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Young, Restless, and Broke: A Review

I recently finished reading the book Young, Restless, and Broke by Blossom Kan and Michelle Yu, the acclaimed authors of China Dolls.  It might seem kind of strange that I would be talking about a book considering this is a soap opera blog, but I assure you this book is relevant. It is about a young, aspiring actress named Sarah who dreams of starring on her favorite soap one day. Sarah is the ultimate soap fan, as is her friend Chad, so this book is filled with soap references, most of which are based on actual soaps, their storylines, and their actors. Sarah's dreams of becoming a soap actress take her on an unexpected journey that often mirrors a soap opera, leading her on a path of self-discovery and self-worth.

I really enjoyed this book. It's the perfect summer read because it's relatively short with less than 300 pages, more importantly it's easy to follow. It's something you can pick up and read for a little while, then put down without having difficulty regaining your place later on. This makes it ideal for trips to the beach where you'll likely encounter a lot of distractions. Above all, I love the fact that this book presents soap operas as being just as relevant and important as any other television genre. That is a rare assessment given the current state soaps are in so it was refreshing to read a book where the characters had such respect for them.

This is a light, summer read. You aren't going to find the meaning of life in this book, but if you are looking for something that's entertaining and provides an escape I think you'll enjoy it, especially since it contains so much soap related content. If you are interested in buying Young, Restless, and Broke it is available through, which is where I purchased my copy. I have provided a link below which leads directly to this book in the Amazon store, so you can buy it right from this blog post if you choose. Of course you can always go directly to and purchase it there, I just won't receive credit for having referred you. Either way, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. And if you do choose to read it or if you have already read it, please share your thoughts with me because I would love to talk about it with you!


  1. Hi Paula!
    The main character sounds like me - LOL!
    Thanks for the review and the recommendation. This book sounds like just the ticket for me, particularly being about my fave subject - soaps! I do need something light and breezy, because I don't have a whole lot of free time to read - although I do love to read.
    Coincidentally, today I just finished a book that was such a page turner and I loved it. It was "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly," by the actress Sondra Locke. It was a book about her life, particularly interesting was the last half of the book about her life with Clint Eastwood. I remember the days when those two were the "It" couple and things went very wrong. Well, this was the story behind the story and it's compelling!
    It's an old book, published in 1997. But I had heard good things about it and I picked it up about 2 weeks ago and couldn't put it down.
    Anyway, thanks again for the recommendation. I never heard of this book, but I might just have to get it now!

  2. Hi Michele!

    I really hope you like that book, I did. Let me know if you get it and what you think of it. It was just the right length for me too. When I try to read a book that's too long I usually end up not having enough time to finish it until I forget what the book is about. This one took me about 3 days to finish so that was a plus.

    I am definitely going to have to check out the book you are talking about because I think I actually remember hearing good things about it when it first came out. I'll let you know when I have had a chance to get it and read it so we can discuss it. :)


  3. I'll let ya know when I get it. It may not be right away, but we will def need to discuss when I do!
    Thanks again!

  4. Hi Michele!

    Completely understand. It's hard for me to find time to get any reading done too. I'm always the last one to read anything new that comes out. I finally let everyone convince me to read the Twilight Saga and I'm still not finished with all the books yet. I've actually had the first book since last year and just got around to picking it up this summer. lol! I love to read I just have to find the time and be in the right frame of mind I guess.



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