The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, And Broke: Overview

The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, and Broke is an attempt by Suze Orman to take personal finance ideas that traditionally appeal to older generations and make them palatable to Generation Y. The back states clearly that this isn’t your parents’ personal finance book, but is there anything really interesting or different about the book that makes it stand out from the crowd? This week, let’s find out!

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the cover of Suze Orman’s Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, and Broke is that it’s colored heavily in bright blues and greens all over the place. The second thing you’ll notice is that the entire book has an almost blog-like feel. The end result is a very unusual book reading experience, at least as compared to other personal finance books.

What do I mean by “blog-like”? The book is divided into ten chapters on general topics, which is straightforward enough, but each chapter itself is divided up into tons of short, bite-sized pieces that feel much like a blog post. Many of these are in a question and answer format, meaning that the concepts presented are often adapted into example situations enabling readers to related to the experiences of others.

While some of the questions are pretty clearly connected to the life experiences of a twentysomething, one mark in the book’s favor is that many of the questions really apply well to anyone who is having difficulty getting started with their personal finances, and the design and layout of the book makes it accessible to very busy people who only have time to read a short piece or two at a given time.

However, the real question is if there’s any meat inside this unusual format, so we’ll spend the next three days walking through the book finding out just that. Then, on Friday, I’ll give a buy or don’t buy recommendation.

The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, And Broke is the sixteenth of fifty-two books in The Simple Dollar’s series 52 Personal Finance Books in 52 Weeks.

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