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Book Review: 'Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too'

Washington Post personal finance columnist Nancy Trejos goes on a contradiction-exposing excursion extraordinaire in her latest money memoir/tutorial, "Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too."

This revelatory book feeds the scandal and reality-media cravings of 20-somethings with Trejos’ extremely entertaining exposure of her own story, as a supposed money maven, leaving her day job at the Washington Post interviewing shopping addicts only to find her own mailbox at home crammed full of bills documenting her life in "DC" — an abbreviation that does double-duty in Trejos’ lexicon to represent both the District of Columbia and "debt city."

Trejos retells how she had "made pretty much every personal finance mistake you can make," culminating in a humiliating, tearful call for rescue cash to her Colombian immigrant parents — a call similar to those that have been made by many a member of Trejos’ generation, which she calls "Generation Debt."