Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Reading Challenge: BIGLAW by Lindsay Cameron #FRC2015

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The book for our Law & Ethics class is BIGLAW by Lindsay Cameron.

About the book:

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 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

BIGLAW gives the an inside view into living in the corporate New York law environment.  Mackenzie has always dreamed of being a big time lawyer.  She is living the dream in her designer shoes...or so she thinks. As Mackenzie gets further involved it hits her how much she is actually sacrificing for her "dream job."  She starts taking stock into all of the occasions she is missing with her family, friends and boyfriend.  The next thing Mackenzie knows is that she is being dragged into a meeting with federal investigators (uh-oh!!!!)  Mackenzie has to learn how to fight for herself and if all of the work is really worth what she is missing.  

This book is written really well and very fast paced.  This book makes you sympathetic to what Mackenzie is dealing with.  You also appreciate how strong she becomes by the end of this novel.  BIGLAW also gives great insight into why someone would leave a successful career as a lawyer and possibly pursue other ventures.  To someone on the outside it may seem crazy to throw all that time and schooling away, but, again, this book really dives into what the life is really like.  You will like some of the characters (in particular Mackenzie's secretary, Rita).  You will also not like some of the characters and the pettiness that is part of the culture.  There is a lot of great, witty dialogue that will make you continue reading this book despite having other commitments.  Even though I am not involved in the law profession, I am sure this story will hit home hard to the individuals that are!  Lindsay Cameron is an author that you want to look out for future books!

Buy the book:
·        Amazon

About the author:

Lindsay Cameron is a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Law. She worked for six years as a corporate attorney at large law firms in both the United States and Canada, including one of New York's most profitable firms. Deciding that writing was more fun than lawyering, she left the law behind to pursue a career writing novels while hunched over her laptop at Starbucks. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two young children. BIGLAW is her debut novel. 

Connect with the author:
·        Twitter
·        Website

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