Bond Girl

Bond Girl

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by Erin Duffy

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“I’m crazy about Bond Girl. Erin Duffy is a fresh, funny, and fabulous new voice.”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of Brava, Valentine
The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street in Bond Girl—a hilarious, fast–paced race through the jungle of high finance in four–inch heels.…  See more details below


“I’m crazy about Bond Girl. Erin Duffy is a fresh, funny, and fabulous new voice.”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of Brava, Valentine
The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street in Bond Girl—a hilarious, fast–paced race through the jungle of high finance in four–inch heels. An author who spent ten years working on Wall Street, Erin Duffy has parlayed her stock market savvy into a fresh, hip, funny, and sexy novel about a bright, young, newly minted B-school graduate’s rise at one of the Street’s most prestigious brokerage firms—only to confront the possible destruction of her dreams in the infamous 2008 financial bust. Bond Girl is a blue chip hoot for anyone who loves smart and fun contemporary woman’s fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite promising insider secrets about what really happens at a Wall Street firm, Duffy’s debut crashes as fast as the stock market did. Alex Garrett, a recent college graduate who began her Wall Street career in 2006, dreams of fast-talking days on the trading floor. Instead, she sits on a folding chair at a government bond desk, fetches ridiculously large takeout orders, and serves as a doormat for her colleagues, as well as the office ladies’ man she dates. While the peculiar tasks Alex is forced to fulfill with a “yes, sir” attitude, and the crazy tales of work life pique the reader’s curiosity, these stories quickly become boring. Unfortunately, Duffy’s attempt to sell her trade secrets doesn’t pan out, and it’s hard to sustain interest by the time she gets to the number one thing you’ll want to know about working on “the Street.” (Feb.)
Chicago Tribune
“Writing with an addictively acerbic sense of humor, Duffy gives readers a sassy new heroine and an unforgettable tour of financial trading.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Told in first person in Alex’s voice — and what an appealing voice it is, one that makes Alex likable from the first page — “Bond Girl” is a smartly written comic novel that’s great fun to read.”
Washington Post
Bond Girl is a witty and very racy...Trust me, you won’t be bored with this Wall Street story.”
Booklist on BOND GIRL
“Duffy’s first novel is a sharp, witty look at the intricacies of the trading floor and the people who populate it. The writing is clever and articulate, and Alex’s story of personal growth makes her a sympathetic, likable heroine…an entertaining and timely read.”
Entertainment Weekly on BOND GIRL
Bond Girl is a sparkling debut, smart and snappy but never weighed down by financial terminology. Who knew Wall Street could be this much fun? A-”
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune on BOND GIRL
“If you’re looking for a great weekend retreat or a great book for the beach, look for this one. For any woman who’s ever had a love-hate-detest relationship with a job Bond Girl is truly perfect.”
Adriana Trigiani
“I’m crazy about Bond Girl. Erin Duffy is a fresh, funny, and fabulous new voice in literature.…Great story. Delicious debut.”
Library Journal
Fresh out of college, Alex lands a job on Wall Street training in bond sales. While it's difficult to break into the boys' club of a trading firm (she is given a folding metal chair inscribed "Girlie" instead of a desk, she's the office gofer, and practical jokes abound), Alex makes the best of it and tries to work as hard as she can. She is often fixing her boss's spreadsheets until midnight, in between Starbucks runs juggling dozens of cups and dodging a slimy client who threatens to make her quit if she won't sleep with him. When Alex finally gets the chance to execute an actual trade, she loses the firm nearly $100,000 with one mistake. Despite this, she keeps her job and even finds time to date a cute coworker. When the financial crisis hits, it's time for Alex to take stock and figure out if the stress is worth it. VERDICT Despite financial details that may make your head spin and a workplace that will make your stomach churn, Duffy's fresh take on the single-in-the-city tale does a terrific job of reviving chick lit (not every girl works in publishing or PR, after all). [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/11; debut author Duffy has worked for over ten years on Wall Street.—Ed.]—Rebecca Vnuk, Forest Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Ambitious young woman faces numerous obstacles after breaking into the male-dominated world of bond trading. Inspired by her father's long career in finance, Alex Garrett knew from an early age that she would end up working on the Street. So when top brokerage firm Cromwell Pierce recruits her right out of college, she feels a certain sense of destiny. Her optimism fades, naturally, when she arrives at the chaotic bond-trading floor to discover that she does not have a desk, just a folding chair. Her gruff boss Ed "Chick" Ciccone dubs her "Girlie" and makes it clear that she might be logging years as an indentured servant (aka analyst) for the team before the possibility of actually selling any bonds. Her duties include fetching coffees and lunches while trying to learn the super-complex workings of the finance business. The hours are grueling and the hazing never stops--at least until a new victim arrives. As punishment for showing up late one day, she is dispatched to the Bronx to procure meatball heroes and a 50-pound wheel of parmesan--and is stuck with the $1,200 lunch tab. Still, there is an absurd amount of money to be made, as she discovers when she is given a $110,000 bonus after her first full year with the company. Alex's good looks also attract the attention of colleagues and clients alike, and she begins a clandestine relationship with office cutie Will Patrick, a seemingly nice guy who mysteriously goes missing every weekend. At the same time, married (and filthy rich) hedge-fund manager Rick Kieriakis takes a shine to her, peppering her with unwanted, stalker-like messages. His behavior crosses the line, but knowing that it is her word against his, Alex grits her teeth and tolerates him--to a point. Then the 2008 financial crisis arrives, throwing the whole industry into a tailspin and prompting Alex to choose between money and self-respect. Finance veteran Duffy's topical fly-on-the-wall debut skirts the darker issues of Wall Street's role in the world, but still makes for a compelling, fun read. Testosterone-soaked take on the Devil Wears Prada model.

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Adriana Trigiani
“I’m crazy about Bond Girl. Erin Duffy is a fresh, funny, and fabulous new voice in literature.…Great story. Delicious debut.”

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Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and went on to spend more than a decade working in fixed-income sales on Wall Street. Bond Girl is her first novel.

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Bond Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
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.
Book_Monster_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
DKHMN More than 1 year ago
Pre-ordered after seeing good reviews in magazines. Entertaining read. Great perspective of life in the investment world from a young woman's point of view. As someone who has worked in a male dominated environment, I felt like I was sitting in the folding chair right along with her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a funny page turner and I loved it at first, I only wish the ending hadnt been so abrupt. I feel like nothing was resolved and it could have had more closure. That being said, the 2008 financial crisis still doesnt have a happy ending so it makes some sense. I recommend the read overall.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
The cover of Erin Duffy's debut novel, Bond Girl, is striking and catches the eye right away. A black stiletto with a blood red sole placed on top of The Wall Street Journal newspaper. So if you thought by the title alone that this book was about a female spy, the cover sets you straight- it's about a woman working in the world of finance. We meet Alex, a twenty-something who works in the bond department at Cromwell Pierce, "one of Wall Street's biggest powerhouses". She describes an overheard encounter in the elevator between two men trying to one-up each other in where they went to college, what college their sons' attend, which lacrosse position their sons' play, which golf course they played at this past weekend, and says that she works in "the giant sandbox from hell". Duffy herself worked in the financial industry and this book is filled with anecdotes that you just know are true. On a slow day, one coworker takes a bet that he can eat one of everything in the vending machine before the end of the day. Alex is forced to keep track of everything he eats on a clipboard and keep every wrapper. That scene just rang with veracity, it made me wonder if the guy who did this has read this book. Alex is a female in a mostly male environment, a hostile environment at times. The men that work at Cromwell are competitive, masters-of-the-universe type. Her boss, Chick, tells Alex that the job won't be easy but he will cut her no slack. She doesn't get a desk, she has to sit on a folding chair while she shadows salesmen at their desks. Since she is the last hired, she has to do the scut work- making several trips up to the trading floor bringing boxes and boxes of pizza to rally the troops, running to Starbucks to get 33 cups of coffee, (each with specific instructions), and once as punishment, she had to go from lower Manhattan all the way up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx to get hot sandwiches and a 50 pound wheel of parmesan cheese and get back before the sandwiches got cold. (Food is a big part of the reward system there.) Working at Cromwell isn't for sissies, and Alex has to prove herself. She battles sexism, long hours, and a powerful, lecherous client who wants Alex to sleep with him or lose her job. She makes a few friends at work, and eventually becomes romantically involved with a good guy whose biggest fault is that he disappears on the weekends. I don't know much about the bond trading world, and Duffy educates her readers while keeping them interested in her story. This is a fantastic debut, with terrific, real characters and snappy writing. Her characters aren't stock; her boss Chick at first seems cruel, but he grows on you once you get to know him, and Alex herself changes as she gains more confidence. I raced through this book and thoroughly enjoyed my trip through the hectic, crazy finance world of Bond Girl. This book is ripe for a movie treatment, and I would look forward to seeing on screen soon. This is a terrific book to curl up with on cold, snowy day; once you start it, you will want to finish it in one sitting, rooting Alex on the whole way. It's one of the most enjoyable reads of this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyed this page turner. Was interesting and engaging from the first page to the last. I personally found it very interesting and appreciated the lack of sutelty; you know what this girl is thinking and there is never any effort to hide her thoughts from the reader.
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If you work on the street or hope to READ THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Absolutely love Duffy's writing stylr. Easy read.
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pattylee More than 1 year ago
Great story of girl starting out in the bond trade and learning about the business, life, and love. The story moves at a fast pace and keeps you going through her experiences. Some parts are predictable but fit the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and liked the way the author reveals the character of the characters through actions - shows, not tells.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorous novel shedding light on the pressure cooker of Wall Street from the angle of a new hire, and a female combined! Although it may not have been the perfectly developed book some readers prefer, it was entertaining and enlightening,,, and would make a fun movie.
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BookReflections More than 1 year ago
From page one Bond Girl takes us on the roller coaster ride that is Alex's life as she adjusts to being the new girl on the floor at the prestigious Cromwell Pierce, one of Wall Street's most esteemed brokerage firms.  We get unique insight into the &quot;real&quot; life of an analyst, including events and actions that you have to read (or be there) to believe.  Alex has dreamed of following in her father's footsteps and working on Wall Street.  With the image of the father/daughter work days that she remembers as a kid, she excitedly joins Cromwell Pierce where she hopes to start a lucrative career where she can work 9 to 5.  From day one Alex's life is thrown off-kilter as work is nothing that she expects.  She finds herself in situations she never imagined and making surprising life-long friends. I really enjoyed this story for its unique story-line that kept me returning time and time again for more fun and craziness that I could never imagine on my own.  I found Bond Girl to be quite a page turner with some really wonderful side characters.  I didn't fall in love with all the side characters but they all had something to add to the story and made it that much better.  I absolutely loved Chick, Alex's boss, and most of Alex's work friends.  I felt as if I truly knew him (I have a soft spot for Chick).  Where things fell a little flat was Alex herself and the romance that any person over the age of 3 could see through.  The fact that Alex didn't have clue was very annoying and silly.  The book would have been so much better if it had just been left out.  While I found many of the side characters to be well-developed and interesting, I didn't feel the same about Alex.  I just didn't really connect with or like Alex. This unpredictable tale falls quite short on the romance but surpasses all expectations for an engrossing story. If you want a peek into an industry that everyone talks about but no one seems to really know anything about, this is the book for you. P.S.  If you are person who was seriously affected by the downward turn of events in the financial sector (circa 2008) the excess described in this book might make you a little bit sick.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I absolutely loved the fact that the main character went to work in a field dominated by men and handled her business! I loved this book! I could not put the book down! I left me hanging on the edge of my seat at the end. I want a sequel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I'm not really interested in wall street or the antics they get up to but this book is so well written and the events are so believeable and wellw ritten that I was enthrawed. Quite an accomplishment for any writer. The chapter were the protagonists goes to work with her father as a child was a brilliant piece of wrting that could stand and it's own and the authors penchant for using asides to convey the thoughts - ( often contrary to what she is saying) - was a great device and boht comical and insightful to the reader. I could have done wihtout the romantic angle though it dosen't really add anythign to the story and is very light never rarely moves beyond the office. It's lightwieght and the payoff at eh end dosen't work. The fact that the male in the romance is a douche from beginning ot end dosen't help.Alex is a likeable cahracter and I got a sense of what her relationship was to the male chaacters - ( Cool Chick - hot chick - someone who makes the room grow brighter.) - and female characters - ( Good friend - mentor - cool girl) - and I truley wanted things to turn out well for her. The story has a positive open-ended feeling despite taking place during hte finanicial collaspe and I did feel rewarded as a reader. I would easily read another book by this writer based upon this novel. As i said her characters are engaging and the events in the story plausiable and entertaining and although I have no love for wall streeters i didn't mind spend time wiht most of them and in paticular Alex. And isn't tha all a reader can ask for?
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I really enjoyed this book, it was definitely a page turner for me. I wish it had a sequel to it!
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Loved the book. Light, refreshing, and not exactly like everything else on the shelf. Wonderful to have a heroine with morals and the ability to laugh at herself (and everyone elses) mishaps. Thank you BOND GIRL for the great read.