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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

TLC Book Tours Review and Giveaway: Buying In by Laura Hemphill

Title: Buying In
Author: Laura Hemphill
Format: ARC
Publisher: New Harvest
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a fiction fan.
  • You're looking for a realistic slice-of-life kind of story.
What's the Story?:

From "It’s October 2007, and twenty-two-year-old Sophie Landgraf is a small-town girl who hopes her new job as a Wall Street analyst will be her ticket to the American elite. She knew that giving her life over to the bank would be hard on her boyfriend, family, and friends, but she hadn’t realized it would send her into a spiral of self-doubt. After four months in this fast-paced, male-dominated world, Sophie is floundering-and things are about to get worse.
Boom times can’t last forever. With the crash looming and layoffs inevitable, Sophie’s attractive but ruthless boss Ethan Pearce pulls her into a multibillion-dollar merger that could make or break their careers. The problem? Ethan, devoted family-man Vasu Kumar, and straight-talking Ohio executive Jake Hutchinson each have very different reasons for advancing the merger, and Sophie doesn’t know who to trust. When the deal goes awry, she must decide how far she’ll go to get what she wants.
Set inside the fortresses of high finance, Manhattan’s after-hours clubs, and factories in the Midwest and India, this is the high-powered, heartfelt story of a young woman finding her footing on Wall Street as it crumbles underneath her. Written by an industry veteran, BUYING IN tackles what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, and how to survive in big business without sacrificing who you are."

My Two Cents:

"Buying In" is the hyper-realistic story of life on Wall Street during the financial crisis of 2007/ 2008. The story follows several people as they try to deal with the ebb and flow of the banking business during a very tumultuous time in financial history. The author reveals the stories of the characters in detail that makes us the readers really be able to feel what the characters are feeling when faced with the chance that the careers they have built may not be there at the end of the day.

The financial crisis of the 2007/ 2008 is still very fresh in many people's memories (in fact, in many ways, we are still dealing with the fallout from this crisis). I really liked the characters in the book. They aren't exactly likable but they are so real. They are fighting to keep their jobs, sometimes against each other. This book uses the characters as a vehicle to showcase the workaholic, forget your loved ones, do anything to climb to the top mentality of this time period.

In many places, this book almost seems like non-fiction. You feel for the people that are working so hard to do well and keep their jobs that they forget the other aspects of their lives. This book has a bit of a cautionary tale in it as well and the end is hopeful.

This book is great for when you are you looking for a story with really realistic characters and great detail.


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  1. great feature and wonderful giveaway. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. This sounds pretty interesting, and, as you say, very current too. 2008 wasn't long ago at all, hopefully those days are gone for good.

  3. This sounds pretty intense. I've always wondered what it would be like to involved with those huge mergers that affect so many people.

  4. Sounds like this author really captured the stress of those days.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  5. Kind of reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada.


  6. It looks like a very timely story.


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