Author: Erin Duffy
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: January 24, 2012
Bond Girl is being touted as the Wall Street version of The Devil Wears Prada. It definitely had its similarities, and those who liked the latter will probably like this. I can't really compare since I've only seen the movie version of the second, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a young college graduate who starts a job in finance on Wall Street and realizes it's not as glamorous as she expected it to be. That's pretty much the whole gist of this book. She deals with some crazy things to impossibly work her way up the ranks.
So far I've made it sound mostly like "chick-lit". While it has those qualities, I thought it was more substantial than some others in that genre. It also had memoir-like elements which may have been a combination of first person narrative and the knowledge that the author has her own experience working on "the Street"; and it contained elements of an exposé, revealing the greed, back-stabbing, superfluousness, and worst, the rampant sexism in the industry. It was like Mad Men up in there, although it may be worse (I haven’t seen enough Mad Men to make a true comparison).
I loved reading about Alex and the craziness she endured at her new job, the things her boss put her up to. I laughed at various parts. But along with the humor, I found myself becoming angry as well. Although this is fiction, I believe it’s based on some of the author’s experiences so I took some parts to be truisms. Any time a money amount was mentioned I felt sick. I have a master’s degree and work to exhaustion every day, yet my annual salary is a fraction of the main character’s Christmas bonus. The other thing that angered me was the way men treated the females in the book. It was so primitive and ignorant that it enraged me. It’s so hard to believe that kind of sexism exists. (But then, I work in a female dominated field of work so I have little experience with that!) Combining the ridiculously extravagant lifestyle and the sexist a-holes really made parts of this get to me. But despite all that, truly, I found Bond Girl highly entertaining. It’s a quick and fun read. You’ll probably find yourself cheering on Alex and shouting at her to make certain decisions throughout the course of the book.
There was a statement Alex makes at the very end of the book that was vague and that was never followed up with. It’s super minor but I’m curious what she meant, and I guess it’s supposed to not be a big deal. Oh, lest I forget! Bond Girl takes place in Manhattan (well, duh, it's on Wall Street) which was a fun addition for me as well. I loved my literary trip to NYC! I will happily be adding Bond Girl to my New York Shelf!
I am also happy to say that the publisher is allowing me to give away TWO copies of Bond Girl!! Fill out the form below to enter. The winners will be announced this Saturday.