Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

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Original Title: Bond Girl
Author: Erin Duffy
Published: August, 2012 (The House of Books)
Pages: 336
Source: for review
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

YA is my favorite genre, but once in a while I love reading Chick Lit. Especially if it's as good as this one! It had the right amount of cliches, cute guys and clumsiness

Alex wanted to work on Wall Street since she was eight years old and her father brought her to work with him. This story begins on the day she has her first interview and she's hired. That day she enters a world of men and she has to prove she belongs there.

What I loved most about Alex is her ambition. No one tells her no, when she wants to hear yes. And that leads to hilarious situations. The first few months she doesn't even have her own desk and everyone calls her Girlie. Alex is ambitious and that's what gets her very far, but I really liked the blunders! When she finally gets a desk she makes a huge mistake with a costumer, because she's checking her horoscope instead of doing her work. As a lesson to never do this again her boss lets her buy a huge Parmesan cheese in the Bronx. During summer business is slow and all her colleagues start pulling pranks. Alex finds mini muffins everywhere for weeks!

The blurb on the book says: Devil Wears Prada meets Wall street. And that's absolutely true! If you loved Devil Wears Prada (book or movie) then you'll love this book too! Both girls have to prove themselves and are a bit clumsy, but they'll do anything to make an impression. These books make you happy! And don't let the Wall street part scare you away, it's what makes this book so funny. I haven't the slightest interest in finances or Wall street, but it didn't bother me for a second while reading this book! In a way it could have been any office filled with mostly man, a slutty secretary and the one female colleague that's a huge b*tch! But I loved to learn a bit more about this world filled with men! 

If you're looking for a good Chick Lit, I definitely recommend this book!

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