|Bond Girl by Erin Duffy|
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."
The things we'll do when we land what we think is the job of our dreams. Alex Garrett always dreamed of working on Wall Street and when she lands the job of her dreams, she thinks she is going to be living the glamorous high life. Instead she starts at the bottom and instead of fast trades and lots of money, she's running errands and spending long hours filling in spreadsheets. She's willing to work her way up however and plays the game. When the financial crisis hits, she discovers just how much she's willing to put up with to live her dream. Bond Girl is interesting as well as educational, since the author spent 10 years working on Wall Street herself and give readers the inside look into the world of finances, stock and bond trading. You laugh, groan, cry and cheer out loud for Alex as she fights for respect, earns it and show them all how to be smart and classy.
Thank you to William Morrow for providing me with a copy of Bond Girl and Erin Duffy for making an unusually staid subject amusing and interesting.
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