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Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista Loved thisI loved Cassie she was so funny and normal even if she did spend masses of money on stuff she didn't really need I loved reading about her latest trials and tribulations Review This book had the potential to be brilliant but I did feel a little let down particularly at the end It ended so suddenly and without any warning it didn't feel like the end but the beginning of another chapter I turned the last page and wondered if someone had ripped the last chapter out Aside from that it wasn't bad but it did need some action rather than repetition of the same things The characters could have used a little padding out because at times it seemed like I was watching them from a distance rather than being really involved in their lives Genre? Chic Lit Romance DramaCharacters? Cassie CavanaghSetting? EnglandSeries? NARecommend? MaybeRating 1420 Cassie Cavanagh has a great job a great boyfriend and earns enough money to keep her in shiny new shoes and fabulous clothes What Cassie doesn’t reckon on is being sacked from her job due to the recession Not only that but her boyfriend dumps her for an older woman Cassie also seems to be spiralling into debt and is forced to listen to flatmate Jude’s advice on money Can Cassie claw her way out of the recession and stop spending money?When I first heart about Confessions Of A Reluctant Recessionista I couldn’t wait to read it I thought it sounded fab So when I finally got around to picking it up I was incredibly pleased I was sucked right into Cassie’s world and I enjoyed the book immenselyAs the world is currently going through a recession there’s bound to be a bunch of chick lit books tackling that angle We’ve had the Shopaholic side from Sophie Kinsella and now we have Amy Silver writing about being a shopaholic in a recession affected world This is the first book I’ve read that’s dealt with the recession and time will tell if they’re all the same For what it’s worth I thought Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista was fabulous Of course you might be thinking “Why on Earth do I want to read about something that’s currently happening something that’s always in the news; I want a light hearted read” but believe me this is light hearted I loved the fact it was set in the world we’re in now Truth is wouldn’t a book be less believable if we’re reading of a total shopaholic when we’re all struggling at the moment?As I mentioned I was easily sucked into Cassie’s world and it’s easy to see why she spends so much money Truth is Cassie doesn’t know any other way She’s always had her well paid job as a PA to fund all of her spending habits so it comes as a complete surprise once she’s out of a job and thus broke Cassie tries a number of ways to make money Most notably by walking dogs Cassie being a dog walker had me laughing out loud I have two dogs and struggle sometimes to control them so I could imagine what it would be like to have 5 or so to walk at the same time I like that after Cassie got over the shock of being out of a job and out of a boyfriend she eventually pulled herself together to try and find herself new employment I also loved how Cassie’s flatmate Jude helped her to try and cut down on her spending; it wasn’t always completely logical but Jude had her heart in the right place I loved both Cassie and Jude and found them incredibly likeable They seemed polar opposites to each other; Cassie being a spendaholic and Jude being a bit hippy like yet I found their friendship totally believableThere are other characters in the novel A favourite of mine being Ali Cassie’s best friend She seemed a bit mysterious and offish with Cassie for a while but all was revealed eventually I can’t say that I saw Ali’s surprise coming I also uite liked Cassie’s family they too had her best interests at heart I thought Jake Jude and Cassie’s friend was uite sweet and a world away from Dan Cassie’s ex It surprised me that Dan didn’t make a reappearance near the end of the book; that’s generally a staple of a chick lit novel the ex coming back for a re appearance Huge kudos to Amy for not going down that route I was pleased to see the back of Dan I have to sayThe book is very in the “now” not only with the recession but with Cassie and Jude having Sky Plus each chapter starting with a Facebook update Cassie Cavanagh loves her louboutins for example and it seemed very modern which I enjoyed It’s nice when authors can weave things like that into a book to make it up to date The book is told entirely in the first person which was absolutely right for this novel We didn’t need anybody else’s perspectives; Cassie was than enough Amy Silver wrote uite a bit about what it’s like to work in the City as a PA in Cassie’s case and as a dealer in Ali’s case but it was easy enough to understand and even I enjoyed learning about itI have to admit that the ending was pretty open I sincerly hope that means Amy Silver is working on a seuel Cassie Cavanagh could become the anti Becky Bloomwood and I’d happily read of Cassie’s adventures She’s just so incredibly likeable and it’s difficult to dislike her even when she was ignoring Jude’s advice Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista truly is a great read and I wholly recommend it it’s definitely one of the best debuts around Cassie Cavanagh is pretty happy She’s got a good job as a PA that keeps her in designer shoes and a nice flat a great boyfriend and great friends too But Cassie soon finds herself made redundant from the job with a huge credit card debt oh and her boyfriend has dumped her as wellTogether with her flatmate xx Cassie has to learn to live on a budget for the first time in her life and stick to it But Cassie isn’t used to not picking out what she wants in a shop or buying a new outfit just because she wants toThe recession is coming to bite her on the bum and Cassie needs to really become thrifty can this recessionista cut her debt and get her life back on track?In the current uncertain economic climate this book is certainly one that will strike a chord with people all over the country It looks to introduce us to a girl who has it all – the job the friends the guy – and then its going to be taken away from her leaving her with a scary debt and having to control her spendaholic ways It does sound familiar we’ve had a book about a Shopaholic before of course by the brilliant Sophie Kinsella so I was intrigued to see how Amy Silver would tackle this subject from a slightly different angle and bring something new to the “spendaholic” genreThis is author Amy Silver’s debut novel and I was immediately drawn in by the catchy title and fresh looking cover too The lead character of Cassie is very likeable and one that I was immediately drawn to It didn’t matter that I didn’t have anything in common with her she was just normal and funny and you wanted to carry on reading to find out how it was going to progress for poor old Cassie I loved how naive she was about money thinking that her small redundancy wage was going to last forever but then had to come back down to earth with a bump I felt so sorry for her but also wanted to shake her because she was a bit too daft at times but it works for the book It’s written in the first person from Cassie’s perspective and this is why the reader can grow to love her so much – we’re in her head and what comes out is totally uncensored and often hilarious and cringy but it makes for a fab readingThere are uite a few other characters in the book but they aren’t as big a part as Cassie plays Her flatmate Jude was a very down to earth character who was the thorn in Cassie’s side because she kept harping on about money in a realistic way I liked her as she had a good side story as well with a sweet romance and I enjoyed the development of this plot Cassie’s best friend Ali wasn’t around much but had a bit of a “mystery” plot which I did guess uite early on but added a grown up storyline to the book which I enjoyed Cassie’s boyfriend Dan was the “Mr Nasty” of the book and Silver has really written such a wally you have to wonder if he’s based on a real personThe author has clearly done her research about the topics in this book She puts in a fair bit about banking a subject which doesn’t interest me at all and makes it interesting and then throws the book in a totally different direction towards the end which I loved and was clearly well researched too What I really loved about this book was the amount of things going on and how freuently the direction of the book changed It often moved around following the different characters but kept Cassie at the heart of it and the reader wanting to know about the lives of these people As the book goes on characters are introduced but it’s easy to keep track of them because of the great writing style and development of the bookIt is a book that it very applicable in this day and age but I can see its one that can be enjoyed at any time as well It’s incredibly well written very enjoyable and one of those books you would struggle to put down once you begin it If I have one complaint about the book its that it is only just over 300 pages long I could have read double that amount about Cassie I loved the feel of the book its uplifting and funny at the same time and a great escapist book For a debut novel I was incredibly impressed and I hope Amy Silver is going to continue with writing as I think she is going to have a good career ahead of her Brilliant and highly recommended – I think this will be a hit I took a liking to Cassie and as a result I enjoyed the book I really wanted her to succeed and show everybody who had turned out to be fair weather friend that she had moved on successfully Must admit I was a little let down by the ending I wanted But generally a good story and an enjoyable book Whether it's because I have been through the redundancy thing I don't know but I thoroughly enjoyed this book Cassie's life is a world away from mine but that didn't stop me cheering her on from the sidelines Being sidelined by work and then your boyfriend is no fun but when they both happen within days of each other Cassie does the only thing she knows how she spends and spends and shops some until her flatmate and her best friend stage an interventionThere were some genuinely funny moments in the book and Cassie herself is completely relatable Okay not completely but there is enough normality to her for you to feel complete empathy towards her and to be on her side even when she is being rather deluded and selfish The only thing that really spoilt the book for me was the tales of her new job at the Wine Start Up company from singlehandedly remodelling the office to a mad dash across France to save a business deal it was a little forced and unbelievable Fortunately the characters save the book and you can forgive the fantastical aspectsI am happy to admit that I bought this book because it was on sale and it reminded me of the Sophie Kinsella Shop a holic series I was pleasantly surprised at the uality of the writing within it's covers as I think I was mentally expecting some sort of cash in homage to that series but it really isn't that Instead you have a very relatable central character with a strong narrator's voice in Cassie and a cast of secondary characters that provide a great foil for our erstwhile heroine I particularly liked her flatmate Jude and am really crossing my fingers for a spin off about herThis is a fun read that I did find hard to put down between chapters and as yfirst experience of the author I am looking forward to trying some of her other books Cassie Cavanagh has a great job a great boyfriend and earns enough money to keep her in shiny new shoes and fabulous clothes What Cassie doesn’t reckon on is being sacked from her job due to the recession Not only that but her boyfriend dumps her for an older woman Cassie also seems to be spiralling into debt and is forced to listen to flatmate Jude’s advice on money Can Cassie claw her way out of the recession and stop spending money Nice easy book to read No hard storyline to follow and a bit predictable but on occasions it's nice to read an uncomplicated book and this fits the bill perfectly Similar in storyline and style to the Shopaholic series Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista by Amy Silver is her first novel and wow just she start with an explosion of a book Amy has another novel released later in the year called Twelve days of Christmas which I cannot wait to come out I just hope she manages to keep to the great standard of this novel Main Character The main character in this novel is Cassie Cavanagh Cassie works as a PA and loves shopping and basically just spending money on anything as she feels that buzz She is very happy in her life at the start of the book having than enough money from her job to help her shopping habit and she was constantly being showered with expensive gifts by the love of her life Dan She is a very warm and believable character In many ways I think everyone will relate to Cassie in some way as many of us has had the recession hit us like it hit Cassie and I am sure we all had to try to make cuts to our expenditures Story Line Cassie Cavanagh is in a happy place with money a job she is happy with a brilliant relationship with hubby Dan and true friends around her This is all until the recession hits and Cassie finds herself jobless and loveless in the space of a week To cheer Cassie up she decides to go and treat herself on a shopping trip but the goodies she purchases only add up to the alarming credit card bill which drops through the door of her shared rented flat With no income Cassie's friends Jude and Ali come to her aid and help to try and get Cassie to make changes to her outgoings and prepare her to start looking for a new job Cassie struggles to cut her expenditures and although she is applying for many jobs there are just no offers coming through We then follow Cassie on her journey which shows her trying out new things to earn money a new relationship blossoming and see if she can finally kick her spending habit Bad points Ok I am going to get my opinion of the bad points out of the way first as I only found one I was disappointed by the ending If Amy has an idea to make a follow up to this book then I will eat my hat and take this part of my review away I felt the ending of the book just suddenly came to an end I was waiting for the tragic Eastenders music to kick in once I had finished the last page I was so wrapped up in the story and then suddenly with no warning the book was finished Without trying to give the ending away all I can say is that we don't know what finally happens to all the characters My opinion I LOVED IT I have tried many new authors recently many have been good reads but this was a completely different kind of book and I feel it was because it was a good topic to bring out in a book with the current climate as we have all been hit by the recession I found I could relate to Cassie as I like many people have had to make many cut backs due to the recession ok not as big of a cut back as Cassie had to make as I personally am not used to going out and just willy nilly spending thousands of pounds on my credit card The book had a good mixture of content to it and in many places I found myself laughing aloud and things Cassie done one of which was when she decides to save money by doing her own waxing oooppps not a good idea I found it was a very light hearted read and if you're feeling down about the recession then it is a book which will help to uplift your mood I found myself at points wanting to shout don't do it when Cassie went to buy something so thing I may have got a bit to envolved in the book Recommend I would 100% recommend this book If anyone out there loved Sophie Kinsella's Shopoholic series then you will love this It is a similar story line but is believable and not too farfetched like Rebecca Bloomfield was It was a warm witty light hearted chick lit book I just hope she does decide to write a carry on for this book so I can get my happy ending I have never read a book by Amy Silver before so had no expectations The cover of the book looks very light hearted and the synopsis of the book seemed fitting with the state of our current economic climate Cassie Cavanagh is introduced to us and immediately you like her She has the air of being a typical girl about town throwing her credit card at anything that moves with no thought of the conseuencesYou soon get introduced to her trader boyfriend Dan a total rat and her flatmate Jude who is everything Cassie is not When Cassie goes into work one morning her world literally collapses around her She is made redundant and at the same time her boyfriend dumps her for a much richer and older womanWe also meet Cassie's friend Ali who has a high flying job within the same company Cassie worked for The thing I loved about this book is how easy it was to get to know all the different people involved in Cassie's life Ali was riot of a character with a very feisty attitude and as the book progresses Ali's problems become Cassie's problems too as Cassie struggles to help her friend Jude who is incredibly straight laced is embroiled in some particularly funny incidents with Cassie It seems that Cassie Cavanagh is a walking disasterThere is a certain element of the familiar and a lot of people have likened this book to the `Shopaholic' series of books by Sophie Kinsella I have to be honest and say that I actually preferred Cassie to the lead character Becky Bloomwood She is ditzy and terribly bad with money but underneath it all is a bright and hardworking girlThe book is really current and especially makes for a great read as women are feeling the pinch themselves currently The story itself is totally up there on believability as I am sure the thousands that have been made redundant in the last year or so can agree with Of course with this being Chick Lit it is very light hearted which is just what readers want; after all there is enough depressing material to choose from out thereI loved the characters and the story was so easy to read You find yourself rooting for Cassie to get through it As ever there is a love story embroiled amongst everything else and this was although predictable another great element of the book All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Amy Silver and will certainly be looking out for others

  • Paperback
  • 327 pages
  • Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista
  • Amy Silver
  • English
  • 13 September 2014
  • 9780099543558

About the Author: Amy Silver

Paula Hawkins a writer and freelance journalist who has written on everything from the diamond trade to DIY dog grooming She lives in London and has a penchant for vintage clothes and champagne cocktails but she always pays her credit card bills on time Paula Hawkins has just published the new suspense sensation The Girl on the Train under her own name