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Bond Girl Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 24, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

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After a childhood introduction to the fast-paced world of Wall Street, sweetly naive Alex has landed a position at one of the finance industry’s most prestigious firms. Instead of being guided through the finer points of bond trading, however, Alex is initially given tasks mostly centered on taking lunch orders and keeping everyone’s nicknames straight. As she is accorded more responsibility, the realities of the financial industry and the mostly male egos around her conspire to make her job a little more difficult than she anticipated. Like The Devil Wears Prada (2003) set on Wall Street, Duffy’s first novel is a sharp, witty look at the intricacies of the trading floor and the people who populate it. The writing is clever and articulate, and Alex’s story of personal growth makes her a sympathetic, likable heroine. Filled with too-good-to-be-true anecdotes and enough of a biting, cynical bent to offset the chick-lit romance angle, Bond Girl is a fun read-alike to the canons of Weisberger, Kinsella, and Green. Duffy’s acknowledgment of the recent financial collapse and ensuing recession makes Bond Girl an entertaining and timely read. --Stephanie Turza

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“I’m crazy about Bond Girl. Erin Duffy is a fresh, funny, and fabulous new voice in literature.…Great story. Delicious debut.” (Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Brava, Valentine)

“Despite financial details that may make your head spin and a workplace that will make your stomach churn, Duffy’s fresh take on the single-in-the-city tale does a terrific job of reviving chick lit (not every girl works in publishing or PR, after all).” (Library Journal (starred review))

“A compelling, fun read.” (Kirkus on BOND GIRL)

“Duffy’s first novel is a sharp, witty look at the intricacies of the trading floor and the people who populate it. The writing is clever and articulate, and Alex’s story of personal growth makes her a sympathetic, likable heroine…an entertaining and timely read.” (Booklist on BOND GIRL)

Bond Girl is a sparkling debut, smart and snappy but never weighed down by financial terminology. Who knew Wall Street could be this much fun? A-” (Entertainment Weekly on BOND GIRL)

“Writing with an addictively acerbic sense of humor, Duffy gives readers a sassy new heroine and an unforgettable tour of financial trading.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Told in first person in Alex’s voice — and what an appealing voice it is, one that makes Alex likable from the first page — “Bond Girl” is a smartly written comic novel that’s great fun to read.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“If you’re looking for a great weekend retreat or a great book for the beach, look for this one. For any woman who’s ever had a love-hate-detest relationship with a job Bond Girl is truly perfect.” (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune on BOND GIRL)

Bond Girl is a witty and very racy...Trust me, you won’t be bored with this Wall Street story.” (Washington Post)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; Reprint edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062065890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062065896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on December 17, 2011
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The synopsis for "Bond Girl" made it an instant pick for me; usually I carefully go through all my Amazon Vine choices, and whittle them down book by book. But as I have an interest in finance and business, I immediately selected this book. Alex is a pretty plucky protagonist, and I liked her voice from page one. She's sarcastic, and I could see a lot of myself in her. And even though Alex is fictional, I envied her, especially for the money she made!

For the most part, I enjoyed "Bond Girl." I carried it everywhere with me until I finished it. The book is a pretty quick read, and while Alex works on Wall Street, it doesn't delve too deeply into her actual job. So if you're looking for a light read, this may be it for you.

That was one of my problems with the book. Because I picked it for my interest in Wall Street, I would have liked to see more of Alex's actual job. For example, she has to take the Series 7, 63, and 3 exams (required by the Securities and Exchange Commission) to speak with clients and execute trades. But they are only mentioned twice -- once when her boss tells her she has to pass them the first time, and then when she gives him the paper saying she passed them all. I would have liked to hear more about them, such as how she found time to study while working, or some of the material on them.

Financial terms are dropped here and there, and I can't say if this is an accurate look into a brokerage firm (somehow, I doubt it), but it is a funny one. There were times when I was laughing while reading, and others were I kept thinking "Really??" Alex, who decided she wanted to work in "The Business" at the age of eight, joins a sort of "Boys Only" club when she starts working at Cromwell Pierce.
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All I can say about Erin Duffy's Bond Girl is that it's just average. Anyone thinking they are going to gain some insight into Wall Street is sorely mistaken. Of course, the book doesn't promise to do this even though Duffy spent ten years working in sales on the Street. No, this book is run-of-the-mill chick lit. A genre that I believe is sorely in need of a creativity infusion stat.

Bond Girl is about Alex Garrett, a young woman who has dreamed of working on Wall Street ever since visiting her investment banker father's office when she was a little girl. After graduating from college, she accepts a job at Cromwell Pierce, one of the most prestigious firms on the Street and it's nothing like she imagined.

Like all the newbies before her, she starts her career as the team gofer - grabbing lunches and lattes for the guys and doing the work no one else wants to do. Instead of calling her by her name, they call her Girlie and she doesn't even have her own desk. Because she's new, she doesn't have any clients; therefore, she doesn't bring in any money and desks, according to her boss, are for people who bring money into the firm which is why she is reduced to sitting on a folding chair. Makes perfect sense, right?

One of my grievances is the fact that the book is full of chick lit clichés. You have the working girl trying to make it in New York. Usually these girls work in publishing, instead Alex works on Wall Street but the gangs all there. There's the older woman who instead of being a mentor turns out to be really bitter and horrible; there's the excessive drinking and smoking, along with the wondering if she's fat or simply not good enough; there's the insanely demanding boss/job as well as the cute guy who may or may not be the man of her dreams.
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Got an interest in Wall Street and want some fairly light-weight fiction to read? If so, Bond Girl may fit the bill. It is, in short, the narrative of a young woman's experience working on a bond sales desk at a major financial institution. Think of it as Liar's Poker (the book that launched Michael Lewis) written from a female perspective, set in the lead-up to the Financial Crisis rather than the Crash of '87, but without as much of the detail and with less of a moralistic undertone. Lewis was writing of his own experience specifically, but while Duffy's is a work of fiction, it definitely has a strong feeling of realism throughout, which leads one to suspect quite a bit of the author's own experience has made its way into the book.

Those looking for a lot of insight into the markets or financial operations on trading desks will be disappointed. There isn't much. This is a book written by a woman about a woman's experience trying to navigate her way in a largely male-dominated arena. Some of what the lead character (Alex) goes through would also be experienced by a male in terms of her treatment as a freshly hired analyst (lowest level of trading desk employee), but it takes on a different perspective seen through a young woman's eyes. Most of the story involves relationships and trading room antics rather than stories about trades and deals and the like.

While I found the end of Bond Girl rather abrupt and disappointing, it did do the desired job of making the train trips I read it on go faster. If you go into it with serious expectations, you'll likely be disappointed, but if you pick it up as a light read then you'll probably find it fairly enjoyable.
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