The Assistants

Finished The Assistants by Camille Perri.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (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?”

This book is just delightful.  I wasn’t on vacation when I read it, but it made me feel like I was.  It’s light—effervescent might be a better word—and just incredibly fun.  It’s also a bit of a heist story (although not really, and not much time is spent on that aspect of it) but at the same time, incredibly tense just because the reader knows that it’s only a matter of time before the women involved get caught.

It’s also interesting to think that it would really be so easy to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars and how they got away with it for SO LONG before getting caught.  (How is that even possible?)

I very much enjoyed this fun story.  I’m excited to see what Camille Perri does next.

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