**I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.**

This "book" is not a book! It's just an advertisement in the form of a book from T. Rowe Price, an investment management company.

I thought I had won an informational book, but instead I got a 44 page long advertisement. Now it did have a lot of useful information on 529 plans (which is why I gave it two stars), but I would not pay $4.50 for it.

Once I realized what I was reading I stopped. Maybe I'll pass it along to
Tashia Jennings
I would not call this a book, short story. or a novella. I was not what I expected really. It is literature about college, how not to stress, and where to find the answer for college savings through 529. The book is written and illustrated as a small childs book. My youngest also read this and thought the pictures were cute and funny with all the parents "freaking" out over the thought of the cost of college. So if your "freaked" out over college give this literature a go. Remember the numbers ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
*Received through Goodreads giveaway.

The pictures were cute, and to be honest, I didn't think the story was that bad until I got to the part about the 529 and college savings, then it was VERY clear the book is just a way of advertising the website/company.

The target age for the book confused me too. The pictures and rhyming is pointing towards children but the information is geared towards parents, so I had difficulty deciding who they thought was going to be reading this. I think the point of
Kaleena Rheeya
I had already heard about 529s prior to winning this book from Goodreads First Reads giveaways. I do plan to open one up for my daughter in the next year or two. The concept that everyone worries about paying for their children's college was a good start but the approach is a turnoff for most parents who engage in the book. I personally wished that there had been more interactive options in this that would engage both the parents and children while educating them. I do believe some people will ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The font and illustrations suggest it is a children's book, but that is not the intended audience. The whole book is meant to promote 529 accounts for parents (and grandparents) trying to save for a child's college education expenses. It was making its case to parents of young children. Start saving early so your investment has time to accumulate. I am a grandparent of twins, and we started 529 accounts for them when they were born, but I don't think that ...more
Ann Valdez
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Valdez rated it it was ok
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It was not what I expected since it seems to be an advertising picture book for parents rather than a children's picture book. The illustrations are good, the rhyme is fine, but the message is definitely to adults.

The high school seniors where I work went through some "freaking out" when they realized college costs, so maybe getting a book like this in parents' hands when their children are young is a good idea. This book is especially good for pare
Oct 30, 2014 Doseofbella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Great illustrations, and the story of what most parents are considering a stress point.

Your childs education is so very important, but the cost of education continues to rise. This illustrated guide can help guide any parent to a stress free plan. If your a parent of a young child, this could be a solution. If your the parent of a child going into high school, I would not recommend a long term savings plan. However, anything is better than no funds at all. Copy courtesy of Goodreads First Reads.
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