Synopses & Reviews
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. They're called "Generation Debt" and "Generation Broke" by the media — people in their twenties and thirties who graduate college with a mountain of student loan debt and are stuck with one of the weakest job markets in recent history. The goals of their parents' generation — buy a house, support a family, send kids to college, retire in style — seem absurdly, depressingly out of reach. They live off their credit cards, may or may not have health insurance, and come up so far short at the end of the month that the idea of saving money is a joke. This generation has it tough, without a doubt, but they're also painfully aware of the urgent need to take matters into their own hands.
The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that faces young people today and offers a set of real, not impossible solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead. Concisely, pragmatically, and without a whiff of condescension, Suze Orman tells her young, fabulous and broke readers precisely what actions to take and why. Throughout these pages, there are icons that direct readers to a special YF&B domain on Suze's website that offers more specialized information, forms, and interactive tools that further customize the information in the book. Her advice at times bucks conventional wisdom (did she just say use your credit card?) and may even seem counter-intuitive (pay into a retirement fund even though your credit card debt is killing you?), but it's her honesty, understanding, and uncanny ability to anticipate the needs of her readers that has made her the most trusted financial expert of her day.
Over the course of ten chapters that can be consulted methodically, step-by-step or on a strictly need-to-know basis, Suze takes the reader past broke to a secure place where they'll never have to worry about revisiting broke again. And she begins the journey with a bit of overwhelmingly good news (yes, there really is good news): Young people have the greatest asset of all on their side — time.
"No narrator, no matter how skilled, could sell the advice of personal finance guru Orman as well as Orman herself, so it's fitting that she gives voice to this audiobook. In a tone that is commanding (but in a motherly way), Orman lays out money management basics for YF&Bers (the young, fabulous and broke), covering everything from maintaining good credit and investing in the future to building a career and buying a first house. This is the lecture every parent should give their adolescent, and with Orman's emphatic delivery, it certainly has a lecture-like feel. There's no danger of nodding off during this audiobook, however. Orman's just-the-facts approach and spirited reading make this a quick, informative listen a perfect motivator for anyone who has thought about organizing their finances and then opted for the beach instead. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 14). (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
America's most trusted and dynamic source on money matters offers a financial guide aimed squarely at "Generation Debt" and their parents. Abridged. 5 CDs.
About the Author
Suze Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times
bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
; The Courage to Be Rich
; The Road to Wealth
; and The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life
; and the national bestsellers, You've Earned It, Don't Lose It
and Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook
. The host of her own national award-winning CNBC-TV show, which airs every Saturday night, she is a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine
and is the featured writer on Yahoo! Personal Finance with her bi-weekly Money Matters
series. She has written, co-produced, and hosted four PBS specials based on her bestselling books, which are among the network's most successful fundraisers ever. The most recent, inspired by The Laws of Money
, The Lessons of Life
, earned her an Emmy award.
A Certified Financial Planner Professional®, Suze Orman directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987-1997, served as Vice President — Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983-87, and from 1980-83, was an Account Executive at Merrill Lynch. In 2003 she was inducted into the Books for Better Life Awards' Hall of Fame in recognition of her ongoing contributions to self-improvement. A highly sought-after public speaker worldwide, she was profiled in Worth magazine's 100th issue as among those "who have revolutionized the way America thinks about money."