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Buying In

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Bright, ambitious Sophie Landgraf has landed a job as a Wall Street analyst. The small-town girl finally has her ticket to the American elite, but she doesn’t real­ize the toll it will take—on her boyfriend, on her family, and on her. It isn’t long before Sophie is floundering in this male-dominated world, and things are about to get worse.
With the financial crisis loom
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by New Harvest
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Tara Chevrestt
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine, 2013-release
This was a tough read for me. First, I gotta give it points for educating me. Before reading this, I thought Wall Street was just the investing of stocks/trade. This showed me the world of banking, which was new. The story line, however, was not new. I've read it a few times before. Young woman is trying to make it a male-dominated field and in order to do so must give up all ideas of a having a personal life, let alone a love life. I confess I'm a tad tired of this theme that in order for a wom ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh the librarians at the Westfield Athenaeum, my city's public library, are such skillful visual merchandisers! My Goodreads To-Read shelf contains around 577 titles and at my current read rate of about one book per week, I already have approximately 11.96 years’ worth of books to read. Nonetheless, on impulse I picked up Buying In, perfectly displayed at eye level on the top of the center aisle stack.

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After a quick scan of the inside jacket describing a young, newly minted, female W
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last year I read a dynamite book about a woman working at one of Wall Street's big banks, Erin Duffy's Bond Girl. I loved it, putting it on my Best Of The Year list. Recently I had the opportunity to read another debut novel in the same setting by a woman who also worked in the industry, like Duffy. My return to that world was rewarded with another terrific read, Laura Hemphill's Buying In.

Sophie Landgraf grew up in a small town to parents who owned a sheep farm. They were hippies, and none too
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun read. Here is my review, which includes a copy of the book I am giving away!
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I always like it when an author can introduce tension and sustain it in a book and this author did that in spades. Buying In is a great read! The basic storyline is the main character, Sophie Landgraf, is an analyst at Sterling, a Wall Street banking firm that is as cutthroat and male-dominated as you can imagine. She's young (22), a little sloppy in how she dresses, but she's smart and earnest and a hard worker and an underdog amongst her Ivy League coworkers.

The thrust of the story is about ho
I bought this from an advertisement on my Kindle. It’s about a first year analyst slogging it out at an investment bank in the months leading up to financial meltdown. Having spent some time in the M&A/investment banking world myself, the plot appealed to me. Though this is told through multiple viewpoints, it is mostly Sophie’s story (the analyst), even when we hear the others’ voices. The problem with this book is Sophie is boring and not at all compelling. And actually, this makes perfect sen ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've mulled this book over in my head for a few days and I've come to a conclusion. Buying In just wasn't a book for me. It's well-written. The characters are extremely realistic. Unfortunately it's that extreme realism that made it a tough read for me. Buying In almost seems to read more like non-fiction than fiction at times, and that's something I wasn't expecting.

I can honestly say I did learn a lot while reading Sophie's story though. I'm sure we all have a basic idea of how tough it is to
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I was hoping Buying In would read more like the movie Margin Call, as both took place on Wall Street during the 2008 financial crisis. Whereas Margin Call was a tense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, Buying In was difficult to get into, and for a good portion, not very exciting. So much of the jargon and all of the goings on dealing with mergers was a bit confusing for someone like me who is not familiar with the industry, o
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2014
I picked up Laura Hemphill's 'Buying In' for personal reasons: Sophie Landgraf, the book's heroine, transitions from college to a career in financial services in the summer of 2007, nearly exactly like I did. Sophie's struggles echoed my own: namely her growing inability to relate to her hometown friends and college boyfriend and her surprise at actually liking the financial world that so many deem soul-sucking. If I didn't relate so closely to Sophie, however, I would not have rated the book as ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laura Hemphill has weaved a beautiful book capturing the franticness, greed, and each man for his own ethos of the Wall Street where next deal and the next bonus check is the only thing matters.

The book captures the atmosphere in an investment bank before the crash of 2008, in the story of merger and acquisition of the aluminium companies, ending with the crash of 2008 and survival of some of those characters through that crash.

I really enjoyed the book, Laura Hemphill is a very promising writer
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
The book was very dry and predictable. I had high hopes for this book because I love NYC and all things finance, but this was not what I had hoped for. The characters really lacked substance and the outcome was easily picked up on. I had to force myself to finish the book (because I always have to finish a book) and it did not improve at all. I would pass on this book! So many other better ones out there
Mary Phillips


never really cared about any of the characters, all shallow, self-absorbed people that you want to fail in the end. Main character was a true poster child for material-minded Twenty-somethings. PREDICTABLE plot.
Hari Brandl
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A fictional retelling of the "facts" behind the banking crash, told through the experiences of a u-and-coming analyst in a large firm that is always looking frantically working to increase their bottom line. The protagonist is fairly charming, and much more competent than she thinks. A bit too much financial finagling that wasn't really clear to me, but I got the feeling, and the analyst's journey is much more meaningful to me.
A quick read.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

What is the difference between buying in and selling out?

That feels like the fundamental question that Sophie Landgraf keeps asking herself, and that all the people in her life keep asking Sophie, during the course of the story of Buying In.

Everyone in Sophie’s life outside of her work is utterly certain that Sophie has sold out, that she has given up on the values that underpin the small farming community of Stockton, Massachusetts where Sophie was raised.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was a bit disappointed with this book overall -- I much preferred Bond Girl by Erin Duffy (which was about her own career on Wall Street). The plot dragged for quite a while, and I think the descriptions/explanations about the AlumiCorp/Roll-Rite merger went into too much detail. I tended to skim through those parts, largely because I know very little about banking/finance. By the end, I really didn't care about the deal OR about Sophie.

Random observations:

1. Sophie's relationship with her b
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was drawn in by the cover and decided to check it out at the Library. The premise of this novel is similar to the movie "The Devil wears Prada", but this time in the world of finance. I hoped for a thrilling ride much like the movie "Margin Call" which is also based on the 2008 financial crisis. But at the same time, I was apprehensive that this might turn into a vapid chick lit fest. I was pleasantly surprised because this novel was entertaining but it also gave what I felt was a realistic i ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Buying In rides the edge of being contemporary women’s fiction and falling into the recently coined category, “New Adult,” largely because the main Point of View character, Sophie is a recent college graduate on her first real job, struggling to swim in a high-stakes, high stress environment.

While I’ve never worked in the same part of the financial industry Sophie has, I spent more than half my life in the real estate finance industry as a loan officer, loan processor, and underwriter, for local
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2013
The world of high finance provides a thrilling setting for survival in a cutthroat business where millions of dollars are at stake and the wrong comment can cost you your job. Sophie Landgraf, from small town Massachusetts, lands a lucrative Wall Street job out of college as an analyst for Sterling, while her college boyfriend struggles to make ends meet at an entry-level position at NPR.

I enjoyed this debut novel from Laura Hemphill. Buying In came across as more non-fiction than fiction. A
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Buying In
Laura Hemphill

What it's all about...

Ho's about finances, Wall Street and a very overworked analyst named Sophie.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Ho hum...loved the chapters about Sophie...but I was totally bored by all the finance stuff. Loved reading about the finance "bad guys" impersonal they were. Loved reading about how Sophie sneaked into their offices at night to see what they had in their drawers. Loved reading about Will...Sophie's boy toy and her
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction
"Buying In" is the hyper-realistic story of life on Wall Street during the financial crisis of 2007/ 2008. The story follows several people as they try to deal with the ebb and flow of the banking business during a very tumultuous time in financial history. The author reveals the stories of the characters in detail that makes us the readers really be able to feel what the characters are feeling when faced with the chance that the careers they have built may not be there at the end of the day.

Destiny Fritz
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was somewhat refreshing. I read the bulk of it at the gym while on the stationary bike. it made the time pass quickly. The main character is developed well. she carries all of the burdens and lack of real world knowledge that the typical fresh out of college young adults do. I really liked that she doesn't wait around to be rescued, but rather rescues herself several times throughout the story. In the end she's better off because of that. There were a few dry parts. at times ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literary-fiction
I had a hard time getting into this book, is was dry at times, but I enjoyed learning about Wall Street banking and the other tid bits of knowledge it had that I hadn't ever heard of/thought about. The general plot line has been done before and I didn't enjoy it very much. I am kind of sick of the "young woman trying to make it in a male-dominated work field has to give up everything in order to do it" story. Sophie is kind of a quirky character, which I enjoy, but there are times when I find he ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
here's the irony of working for a large, secure firm full of high performers - it makes you feel insecure. to fit in and one-up everyone else, you work like a an automaton and act you're a disney princess. you try so hard to fit into the system that when you do you become someone your family and friends is uncomfortable with.

this book deals with the first few months of a small town girl in the big, bad, life sucking world of investment banking. while I am not in banking I could totally relate t
K2 -----
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Would have given up had it not been for Ayelet Waldman's blurb on the back of the book. The beginning of the book is not its strongest selling point and I was tempted to give up before page 40.

This is a good summer read especially if you have had friends in the investment banking business or want to know more about the inside track of this dog-eat-dog financial world.

Sophia's transition, from small town to the city, and college to career, are well laid out here and this book would have a specia
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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Sophie has a job that is consuming her life and a relationship and friends and family from home who may not make it through this change in her life. She must decide whether this is the job and lifestyle that she wants and what she is willing to give up for it.

Being in my second job and where I will probably spend many more years, it was fun to read a book that reminded me of myself a few years back. The right out of college, first job time of life
Waiting eagerly for this to come in the mail! Thanks are given to FirstReads and Ms. Hemphill.

Finally had time to dig in over the thanksgiving holiday and it was worth the wait. I enjoyed the story, pretty fast paced and interesting. It reminded me of Bond Girl a bit - but maybe that's just because I'm not really super familiar with the whole financial industry.

I felt for Sophie - the crazy hours and increasing disconnection with real life and values is something that plague all of us these days
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this one before I read Bond Girl, and while both of them are well-balanced portrayals of women in the midst of the 2008 finance industry crash, I liked Buying In more. It might be personal bias as a reformed “antitrust addict” I enjoy details of merger transactions (yes, including the due diligence process).

I always appreciate descriptions of male-female relationships of the non-romantic kind (friendships, work relationships, and acquaintances). This book actually does a very good job of
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a surprisingly entertaining book. Surprisingly because while it's the backdrop of a financial world that's exciting and fast-paced, the central theme of a female in a male-dominated business struggling to make isn't terribly new or fascinating. Sophie has landed in NYC with an enviable entry level job at a bank where she's exposed to people and a lifestyle that is well beyond her upbringing. Learning the ropes is hard and opportunities are few. I won't divulge more than that but suffice ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, I am really glad I don't work on Wall Street. This novel is written by a Wall Street veteran, so she obviously knows her stuff.

Her heroine is a new graduate, who has landed a job as a Wall Street analyst. She is desperate to succeed, and moves to New York with her boyfriend. As Sophie becomes more and more involved in a multi-million merger bid, she begins to see what makes Wall Street tick, and realizes that she no longer has a life, her job is an all or nothing. She works insane hours,
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have very little background on Wall Street and banking, but I found Laura Hemphill's debut "Buying In" fascinating. Told through alternating points of view, ranging from a freshman analyst at an investment firm to the CEO of a struggling industrial company, this fictional account of crisis on Wall Street reads like a soap opera while offering true insight. The author's background working in real investment firms definitely shows, but it doesn't come off as dry or boring.

I'm very excited to se
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After graduating from Yale in 2003, LAURA HEMPHILL spent seven years on Wall Street, at Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, and hedge fund Dune Capital. She left finance to write BUYING IN. Her writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and on Laura and her husband live in Manhattan, where she's working on her second novel. ...more

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