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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Kicking Financial Ass by Paul Christopher Dumont is a non-fiction self-help book for Millenials who are looking for achievable and sustainable financial stability in a world where the majority are saddled with massive debt. Broken down into four distinct parts and fourteen chapters, Dumont covers Foundations, Growth, Investing, and Living Your Life with guidance for both Canadian and U.S. readers. Coming from humble beginnings himself, Dumont makes a case for the layman's ability to elevate beyond their circumstances. The ultimate goal of a comfortable retirement is road mapped in a strategy to maximize a reader's saving potential, eliminate debt, and simplify life in a way that ensures a level of true happiness without detracting from the prior two goals. Throughout the book, Dumont includes personal stories and diagrams to make this guide relatable and easy to understand.
My first impression of Kicking Financial Ass was that Paul Christopher Dumont wasn't out to pitch sky-high promises that are so common in other books of this nature. He's an authentic motivator who addresses a monetary system that almost guarantees entrapment in debt while the majority of millennials shift their focus to 'living their best life' at the expense of being prepared to do exactly this in the latter half of their lives. The book reads like a friend sitting down for a comfortable conversation, and I chuckled at a few of Dumont's Canadianisms such as eating Kraft Dinner. There are no preachy financial sermons, just succinct advice and straightforward information for young North Americans with enough attention paid to recovering time and money lost by readers who have already made mistakes and wish to get back on track. My favorite part and one that resonated with me the most is the phenomenon of being house rich and cash poor. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I once went to a friend's unbelievably gorgeous house in the prestigious Pacific Heights district, only to find their living room was filled with cheap lawn furniture and everyone slept on inflatable mattresses. There's no time like the present to get your finances in order and I think Dumont's book has all the right bone structure to get readers there.