A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.
Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen 30-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She's excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss - but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she'd never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she's bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.
When a technical error with Robert's travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She's always played by the rules. But it's such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation - and for her it would be a life changer….
The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, "How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?"
©2016 Camille Perri (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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Yes as a beach read - it's entertaining.
I didn't like the narrator much until the last half of the book. Somehow, she grew on me.
This was a light and entertaining book with a predictably happy ending, but the path to that ending was well paced, and well seeded with setbacks and consequences. Imagine the book Devil Wears Prada but now set in the financial district of New York. Fun. Good vacation read.
Some of it was funny but it was very "spoiled millennial themed". I'm technically of that age group, a woman, I work in corporate America & I had school loans & worked to pay them off. I didn't like that it made it seem like it was okay to steal from someone just because they are rich & you want more money. If you want a better job then go look for one or do something about it. If you want higher salary then ask for it in a review. It made women seem helpless when we're not. We have a lot of potential in corporate America. We also choose how much debt we take on in college & some people work through school to pay for it or to lower the cost. It's nice when things are handed to us but we don't just deserve things to be handed to us. My two cents. If you agree, then reading this book will be disappointing.
This is a cute book, but nothing more. The characters are one-dimensional with shallow relationships, and the plot is often predictable. Plus, the narrator's voice is childish and rather whiny.
I wanted to love this book---the premise is great! But, there were so, so many holes. In addition, the reader sounded like she had a cold and it drove me nuts.
No thank you.
This was a great book! The story was very intriguing, the characters were well though out and easy to imagine. I was not even done with it and I was looking for more books by this author.
Good summer read! If you ever worked for a large company as anything other than a executive - please read this now! Funny and Smart.
Never underestimate the power of people who don't hold a fancy title!
I do not mind unrealistic occurrences in books, as long as the characters react to the strange occurrences in seemingly realistic ways. That was not the case here. I could not get a handle on who the main character was supposed to be, and the side characters were ridiculous stereotypes. I don't have to like characters, but their motivations should make sense. I stopped listening halfway through.
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