Book Review: The Partner Track by Helen Wan



A young attorney must choose between the prestige of partnership and the American Dream that she—and her immigrant parents—have come so close to achieving in this riveting debut

In the eyes of her corporate law firm, Ingrid Yung is a “two-fer.” As a Chinese-American woman about to be ushered into the elite rank of partner, she’s the face of Parsons Valentine & Hunt LLP’s recruiting brochures--their treasured "Golden Girl." But behind the firm’s welcoming façade lies the scotch-sipping, cigar-smoking old-boy network that shuts out lawyers like Ingrid. To compensate, Ingrid gamely plays in the softball league, schmoozes in the corporate cafeteria, and puts in the billable hours—until a horrifically offensive performance at the law firm’s annual summer outing throws the carefully constructed image way out of equilibrium.Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new “Diversity Initiative” and commands a reluctant Ingrid to spearhead the effort, taking her priority away from the enormous deal that was to be the final step in securing partnership. For the first time, Ingrid finds herself at odds with her colleagues—including her handsome, golden-boy boyfriend—in a clash of class, race, and sexual politics.

"Smart, incisive, and fast-paced, THE PARTNER TRACK is a sparklingly readable look at the inner workings of a Wall Street law firm -- from the vantage point of a brainy, beautiful and self-doubting Asian-American associate. Wan has the remarkable ability to make you feel as if "you are there" -- inside the law firm, inside protagonist Ingrid Yung's head. I did not want to put this book down." –Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of "QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

"A wholly engrossing behind-the-scenes look at real life behind the pomp, power and prestige of a high-powered law firm that wants to still play by a 1950s rule book." –Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, co-authors of "Citizen Girl"

“Hell hath no fury like Helen Wan's savvy heroine in this terrific debut. We all know women like Ingrid Yung: the well-educated over-achiever who does everything right to ensure a long, productive journey on a lucrative career path. But what happens when someone blows up the path? The Partner Track is a delicious, satisfying read for anyone who has fantasized about getting the better of the boss, the ex-lover, the corporate powers that be--or all three. Ingrid Yung has done it for all of us.” –Kristin van Ogtrop, editor of REAL SIMPLE

“Behind Helen Wan’s wit and sparkling prose is a poignant and at times, painfully honest tale of loyalty, ambition and sacrifice. Funny, fragile, sometimes bold, often unsure, Ingrid Yung is one of those unforgettable heroines that you actually miss, like a dear friend, when the story’s over.” –Ann Leary, New York Times bestselling author of "The Good House"

“What a terrific debut novel. Ingrid Yung is a fresh, funny, and fearless heroine. Her razor-sharp wit and keen observations of gender, race and class politics in corporate America make THE PARTNER TRACK an entertaining, engrossing and ultimately deeply compelling read.” –Cristina Alger, author of "The Darlings"

“The Partner Track is a marvelous story about female ambition and power, about betrayal, identity, and the conflict between self-interest and desire. In short: all the big, human stuff. Read it.” –Alison Clement, author of "Twenty Questions"


The Partner Track
By: Helen Wan
Series: Standalone
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 17th 2013



I would have to say that “The Partner Track” by Helen Wan was very interesting. Ingrid Yung is a young attorney in New York and is a first-generation Chinese American Immigrants. She was the first to be educated in America and the first in her family to go to law school. Ingrid was working on a billion dollar acquisition for the firm’s biggest new client, SunCorp at Parsons Valentine and Hunt LLP. This book basically takes the reader behind the scenes to what goes on at a law firm. In “The Partner Track” there is a double standard between the men and the women. Ingrid has to learn to come to term with the reality of politics and choose the options that are best for her.

I felt like “The Partner Track” was a very political book about the views and treatments of different races and genders. Honestly I didn’t think “The Partner Track” was a bad book however I was bored a lot. I think the beginning was extremely slow and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I didn’t think the book was all bad. There were a lot of good points and this book is very enlightening about the behind the scenes work of the law firm. I think this book is great for those who may be interested in learning more about how law firms work or maybe wanting to read a women empowerment story.

I give "The Partner Track" three out of five bookshelves.



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