Book Review: Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak

February 28, 2010
Title: Save Karyn
Author: Karyn Bosnak
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
Format: Paperback
Year Published: 2003
Source: I purchased this book.

I really like reading classic British novels such as books by the Brontes and Jane Austen. I also like reading modern American classics by Salinger and Updike. But probably my favorite type of book to read is non-fiction, especially memoirs. I really love any book that makes me think hard about the choices I make. If the book also makes me laugh, I will really love it!

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak is one of my favorite books. I wore out my first copy and had to buy another. I'm constantly recommending the book to my friends and even to my boyfriend (he's read
parts of it). I have re-read it many times from cover to cover and frequently will read parts of it over and over.

Why does this book mean so much to me? Because I can really relate to Karyn's story.

When Karyn Bosnak arrived in Manhattan in 2000 to be a television producer, she came to the big bad city to "find out who I was". She immediately embraced the expensive Manhattan lifestyle, living in the ritzy Sutton Place neighborhood and buying designer clothes and purses. 

Karyn LOVED to shop! She made a very good living as a television producer -- but not enough to support her lifestyle. Her favorite stores were places like Bloomingdale's and Barney's. Every time she had a date, she'd buy another outfit. She spent money on bikini waxes, haircuts, take-out food, and fitness training (probably to make up for eating so much take-out).

But Karyn shopped too much. She was spending far than she earned, and soon had trouble paying the rent and all her other bills. She charged just about everything on her numerous credit cards.

Eventually Karyn lost her job, and as it was soon after September 11th, 2001, she had a very difficult time finding another one. She owed well over $20,000 on credit cards. The unemployment insurance didn't begin to cover her debts. What to do?

Karyn started a website (really an early version of a blog), asking people for money. Because she was funny and people enjoyed the website, it worked! She was able to pay off all her debts. Her original website is here: Save Karyn

Since then Karyn has become a very successful blogger, in addition to writing books. Her current blog: Pretty in the City

Why do I relate to this? Because I know what it's like to be drowning in debt. This has happened to me, and most of it was my fault, but some of it was because of circumstances I could not control. Now some people may not like someone asking other people to pay her debts, but least Karyn found a funny and creative way to deal with her debts. She was proactive about it, and I admire that.

This is the only book I have read that was humorous about being in debt. It made me feel that I really wasn't such a bad person because I owed money on credit cards. I didn't really hurt anything except my credit rating, and that will eventually be straightened out.

I really recommend this book. It takes a serious subject and puts it into perspective.


  1. Have you read the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella? It sounds about the same. And I loved that series, so I might just try this one out. Great review.

  2. Yes, I have read all the Shopaholic books by Kinsella and I loved them. They are so funny. The one main difference is that Karyn's book is not a novel but a true story. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  4. This sounds like a great book, perhaps especially for girls who have their first credit cards, it is just so easy to get yourself into real trouble. Love the fact that she was able to exploit her sense of humour to help solve the problem.

  5. @DebK -- thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I checked out yours and am now a follower!

    @Book pusher -- yes, I think every young woman with her first credit card should read this book. I love Karyn's sense of humor -- and she's not above poking fun at herself.

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