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.
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The problem with this book is that it doesn't live up to its potential. It's not well-written. The time-line seems mixed up and haphazard, opting for a day-in-the-life, now speed forward a month style. Also, the author assumes her readers hold the same value system that she does, expecting us to applaud the main character's choices. Consequently, the story also lacks a strong character arc. Alex is the same at the end of the story as she is in the beginning. She quits her job not because she comes to understand that it's not who she's meant to be, not because she comes to understand that the industry is corrupt or lacking. She quits because she doesn't have enough brilliance to overcome the problems facing her. In the end, she's an idiot who deserves everything she gets.
In the way of contemporary chick lit, rather than the story being empowering with the woman overcoming her problems and triumphing, the character walks away leaving the male culture of Wall Street. She admits defeat. It would be nice for stories like this to have the character find a way to beat the culture, rather than walking away in search of happiness elsewhere, but that's not happening here.
I don't think I have.
I would have cut out all of the drinking. It may be typical of Wall Street, but it wasn't necessary in the story. The character was more of a lush than anything else.
There was no way to connect to the character. This story could be made into a movie and find huge success like Devil Wears Prada, but like Devil Wears Prada, it's likely that the movie will be much better than the book.
- Lady "Amazon Power Reader"
New Girl on Wall Street
- Jamie "What would I do without audio books?!!"