Opening Belle

Getting rich on Wall Street would be a lot fun if the men would keep their hands off her assets A whip smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk taking, and jaw dropping sexism.In 2008, Isabelle a self made, thirty someGetting rich on Wall Street would be a lot fun if the men would keep their hands off her assets A whip smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk taking, and jaw dropping sexism.In 2008, Isabelle a self made, thirty something Wall Street star appears to have it all an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high powered job But her reality is something else Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle s already full lap.Enter Henry, the former college fianc she never quite got over now a hedge fund mogul He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret glass ceiling club whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon to be historic crash and that something has to give and when it does, everything is going to change her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues hands to themselves.From Maureen Sherry, a prize winning writer, a former Managing Director on Wall Street who never signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left , Opening Belle takes readers into the adrenaline fueled chaos of a Wall Street trading desk, the lavish parties, the lunch time rendezvous, and ultimately into the heart of a woman who finds it easier to cook up millions at work than dinner at home.
Opening Belle Getting rich on Wall Street would be a lot fun if the men would keep their hands off her assets A whip smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it s like for a worki

  • Title: Opening Belle
  • Author: Maureen Sherry
  • ISBN: 9781501110627
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Opening Belle”

    1. I really wanted to like this book. So much so that I requested a review copy to review on my site. Unfortunately I was left feeling a bit disappointed and will ultimately have to mark this one as DNF at 50%I had high hopes especially after hearing about the fact that Reese Witherspoon has expressed interest toward making it into a movie. Sure, the feminist, stick-it-to-the-man anthems might be a bit played out at this point but still a small part of me hoped that this one would be different enou [...]

    2. 1.5 Stars Opening Belle is the type of novel that had so much promise, Isabelle (nicknamed Belle) is a Wall Street Managing Director that is attempting to juggle an all consuming career while being a mother to three kids (if your including the unemployed lay about husband). Everyday Isabelle has got to strap on her mental armour as she enters her office in the finance world and has to endure the countless sexist remarks and unwarranted touching. The far and few between women at this company have [...]

    3. Author Maureen Sherry brings her real-life experience as a former Wall Street Managing Director to this fictional tale of Isabelle McElroy, an over-worked, under-appreciated, Wall Street Managing Director who is also the mom of three young children, and wife to a husband who has lost interest in working (or carrying his share of the load at home). As with most books in the working-mom genre, Sherry delivers comical episodes of "overwhelmed mom trying to do too much," usually taking place at the [...]

    4. If you follow Reese Witherspoon on Instagram you know she is all about posting amazing books that she is currently reading. When I saw Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry pop up I knew I had to read. I mean if Reese recommends it then it has to be good and this was no exception. I would say this book is a cross between Wall Street, Working Girl and Legally Blonde. Maureen Sherry, a former Wall Street managing director, writes a funny, poignant take on what it means to be female in the male driven fi [...]

    5. This book had so many issues that I honestly wish I had DNFed it and moved onto something else. There really isn't anything here that makes this particularly book great. Ms. Sherry does try to explain the finance world by way of her character, but every time she tries to things fall flat. She should have taken a page out of "The Big Short" and had a celebrity break the fourth wall to explain things that are happening at particular parts of the book. The main character of "Opening Belle" is Isabe [...]

    6. I have read some depressing books in my day, but I found this novel extremely sad. There is a difference between books were the events are out of the protagonist control ( The Kite Runner,A Little Life, and Cutting for Stone) and those where the events are well within the main characters control. Opening Belle is an fictional account of a fairly high level Wall Street Investment Bank female employee pre-financial meltdown. Our protagonist is a 30 something wife, mother and highly paid executive [...]

    7. Maybe 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. Overall, I liked it. It's basically chick lit with a side of market discussion. It kept me interested because it volleys between the two well; when's the bottom going to drop out of the mortgage market, what's going to happen with Henry, is her marriage salvageable, will anyone file a damn sexual harassment suit? But at the core the most important question is can women really have it all - the high-power career and the happy family? Are there just some jobs [...]

    8. I'm not sure what exactly was supposed to happen in this book, but I stopped reading about 25% through. I simply didn't see anything happening in the story besides Belle complaining about her lazy husband, judgmental ex, and creepy coworkers. It got boring.The character if Belle herself was fine enough. A mother with a high stress job and a number of kids made me picture her in my mind as Laura from the Mysteries of Laura. This kept me reading until I realized I wasn't seeing much development be [...]

    9. Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 2.5 STARSWhere do I start? This very well might be a case of it's not you, it's me. My first status update when reading this book was: I didn't know anyone hated their life this much. And, truly, I could never comprehend, not during the entire course of this book, why someone would continue to live a life that made them so unhappy -- Belle is incredibly unhappy in her job, mostly because she is in a thankless situation with no room for advancemen [...]

    10. Review In 2008 Isabelle, a high-powered woman on Wall Street who seems to have it all - husband, kids, great Upper West Side apartment. However she works in an awful environment - especially for women, doesn't get to see her kids or husband enough and still has so many of the household duties to do. While the women in her firm try to come together to make a change and Isabelle's ex-fiance comes into the picture she can sense a something bad coming in the markets. Can she figure out how to really [...]

    11. I really wanted to love this one and it sounded like a good bet given the focus on the financial industry and the struggles of a working mom and yet, it just didn't work for me. I am struggling with the rating because I didn't hate it or love it. It's really something between it was ok and I liked it. So, I'm going with 2 stars. But, overall, this one wasn't one that will leave an impression. I really never connected with the writing for some reason. I thought the description of the financial i [...]

    12. (I received this from NetGelley for an honest review. Thanks!)Why I picked it up I work in finance, so I read about these groping coworkers with an eyeroll and "oh that is so like so-and-so". Very accurate, especially the whole "raised rich and given a cushy, high-figure job where they goof off while the women do all the work". I've seen and experienced that first hand and it's soooo frustrating.I'm also obsessed with the 2008 financial debacle. Especially after seeing The Big Short, I wanted to [...]

    13. I was SO excited for this book, but found it really depressing and lacking. The protagonist made no sense - she was at the top of her field, yet incredibly naive and stupid, staying with a shiftless husband for absolutely NO reason even though he ended up destroying her life.I thought the sexist portrayals of her work were fairly accurate/realistic, and I thought it was incredibly dumb of Belle to think that (view spoiler)[speaking up to the CEO was a good idea. I understand why she'd want to do [...]

    14. This didn't do much for me; I much preferred Bond Girl in terms of learning about Wall Street as an employer. While I liked the aspects of husband as dependent and dealing with sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, it just didn't move me. She was making over $500k per year and it wasn't enough to live on fir a small family? Sorry but I don't feel your pain here. I also was irritated with the editing; for being published by a major publisher, there were typos and three times a wrong char [...]

    15. Bravo to Sherry for exploring the world of women on Wall Street prior to the 2008 collapse! This is a really well done novel with a terrific main character- Belle is completely relatable for those of us who have done the high stress job/family thing. I loved some of the other players as well, especially Kathryn (and the description of her loft.) The writing is clear and the complications of various financial instruments are well explained (not too much, not too little). Thanks to NETGALLEY and E [...]

    16. Quick read. Belle is a workaholic and relatable. Her husband is a stay at home bum. They have 3 kids. Belle works on Wall Street and feels the strain of working in a man ruled environment. The stock market is about to crash. Belle's life is about to crash. It's an easy read and was perfect for a plane ride. Nothing was GROUNDBREAKING or thought provoking about it but the book does tell a quirky real life story.

    17. A good quick readI didn't expect to love this book but it was very satisfying and offered some acute insights on what it's like to be the wife, mother AND the breadwinner, which sums up my life. I am not a million-dollar earner but I work in the tech industry with a lot of men and much of this rang true.

    18. I have to admit that after having read 15% of the book, I seriously considered removing it from my ereader. I had the feeling that i had not understood what was happening. I forced myself hold on for a little bit longer and although there were more parts that seemed like Chinese to me, there were some parts that I liked. They were funning, sad, made you wonder, think and realize that there was a lot of truth in them. So I am happy I kept on reading but the lesser parts put a too thick a shadow o [...]

    19. 3.5 starsQuick read and the story keeps you engaged enough to want to know what happens. A litttle disappointed in the ending (mostly about Bruce), but I liked the last line - very well done.

    20. Meandering story with no plot. A few funny lines, but I could not tell if this was supposed to be lighthearted chick lit (it was not) or literary fiction (a stretch).

    21. The cover looks like it belongs to a romantic comedy However I'd say this book is so much more It's about women, work, Wall St, making tough choices, standing up for what you believe in, New York City, motherhood, subprime mortgages, finance, an impending financial crash.

    22. Great funInteresting, informative. Credible and authentic with a likeable, believable protagonist.Enjoyed it thoroughly-can't wait for the movie!'4 more words required' - I HATE that dictates the length of my reviews.

    23. This book gave me flashbacks to my MBA classes in finance and accounting. I did enjoy the story of Belle and her life and career through the subprime mortgage crash in 2008 and 2009. I thought this was a realistic look at how sometimes you love your job and other times you put up with all of the garbage to get some end goal. A couple of things kept me from giving it 5 stars:1) The main character's name is Belle. While this is a perfectly good name, it seemed like the name might have been chosen [...]

    24. "Opening Belle" by Maureen Sherry is a humorous piece about women in business – a story told by woman who worked on Wall Street having chance from own perspective to realize how almost impossible is to juggle private life, love and family with business and ambition.Maureen Sherry who after college went to work on Wall Street, retired as a director more than ten years of hard-working – but she chose to tell her story based on actual events in a bit different way. Though Sherry takes reader on [...]

    25. 3.5 stars.More meat here than in your average Sophie Kinsella novel, and mostly it kept me excited to keep reading. But it got a little soapbox-y at times, and I'm not sure it did a great job explaining the roles of traders and bankers in the subprime mortgage crisis, at least in a way that the lay reader would understand. I also wasn't always clear whether Belle was meant to be telling her story as she lived it, or whether she was recounting it some years down the road. Some textual clues point [...]

    26. I truly enjoyed this book and the aims the author took to highlight gender inequality in the workplace. It was interesting to read about they ins and outs of a Wall Street female worker because I had, for so long, believed that little, if any, of those working on Wall Street were female. Nonetheless, my only issue with the book was the dramatic turn things took at the end of the book. It seemed a little rushed and out of character, but I have a feeling that the main character is based on the aut [...]

    27. I was drawn to this novel in the first place because it was recommended in the Daily Skimm, one of my favorite news sources. After reading a sample, I realized that I wanted very much to read the whole book. The story is about rich people, yes -- but the protagonist and those close to her are more interesting than the shallow creatures in typical escapist stories of the rich. That's not to say there aren't any shallow characters here, but the shallowest are intentionally so, and their attitudes [...]

    28. I don't think Belle ever learned her lesson, even after she supposedly learned it. She just fastforwarded until she was "happy" and then regressed. LAME. And this was optioned by Reese Witherspoon's production company. They made Wild and Gone Girl, and have lined up:Opening BelleLuckiest Girl AliveThe Thing About JellyfishTruly Madly GuiltyIn a Dark, Dark WoodAll Is Not ForgottenBasically half of chick lit from 2014-now. And randomly a MG book but ok.Anyway, instead of reading this story of a wo [...]

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