Review: Bond Girl
Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
Publisher: William Morrow
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.
I was initially interested in Bond Girl because I could have very well ended up being Alex had the pieces fallen the right way. I was a business major in undergrad and while I didn’t always dream of ending up on Wall Street; I did want a job in the corporate world. Of course when then business apocalypse (as she calls it) hit us in 2008, I was still in undergrad and it was next to impossible to get a job or an internship, which is when I decided to take the route of continuing my education and going to dental school.
With that said, what’s the best way to describe Bond Girl? It was a fast paced, fun, and entertaining novel, although nowhere near groundbreaking. There was plenty of laugh out loud moments as Alex tries to become one with the team. Although this is probably best described as a chick lit novel, its not your average chick lit book. The romance takes a back seat in this novel. This book is more about Alex navigating the corporate world and figuring out if that dream she had as a little girl is all it’s cracked up to be.
The characters in this book were quite loveable minus one character, but I’ll leave that up to ya’ll to guess who it is. They definitely made the book more enjoyable to read. I love following Alex around as she tried to gain acceptance from her fellow coworkers and learning what it takes to make it to the top of the corporate ladder. It was also entertaining to see the camaraderie that formed between the characters and see them sticking up for Alex and making her feel part of the team after she passed their initial “corporate hazing”.
Overall, the book was quite enjoyable and enlightening. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t take the corporate route. I don’t think I would have survived in that kind of world. I’ll probably spill a whole river of tears if I had to live through what Alex lived through. If you’re looking for a light chick lit novel, then this may be the book for you.