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The Broke Diaries.

The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel Villard, April 2001, $9.95, ISBN 0-679-78357-1

"Everyone has a broke diary. Maybe you never wrote yours down, perhaps your broke diary is just a collection of memories from college, or all those low-paying jobs you had. Maybe your broke diary is no memory, 'cause you're still broke right now and sitting in that bookstore chair planning on reading my whole book over a latte and scone instead of buying it." So begins The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke, a boisterously entertaining description of Angela Nissel's life. She recounts unbelievably funny tales through broke diary entries as they happened in her financially-challenged days as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania.

At first glance, the entries seem absurd like they couldn't possibly be true, but as you get to know Ang ("Poorly, Ang" is how she signs her broke entries) and her broke friends, you can't help but believe their tireless adventures and kooky schemes for anything beginning with the words FREE. Whether it's standing on line to sign up for a credit card to get a free gift pack full of toiletries and mints, or dating a lunatic chicken farmer for a lavish dinner of free rotisserie, Ang takes her readers on an uproariously funny journey of a hungry, broke student just trying to survive.

Broke Diaries is full of clever dialogue and witty entries. This book will have you laughing out loud in your broke mode of transportation(public bus or train). When people ask you what all of the laughter is about tell them to visit Ang at so they can laugh too. P.S. She's no longer broke.

Sadeqa M. Johnson is Currently working on her first novel.
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Author:Johnson, Sadeqa M.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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