The Assistants by Camille Perri
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Details: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads
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 thirty-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?”
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and I wish I could say that I loved it, but unfortunately I didn’t. It wasn’t a bad book and there were plenty of parts that I liked, I just don’t think it was for me. However, I could see others enjoying it.
I’m not exactly sure what more I can even say about this book. I found the characters to be a bit flat, and the fact that I’m having trouble even remembering names makes me think this book isn’t going to be very memorable. I might have to give it a re-read in a couple of years just to see if it was me or the book.
I would love to give Camille Perri another chance. When Katie Met Cassidy sounds like something I would enjoy. I might have to give that one a read someday.
2 out of 5 stars