20 9 / 2011

Had it not been for the big font, short length of the book, and it being a book club selection, I would not have finished it. Nissel’s misadventures are described as hilarious, but came across as more corny than anything. Had I read this as a college student, I probably would have chuckled a little more, though, and I think that had I read it in blog form on a daily or weekly basis, it might have come across a lot more interesting. Sitting down and reading it the entire way thru in two days made it seem more like a chore. A short chore, but a chore nonetheless.

Not a good choice for a book club discussion, in my opinion. There really wasn’t much to discuss, and many members felt like her stories weren’t believable, or were so outrageous that they either stopped reading, or stopped laughing. Our discussion lasted for probably 15 minutes.

I commend Nissel for going from blogger to published author, though. It’s not an easy feat now, and especially wasn’t in the early 2000s, when bloggers didn’t recieve as much respect as they do in this day and age. Even though this book was not my cup of tea, kudos to her for finding success.

I’d recommend this for college students (especially freshman), and anyone who is allergic to heavy reading.

Grade: C-

01 9 / 2011

September Book Club Selection -The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
I’ve heard of this book numerous times, only because Luvvie, noted humor blogger and fellow book lover, has ranted and raved about it being one of her faves. Nissel’s writing is known to tickle your funny bone, so much so that she has branched out from being a blogger herself, to an author, and writer and co-producer for the television sitcom, Scrubs.
I am a little far removed from the struggle that is associated with being a student (which is the entire premise of the book), but in this cold economy, no one can be too sure about their future financial situation. I’ll be open for the laughs throughout the story, but I’ll also have my eyes open for a few cost effective ways to stay afloat should my luck take an unexpected nose dive.

September Book Club Selection -The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel

I’ve heard of this book numerous times, only because Luvvie, noted humor blogger and fellow book lover, has ranted and raved about it being one of her faves. Nissel’s writing is known to tickle your funny bone, so much so that she has branched out from being a blogger herself, to an author, and writer and co-producer for the television sitcom, Scrubs.

I am a little far removed from the struggle that is associated with being a student (which is the entire premise of the book), but in this cold economy, no one can be too sure about their future financial situation. I’ll be open for the laughs throughout the story, but I’ll also have my eyes open for a few cost effective ways to stay afloat should my luck take an unexpected nose dive.