by Erin Duffy
Pub. Date: July 17, 2012
Book received from: Publisher via TLC Book Tours
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction/ Chick lit
Cover: Simple and fitting for the story
Characters: Somewhat dull and boring
Worth the read? Only if you are a Wall Street woman, or dream of being one
Alex Garrett has always dreamed of working in the fast-paced, adrenalin-induced world of Wall Street. When she finally gets her break at a brokerage firm, she finds that it may not be all she dreamed. She must learn to not only navigate the financial markets, but an elite world of a sexist boy’s club, as well. As Alex moves up, she realizes that there may be more risk than reward. Can she get out or fix it before it all crashes down?
Duffy has given a voice to a select group of women living within a boy’s club. However, that voice seems to fall flat. In the end, Alex still is not a solidified character, and seeks identity through the relationship with the men around her. She seems shocked and surprised by the sexist world in which she becomes part, but accepts it far too easily to be seen as a strong female figure. And, the male characters are pretty much all exactly the same- even the ones who are supposed to be different.
Bond Girl is an alright read, but pales in comparison to other chick lit with similar themes of surviving in a high-powered world , such as The Devil Wears Prada. In fact, it is very much the same story with certain particulars changed, as that of The Devil. There are many selections in which Duffy tries to give details of the financial world, but they were somewhat dull, making me wonder what the allure of it all is. I am not saying that it is not worth the read if Wall Street is super interesting to you- in that case, you will probably find it more rewarding. However, if Wall Street is not the world for you, then you are perhaps better off seeking out another selection.
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