A woman on Wall Street

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy is a surprisingly engaging romance set in the heart of New York’s financial district.
Alex is a bright young woman who begins her career as a Wall Street analyst right before the 2008 financial crisis. She works on the bond desk at the freewheeling firm of Cromwell Pierce, where she endures what is what an initiation into what s essentially financial frat house.
Alex adapts easily; she has always been a tomboy who loves the company of men. She is lucky that her new boss Chick takes a paternal shine to her. Chick protects her as she learns the ropes.
Soon Alex has earned her acceptance on the bond desk, and even though she is just 23-years old, she is making a huge end-of-the-year bonus. It sounds too good to be true and it is. Soon Alex’s fairytale life hits a snag. She finds out her boyfriend, a fellow bond trader she is secretly dating, is engaged to someone else.
Duffy spent ten years on Wall Street and says she wanted to write a book that showed that not everyone in the industry was “a greedy jerk.” While her book is entertaining and good a good read – she fails. She proves that greed is indeed what drives Wall Street. Over and over as she has her characters repeat the mantra “you have to be willing to do anything to work on Wall Street.” She fails to understand that being a nice to the new girl or your own family does not offset the greed, sexism, and generally unsavory behavior of “the street”. Bond Girl is a good read as well as an unintentional eye-opener.