What would you do if you owed $20,000? Would you: A) not tell your parents? B) start your own website that asked for money without apology? or C) stop coloring your hair, getting pedicures, and buying Gucci? If you were Karyn Bosnak, you'd do all three.
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...more
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...more
I enjoyed the stories about her cat, Elvis. I also liked her determination to get herself out of...more
From there I'm not sur...more
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...more
I was a lot like her when I graduated from college. I had debt, tons of it. Maybe not as much as her, but a lot. I liked how she included much of the bad (people can be sooo cruel) and appreciated how she took complete bla...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I think Karyn would have been a lot better off if she had more friends in the city in her income bracket or le...more
I was tempted to start a drinking game on the number of times the author transitions to a new paragraph with the term "anyhoo" -- I lost count at 20.
Anyhoo, it is a quick and enjoyable read and anyone that has spent money on something frivol...more
What I do find interesting is that this all happened before blogging/facebook/twitter, etc. became so huge. Word of her website spread quickly in 2002, but what would happen today? There are so many bloggers with ads or donate buttons. I think she would probably still be paying off that debt.