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Bond Girl: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 24, 2012
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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
“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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The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it ended. I was totally bummed that I was only at 88% and it was finished because I wanted more. It wasn't a very wrapped up ending, but it was a hopeful one that left a smile on my face. I wish there was a sequel!
The novel is written in the first person by the main character. The writing is not complex and is easily styled as conversational. The plot involves a smart and spunky young female college graduate that is inducted into a Wall Street Investment firm and the travails she experiences as she attempts to survive in the high powered environment. The reader is taken along as she ascends from neophyte with a seat on a folding chair to professional with a desk on the sales floor; as she makes endearing friendships and not a few disenchanted and unfriendly opponents along the way. The story exposes the unfettered wealth to be made in the industry and the striking ability, sacrifice and determination of the people working in the trade to be on top of the game.
Erin Duffy writes a completely engaging novel through her main character Alex Garrett, a smart and feisty character that is at once likeable and empathetic. The reader is immersed in her struggles to succeed as a female in a largely male environment replete with all the trappings of male ego. The narrative is fast paced and absorbing, continuously piquing the readers interest in her ability to conquer the impediments she faces. There are light moments and some humorous dialog that adds to the smooth writing that Duffy provides as well as circumstances that invoke empathy as Alex struggles with scorned love and a sexist client.
I highly recommend you add this novel to your reading list. It is a highly enjoyable read and one I would rate as memorable.
I was pleasantly surprised as I delved in to Bond Girl. I appreciated the main character, Alex, for her intense drive to succeed, and how hard she worked to become a true member of the Cromwell government bonds desk. Coming straight out of college and into a male-dominated work place is no easy task; it was easy to relate to for any young professional or graduating college student. Although, I foresaw her relationship with Will, the preppy, handsome, coworker from two rows back, the plot twists were surprising and held my interest. I found myself coming to like all of her coworkers by the end of the book; especially, Chick. It was interesting to have a look on the other side of the fence on our economy issues that we are still dealing with today. However fictional, Duffy really put an honest spin on how shocked everyone was, even the people the rest of the world blamed for the problems. My only complaint is about the ending. As the book hit its climax about 80% of the way through, the ending didn't hold the closure I was looking for. Although, it does leave it open to a sequel, so I guess I'll have to eagerly wait and see!
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a light read, but is perfect to read on the train or between classes. I look forward to reading what Duffy writes next.