This book is aimed at those who have no financial knowledge, are overwhelmed by it all, or who do not talk with their partner about finances. It does not go in depth, but provides the good, solid, timeless basics. There's nothing new under the sun between the covers. People with more knowledge of finances may find the book a bit simplistic in some descriptions, or the peppy tone mildly annoying -- I kept wanting to see the "meat" of the book.
This book's primary goal is to get couples talking together about their money. It got my husband, who for all his life has steadfastly ignored finances, to actually understand and care about RRSPs, disability insurance, emergency funds, and saving for our dreams. It encouraged him to take a part in our financial future, and to set goals and look for ways to achieve them. For this reason, the book has proved invaluable. There are other, more in-depth books out there that provide a plethora of specific information, but for the couple just starting out, this book is where to start. It's easy to read, easy to do (the steps are so small and simple you feel guilty for NOT doing them), and brings partners together to discuss a topic that normally divides them. Make no mistake, you will eventually move on from this book into deeper and grittier territory. But it's not a bad place to start. It's an excellent motivator!
My only complaint about the book is that it seems to be aimed at couples in their thirties or later who already have a moderate income. As a couple in our early to mid twenties and as (debt-free) students, we are already quite frugal, both in income and cash spent. This makes some parts of the book are harder to relate to than they would be otherwise. We would be extremely grateful if someone could recommend to us a book aimed more specifically at our demographic.