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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,709 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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Für die 26-jährige Karyn Bosnak hält der Kaufrausch volle sechs Monate an. Dann nennt sie zwar eine ganze Kollektion entzückender Handtascher ihr Eigen - leider aber auch einen Schuldenberg von 20.000 Dollar. Doch Karyn hat eine geniale Idee: Wenn 20.000 Menschen ihr jeweils nur einen D
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Paperback, 553 pages
Published 2007 by Knaur (first published 2002)
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Jamie
I had a hard time with this one. The premises is that the author moves to NYC from Chicago, runs up 20 grand in credit card debt, and then creates a website (savekaryn) asking for donations to help her pay it. In the end, she did get about $13,000 from random people who sent her money. She also starts selling some of her things on ebay, and contributes her own money as well. She found herself between a rock and a hard place when she lost her job as a producer after 9/11, and from what it sounds ...more
Chade66
Warning, this a pink, girly girly book.

I struggled with this book. I am one of those people who does not understand why on earth someone would pay $600 for shoes or $12,000 for a purse. I would buy a car for $12,000 maybe, but not some fashion accessory that will be out of fashion in four minutes.

Not only that, but the author doesn't learn her lesson in college when she uses her TUITION money to buy clothes. WTF? $1600 for clothes in one blow ("but they were cute", doesn't cut it with me) and t
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Melissa
The third of my "gal about town" novels set in NYC.

God help me, I remember this girl when she launched her website, I even sent her a buck, a packet of kool-aid, and a Target gift card with something like $2 on it. She annoyed me, but charmed me at the same time.

So too goes this book. She carries you, wide-eyed and naive from downtown Chicago to NYC. You want to scream at her "stop!" when she buys her first pair of shoes for "only $170," but at the same time, you want to continue reading to se
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Elizabeth
I had a hard time rating this one. The first half of the book was really hard to get through. I knew the story would cover how Karyn got into debt, but I didn't realize how painful it would be to watch someone make such stupid choices with their money, or credit cards. With that being said, I'm sure it was hard to put all that out there, and I can admire her for that. The real reason I wanted to read this book was to find out about her website, where she asked strangers for money. It sounded int ...more
Christina
I read this book as last month's book selection for a book club I belong to. It was intended to contrast the very sad "Billy" that we read...a contrast it was! Overall, I liked the book. I did think her narration of the shopping sprees was a bit long. And, like other critiquers on this site, I cringed at her spending habits as well as her rationale. (I mean...who goes on shopping sprees, yet fails to purchase a lock for the door!?) But the book was cute. I got annoyed at how every other paragrap ...more
Monica
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 foun ...more
Emma
I just wanted to wring Bosnak's neck. You watch her dissolve into a financially-irresponsible moron and you want to put on your own set of high-priced, spiky-heeled boots (of which you only have one pair) and kick her in her ass. After running herself straight into debt hell, Bosnak goes online and asks for donations from people, some of whom call her out on her idiocy and some of whom take pity, either out of empathy or karma. Maybe as a fiscally responsible adult woman, who likes shopping for ...more
Karyn
This book is an atrocity, but I read it because the writer also spells her name with a "y." After reading it, though, I'm thinking I should change my name to Karen or Karin or maybe even to Angela. I would give this book one star, but I hated The Empathy Exams so much that I decided that this book should get more stars. Also, I expected this book to be an atrocity, so I can't say I was surprised.
Meaghan
Feb 17, 2010 Meaghan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nyc girls and people with debt
Shelves: memoirs, chick-lit
This was a fairly good memoir, straightforward and honest. It was interesting to read how Karyn convinced the world to send her money to pay off her bills. However, the story as to how she got in so much debt almost made me hate her, because she was such an idiot. "I'll cut up my credit cards and keep just one for emergencies...omg I have a date and nothing to wear, this is an emergency and I must charge a $200 outfit!" I wanted to grab this woman by the shoulders and shake her. I hope she has ...more
Karen Maeby Bates
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Melissa
This book wan't terrible or great. I picked it up mostly because I was curious as to what kind of person would have the balls to ask strangers to pay off her debt accumulated by buying crap she didn't need and couldn't afford. Basically, her spending habits were enough to make me nervous just reading about them. The writing was very basic, not all that funny, and she used "anywho" a few too many times for my taste. It was interesting and I do like memoirs, so I don't regret having read it.
Tracy M.
Jan 06, 2015 Tracy M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women Ages 15-110
Recommended to Tracy by: Karyn herself
I just have to say, Karyn rocks. When I stumbled upon her website back in maybe 2002??? I cannot even remember the exact year. I just remember it was funny. She was funny. I followed her journey of cleaning up her life & selling off her shopaholic possessions on eBay. I, too, sold on eBay at the time so it was the same feeling of you might bump into them somewhere in the 117 floor building you work in, one day.

Then she got the book deal & I had to purchase the book. We even conversed on
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Sandy Batesel
This is one tough lady! I say that because when she put her help me out of debt website up she took some SERIOUS bashing but kept her head held high and maintained a "be nice" attitude! Says a lot for her as a person (and for the parents that raised her!).

Super cute read. Very disappointed a movie of this book wasn't made :(

Of course I Googled her after I read the book but didn't really look for much in the way of current info. Her book ended with her being very humble and sounding like she had
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Aimee
Humor, frustration, redemption all rolled into one book. Bosnak moves to NYC and soon finds her self flat broke (as in eating saltines and ramen because that's all she can find / afford). Despite being flat broke, she still manages to buy Prada, pricey salon services, personal training sessions, etc. Her justification for the purchases is pretty hilarious (and frustrating too). When she finds herself up a creek, she find a paddle out of sheer desperation.

This book is about her journey. It's a fu
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Ashley
I went into this one thinking it would annoy me. Karyn Bosnack is the Karyn of savekaryn.com fame, the woman who ran up $20k in credit card debt after moving to NYC. She charged up things like designer clothes, purses, shoes, hair appointments, and bikini waxes. She made decent money for NYC - six figures in the early 2000s - but just frittered it away. She was a TV producer and had worked for shows like Jenny Jones, Curtis Court, and the Ananda Lewis Show, the latter two of which didn't do very ...more
Mia
I really love Karyn Bosnak's way of writing, it's always so simple but unique at the same time. This book became my source of motivation during the last couple of days. After I was done with it, I knew that her lessons did not end where the last words in her book were printed, she imparted it with me.

This book about a major part of her life is a wake-up call to everyone who is probably on the verge of giving up on everything. Save Karyn motivates and teaches the value of giving wholeheartedly w
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Tameka
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Penelope Irving
This sounds like a very odd premise for a book, but it's extremely entertaining.

Karyn is a young TV producer who moves to New York to further her career and find out what she wants from life. She has a well-paid, if stressful job, and starts to live the New York dream - Manhattan apartment, a few designer outfits, expensive gym membership and grooming. It doesn't take very much moderately high living to plunge her into a frightening spiral of debt, and when she loses her job in the insecure worl
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karen
Jun 11, 2007 karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women in their 20's
Although I do not have a gi-normous credit card debt, I could definitely relate to Karyn. I am also a 20-something girl living in NYC and have definitely felt the push and pull of living here. At the same time, I was amazed at what she was spending. Her salary was at LEAST three times what I am making now and yet I somehow manage to survive without eating ramen and frapuccinos for meals.

I think Karyn would have been a lot better off if she had more friends in the city in her income bracket or le
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Shay
Sep 13, 2007 Shay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone especially those who have a tendency to spend
I like "chick lit" - it's taken me a very long time to admit that. I find it fun to live vicariously through these women who seem to always have it together with great jobs, loves, and style. Save Karyn started that way then actually came through with a point and a lesson - for that I loved it.

It started out being silly and frivolous with the heroine - Karyn - shopping like crazy and spending foolishly on purses and shoes racking up a huge debt of $20,000. She finally realizes she can't pay it b
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Nikki
I've never been the type to blow money quite so frivolously as Karyn; I tend to be more cautious, buying sale/clearance items, or the store vs. name brand, any way I can to save money. However even I get sucked into a shopaholic frenzy at times, just not with designer clothes!

So in a way I could definitely relate to Karyn, especially with just how easy it is to charge something instead of paying cash for it. There were times when I couldn't believe what I'd just read, the silly things she did to
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Maria
I skimmed thru the first half because it kinda dragged. Once she got her website up I found the book more interesting and entertaining. Since I followed her back in the day and enjoyed reading her Daily Buck and Daily MeMails it was fun to get a more in depth picture of what she went through. She's a funny lady and I'm glad that she was successful in paying off her debt in the creative way. Good for her! Big thumbs down to all the haters out there that sent her horrible emails and put up fake si ...more
KDNH
What to say... Well, the author is funny and there were several parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. And while I realize that everyone carries debt at some point in their life, I can't relate to the NEED for big ticket items. I could never justify spending $700 on lingerie or several hundred on one pair of shoes. But just because I can't relate to her shopaholic ways, the book was still entertaining. Maybe because it seems so foreign to me to rack up that kind of debt without panic. I ...more
Alanna
After moving to New York City, Karyn Bosnak finds herself living a frivolous lifestyle and charging everything from purses, to shoes, and even her hair. This only lasts a short while until she finds out she is drowning in $20,000 of credit card debt. To help pay it off, she starts a website called savekaryn.com and gets an unexpected reaction to it. The theme of this book is that happiness can be created through the simple pleasures, not the most luxurious things.

The author, Karyn Bosknak's tone
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Emma
I first discovered this book about 3 years ago and to this day it has remained one of my favourite books. It follows the true story of a woman who fell into a great ammount of debt and came up with an unusual yet genious way of paying it off. I have owned several copies since as i have lost them due to moving. Karyn wrote her memoirs in this amazing story that is inspiring, i had a rough patch with debt which is why i originally purchased this book and i have never looked back, its very upliftin ...more
Ann
Dit hele boek bestaat uit opsommingen. Ze somt een eindeloze lijst van merken op bij alle schattige bloesjes, leuke vestjes en sexy schoentjes die ze voor ongelooflijke bedragen aanschaft. Dan is er nog de make-up, de kappers en natuurlijk ook alle restaurantjes die ze bezoekt. Na het opstarten van haar website krijg je dan de hele lijst van radioprogramma's en tijdschriften aan wie ze interviews geeft. That's it. Dat is het hele boek. Meer stelt het niet voor.
Stephanie
I'd really wanted to love this book. It started off well, despite the less than stellar writing. I liked Karyn, but some of her financial decisions baffled me. I have debt myself, and I totally understand the morale boost of shopping. However, it was difficult to sympathize with her constant need to purchase insanely expensive items while she was upset over her extreme debt. $700 for 2 outfits? Ahhh!
I enjoyed the stories about her cat, Elvis. I also liked her determination to get herself out of
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Monica Monfre
I remember hearing about Karyn's story, and thinking...no that couldn't really happen! But it happened, and I totally connected with Karyn. Her stories of living in Manhattan and splurging on haircuts, cute clothes, and dinners out are all things that I have done routinely since I was in high school. And the result...huge debt like Karyn's! The book makes human a struggle that so many Americans face - paying the credit card bills! Her take on debt wasn't trivialized (like some said), but rather ...more
Birgit
First things first - yes, I only give this book two stars, but that's not to say I didn't like the idea behind it and Karyn Bosnaks determination to to get out of debt.
That said, the author presents herself as a shopaholic in best Becky-Bloomwood-Style and she's spending and spending and spending. Singing songs of praise on Saks & Co. (and the likes) take up a good part of the book, seasoned with the odd date with men who'll disappear as fast as they appeared.
With the idea of creating a webs
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MsSmartiePants ...like the candy...
This is my second attempt at reading this book. The first time I attempted it, I didn't have patience to get into her writing style and found it frustrating. Since this book was recommended by Jen Lancaster, an author I adore,I put this book on my shelf for another try.

Happily, I am 3/4 of the way through this memoir of one young woman's journey into deep, deep debt. I believe that her path is the way many people follow, happily purchasing things the "need" and "can't resist", and are "too good
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Karyn Bosnak was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. After spending much of her early career as a television producer, she moved to New York in 2000 and became a writer. Her first book, the memoir SAVE KARYN (based on the website of the same name), received international media attention when it was published in 2003 resulting in appearances on the Today Show and 20/20. Karyn's second book a ...more
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