My Rating: Great Read!
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I couldn't get enough of Bond Girl! I wanted to read this when it came out earlier in hard cover and for some reason never did. I absolutely loved Alex and her co-workers at Cromwell. Bond Girl is a very easy, quick and funny read. Because I just had to keep reading one more page...one more page...my family would yell at me, as they were all waiting for me to join them. I couldn't put Bond Girl down and didn't want it to end.
Alex has always wanted to work on Wall Street and she lands her dream job upon graduating from college. We get to experience Alex's first few years of Wall Street at Cromwell right by her side. The "guys" all call her "Girlie" and she doesn't even have her own desk. She has to move around the floor with her fold up chair as she learns "the trade." The after work events/parties/get togethers are all pretty fun, except when the creepy Rick hits on her! Let's not forget Will...no spoiler alert...I had a feeling and I was right.
I also happened to be in NYC for a few days on vacation (that is why my family was waiting for me to join them) while I read Bond Girl, which made it even that more fun! I love books that take place in NYC. If you haven't read Bond Girl, I recommend you pick it up today. Bond Girl is great chick lit with a different type of story. I thought it was a mix of Working Girl (movie in the 80s) and Bridget Jones. I know people have mentioned it is similar to Devil Wears Prada, but I don't think that is exactly it. I hope Erin is writing (or already has!!) another novel that will be published soon. I, for sure, would pick it up as soon as it was published. I am so glad I have another new author to read!
Meet the Author: Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and went on to spend ten-plus years in fixed-income sales on Wall Street. Bond Girl is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
Connect with Erin: You can connect with Erin on Facebook!
Purchase It: You can purchase Bond Girl at Amazon for $14.99 ($12.72 Prime Members and $9.99 Kindle version).
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