Author: Lindsay Cameron
Length: 270 pages
Pub Date: 9/7/2015
The Devil Wears Prada meets One L, BIGLAW provides an insider’s view of the cut-throat world of big New York law firms.
Mackenzie Corbett has always dreamed of living in New York City. Now, almost two years into her job as an associate at a premier Manhattan law firm, she’s living her fantasy–big salary, high profile deals, cute boyfriend, designer bag on her arm. The giant bags under her eyes from lack of sleep don’t fit into the fantasy, though. To make matters worse, she’s being tormented by a bitter, bitchy senior associate, her cute boyfriend is annoyed she never has time for him, and now she’s stuck on the deal from hell with a partner whose biggest claim to fame is throwing a stapler at a cleaning lady because she touched his ficus plant.
With the opportunity to secure a prestigious secondment on line, the overachiever in her is determined to endure whatever it takes to close the biggest deal in the firm’s history. But when Mackenzie finds herself the focus of a devastating investigation her dream job begins spiraling into a nightmare.
In this pitch perfect, frightening accurate novel, Lindsay Cameron throws back the curtain to this intriguing world exposing the truth about life in Biglaw.
I really enjoyed this book. It was believable (I cannot say it’s realistic since I have never worked for a biglaw firm), funny and fast-paced. All the problems are well balanced too. There are romance, family, friendship, and of course work problems which can be divided into more categories. The book is very well written and the descriptions are amazing. There were times I thought I was working in the firm with Mackenzie and know exactly whom she was referring to.
I hope working in a Biglaw firm in NYC isn’t really like that; high stress and anxiety, crazy workload, sleep deprivation, no social life or life in general outside of the firm, on-call 24/7 etc. The only downside to the book is it can easy predicated what will happen midway through. I highly recommended this book to law students or students who want to pursue a career in law and anyone wants a career in the corporate world. Although I do not know how a law firm operates, the office drama and how upper management handles associates in any other industries are very similar!
4.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks (Fall Challenge 2015) in exchanged for an honest review.