Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke

Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke

by Angela Nissel

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“People always say I’m going to look back on these days and laugh — why put it off?”

When Angela Nissel found herself struggling financially while in college, instead of sulking, she decided to entertain herself by creating an online journal that chronicled her day-to-day trials and tribulations. Written with humor and intelligence, her “Broke Diary” quickly found an audience as people wrote to Angela to empathize with, console, and laugh with her about her experiences and even share their own. The Broke Diaries is the first complete compilation of her experiences, written in a voice that is funny, unique, and dead-on.

On buying ramen noodles: I am sooooooo embarassed. I only have 33 cents. I (please don’t laugh) put the money on the counter and quickly attempt to dash out with my Chicken Flavored Salt Noodles. The guy calls me back! I look up instinctively, I should have run . . . Why didn’t I run???!! He tells me the noodles are 35 cents. I try to apologize sincerely. I thought the sign said 33 cents yesterday, so that’s all I brought with me. Could he wait while I ran home and get the 2 cents? I show him my student I.D. to let him know I am not a thief. He shakes his head and motions either for me to get the hell out of his store and never come back again or get the money as do come back. I don’t know. He said something like “Nyeh” and swiped his hand in my direction.
I can’t translate hand motions well.
The noodles: tasty!!!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679783572
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 365,233
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Angela Nissel is cofounder and site manager for which gets 300,000 hits a day and was named Best New Website at this year’s Online Hip-Hop Awards. She has a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia.

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October 7

Dear Broke Diary:

Knowledge should be free.

And today, at the University of Pennsylvania, it was.

Only with the truly broke can a beautifully planned day of study turn into a burglary.

I love having the same classes as my friends. Usually, when we combine our purchasing power, we can afford all of the books for the class. One set that we all share, of course.

But not this anthropology class me and Janelle, my closest brokest friend, are enrolled in. This class has three required books and a bulkpack (a bound collection of essays from multiple authors). What the hell was this professor thinking?

I wish they bootlegged books like they bootleg albums. Where’s the man with the briefcase full of stolen books?

Eff a fake Gucci watch. Start hawking photocopies of textbooks. You’ll be a tax-free millionaire in no time.

No, know what I want? Thugs who just rough up professors who assign too many books. Especially professors who assign books they themselves authored. The book thugs wouldn’t hurt ’em, just, like, corner them in a lab late one night and scare them into shame.

Thug [knocking petri dish to the floor]: Yeah, I knocked over your little dish! You wanna do something about it?! Huh,
do you??!

Professor [cowering in corner]: Please, sir!!! Leave me be!! Is it money you’re after? I don’t have any money in here! Just fetal pigs!

Thug: Sure, you don’t have any money! We know you’re getting kickbacks from the publishing companies for assigning these overpriced books!! And how are you going to assign a book you wrote your damn self?!! Why, I should—

Professor: Please, take all the drugs you want! In fact, I’ll make you some drugs! Please, go!

Thug [punches hole in Periodic Table of Elements Chart]: I’ll be back.

Oops. I didn’t mean to start writing a screenplay. Sorry. Just get a little emotional sometimes. Got all this aggression up in me ’cause, man, I wanna learn, too!

Anyway. Me and ’Nelle did split the cost of the anthro bulkpack but, man, we were jonesing for that textbook. Not having that textbook has put us mad behind.

Yesterday, we made a plan to bridge that broke learning gap. Janelle is convinced Joel, the teaching assistant, gives her special looks during class. (Yes, she said “special looks.” How funny, right?!! What the hell is a “special look”?)

So she suggested we go to his office hours and double-team him: I’d kiss up and she’d flirt.

Anyway, I was down for the plan, but the only special look I want from Joel is the look he gives my midterms and final when he smacks an A on both of ’em.

Today was supposed to be the first day on the quest to have Joel smack my A.

Janelle and I met up in front of Van Pelt Library and walked over to the university museum. Just two normal, innocent college girls walking to class. We could have made the “Guide for Prospective Parents” video. Janelle even had a bow in her hair. Ah, it was perfect.

We were still pure and innocent as we walked up the museum stairs, down the left-end hall, and into Joel’s office. He wasn’t there, so we just plopped down on the beat-up office love seat and started chatting.

That’s when we saw it. Perched on top of a stack of papers on his desk.

Yes, it was . . . The Textbook.

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Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
tallchick More than 1 year ago
Laughable Even on Your Bad Days This book is a great read: it's funny, smart, and well-written. Nissel will make you laugh along with her (and most likely conjure your similar experiences) - even on your bad days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this so many times! Its a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, literally laugh out loud funny. I was sad to get to the end. Her take on things made me giggle more times than I can count, look forward to reading more by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although my title is very optomistic I'll have to say that the book is for a certain audience. There are cuss words, dirty jokes and some disturbing, but silly situations. Personally, I thought this book was great and in the end really showed the reader theres more to life then looking pretty.
magst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good book! I laughed until I cried!
DowntownLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a delight to read. Angela Nissel isn't good, she's brilliant.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. I was surprised by how creative she was and how good she became at living on $10 a week. I even learned a few tips. I also felt sorry for her and really wanted to help her. It made my problems seem much smaller by comparison. If it was a simple memoir, I would have given a higher rating. But I know this book's intent was to be funny, and her sense of humor is not the same as mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ANGELA NISSELL IS MY HERO! I have pribably read this book about six times and it never gets old! Do yourself a favor and prepare yourself to laugh like a maniac! She should be more famous! She is a genius! Great, great, great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds familiar, like my life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FUNNY!! I used to read it aloud to my sister and we would crack up . Recommend!!
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Lilyx More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting and funny, I couldn't find myself putting it down after I started reading. It's not difficult to understand it's straight foward and to the point, As a 12th grader in high school, I believe this book opened my eyes a bit more on how my college financial experience is going to some what be. I would recommend this book to anyone especially my fellow seniors. I give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking just at the cover of this book made me want to open it and read it. When I started reading, I immediately knew this was the kind of book that I would read from start to finish; it had me laughing non-stop. The diary entries contain real world uncensored language which makes Angela seem like a real person. Angela's humor made me think about how there are ways to have fun  no matter what. The book made me think about how I'm going to be like Angela in a couple of months and how I should use the information she presents to the reader to survive college. Angela taught me that no matter how broke one is you can still live a happy life and become successful at the end.
Darbykas More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious. This sounds like a FAM Network movie. I've read this book several time just for humor and have given copies to my friends who also enjoyed. I think I'm going to read it again. If nothing else, it teaches you survival skills - get creative!
jessicaramirez More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. It tells you alot about the struggles that angela went through while in college. I think that college students would be able to relate to this because they go through times when the money is low, and you have to be able to choose between spending it on something you will need such as food, or something useless. Overall its a very good book, and everyone should read it.
aishamichelle More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very interesting and a delight to read. It was such a funny book that I laughed out loud. Angela Nissel is an ordinary person who is broke during college and I am sure that i will be able to relate once I get into college. I would recommend this book to everyone that wants a good read.
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This book was so funny, I couldn't help laughing out loud a lot of times. I loaned my copy to a friend and he was laughing at all the crazy things Angela does while broke. My absolute favorite is the electricity story. Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is off the chain! I read it a few years back and I couldn't just read it once. It was so real and halarious it had me rolling for days. To tis day I'll recomend it to anyone who wants some laughter and hope!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a train and was laughing so hard, people were backing away from me until I had about half the car to myself. I didn't notice until about halfway through my trip and once I did, I just kept on reading. I recommend this book to anyone who is having a bad day. It is hilarious and one of the few books I have kept and re-read since I bought it a few years ago. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel quite some time ago and I must say that I was pleased! Angela Nissell is a broke college student just trying to survive. She keeps a journal of her everyday events and we are able to travel with her and go through her happiness and pain with her. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I once being a broke college student( I just graduated in August and just caught up on bills last month) can RELATE! I love this girl! She made me feel RICH and I was down to $.07 in my checking when I finally started working. The things she went through and the comedic way she relayed them was just great. Despite the topic of brokeness being quite depressing, she somehow remained positive and kept her sense of humor!! THANKS, ANG for the great book. I have read this book like 4 times already and it is funny everytime. I would love to see this as sitcom...I'd watched in a heartbeat.