Reviews

“A compelling read, containing even more compelling advice: excellent!”
– David Chilton, author, The Wealthy Barber, The Wealthy Barber Returns

“A tour de force: a personal-finance book that is hard to put down.” Click here for full review.
– Larry MacDonald, CanadianBusiness.com

 “Once in a blue moon, a financial book is written that should be required reading for all. Such is the case with Findependence Day. I hereby request all my readers in North America to run, not walk to purchase a copy.”  Click here for full review.
– Peter Grandich, The Grandich Letter

Jon Chevreau’s “Findependence Day” is a rare find in the world of investing books — an easy-to-read primer that tells the truth in an entertaining way, and leaves no doubt about the author’s message. Virtually all investing newcomers would benefit from reading the book, as would lots of old-timers. All too many experienced investors labour under misconceptions of what they need to do to achieve financial independence. Jon educates them. I strongly recommend Findependence Day!” Patrick McKeough, The Successful Investor/TSInetwork.ca

New! (Oct 30, 2014) Motley Fool’s Chris Hill interviews me about the new e-book on Market Foolery. Click here for 14-minute audio clip

New (November, 2014). More than Money Radio interview: Will your retirement date be a surprise?  Click here.

New! From a millennial with goal of Findependence 31:

“While most homeowners won’t pay off their mortgages and reach financial freedom until right before retirement, I plan to do it a lot sooner — by age 31. How? Through frugal living, sacrifice and hard work. I was inspired to reach my “findependence” so early after reading Findependence Day.” — Sean Cooper, Financial Independence Hub. Click here for blog.

Taxevity YouTube video interview with me on “Reaching the Unreachable.” Click here.

Recent reviews of new US edition:

“A guy who knows a lot about financial independence — and just began living it — is financial writer and editor Jonathan Chevreau.” — Richard Eisenberg, Forbes.com. Click here for review.

“An engaging story that draws the reader in while teaching smart, reliable and logical habits to save and make money throughout each stage of one’s life.” – Conny Crisalli, Amazon.com; Bookpleasures. Click here or here for review.

“Sizzling summer business reads: four books [American] financial pros recommend.”  – Jennifer Openshaw, Marketwatch.com. Click here for review.

An excellent framework for thinking in terms of achieving financial independence. I see the concept of retirement continuing to evolve … Jon’s approach is right on.” – Roger Wohlner, The Chicago Financial Planner. Click here for his comments following guest blog, “Forget Retirement, Seek Financial Independence.”

“Declaring your Financial Independence Day is a better idea than trying to come up with ‘the number’ you need to retire.”  –Richard Eisenberg, NextAvenue.org. Click here for review.

“Where else can one buy a comprehensive financial plan for under $30? This book can serve as a model for any family as it moves through the many predictable trials and tribulations of life.” – Certified financial planner S.W. on Amazon.com.

“How you can achieve Findependence.” — Preet Banerjee, Mostly Money Podcast: For July 4th, 2013 interview (15 minutes), click here.

“I couldn’t put it down, I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.” — Jason in For Funds Sake blog. For full podcast interview with Jonathan, click here.

“Lately I’ve encountered an increasing number of books that take serious financial topics – even hardcore financial topics – and wrap them in a fictional story.” – Al Emid, New Books in Investment. Click here for audio podcast of interview.

Reviews of first edition:

A welcome read both north and south of the 49th parallel.” Click here for full review.  – Richard Vetter, CFP, Richmond News

Having some fun while learning what’s good for you is a double win — particularly learning what we all need to know to live happier lives.”Charles Ellis, author of Winning the Loser’s Game

“Fans of The Wealthy Barber will love this book – the characters are more complex, we see them deal with real-life situations like twins, layoffs, family squabbles over inheritance, separation etc. and the plot has more depth.”
– Canadian Capitalist

“Very suspense filled and a page turner. It’s like The Wealthy Barber on speed and made modern.”  Click here for review/reader comments — Boomer & Echo blog

 “Relative to the Chilton yardstick, Chevreau has turned down the preachiness, raised the level of story telling, and provided advice that is wider in scope. I’m glad I read it to the end.”  Click here for full review.
– James Daw, Toronto Star

The book that takes over where the Wealthy Barber left off … I have been totally recommending to friends to buy for their children in their twenties as well as reading it themselves.”  Click here for review. – Meredyth Kezar, Late Literacy Blog 

“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.”  Click here for full review. — Andrew Hallam, author, Millionaire Teacher.

‘If you are looking for a beginner’s book on personal finance, this is a great place to start. The information is provided in a fictional story format, making it entertaining and easy to grasp.”
– Financial Highway Blog

“By the time I got a third of the way through the book, I was hooked on the story  …. enough to read the latter two-thirds in a single sitting on a lazy Sunday morning.”  Click here for full review. — Michael James on Money blog

“A very interesting way to learn financial planning tips … if you’re looking for a book to help you get a grip on your finances, but are bored with the standard “dry” financial advice non-fiction books out there, this is a terrific alternative to check out.”  Click here for full article. – Lisa Orrell, PromoteUGuru.com

“Educational and insightful as well as entertaining. At one level, Findependence Day is of interest to [those] who want to raise their awareness of financial planning issues but who find conventional non-fiction books a tough slog. At another, it’s a tale of people and relationships and goals and aspirations, which ultimately is what investing and personal finance is all about.” — Morningstar Canada

 “Finally, a common sense, no-hype finance book that guides you through all of life’s events.”
– Linda Leatherdale, Toronto Sun

 “Chevreau has a wonderful way with words as he crafts an intelligible overview of financial planning and money management that is seamlessly interwoven into his yarn. Chevreau’s swift economical novel with its underlying tidal flow tells us more about the harrowing economic situation of many couples today than volumes of social history.“  Click here for full review.
– Norman Goldman, Editor, Bookpleasures

 “A rollicking good tale. An engaging read that is both entertaining and educational. Far from the usual slew of light-weight financial fiction, Findependence Day is full of anecdotes, wise financial advice, and top notch financial reference material that can be adopted and applied to help every reader reach his or her own Findependence Day.”
– Stephen Gadsden, on Chapters Indigo site

 Engaging, informative and thought-provoking. This story powerfully illustrates the value of seeking good professional advice and the importance of financial planning to reach life goals.” – Eileen Chadnick, Big Cheese Coaching

highly recommend it to all just starting their working lives or newlywed/partnered couples. The story of this fictional young couple with their personal and financial struggles … is the framework for a financial education for young people embarking on their life journey. Go out and buy the book for your children starting out in their adult life journey.” — Retirement Action.com. Click here for full review.

Thanks for writing Findependence Day. I really like the format of how you followed Jamie and Sheena through the various stages of life. I am 35 and could relate to many of the challenges they encountered with raising a young family, saving for retirement, moving up, investing, etc. It took me just a few days to finish and I could hardly wait to see what would happen next. My wife said I couldn’t put the book down because it was more like fiction (non-fiction is 99.9% of the stuff I read). Either way, many of the stories hit home for me and it offered some new ideas that I am implementing in my own life.” — Brian Creed, Calgary.

Video: Rich is a State of Mind author Robert Gignac turns the tables and interviews Jon Chevreau about Findependence Day [8 mins]. Click here to view video

MoneyShow Toronto 2011 Video interview on the book. (4 minutes.) Click here.

Podcast (18 minutes) with Canadian Money Advisor’s Monty Loree. Click here.

Blogtalk Radio interview with financial planner Dean Voelker (26 mins). Click here.

“A financial Pilgrim’s Progress… This book will keep you entertained and help you become rich at the same time.”– Bob Veres, Inside Information

“In one word: soulful.”  — Michael Di Lauro, The Di Lauro Dossiers. Click here.

 “Wonderful morality tale and loads of financial wisdom all wrapped up in a fun read. You won’t want to put it down.”
– Larry Swedroe, author of Wise Investing Made Simple

… not a thriller in the classic sense, but you do get caught up in wondering whether the protagonists will achieve their ambitious goal of financial freedom within the stated timeframe. Over a 22-year period they go through the kinds of tribulations and financial setbacks most married couples experience. But Findependence Day is also a love story, which makes it all the more enjoyable to read.”Patricia Lovett-Reid, TD Waterhouse in Investor Insights. Click here for full review.

 “A financial voyage through the human lifecycle … A wonderful job of blending compelling fiction and financial facts.”
Moshe Milevsky, author of Pensionize Your Nest Egg

 A lifetime of common sense money lessons packed into a highly readable novel.”
- Gordon Pape, author, Sleep-Easy Investing

“A new milestone of clarity in financial education.”
– Mark Hebner, Index Funds Advisor

 “An absorbing, realistic story that teaches us how to perform that financial balancing act that allows us to reach our dreams and goals.”
- Diane McCurdy, CFP, author of How Much is Enough?