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Mergers and Acquisitions

2.81  ·  Rating Details ·  414 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Mergers & Acquisitions is the story of Tommy Quinn, a recent Georgetown graduate who has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J. S. Spenser, and the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York's oldest moneyed families. As he travels from the most exclusive ballrooms of the Racquet and Tennis Club to the stuffiest boardrooms of ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Arrow (first published February 1st 2007)
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Oct 19, 2015 ducky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardly anyone I know
Wow, I can't believe I wasted my hard earned money on this terrible book. Dana Vachon is trying to pull a "Devil Wears Prada" and seems like he wrote the entire book with a movie in mind. That basically means that this story would make a better movie than a book...but even the movie would be just average. The beginning of the book was funny enough, but towards the end the characters and their behavior became totally unrealistic....the dancing scene on the yacht in Mexico anyone? I completely los ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel focusing on the wheeler dealer world of Wall street and the investment banking industry. Tommy Quinn has recently graduated from Georgetown, originally an applicant for medical school he has somehow sort of stumbled through his father into the world of the financial market.
Totally inept and blundering through a career he is totally unfit for his life is spiralling out of control trying to keep up with the affluent girlfriend and Ritzy and glamourous lifestyle that is a part of this
Although basically soap opera for the Ivy League Wall Street crowd, I found Vachon's writing definitely very entertaining, rather hip and satirical. It's always fun to read about young Wall Street types, and that the author has been there lends the book some authority and credibility. The culmination of events at the end of the novel were less than believable, as if all the drama accumulated up to that point could be wrapped up in 30-40 pages. Still, at times very funny.
Apr 13, 2011 Rob rated it it was ok
Not quite what I expected, but nevertheless a somewhat entertaining book. It read more like a biography made up of inter-linking story lines that really didn't end up anywhere.
I was a little disappointed with the ending, it seemed to finish quite odd and not really resolving anything at all.
From the title and cover I would have picked the book as a business thriller in the mold of the Wall Street movies, but was sadly disappointed in that respects.
Jan 19, 2009 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always looking for fiction that's light and easy to read, but not so mindless and trashy that it offends the intellect. This one was entertaining, a good summer beach read (except I read it back in the 'toum, AFTER the weekend on Lamu island). A Gossip Girl-esque account of life inside the big Wall Street financial firms.
Chelsea Moring
Mar 01, 2015 Chelsea Moring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Perfect for those of us who came out of college to a terrible job market a few years ago. Love the characters and wild plot.
The ending didn't really make sense to me and I was left feeling like I wasted my afternoon reading this. I wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel about the characters. I found it difficult to respect Tommy as he was absolutely incompetent an investment banker and made no genuine effort to learn. It wasn't clear why he should choose to become a doctor, since he did so badly in pre-med. And why in the world did his girlfriend Frances break down? Sure, the boyfriend was sucked in by his job for da ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Ann rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened-to
I really am at the mercy of the paltry Price Park library audiobook section. I think I have listened to all the good ones, so now I'm reduced to books such as this which touts "a hilarious romp through the dizzying world of NY investment banking" or some such drivel. The premise seems to be - NY investment banks hire shallow preppies who are primarily interested in consumer goods - if you have the right amount of panache it does not really matter if you are clueless as to basic spreadsheets, exc ...more
Mike P
Jan 14, 2016 Mike P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Starts slow, gets slower, nonsensical ending. Has no plot, meanders from one unbelievable situation to another, has characters that are below the level of Saturday morning cartoons and have no redeeming qualities -- essentially, a totally waste of time to read.
May 26, 2007 Luisavides rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I bought this book expecting to get an insight on the welling and dealing in the finance industry.

I got instead a "novel" in which the typical ingredients are all include money+sex+drugs.

Not wanting to discuss the veracity of the facts the way they are presented do not contribute in anything for a believable story.

In literary terms the book in written in a very uninteresting way, since facts are kept to minimum, time is irrelevant and only saucy details come out. It looks like it was wriiten t
May 21, 2007 Blanca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you want a good laugh...
Shelves: newfiction
Dana Vachon has been touted as this generation's Jay McInerney, but the comparisons run true on the most superficial level.

Yes, it is fiction that tells the story of the affluent, indulgent and decadent lifestyles of the contemporary American with dry wit and malaise. But that is where the similarities end. M&A's literary attempts are very calculated and flow awkwardly with the soft porn passages, that are no doubt an attempt to appeal to a literary, young dude set. This is forging the way
May 25, 2008 Marti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't respect a novel where a character (Roger) sounds like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The dialogue was really frustrating.

I didn't expect literary genius, but perhaps a juicy nugget of info about the workings of the financial industry. Here's what I learned: People on Wall Street make lots of dough.

It's also difficult to empathize with the characters, including the narrator. The only character I cared for died early in the story. The beginning of the novel actually h
Carla Collette
I started reading this book, a hand-me-down, but realized that it was likely not worth reading. I guess I don't care about the vapid rich enough to slog through the story.
Aug 08, 2007 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best parts of this book are the parts where the author describes the romantic relationship between the two main characters. It's kind of sweet and poetic. But as always, things fall apart. I'm not sure that I really understood the ending of the book. I think I do, but...hmm...wish I had someone to discuss it with. Anywho, this book is kind of a throw-back to the books of the 80s (like Bret Ellis, Jay McInerney) about Wall Streeters and Yuppies. Set in the present day, this book is about Wall ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oy, terrible
May 16, 2008 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
if you value your relationship with bret easton ellis and thought about reading this book based on either it's TITLE, or the reviews on the back that compares it to bret easton ellis meets f.scott fitzgerald, let me save you the $16.

this is a very weak, watered-down storyline with uninteresting characters and a very anticlimactic climax. i didn't even realize i was at the pivotal point of the story.

the reviews were kind, at best.
Jun 09, 2007 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Yorkers, investment bankers, fans of fluffy satire
I was really skeptical of whether this book would be any good. It is, after all, written by a blogger. But it was so funny and crazy and entertaining that I think I finished it in only two afternoons. It's not literature, per se, and the female characters could use some work, but the writing is fantastic, and if you have ever had any dealings with the upper class or the New York City fabulous, you will especially love it.
This book re-enforces the theme that life is complicated, can't always have what you want. I connected with the main character, Tommy. Throughout the book he's trying to find his way, and is always to try to a grasp what happening. Events are happening so fast and he's never really the driving force behind them, he's just trying to appease everyone and finds himself just reacting to the environment.
Sep 22, 2009 Tajma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Going through my bookshelves and finding this kind of trash makes me realize how much I used to enjoy wasting money. I always think I'm going to end up giving these books away and then realize that I'm embarrassed to let anyone know I paid for them! I fell for that McInerney blurb on the back, unfortunately. Writers really ought to be more discerning about what they put their names to.
Oct 03, 2008 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book is a New England rich kid/prepster who was an analyst at JP Morgan. The photo of the author on the back cover might actually be straight out of his fraternity yearbook. Anyway, this book is supposed to be an insider view of the New York/Wall Street social scene. It's not a terribly flattering portrayal (big surprise). It's an entertaining read...very funny in parts.
Oct 23, 2007 Nina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book kind of sucked. i couldn't even finish it. dana vachon, you almost make me embarrassed to be a fellow blue devil. except that you've written a book, sold it, had it published, and i'm sure someone's bought the film rights.

if you want to read a cut-rate "bright lights, big city," or "less than zero," check out this book. otherwise, just revisit the first two.
Aug 06, 2007 Terra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Tourists, Emperor's Children
This is a Manhattan novel with a few sharp observations. I didn't find it as satisfying as The Emperor's Children or as intricately constructed as The Tourists. I can see why people are comparing it to The Tourists, though -- it has some of similar plot and character elements like the parties and the secondary characters.
Apr 16, 2008 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
my eyes, they burn! it was like the clique series for adult males. a lot of business-isn't-numbers-it's-corruption, a lot of sex, a lot of literary-reaching. a review (oh, WSJ, you have betrayed me!) described as catcher-in-the-rye-esque. i probably should have remembered how much I hated that book.
Aug 24, 2007 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was so much buzz about this book (or maybe I just read Gawker too much) and although there were definitely some very funny parts and interesting social commentary, was still pretty disappointed. The ending is just completely ridiculous and too trite for the mood of the book. Would not recommend.
Jul 19, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never really understood what the plot was. It kept my attention in the beginning because I was wondering where it was going but by the end I could not wait for it to end and it really had no good ending. I listened to it on a long drive but otherwise would have stopped mid-way through.
Mar 15, 2008 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bankers, people who've liked Gossip Girl novels
I think that Vachon has real writing talent, which can be seen in his creation and development of characters. However, it's hard for this talent to shine through within a book whose story is, overall, convoluted, boring, and at times, too far-fetched to be believable.
At times this book is laugh out loud funny. In other parts, it feels repetitive and forced. Nice diversion but not fine literature. I still can't figure out if some of the repeated phrasings were a literary device or an editing mistake.

Jun 03, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a SATC for boys...his relationship with his girlfriend is pretty far fetched - they live together but he can't see her spiral into a depression where she cuts herself and goes to an institution???
Oct 05, 2008 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fictitious but somehow down to earth account of a young analyst making in way through Wall Street while coping with real life around him. I definitely recommend this for all young bankers out there.
May 01, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who has experienced top tier, New England boarding schools, Martha's Vineyard, the Hamptons, or the idiosyncrasies of investment banker wannabes needs to read this book. Great satire.
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