Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista - Amy Silver (2009)

Cassie loves designer shoes and handbags, massages, getting about in taxis - in fact she loves to spend. But when Cassie is retrenched from her admin job at an investment bank and loses her high-flying boyfriend Dan, she has to embrace the art of being thrifty. But despite her best efforts to cut back, heed the budgeting advice of her student flatmate Jude and find a new job, the world seems to conspire against Cassie and make her spend even more. This is an entertaining tale with an endearing heroine for these global financial crisis times.

One of the books making it on to the Chicklit Club's Top 10 Must-Read debut books for 2009 is by London journalist Amy Silver. In Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista, Cassie Cavanagh is quite content with her lot. She has a PA job she kind of enjoys; a boyfriend who showers her with gifts; and she earns enough - just about - to finance the luxuries she's become accustomed to. But Cassie hadn't banked on being made redundant. Nor had she pictured her boyfriend leaving her for an older woman. Nor did she think she'd be taking financial advice from her student flatmate. Reluctant to embrace the art of being thrifty, if Cassie's going to survive the recession in style, she's a lot to learn about budgeting. And even more to learn about herself. If you are wondering how the credit crunch is affecting shopaholics then this may be the book for you. It's out from October - start saving your pennies!

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