“I really didn’t mean to be dramatic, it’s just I think this could be more. From the very first page, I felt like I'd met these characters in real life: Todd, the hot, rich, d-bag banker; Tara, the striver perfectionist who can't quite please everyone; Kelly, the good girl with a secret, and Josh, the creepy savant genius who just might change the world. A certain location-based hookup app that alters each of their lives in shocking ways.
I mean, I could be more—I am more—than that girl in the Hook profile.”He put his hand gently on her hip and kissed her cheek softly. ” he coaxed, making his blue eyes smile.“Okay.” She headed down the street, her four‑inch stilettos and tangled hair a scarlet letter on the Wednesday morning sidewalk. Get ready to settle in-you won't be able to put down this book.” —LAUREN WEISBERGER, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada“Reading this book was better than snorting a key bump of Adderall.
hilarious, exhilarating, and so, so clever.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians A suspenseful, racy, and achingly honest story of the entangled lives of six young women and men as they take Silicon Valley’s hottest dating app public.
He should have gone to her place last night, given he knew she’d fuck him, but he’d had one too many tequila sodas at Monkey Bar and wasn’t thinking clearly when he’d written her a message on Hook. Now that he thought about it, if Facebook was worth one hundred fifty billion, Hook was probably worth more than fourteen billion.“Those numbers seem right. Larry was also forty‑five and married: what did he know about a location‑based dating app whose primary users were millennials? Todd looked up, coming back to the moment, then looked out the window and saw L. He’d spent every weekday and most weekends of the last ten years there, save the annual two weeks’ vacation regulators forced bankers to take to curb insider dealing.
Todd shaved and put on his standard uniform—bespoke suit, Hermès tie, Armani socks, Gucci loafers. So the typical process is to do a bake‑off, where different banks pitch you and—”“I don’t want a bake‑off. And if Josh, who was thirty, could create a company like Hook, Todd could surely lead its IPO.“Yeah,” Todd corrected himself to the phone, “I can absolutely lead this deal for you.”“Good,” Josh said. The glass building stretched forty‑three f loors into the sky, ref lecting the morning light in its mirrored glass windows. CECIL” hung above the revolving door entrance, set back from the street by a wall topped with f lowers meant to make it look friendly, but not so friendly that people missed the fact that they weren’t invited in.
It was a bullshit argument—the role of a trader was to facilitate trades: it was up to the investor to determine whether or not the trade was worth putting his money behind. The Black Berry he used for work buzzed in his pocket and he exchanged it with his i Phone, scrolling through the twenty‑six new e‑mails he’d received overnight. Todd scrolled to the e‑mail signature and dialed Josh’s number. But he must have said something right, Todd assured himself, for Josh to contact him, two years later, with the biggest deal of either of their lives.“I just wanted to see what you were thinking, in regards to us working together on financing Hook,” Todd finally said.“I told you in my e‑mail.” Josh sounded irritated, as if his one‑liner was more than sufficient to set an IPO in motion.
Todd waited for the front door to slam and got out of bed, stepping his six‑foot‑three‑inch, former‑Division‑One‑water‑polo‑player frame under the waterfall showerhead. There were the normal morning blasts: the Asian market update, the FX daily forecast, an e‑mail from Cathe‑ rine Wiley, the president of the investment bank, providing a compliance‑ approved stock statement to feed to clients who asked about the L. The phone rang and he glanced at his watch, realizing it was only six fifteen in San Francisco, but Josh Hart picked up on the third ring. “I’ve decided to take Hook public and I’ve decided you should underwrite it.
Todd made a face at the television: that better not affect his bonus. All of his focus needed to be on his career: having just celebrated his thirty‑second birthday, Todd was all too aware that he had twelve months to make a serious deal happen at L.
The girl pulled her skirt over her thin hips and refastened her push‑up bra; she had a nice rack, but her thighs were too big and she looked like the type who was going to balloon when she hit thirty‑five. Cecil’s invest‑ ment bank if he still wanted to reach his goal of being the youngest‑ever managing director in the prestigious Wall Street firm.“We’ve gotten to know each other since then.” She kept talking, refusing to let it go.
An authentically-hip novel with razor sharp characters which make it (in banking terms) a STRONG BUY." —TURNEY DUFF, New York Times bestselling author of The Buy Side Reading this book was such a thrill, I was as sleep deprived as Michelle Miller's Adderall-fueled characters but having way more fun. Miller’s characters at first seem like stereotypes—Todd the playboy, Nick the wannabe, Tara the alpha female, Juan the do-gooder, Amanda the ditz, and Charlie the activist—but ultimately each is more than a stereotype. Miller’s characters at first seem like stereotypes—Todd the playboy, Nick the wannabe, Tara the alpha female, Juan the do-gooder, Amanda the ditz, and Charlie the activist—but ultimately each is more than a stereotype. Miller’s characters at first seem like stereotypes—Todd the playboy, Nick the wannabe, Tara the alpha female, Juan the do-gooder, Amanda the ditz, and Charlie the activist—but ultimately each is more than a stereotype.
Like a digital age Edith Wharton, Miller brilliantly chronicles the clash of cultures between high finance and high tech with perfect intricacy and nuance. Rachel argues that Josh created Hook to make women feel cheap. How does your understanding of these characters change throughout the novel? Rachel argues that Josh created Hook to make women feel cheap. How does your understanding of these characters change throughout the novel? Rachel argues that Josh created Hook to make women feel cheap. How does your understanding of these characters change throughout the novel?
” she asked softly, without looking up.“I’m not going anywhere,” he said, dodging the question. I was hooked from start to finish.” —CRISTINA ALGER, author of The Darlings "The Underwriting rolls out an irresistible tale about those narcissistic characters you read about who ride the waves between Wall Street and Silicon Valley and inflict us all with their dreams of riches and fame.” —BRUCE PORTER, New York Times bestselling author of Blow "The Underwriting is the best one night stand I've ever had.
Witty, sexy and sharp—I'd definitely call the next day.
Retracing last night’s steps from the living room to the bed, she collected the trail of discarded clothing in her arms. “I just don’t understand why you’re so afraid of commitment.”“I’m not afraid of commitment,” he said simply, pretending to be absorbed in the television where two commentators were discussing the latest scandal at L. I said you sought me out in the context of a late‑night booty call, and that’s the implicit arrangement we’ve got.”“But that was four times ago,” the girl protested.