Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: Spent by Avis Cardella

As a child, Avis Cardella devoured the glamorous images in her mother's fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a life that seemed to be filled with labels and luxury. But shopping had become a dangerous addiction. She forwent food for Prada. Credit card debt blossomed like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. She defined herself by the things she owned and also lost herself in the mad hunt for the perfect pair of pants or purse that might make her feel whole.

Spent is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume. 



Received from the publisher for review.

This is for all the Carrie Bradshaws out there with too much money. It was very difficult to care about the author's self-indulgent lifestyle. Who really cares if some rich bitch has a shopping addiction? And a rich model to boot. Oh poor baby!

This one gets two stars. I obviously did not like the author at all. She was beyond annoying. However, the frankness of her story and discussion of how she recovered may be helpful to some, and as such saved this from a single star. I still can't recommend it to the average reader though.

☆☆= Just Okay



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