Young, Broke and Beautiful by Broke Ass Stuart is the ultimate guide to living cheaply for 20 and 30-somethings. Unlike every other book you’ve ever read that discusses money saving techniques, this book is funny, interesting and actually covers the topics that you want to read about, including dating, drinking and eating in addition to the more boring topics like health care and financial planning.
One way or another the authors manage to inject humor into the most mundane topics. While the book reads like an unfiltered stream of consciousness, often with quotes that you would rarely say aloud in mixed company, it’s content is also extremely informative. The juxtaposition of humor and serious topics make you actually want to keep flipping the pages to see how the next topic or page is going to present a new way to save cash while continuing to live your life.
Some areas will be of more interest to some groups than others, like the sections specific for women’s health and beauty tips versus sections about where you can go camping for free. Everyone is not going to find information in every page that they may actually use but I still found myself reading those sections that are not applicable because of the writing style and humor encased within. I just didn’t want to miss the next joke or insult. Yes, the author often insults you, the reader, and you can’t wait for the next creative insult.
Generally speaking, the book is somewhat similar to a travel guide that you may pick up when heading to a new city, except that this is a guide for every day living. You don’t need to be destitute to find tidbits within that will be useful for saving cash in your everyday life.
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