Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Erin Duffy
Publisher: Harper Collins, Feb 2012
Source: Free for Review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 3
Description from amazon.com:
When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she’s prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys’ club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head when she’s relegated to a kiddie-size folding chair with her new moniker—Girlie—inscribed in Wite-Out across the back.
No matter. She’s determined to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of the Street’s most esteemed brokerage firms. Keeping her eyes on the prize, the low Girlie on the totem pole will endure whatever comes her way—whether trekking to the Bronx for a $1,000 wheel of Parmesan cheese; discovering a secretary’s secret Friday night slumber/dance party in the conference room; fielding a constant barrage of “friendly” practical jokes; learning the ropes from Chick, her unpredictable, slightly scary, loyalty-demanding boss; babysitting a colleague while he consumes the contents of a vending machine on a $28,000 bet; or eluding the advances of a corporate stalker who’s also one of the firm’s biggest clients.
Ignoring her friends’ pleas to quit, Alex excels (while learning how to roll with the punches and laugh at herself) and soon advances from lowly analyst to slightly-less-lowly associate. Suddenly, she’s addressed by her real name, and the impenetrable boys’ club has transformed into forty older brothers and one possible boyfriend. Then the apocalypse hits, and Alex is forced to choose between sticking with Cromwell Pierce as it teeters on the brink of disaster or kicking off her Jimmy Choos and running for higher ground.
Fast-paced, funny, and thoroughly addictive, Bond Girl will leave you cheering for Alex: a feisty, ambitious woman with the spirit to stand up to the best (and worst) of the boys on the Street—and ultimately rise above them all.
The heroine tried to stand up to the boys in “The Business” but most of the time all she did was kow-tow to their pranks and ridiculous requests. She thought that was the way to get ahead because that is what they told her. That she lasted as long as she did was a testament to her stamina. Although I do wonder why she put up with all that she did.
I enjoyed this book for the look inside the workings of a Wall Street firm. I don’t doubt for a minute that working in that misogynistic environment was everything the author claimed. Of course this was only a novel but it reads like a personal experience. It is written, for the most part, in dialogue. It points out that it is still a man’s world.
I recommend this one for anyone interested in the day to day workings of a Wall Street trading floor.