Thursday, February 23, 2012
Bond Girl by Erin Duffy...R&G!
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.
I had heard this book was reminisicnet of The Devil Wears Prada (which I loved!) and it definitely does. Bond Girl is witty, fast paced and takes a peek into a world many of us are very unfamiliar with. Alex works in world most would not last a second in (I want even tell you the silly and ridiculous things her boss forces her to do as part of the learning process or hazing!) and it is exciting, overwhelming and filled with excess. I enjoyed taggging along for the ride but was glad it was not me! Alex is definitely a character you will find yourself rooting for and the author, Erin Duff, has made her easily relatable and likeable. I was laughing alound on several occasions and groaning at her embarassment in others. Bond Girl is an exciting, funny and witty novel and I highly recommend it! Pick up your copy today on Amazon....
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