Bond Girl: A Novel

Bond Girl: A Novel

by Erin Duffy

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ISBN-13: 9780062065902
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 396,169
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street, a career that inspired her first novel, Bond Girl. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way—in a bar).

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“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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Bond Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 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.
Mathenam on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Bond girl - NO, she is NOT a spy. Clever title, and cute cover photo of the high heel on top of The Wall Street Journal. This debut novel mostly reads like "The Devil Wears Prada" set on Wall St. The main character, Alex, is very likable. She's a new employee in the world of bond trading. Since Alex and her coworkers spend so much time together, they grow close, and bond over their traumatic experiences at work. I thought this had a funny look into downtime pranks and excess perks at work. I knew those Wall St folks didn't slave away all day long! I wish there had been more scenes between the life Alex left behind, and her new life in NYC. Overall, this was a light, cute, enjoyable read.
bookchickdi on LibraryThing 25 days 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.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing 25 days ago
You know you've read an excellent book when you can wait to tell someone about it and all the best parts of the book. Only in this one, the entire book is filled with the best parts. Bond Girl by Erin Duffy is the story of Alex Garrett, who has dreamed of a career in the finance industry since she was eight, following in her father's footsteps. Only this is a predominantly male industry and not that many women find the success she is hoping for.She finally attends college hoping that the business and finance classes will be enough to help her understand what it takes to get her foot in the door of Cromwell Pierce, one of the top leaders in Wall Street, also a fierce competitor of her father's company. When she finally is offered the position, she soon finds just how difficult it will be beginning her journey as a Junior, which is the grunt level in the bond trading sector. She has been told she will do whatever is asked of her without complaint and that's where the story gets interesting. I found this book to be a blend of the Devil Wears Prada only in a male dominated finance industry and for an extremely difficult boss named Ed Ciccone or "Chick" as he insists she refers to him.It's just how far Alex is willing to go that makes the story that much fun. Seeing it as working in an office with 40 men and one other woman, she is forced to deal with all the inside jokes one would expect from having to fetch coffee and pizza whenever the team is hungry or in need of a caffeine boost or being the blunt of practical jokes when the days prove boring and slow. Yet in the end, it shows how much drive and perseverance Alex has to prove her worth at her job.I received Bond Girl by Erin Duffy compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and LOVED it! It was definitely a book I could relate to, when I begin a career in the wireless industry as one of the first women technicians and how to go about proving my self worth in a male dominated field. So my hats off to girls like Alex who can put up with the best of them and not take it personally. A fun-filled 5 out of 5 stars!
MaryinHB on LibraryThing 25 days ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITAlex's father works in a bank, which she thinks is extremely glamorous, so when she graduates from college and she is determined to get a job at Wall Street firm. She lands the job and finds the ultimate boys club which is raunchy, full of hazing and practical jokes. There is only one other woman working on the floor, who Alex nicknames Cruella. Now, as far it sounds like a bad drama on paper, but the story really shines. I originally thought this book was a memoir and the author does state that a lot of the incidents are based on facts, things that happened to her when she worked at a large Wall Street firm. There are tales of too much alcohol, late nights, expense accounts gone wild and being the only girl, some romance. This is more a story about finding yourself, learning your strengths and weaknesses and well, basically growing up. Alex is an extremely likable character. You want to cheer for her when she is being abused by the boys' club. Those same boys do take her under their wing when she proves to be undefeatable. They try to help her out when things get rough at work. The main guy in her corner turns out to be a cad. Like most guys in her business, he is only out for himself. When the workplace romance falls through, the guys tell her she was too good for him. (I was nodding my head in agreement with this one!) My favorite moment came when Alex herself plays a practical joke on the object of her affections. She adds a zero to each line of his girl scout cookie order, thereby ordering over $300 in cookies. As Wall Street unravels after 9/11, she finds herself still with a job but on the receiving end of sexual harassment by a client. Her old boss has been let go and the new one does nothing to protect her. Becoming more and more physically ill because of this, she quits and finds even more inner strength. Overall, this is a different sort of chick lit and really a new take on the girl triumphing over love and work. There are late nights with too much alcohol, inappropriate infatuations with the wrong guy and finding true inner strength. It has some dark tendencies, much like Madeline Wickham (I like these books better than those written as Sophie Kinsella) and find that Erin Duffy has a really unique voice which I would love to hear more.
Cats57 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
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 mingle 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.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Don't be confused, this has nothing to do with James Bond and everything to do with Wall Street! Bond Girl is a great story about a young woman named Alex (nicknamed Girlie) entering a man's world at a not so great time in financial history. The NYC setting is very realistic, from the small apartment Alex shares with a roommate we hardly see as she is submerged in her new life at Cromwell Pierce to the quick pace of Wall Street. There will be inevitable comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada and that's ok, the seemingly comedic nature of some of Alex's grunt work certainly compares to that of lower level employees in other businesses.
bookwyrmm on LibraryThing 25 days ago
It is hard not to try to categorize Bond Girl with The Devil Wears Prada, but it really is such a better story. Duffy's writing is hip and fresh and creates a fresh, youthful "new adult" chick lit novel. And surprisingly, especially for this genre, Bond Girl is rather informative about the way Wall Street works, which just gives it a highly realistic edge.
SkyGreene More than 1 year ago
I loved that this storyline was different from most chick lit I books. It was a great glimpse into the world of Wall Street and jobs most know absolutely nothing about. It was as educational for me as it was enjoyable. I hated that Alex had to put up with Rick so long, as that things like that still happen today to women in a male dominated field. I loved the details in the book and character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chronicle of a college grad realizing her long-held dream of working in high finance on Wall Street only to find out it is nothing like she thought it would be. As if dealing with hazing, sexual harassment, and 14 hour work days weren't enough, she starts her career just as the Crash of 2008 hits. Lots of insider details make the story authentic and make me glad I never considered a career in finance.
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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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