A fashionable Parisian lawyer has requested an international transfer to the Manhattan office of her law firm. Catherine Lambert is a fashionable Parisian lawyer who is striving for new challenges. Dreaming of making partner and having her own corner office, she believes she will be able to achieve this goal by requesting a transfer to the the Manhattan office of her law firm. Upon her arrival to New York, however, she soon realizes that working as a lawyer in Manhattan won't as glamorous as she originally thought. But she remains determined not to disappoint and to make partner, no matter the cost.
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Catherine is soon faced with numerous challenges such as having to report to Bonnie - a “boss from hell”, work with manipulative assistants, work around the clock, and having no real friends in the city aside from her old friend Lisa - a busy lawyer who used to be her best friend back in law school. Fortunately for her, Catherine is also able to find in her dedicated assistant Rikash a sincere friend and confident, which proves important in times of stress and sleepless nights.
Faced with several backstabbing individuals such as her own bosses, colleagues, and lover Jeffrey, Catherine begins to question her childhood dreams of making it big as a lawyer, and starts to wonder whether this corner office can indeed fulfil her destiny.
Best part of story, including ending:
I love this book for the lessons it contains. Money, power, status and ambition aren't a sure path to happiness, and sometimes one should follow one's heart instead.
Best scene in story:
Catherine decides to take a weekend off and goes to the Hamptons with her new boyfriend. While there, someone takes her picture and proceed with posting it on the web for all to see, which Catherine is initially unaware of. Upon her return to the office, however, she realizes the picture has gone viral: Bonnie calls her in for a serious talk with respect to how a lawyer should behave in public, and one of her colleagues pretends to be on a conference call to give himself time to find some more pictures of lovely ladies. There is humour which can be found throughout the book, despite the underlying serious corporate culture, and which truly makes this book a great read.
Opinion about the main character:
She falls down numerous times, yet gets back on her two feet and refuses to give up; however hard the situation is.