Book review: Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together

Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together


About This Book

If you’re young and just starting out, this book may be for you. If you’re older, you may enjoy the author’s humorous accounts of her own money decisions and why she made them, but this book may not offer you the kind of life-changing advice you might be looking for, but what is common sense to you is a frustrating mystery to many.

When she wrote this, Gabby Dunn was 29 years old and had graduated college, had several internships and full-time jobs, and had worked as a freelance writer, podcaster, and YouTube content creator. Part memoir and part financial advice, this book describes Dunn’s personal journey with money and how, had she had some guidance, she may have made different money decisions.

Each of the early chapters covers a phase of Dunn’s life, such as high school, college, internships, and first jobs,  and offers a few quick takeaways designed to help you take the right first steps. Later chapters cover life events Dunn hasn’t experienced yet such as weddings, the passing of loved ones, and retirement. Acknowledging that readers her age may not be ready to think about these events yet, she shares practical tips from experts that may be food for thought when those events occur. Other topics include money and relationships and money issues specific to the LGBTQ community.

Dunn also acknowledges that our financial system is unfair, particularly to marginalized groups, so she encourages her readers to be politically active while understanding how to do the best they can with the system we have.



I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for its humorous tone and coverage of a broad array of financial topics from a younger person’s perspective. In particular, pre-teen, teen, and twenty-something women will find Dunn’s story and takeaways to be very relatable. If you’re more experienced with managing your money, though, and you’re looking for life-changing financial advice, you’ll be disappointed. Still, you may want to consider giving this to a pre-teen, teen, or twenty-something in your life to introduce them to managing their own finances.


Book Details


Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together


Gaby Dunn


304 pages

Audiobook length:

5 hours, 52 minutes

Click here to listen on Audible

Click here for the NLS talking book, DB98933 

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