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Buying In by [Hemphill, Laura]
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  • File Size: 2495 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147780093X
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (November 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQC9GJU
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By Dave Parker VINE VOICE on September 27, 2013
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The title of the opening chapter gives a strong hint of what's to come - October, 2007. Everyone over the age of 15 remembers the catastrophic sub-prime lending crisis and the big investment banks that failed, leading our country into a severe recession. In Buying In, recent Yale graduate Sophie Landgraf has landed her dream job - an analyst for Sterling, a major investment bank. She is well paid, and she envisions growing rapidly within the company.

Sophie is responsible for modeling financial results from investments in order to help mid-level executives broker acquisitions and growth development for their clients. Her first big assignment is developing models for a potential merger between AlumiCorp and any of several other aluminum manufacturers in support of her group leader, Ethan Pearse's meeting with the AlumiCorp CEO.

Buying In introduces the reader to the highly competitive, back-stabbing environment of investment banking through the interplay of ideas, secrets, and lies among all the major players. The goal of every senior manager is making deals and scoring fees - the bigger, the better - regardless of the eventual success of the client's acquisition. With multiple low- and mid-level analysts working for the same goal - making their superior look good, Sophie soon learns that this requires long hours, missed appointments, and broken relationships.

Buying In starts slowly while building the background of the cultural environment of investment banking challenges and practices. As it progresses, the reader feels their interest growing as Sophie's personal relationship falls apart.
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It took some time for the real meat of the plot to get going in this book. That said, it was interesting enough to keep me going since this book is set in a world I know pretty much nothing about. I am really glad that the heroine in this novel wasn't sitting around waiting to be rescued by her romantic interest. Sophie is a bit naive (in the beginning) and I'm a little surprised she lasted as long as she did in the cut throat world of Wall Street. She not only survives, but loves her job and the work she does. She realizes that she has to make decisions that are the best for her, not what everyone back home "thinks" is best for her. I like that.

The book was solid, interesting, and I enjoyed it. There were some plotlines that stumped me, though. Sophie likes to snoop in people's offices and it just didn't fit the story. It was never really explained to my satisfaction and it seemed like a cheap way to try and reveal (very little) information about some of the other characters. That part could go away and I don't think the novel would suffer much for its loss. The rest could be kept. I liked that the people in the book are flawed without being neurotic to the point of being annoying.

I'd be interested to see if the author writes a sequel or at least another book featuring Sophie. And I would check it out to see where Sophie lands next.
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Laura Hemphill nails the investment banking world circa 2007-08. The heroine, Sophie Landgraf, lands a Wall Street analyst job (aka Excel slave) and throws herself into her new career with abandon pulling long nights, weekends and holidays, much to the dismay of her boyfriend and family. Her superior, Vasu, and Managing Director, Ethan, treat her like part of the furniture, never for a moment acknowledging her spreadsheets, expecting her to sacrifice any semblance of a personal life in service of the bank.

Hemphill builds the story with a pending merger, giving us a front row seat to the players and the financial battle that must be won at all costs. I spent ten years at a venture capital firm in California so I really enjoyed how Hemphill handled the art of the deal and the toll it takes on everyone's values. The stakes are high. The game must be played. With the subprime crisis looming in the background, Vasu and Ethan are forced to manipulate the only pending merger on the bank's slate. Sophie is caught between their gigantic egos and unreasonable demands, yet she finds a way to connect with their client in a way that Vasu and Ethan would never dream possible.

I can never get enough Wall Street thrillers, especially when a young, vulnerable, but highly intelligent woman like Sophie finds her way through the fall out.
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I can't recommend this book. I actually listened to this one on audio. I'm a banker and thought it might hold my interest but it definitely did not. I listen until the end just because I purchased and kept hoping it would get better. It was totally a waste of time and money.
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Last year I read a dynamite book about a woman working at one of Wall Street's big banks, Erin Duffy's Bond Girl. I loved it, putting it on my Best Of The Year list. Recently I had the opportunity to read another debut novel in the same setting by a woman who also worked in the industry, like Duffy. My return to that world was rewarded with another terrific read, Laura Hemphill's Buying In.

Sophie Landgraf grew up in a small town to parents who owned a sheep farm. They were hippies, and none too happy when their child decided to get a degree in finance and pursue a job with Sterling, one of the big New York City banks.

One of the first things we see Sophie doing is going through the desk drawers of the people whom she works for, trying to understand something about them. I liked this quirk of Sophie, and it gave us a look at the secret side of these single-minded people. She goes through her boss Ethan's desk.
"One peek inside his top drawer had been enough for Sophie. Swimming goggles, nail clippers, a Ferragamo tie wound into a tight coil, and packets of Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard. None of that compared to Ira Blumenstein's gold tooth, Kenneth Yang's Darth Vader lollipop, or Rich Angstrom's Magic 8 Ball."
Sophie is a first year hire, so she does all of the grunt work: research and plugging numbers into Excel formulas, then analyzing the data. This world is so foreign to me, and I was fascinated by my immersion into it, thanks to Hemphill's skilled storytelling.

Ethan's team consists of Vasu, an Indian man with a wife and two children he loves but rarely sees, and Sophie.
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