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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 mWhen 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....

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ISBN : 9780062065896
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Bond Girl Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-04-19 22:02

    I didn't hate this, but I was frustrated by a lot of it. The main character was pretty stupid, like any 23-24 year old, I guess. I lived in NYC and had my first job at that age as well, and I'm sure I made equally dumb decisions...I just don't want to read about them. I liked the insight into the world of finance and the reality(?) of what it's like for a woman on Wall Street. The ending made me ragey because 1) the character hinted at a new career, but didn't say what that career was. Was the comment about writing a book a wink from the author? If so, it was a little silly. 2) the character immediately has to go find a new boyfriend THE DAY she quit her job and spent the afternoon crying "like a fifth grader"? I understand that she wanted to turn over a new leaf, but it seemed pretty rushed to me - like the author was done and wanted to tie everything up as quickly as possible. Overally, I enjoyed parts of the book, but felt that the writing was weak overall. I found the scenes where the character talked to her close friends to be especially hollow.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-03 23:00

    I was excited to read this book. I work in (and love) the financial services industry, warts and all. Though I’ve never worked a trading desk I did spend a decade in investment banking (her crack about bankers being too into the details, like caring way too hard about the color of a font, is funny because it’s true). My fixed income knowledge is limited to what I had to learn for the Series 7 but, still, financial instruments fascinate me, bonds, equities, whatever. Add in a few stellar reviews and I was sold.Bond Girl is a fast and sometimes juicy read and it certainly lets the reader peek under the skirt of the industry but there is zero character development, none, nothing, nada. There is career development in that Alex advances and learns along the way but in terms of who she is, nothing. At one point she gets her own apartment and laments about missing her roommate. I’m like, she has a roommate? Wait, she has friends? But this ghost of a roommate “kept things interesting!” Oh, yeah, how? Because this is the first I'm hearing of it? Later Alex tells her “boyfriend” he’ll like her friends because they are “just like her.” Ha! A convenient way to avoid having to describe them at all. Some of the dialogue is lame (though I did like Chick) and way too often one character says to another: “good point.” Obviously people say this in real life but when it’s used so prodigiously in fiction it makes the reader think the points aren’t actually good. As mentioned, this is a fast read, but I expected much more.

  • Dianne
    2019-04-26 02:52

    Bond Girl: A Novel By: Erin DuffyThis book is being advertised as “The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street” and that is true. In fact, it is so true that if you have already read “The Devil Wears Prada” you won’t need to use any of your free time on this book. This book is not “fresh”, not “hip” nor is it even remotely funny. It was sad and depressing and you could see the ending coming a mile away, and no I don’t mean the financial crash. The only thing you may find interesting about this book is the brief, extremely brief look into the workings of a bond department.The relationship between Alex and Will was so obvious from the beginning that I would be amazed if anyone is surprised as to how it all works out in the end. This relationship did not show me that this was a “smart” book nor did it prove that Alex was a smart woman.The similarities between “The Devil Wears Prada” are spooky. I think that the only thing missing in Bond Girl is that Alex’s mentor is not gay.

  • Angelina
    2019-05-16 21:56

    I just needed an airplane book. Because of the decent review it received from EW I was expecting it to be better than it was. I'm not expecting War and Peace with these kinds of books but could I have got a little more emotion from the protag other than crying, constant confusion and out-of-nowhere bitchiness? She kept saying she wasn't a crier and then proceeded to describe herself crying five times. She worked with a bunch of pigs; one bad moment she shrugs it off, the next she jumps down someones throat.There was no in-depth look into what. she. did. for a living. No real history and insight into what made her the type of person she became. She was so dumb, soooo dumb. In her professional life, her personal life, she made unbelievably bad decisions and I felt no sympathy for her, she felt enough for herself.And this doesn't normally irk me but I had no real good physical descriptions of these characters including the narrator herself. So their faces kept changing in my head.Nothing memorable about this one, please god don't make it into a movie.

  • Desiree
    2019-05-16 23:56

    I enjoyed this overall but I had issues with the way the relationship between Alex and Will was portrayed. I'm not saying Will was not an a**hole but I just felt so uneasy watching (or should I say reading) Alex pining after him, being portrayed as this dumb ass who didn't suspect that she was being played and then acting as if her life was over in the aftermath. Seeing as she's pretty sweet and sensible, I guess I can forgive her for this so-called romantic stupidity. I was so proud of her for sticking to her principles and I'm glad the author didn't make her capitulate to the 'demands' that the industry can unfairly place on women. Despite that little qualm, I liked the book. I also liked the supporting cast of characters from Chick (Ciccone) to Drew to Reese et. al as well as Alex's friends. They were all hilarious. I loved Patty. I appreciated that the author introduced a female character that was not out to sabotage another female. Thank you very much for that Erin Duffy. Interestingly enough I had to constantly remind myself this was fiction and not a memoir. Maybe it was the narrative style of the protagonist? Or my secret desire that this should have been a memoir? The shoe on the front cover? One word: Fierce.

  • Michael
    2019-05-20 02:50

    Alex Garrett grows up dreaming of working in the financial district on Wall Street. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, she's offered her dream job with one of the major financial players on The Street and eagerly accepts.Only the reality turns out to be far different than the dream.I'd heard a lot of buzz for Bond Girl both on-line and in mainstream reviews. Curious about the book, I put it on reserve and decided I'd give it a try.And it was OK. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. There are some amusing moments in the story (one guy betting he can eat the entire contents of a vending machine comes to mind as does Alex's punishment for being late for work) but there are points where Alex threatens to overstay her welcome. The biggest of these is her on-going, mixed signals relationship with a co-worker, Will. You may pick up some huge warning signs that there is something Will is hiding long before Alex does. In fact, I'd say that is my biggest frustration with the novel--how long it takes Alex to put the pieces together and pull her head out of the sand about Will.Between that, we have some potentially interesting observations about a woman trying to break into a male dominated profession. The trials and tribulations Alex faces provide some interesting insights, but there are also more than a fair share of frustrations along the way as well. Overall, Bond Girl has some funny moments along with some frustrating ones. At just over 300 pages, it comes close to overstaying its welcome. It's not terrible, but it's not great either.

  • Robyn
    2019-05-17 21:51

    2.5 that I'm rounding up. This was .... fine. But it also just didn't go anywhere - I felt like the plot could have been so much more than it was. Alas.

  • Carla-Book Monster Reviews
    2019-05-11 22:59

    Erin Duffy wows us in “Bond Girl” with her wicked humor, her wit and sense of honor and duty. She is a new voice in literature to be reckoned with and her first novel has set a bar that many will not be able to match.Alex Garrett has always been a tomboy; having more fun playing sports with the boys in the neighborhood than hanging with her girl friends. So when she decides to follow her father’s footsteps and enter the financial world of Wall Street, no one is really surprised. Her Mom was the only one to offer advice – to put her pride in second place.Alex arrives at Cromwell Pierce with a big smile and a heart full of hope, soon to be extinguished by the boys club she encounters. All the stories about Wall Street and the craziness of the trading floor are true. The brokers are petty, malicious, liars, flirts, tricksters and down-right embarrassing! Her boss, Chick, is crazy, demanding but loyal. Her first day, she is forced to sit on a folding chair behind everyone working at their desks so she can watch what is going on. No one will talk to her or answer any questions but at lunch time, she is the gopher who must pick up overwhelming amounts of food by herself – 100 pizzas, 200 philly cheesesteaks from Pennsylvania and as a punishment from Chick for disobeying his rules, a 50 lb. wheel of cheese from the Bronx! But Alex hangs in, no matter what is thrown at her. Chick realizes her strengths and starts to work with her, teaching her everything he knows and giving her advice how to handle all the men in her department. And she does, even making some friends. But life at Cromwell Pierce is always two steps forward and 5 steps backwards – the worst being the antagonistic men who want to help her climb the ladder of success by offering her a place in their bed!! Mom was right: should she put her honor and pride in second place so she can earn oodles and oodles of money??? When the crash of 2008 happens, and Chick is fired, Alex has a lot of decisions to make, not only about her personal life but also relating to the reorganization of Cromwell Pierce and the golden handcuffs she’d have to wear.Not only do we read a well-told tale about life on Wall Street but we also learn quite a bit about Wall Street itself – which makes me eternally grateful I’ve never had the desire to spend one iota of time there!!Kudos to Ms. Duffy for a wonderful, fun-filled ride!Definitely 5 stars!!!!!

  • Steph
    2019-04-27 03:36

    "Bond Girl" is exactly the type of novel I love reading (or listening to in this case). It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love modern day 20's somethings women (woman here) struggling with love and life in NYC type reads. What I also enjoyed about it is the insight into Wall Street in a way I could understand. The fast paced life of an "underling" in a world of hazing is one I can relate to having worked for a talent agency myself and witnessing similar behavior. Overall a great read that had me sitting in my car at my destination not quite ready to quit listening on multiple occasions.

  • Breakingviews
    2019-05-08 01:40

    By Megan MillerErin Duffy’s “Bond Girl” does little to shed light on the mechanisms behind the financial collapse in 2008, although it does uphold the copious clichés about the years of excess leading to the downfall. Snapshots of sexual harassment, over-indulgence and trigger-happy traders are all par for the course in this oft-told “Devil Wears Prada” version of a female analyst’s first years on Wall Street.While at first glorifying the world of Cromwell Pierce, the imagined mega-bank where the protagonist, Alex, is lucky enough to land a job as an analyst in her first year out of college, the young ingénue quickly becomes disillusioned by the demands of her job, even as rewards in the form of cash bonuses come in quickly. At the office Christmas party, after getting in a spat with a managing director over whether she is desirable enough for a bathroom quickie, she quickly learns the fastest way to the top for women who are at the bottom of the Wall Street pecking order. Office life is portrayed as a mix of the mundane - juggling Starbucks orders for her desk - with the absurd - cabbing up to Harlem to pick up a $1,000 wheel of cheese - combined with sexual overtures: getting groped by portfolio managers who flash their corporate cards with gusto. Harassment is an accepted form of hazing. Alex, though, is far from a feminist heroine. She is all too happy to play up her physical attributes in the hope of achieving higher status. It is hardly surprising that she finds that her fate is tied to male bosses who promote her through initiation rituals she passes with aplomb, although they are unrelated to her performance on the job. Her predicaments are often deplorable, but her response is to play right into the system she purports to dismiss. Indeed, Duffy plays into every stereotype of the Wall Street femme fatale: all they care about is expensive shoes and handbags, they’d rather work for males that hit on them than women who have previously been in their own fancy shoes, and they’re pretty much willing to tolerate the male-dominated alpha culture as long as it results in a decent bonus at the end of the year. It’s hard to feel much sympathy for a character whose tough days in the office end with tears in a chauffeured town car and sorrows drowned in wine delivered to her West Village apartment. Oh yes, there is the financial crisis of 2008 and the expected tale of redemption: disillusionment followed by an epiphany and reprioritizing. But Alex’s new and better life is almost as shallow as her old, if less testosterone-driven: she resolves to chronicle all of her misadventures. Presumably, we are the lucky audience who gets to read the manuscript. Duffy has written a “Fifty Shades of Grey” lite, another story of female fantasy and domination in a post-women’s-liberation world. The protagonist purports to be an evolved modern-day working gal, but under the façade she turns out to be a scared girl who runs into the arms of the nearest alpha male in sight.

  • Kate Gorman
    2019-05-08 05:00

    I know NOTHING about the financial world, ask the other half. He works in finances and I generally look at him like he is speaking jibberish when he talks about investments and what he does. Here's what I know about finances. I am a librarian, I get paid and I buy more books after I pay the bills. I picked up Erin Duffy's book because it seemed like interesting chick-lit, but I will admit I was intimidated by the premise of a twenty-something female who wears shoes I just think about. And especially during this economy.. HOW would this character EVER be likeable???I was wrong. This was a great, quick read that kept me excited and invested. I liked the main character who was scrappy and wanted to do this job. She never came off horrible, regardless of the lifestyle she eventually started living. It also made those investment bankers not seem like SUCH bad guys (there are some and you can see how in an environment with a lot of back patting things could have gone astray...)I liked it. ALOT.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-04-21 22:40

    This was a case where I should not have judged a book by its cover. The stiletto had me wondering exactly what I was about to read. What I found was incredibly smart and entertaining! Who knew bond trading on Wall Street could be so interesting with this fun cast of characters?! I enjoyed every word of Alex's story. I would love to see a sequel to this one! I won a copy of this book from the author, and this was my unsolicited review.

  • Lydia Laceby
    2019-05-19 22:42

    Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesWhen Bond Girl popped up in my mailbox I had to read the cover to discover what it was about. Isn’t this cover fabulous!?! I’ve never been a huge shoe fanatic (somehow that’s changing – maybe all this reading about shoes in the last ten years?), but I couldn’t wait to crack this one. A girl who takes on Wall Street? In six inch stiletto’s? Bring it on! I loved this book. Erin Duffy has a fresh, fun voice. She puts a new spin on the New York City girl – even if she’s still wearing Jimmy Choos. Alex is a bond trader – not something you see every day in chick lit. She’s smart, sassy and a little insecure when she begins working at Cromwell Pierce, but she’s willing to do what it takes to get ahead, and is pushed to the edge daily to it done. This book had some unique situations and I laughed at the trader’s antics and what Alex is forced to endure during her ‘probation’ – more like her hazing. The novel wasn’t bogged down in details about bond trading that would have bored me and what job specific information we were shown, Alex was just as confused about. The inside look at Wall Street – from a female perspective especially – was interesting. Alex trudges and tiptoes through this still male dominated world amidst leers, sexual innuendo and having her intelligence questioned. There were some surprises in this novel and I was never sure which way it would go, which is always a huge plus.The crazy routine and lifestyle portrayed in Bond Girl made my head spin. The insane work hours, the after work socializing for work, the client lunches, dinners and everything in between. Time spent with friends and family lacking and the deficiency of sleep. There is no way on earth I would be capable. I would have collapsed after a month and appreciated seeing how ragged Alex is run. Admirable really.

  • Samantha March
    2019-05-15 21:35

    I received a copy of Bond Girl in exchange for an honest review. First off let’s talk the cover. Loved it! Are all girls wired to just adore pictures of shoes or what? Second – loved the plot. It’s not often we get a female perspective of a “Street” worker – and by that I mean Wall Street. Alex Garrett knew from quite the young age that she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and conquer the illustrious Wall Street. She lands a job at Cromwell Pierce, of the best brokerage firms on the Street. Alex thinks she knows what she is in for – but quickly realizes it is much, much worse than anticipated. First off – no desk. She sits in a folding chair and peeks over the shoulders of her co-workers. She also is working in a for real boys club, answering to the name Girlie, and being the all-around slave around the place. But slowly but surely Alex starts to prove her worth – upgrading to a real desk, real responsibilities, and even people calling her given name instead of Girlie. Just when she thinks she might be catching her breath and getting used to the Street, the economy tanks and all of America is looking at the corporates on Wall Street as the cause. Bond Girl is a real page turner. I just loved how unique the story was – not to mention a true behind the scenes look at Wall Street. I was fascinated, intrigued, and I also learned a lot throughout the book. Alex is a feisty individual, and nailed it as the MC. Smart, hard-working, but just when I thought she was wired like a dude, some emotions would break through. I didn’t want to put this book down once I started reading. It was a longer book too, but took me barely two days to get it read. I highly recommend Bond Girl, and this is one of my favorites of the year!

  • Beverly Diehl
    2019-04-20 20:36

    3 1/2 Stars. The author has a very engaging voice, and the trip through the workplace from hell to the financial meltdown was interesting.What I found missing was the personal. Alex chooses to work on Wall Street because her father does, and she has wanted to do with since she was a little girl. But when she does, actually, get a job on Wall Street, we don't see her communicating with or even thinking about her father very much.When she strikes up a workplace romance, I wasn't even sure that she had. She's out for drinks and flirting with a co-worker (something that could cost her her job). Next she's waking up in his bed - did she pass out, or did they have sex? As you continue reading, yes, apparently she and said co-worker are "hooking up" and she is becoming emotionally involved, but there is no THERE there. We don't see them kissing, having sex, or her daydreaming about him very much, just some innocuous emails. Since we already know about the financial meltdown, that wasn't a surprise, and since I wasn't emotionally invested in Alex's romance, the ending to that doesn't really pay off, either. I would certainly read another book by this author, but hope she'll include some closer looks inside her character's heart.

  • Shannon Burton
    2019-05-10 01:59

    I was so excited to read this after reading the review for "Bond Girl" in Entertainment Weekly last month. Being a financial analyst myself, I was interested to see the interworkings of Wall Street from a young female's point of view.I enjoyed reading this book, although it was more fluffy than I had originally thought. I enjoyed the financial jargon and thought it was great that things were explained in the book (for those that aren't familiar with the financial field). I found myself rooting and hating Alex throughout the story... I was mostly frustrated with her character when interacting with Will. In addition, the drama with Rick went on far too long. Due to their travel schedules, those kinds of guys on Wall Street interact regularly with all sorts of women... it was very unrealistic to me that he would be after her for two years. How boring would that get? There are plenty of women (definitely attractive ones) out there who will throw themselves at Wall Street guys for their money.All in all, this was a good, fluffy read. I am a little disappointed in the book though. I think there was a lot of potential for a solid story, especially with the financial crash as a background.

  • Tina
    2019-05-04 23:03

    In a word - hilarious. I did not expect a fictional account of Wall Street to be so incredibly funny. Duffy's character, Alex Garrett, has achieved her dream of working on Wall Street. Every morning, she puts on her high heels and treks off to a good 'ole boys club where she makes an incredible effort to prove herself. At first, I feared this was going to be some touchy-feely 'girl power' book and fortunately, I was wrong.Instead, this is a character to whom both men and women can relate. From the very beginning, when Alex is having an extremely tough time getting out of bed Monday morning, you have a smile on your face because you understand how she feels. Later in the book, when you learn of some practical jokes among co-workers, chances are good you will laugh out loud.Relatable. Realistic. Likeable. Three words that summarize Alex Garrett. Considering the author worked on Wall Street herself, it also felt like I was peeking into her private diary. An overall great read.

  • Helen Dunn
    2019-05-14 03:56

    Another silly book for brainless summer reading. I read the whole book, which is good, but never really loved it. I was hoping for something more - more laughs, more romance, more drama - any or all of the above. Best part of this book was how it spawned a two day FB discussion about the possibility of eating one of every snack in the company vending machine. Borrow this or skip it.

  • Heather
    2019-04-28 21:03

    This is the hysterical story of Alex aka Girlie who is the new bond girl at a Wall Street firm. It's so refreshing to have a smart, likeable protagonist who remains true to herself and has fun along the way. The crazy antics of this boys' club will make you laugh so hard you'll cry... and, at times, cringe. You won't want to put it down! Highly recommend it. Thank you to The and William Morrow for this ARC.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-23 05:05

    4.5 rating. "I'm a large buyer of cox" HAHA. I could not stop laughing after I read that. Good book. Definitely loved all the bets they made and how they messed with each other. I liked the main girl but at times she was kind of naive. I was a little disappointed that she didn't interact with cruella more especially once she learned more. Overall good read.

  • Kim
    2019-05-07 22:59

    Alex is a bit naïve when it comes to Will where she should've been a bit more suspicious. Overall one I would definitely recommend!

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-04 02:00

    Dnf'd at 30%ishThe MC was annoying, and dumb. I am talking really dumb! The narrator was def not for me. Her "impression" of the MC was spot on, annoying and nasally. I just couldn't take it anymore.

  • Megan
    2019-05-20 00:44

    I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book thanks to Book Reporter ( and after my life settled down (if you didn't know, my grandfather was in the hospital and then stayed with my family for two weeks) I finally got a chance to pick it up. I read the book in 24 hours and put all other books and my job search aside. It was that good.BOND GIRL follows Alex, a recent college graduate who has aspired to follow in her father's footsteps and work on a financial trading floor since she was a child. She joins Cromwell Pierce and immediately realizes her ideas of what it would be like are completely and 100% wrong. There is sexual harassment, no desk for her, bullying, tricks, high pressure scenarios...and a love interest that doesn't take as much interest in her as she thinks.Alex as a narrator is fun and insightful, as well as fresh and interesting. I loved her story and wanted to know more after the book even ended. The characters were well fleshed out, including the secondary and tertiary ones, and the way this book was written has "make this a movie!" stamped all over it. The situations in this book seem all too real, even for someone like me who worked in Lower Manhattan (albeit not on Wall Street) and saw women like Alex daily rushing about in a world that still treats them as a joke.The way Alex deals with the problems of her career are fresh, exciting, and driving. A client constantly hits on her, for example, but she is pressured into not saying anything thanks to her extremely large paycheck. But her increasing disenchantment with the field she's always admired makes the book compelling and harrowing, while Alex brings to the narration her ever-present humorous take on her life, her job, and the people around her.If you don't have a business background, some of the concepts might confuse you (I took economics courses and don't have a clue what bond trading even is still), but putting that aside, BOND GIRL is an exceptional novel that I will recommend to anyone and everyone. And if you want to know more about the type of office where Alex works, trust me, it helps to look it up. I found THIS from UBS that pretty much sums it up. Trust me, it's kind of scary. Especially if you're like me and multiplying 6x15 is a cause for a calculator.VERDICT: BOND GIRL is a hilarious book with some real impact about a world most of us will never know. It's funny, thrilling, and compelling. Trust me, you want to read this book. It's that good.

  • Shaz Goodwin
    2019-05-06 01:41

    Bond Girl starts with a prologue. Alex, 24, living in Manhattan, has woken with another hangover. We know she doesn’t feel the same about her job as she did and the inference is it’s not because of the imploding financial world but because of a ‘he’. Chapter One briefly gives information about her tomboy childhood and going into work with her father on Wall Street and from then on the reader becomes a part of Alex’ life from the time of her interview and through her working world.The majority of the story plays out on the ‘floor’ of company Cromwell Pierce with a few company parties thrown in the mix. This environment is so distanced from my life that I loved becoming involved in it.Alex is the narrator so the reader gets to identify with her strong character. In the male dominated world of Wall Street, her survival depends on boss ‘Chick’ (don’t be fooled by the name!) and following unwritten rules. A couple of the guys give her pointers. There is only one other female on the team nicknamed ‘Cruella’ … you can guess how she treats Alex! Alex spends a lot of time shadowing (and suffering humiliations) before getting her own desk.Running alongside the work ethics is the romance. With the no-romance policy at work appearing to cause distance at first between Alex and a colleague, it did become obvious what was happening as the relationship developed … and seeing as Alex is a strong and independent character, I was disappointed that she hadn’t sussed anything!There are lots of humorous scenes throughout the book. One of my favourites is around Christmas time involving the lobby and the glass baubles … such a laugh out loud moment for me.We do find out who the ‘he’ is in the prologue. A client who makes Alex’ life a living misery, making her anxious and putting her on edge. He made my skin crawl! I loved it that Alex stayed strong and worked it out her own way.I found it easy to fall into the rhythm of the writing and get caught up in the story. If you’re looking for a light chick-lit read on your summer holiday then this debut novel might be just what you are looking for.I would like to thank Harper Collins for providing an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.Review also up on my blog

  • Gary
    2019-05-09 00:42

    A quick shortcut by which to communicate the overall feel and tone of Erin Duffy's debut novel, Bond Girl would be to say that it is something like a combination of Wall Street meets The Devil Wears Prada. It is unfair to Ms Duffy to characterize her book that way, however, as the comparison could be taken to imply that Ms Duffy consciously combined aspects of those two stories to come up with hers. All thoughts along those lines should be banished—Bond Girl is a fresh, original take on the “plucky-working-girl-takes-on-the-halls-of-business” theme which has popped up here and there since the days of Helen Gurley Brown.Enthralled by the world of finance by childhood visits to the workplace of her investment banker father (and accustomed to the lifestyle afforded by its salaries by her privileged childhood in suburban Connecticut), Alex Garrett steps from college into the male-dominated high-pressure world of finance. Hired into the bond trading floor of a well-respected Wall Street investment firm, Alex learns the ropes, and the pitfalls, of the world of high finance from the ground up, dealing with demanding clients, resentful coworkers, domineering bosses, and the excesses and insane working hours of early-20th Century Wall Street as she works her way up from well-educated “go-fer” to fully-fledged account manager.When Alex’s personal life hits a crisis point at the same time that the world financial markets are free-falling in 2008, the strain forces her to re-evaluate her goals and her life path. The portrait Ms Duffy paints of Alex’s world has the ring of authenticity, as well it might given Duffy’s 10 years working in the very world she portrays in her novel. Well-paced, and written with a wonderful, original voice, Bond Girl is a delight—even if the most complex financial transaction you undertake is to balance your checkbook, you’re likely to enjoy the time you spend seeing that world through Alex Garrett’s eyes.

  • Jeff Raymond
    2019-05-04 00:57

    Embarassingly, I had gotten some interest in this thinking, based solely on title and buzz, that this was sort of a reverse Bond book. Sort of like a chick-lit-spy-thriller. It's not.A better comparison, as made more or less everywhere else at this point, is The Devil Wears Prada on Wall Street. It's really not a great comparison - Prada was better, and it simply boils the idea down to "female protagonist in male-dominated field novel," which really tells us more about those who are making the comparison than the book itself.With that said, the book follows a woman fresh out of school taking a job at a busy brokerage firm on Wall Street. There, she has a typical cast of characters, all pretty clear stereotypes, hits the predictable sexism, has a relationship, perseveres through it all, and reaches a fairly expected climax and ending. There's nothing groundbreaking here.What it does do is tell a quick-paced, fun story. There are a number of fine moments, the lead character is frustratingly endearing, and, while the book is not unique, it does succeed quite well in what it set out to be and do, and there's something great about that, at least to me. I can handle derivative if it's good derivative.So if you're into this thing, don't ignore it. If you're typically offended/annoyed by the existence of books like this, skip it. Chances are, you'll like it about as much as you think you will.

  • Michelle Sallay
    2019-05-13 23:50

    Originally on my blog: http://ilovedthisbook.blogspot.comOk, so I'm currently a little burned out on the silly YA books that I have picked up as of late so I found myself on a blog that reviews books about the older gals. I spotted a rave review of Bond Girl, so I picked it up at the library. This was an interesting read for me, because it doesn't seem to have any real plot development. It is more just random anecdotes that author Duffy might have experienced herself while working on Wall Street. Also, our heroine Alex is a spoiled rich girl who makes some obviously bad decisions about her dating life. But guess what? I loved the book anyway. Maybe it is the business major in me, but I found the setting of the finance world utterly fascinating. Especially the character portrayals of the men Alex works with day-to-day.Interestingly, as I read the reviews of those on Goodreads that did not like this book, I agree with their reasons for not liking it. But I found myself completely memorized by the world Duffy created and I don't think I will ever look at Wall Street the same again. The book has some flaws, but it has some real strengths too.

  • Rose
    2019-04-24 00:55

    Sometimes a girl just wants to read a light, entertaining chick lit book. This was just what I wanted & it delivered what I expected. It was an entertaining story & I liked Alex, the protagonist. She's an honest, somewhat sarcastic, career oriented female taking on a business consisting mostly of males. It was fun & a little cringe worthy to read about her experiences being one of very few females working on Wall Street & I'm ever so thankful that bonds & trades & the entire stock market world is not my passion in life. The book is a good read mainly because Alex comes off as likable, like someone you'd be friends with, & thus you like hearing about her experiences, even the predictable outcome of her office romance with jerky Will, which you can see coming a mile away. Her boss, Chick, is great in all his gruffness & his blunt way with words & the rest of the guys she works with are funny & cute in their older brothers sort of way. Good book for a day when you want some alone girly time.

  • Erin Roethe
    2019-05-04 02:38

    This was a great book. I have no trouble putting books down 95% of the time, but I couldn't part with this one. It was delightful and I actually laughed out loud a couple times. I did not want Alex's story to end. Actually, I wanted to know what happened next with many of the characters. Bond Girl - Part II, hit me...... I'm giving it 5 stars for those reasons. Alex won me over and I was in her corner the whole way. I do wish she could have interacted more with Cruella because I thought that had the potential to be funny. I loved the pranks (Girl Scout cookies was hysterical) and found myself thinking of the BLT I ate for dinner one night as a "swine sandwich". The supporting characters were awesome. They were intense, interesting, funny, complex and also down right simple at the same time. Everything they did was basically driven by money first and foremost. However, through all of it they managed to build some great friendships. I'll never look at a vending machine the same way again. Favorite Character: Reese (and Alex of course)

  • Meredith Schorr
    2019-05-05 23:03

    I absolutely loved this book. Honestly, Bond Girl is for 2016 what Party Girl was in 2015 - my favorite chick lit book of the year (so far). From page one, I was drawn in and tearing through the pages like each one contained the secret of life. I loved Alex and even though she was a bit naïve at times, she was only 23 years old and for someone that young, she had her stuff together more than most girls do at that age. I wasn't sure what to expect from a book about a girl in the financial industry, but I loved the relationships she formed with some of the guys on her floor and how protective they were with her. There were some douchebags, for sure, but the loyalty and good natured teasing truly warmed my heart. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it ended. I was totally bummed that I was only at 88% and it was finished because I wanted more. It wasn't a very wrapped up ending, but it was a hopeful one that left a smile on my face. I wish there was a sequel!