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.