The Assistants

The Assistants

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Penguin Putnam
Ocean’s Eleven meets The Devil Wears Prada” (The Skimm) in this hilarious, razor-sharp debut novel about a group of overeducated and underpaid women who decide they’ve finally had enough...

Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money.

Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the 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 reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not.

When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated...

Baker & Taylor
When a technical error at a multinational media conglomerate gives a financially strapped veteran employee a chance to pay off her student loans in ways the company will never notice, she embarks on a downward spiral involving other employees with crushing debts and fewer scruples.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnams's Sons, 2016
ISBN: 9780399172540
Branch Call Number: FICTION PERRI 2016
Characteristics: pages cm


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IndyPL_BethanyA Aug 27, 2019

If it's possible for a fun, light read to make you question your own integrity, this book nails it. The pace of the story kept me hooked and I couldn't help but wonder what I would do if I were in the shoes of protagonist Tina Fontanta as she navigates a huge moral dilemma at work. This is one that I'd love to see turned into a movie, with all the office antics and witty dialogue.

May 07, 2019

A fun book!

s33meread Jul 29, 2017

I loved every crazy truly is 9 to 5 meets the student loan generation. I understand the book has been sold for a future movie script. Who do you think might play Tina and the rest of the cast?

Mar 09, 2017

Absolutely hilarious page turner. Read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down. I loved the twisty plot, witty banter and relateable lead character. Highly recommend if you're looking for a light, comedic read.

VaughanPLKim Feb 09, 2017

The story line is pretty unbelievable, but Tina is easy to relate to, and I found myself rooting for her despite her poor judgement. As Tina's plan to pay off her student loans rapidly spins out of control, the humour of the sticky situations she finds herself in kept me flipping the pages. Recommended for fans of The Devil Wears Prada.

JCLDebbieF Oct 18, 2016

Tina Fontana is an assistant to a very important man....a man with connections.....a media giant who can crush your reputation with a single word. Yes, he takes her for granted but Tina really does care about him.....but will this keep her from stealing from him? Maybe? or Maybe not!!

ArapahoeKati Aug 05, 2016

Snappy dialogue and a smart plot makes this a breeze to read. Perfect read for a summer evening

ArapahoeAlice Aug 05, 2016

Loved the protagonist, Tina Fontana. The humor is wonderful. The plot is implausible, but that is easy to overlook.

What is most interesting about the book to me is the struggle of this 30-year-old and her peers have to make a decent living. Admittedly, Tina lives in New York City, which is obscenely expensive. However, she came of age during The Great Recession. The prospects for her generation are very different than they were for Boomers. Most of us were able to pay off college debt quickly, and housing took a relatively small percentage of our income. There were ups and downs in the economy for us, but there has been no large upswing for those in their late 20s and early 30s. This book ends on a happy note--a bit unbelievable, but fun.

Jun 07, 2016

A very fun read with a breezy tone and snappy dialogue. It's part of the genre formerly called chick-lit, which is to say it's lively and clever and focused on the lives of young professional women. The night after I finished this novel, I found myself sad that I wouldn't get to hang out with the characters again.


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