Karyn Bosnak

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Karyn Bosnak
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Fiction, Non-Fiction
Notable works Save Karyn (2003), 20 Times a Lady (2006)

Karyn E. Bosnak (born September 24, 1974) is an American author of two published books: Save Karyn and 20 Times a Lady, the latter of which became the movie "What's Your Number?" starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

Early life and career[edit]

Karyn Bosnak was born in Chicago, Illinois. After briefly attending the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago in 1996.[1] She currently resides in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill.[2]


Save Karyn (2003)[edit]

After spending much of her early career as a daytime television talk-show producer, Bosnak moved from Chicago to New York in 2000. After quickly running up $20,000 of shopping-induced credit card debt, Bosnak lost her job and found herself unable to pay it back. In June 2002, she started savekaryn.com, a humorous albeit controversial website on which she brazenly asked strangers to help pay it off. The website garnered international media attention and worked; Bosnak paid off her debt in twenty weeks.

In 2003, Bosnak chronicled her struggles with debt in the memoir Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back. It was published in the United States by HarperCollins and is now available in over ten languages around the world.[3]

Bosnak has since donated the same amount of money she received from people to charity.[4]

20 Times a Lady (2006)[edit]

With the success of her first book, Bosnak abandoned the television industry altogether and began writing full-time. In 2006, her first novel, 20 Times a Lady, was published in the United States by HarperCollins. It served as the basis for the feature film What's Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. On September 6, 2011, the book was re-issued under the title What's Your Number?.[5]


Bosnak has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television shows including The Today Show and 20/20. Articles about her have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, People, and Time.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

In 2002, The New York Times Magazine included Bosnak's "Save Karyn" website in their annual "Year in Ideas" list.[13]

In 2007, VH1 ranked Bosnak as #31 on their list of the "40 Greatest Internet Superstars."[14]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back". Karyn Bosnak. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "About". Karyn Bosnak. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Bosnak, Karyn (6 September 2011). "What's Your Number?: A Novel". William Morrow Paperbacks. Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via Amazon. 
  6. ^ "Karyn Bosnak". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  7. ^ News, A. B. C. (1 February 2007). "Cyberbegging: Asking the Public to Pay the Bills". ABC News. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Sklar, Rachel (28 July 2002). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: NEW YORK ONLINE; Pardon Me, but Could You Help A Girl Down on Her Luck?". Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via NYTimes.com. 
  9. ^ "USATODAY.com - SaveKaryn saves Prada-lover from the poorhouse". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Hate Her? Pity Her? Learn From Her". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Somenerve.com – Vol. 58 No. 14". 30 September 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Barovick, Harriet (9 December 2002). "Panhandling.com". Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via www.time.com. 
  13. ^ Thompson, Clive (15 December 2002). "The Year in Ideas; Open-Source Begging". Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via NYTimes.com. 
  14. ^ "Karyn Bosnak- Internet Beggar - The Greatest - VH1". VH1. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 

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