Millionaire Teacher Reviews Findependence Day

I have a confession to make. 

I’m an English teacher, but I don’t read many novels.  I’m a tough sell.

Having said that, there are a few books I’ve recently enjoyed, like The White Tiger, the story of an impoverished Indian man who kills his boss; Shantaram, the pseudo memoir of a drug dealer who escaped an Australian prison to start a medical clinic in Bombay; and The Kite Runner, a beautiful and nauseous tale of betrayal that turns its own pages.

After reading probably 400 books on personal finance, I’ve also cut back on the investment genre. 

But last month, I did order a copy of  Jonathan Chevreau’s book, Findependence Day

It blends fiction and personal finance, entertaining and teaching readers at the same time.

The narrative story follows Jamie and Sheena Morelli—a young married couple building their future on a financial tectonic plate.  They’re swimming in debt and oblivious to the financial challenges lying ahead.

They’re challenged by materialism as they try to gain a solid financial footing, and their relationship strains under the pressures of money and diverging goals.

Two father figures (like perfect foil characters) guide Jamie throughout.

1.   Al, the morally depraved entrepreneur


2.  Leo, the solid fee-based financial advisor who offers guidance and friendship

This is a great book. 

Jonathan Chevreau, a long-time writer with the National Post shows off his skilful array of story-weaving and financial education.

Whether you prefer fiction or finance, I think you’ll enjoy Findependence Day.



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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for the nice review, Andrew. Interesting you mentioned Shantaram, which I read just a few months ago. Agree it's an exceptional novel: really, it took the author his entire life to write that book.

    • Hey Jonathan, you're certainly right about Shantaram. Imagine being in prison and having the strength to continue writing a book that the guards keep destroying. Incredible.

      If the author ever calls me out to share a few drinks, I'll send you an invite to join us. I'm not sure why he would call, but more improbable things have happened (as we've both read) so you never know.

      If he calls you first, please give me a shout.

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