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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 I want to give this book to a baby boomer and watch their brain rage explode as they read it because it's hard to say which characters are painted as having entitlement the rich sneaky white male baby boomers who make money in shady ways or the assistants below them who make 30 40k a year after having put themselves through college with thousands upon thousands of dollars in loans We are supposed to empathize with the assistants I wound up rolling my eyes at both groups throughout most of the book The main character is kind of bland the other characters are kind of stereotypical and while I actually really do sympathize with the plight of those with student loans as somebody who will be paying hers off for the bulk of her working life when you take on debt you have to deal with it ethically That's not really the story in this book As for whether or not they deserve to have that problem let me say that their college degree already supplies them with a lot of privilege and presumably they should have the brains to deal with it And it was hard for me to get past that and enjoy the characters Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 of L'art militaire de Napoléon overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city   Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty year Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) old executive assistant to Robert Barlow the all powerful and commanding CEO Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of Titan Corp a multinational media conglomerate She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss but I want to give this book to a baby boomer and watch their brain rage explode as they read it because it's hard to say which characters are painted as having entitlement the rich sneaky white male baby boomers who make money in shady ways L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 or the assistants below them who make 30 40k a year after having put themselves through college with thousands upon thousands Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence of dollars in loans We are supposed to empathize with the assistants I wound up rolling my eyes at both groups throughout most Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) of the book The main character is kind Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er of bland the La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus other characters are kind Napoléon of stereotypical and while I actually really do sympathize with the plight La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes of those with student loans as somebody who will be paying hers L'aveuglement de Napoléon off for the bulk Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) of her working life when you take La Commune et les Communards on debt you have to deal with it ethically That's not really the story in this book As for whether Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) or not they deserve to have that problem let me say that their college degree already supplies them with a lot Mémoires, Chaque pas doit être un but (Tome 1) of privilege and presumably they should have the brains to deal with it And it was hard for me to get past that and enjoy the characters

review ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ò Camille Perri

Ggles 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” 35 At age 30 Tina Fontana has been a PA to media mogul Robert Barlow for six years He’s worth millions; she lives in a tiny Brooklyn apartment She’s not the only young woman who can’t seem to progress beyond an assistant’s salary and struggles to keep up with her student loan repayments One day a mix up in refunding expenses lands her with a check for 19147 If she cashes it she can pay off her debts once and for all and no one at Titan Corporation will be any the wiser Except for Emily Johnson from the 43rd floor who twigs to what Tina has done and wants her own five figure loans paid offThis is a fun and undemanding read that will probably primarily appeal to young women I would particularly recommend it to readers of Friendship by Emily Gould and A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan Tina a second generation Sicilian American is a sharp no nonsense protagonist who kept making me laugh Her romance with Kevin was a little bit clichéd but didn’t detract much from the storyFavorite lines “How was this my life I was supposed to be an island Hell is other people Hell is other people” “We were all defined by whom we assisted” Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges of money for the Titan Corporation and for her it would be a life changer   The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules It will appeal to all Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of those who have ever asked themselves “How is it that after all these years we are still assistants” 35 At age 30 Tina Fontana has been a PA to media mogul Robert Barlow for six years He’s worth millions; she lives in a tiny Brooklyn apartment She’s not the La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue only young woman who can’t seem to progress beyond an assistant’s salary and struggles to keep up with her student loan repayments One day a mix up in refunding expenses lands her with a check for 19147 If she cashes it she can pay Surcouf off her debts Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 once and for all and no L'art militaire de Napoléon one at Titan Corporation will be any the wiser Except for Emily Johnson from the 43rd floor who twigs to what Tina has done and wants her Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) own five figure loans paid Journal intégral - 1815-1818 offThis is a fun and undemanding read that will probably primarily appeal to young women I would particularly recommend it to readers L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 of Friendship by Emily Gould and A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan Tina a second generation Sicilian American is a sharp no nonsense protagonist who kept making me laugh Her romance with Kevin was a little bit clichéd but didn’t detract much from the storyFavorite lines “How was this my life I was supposed to be an island Hell is Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence other people Hell is Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) other people” “We were all defined by whom we assisted”

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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 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 stru Anyone who pays attention to my reviews knows that I'm constantly whining about how difficult it is to find light entertainment that's not jam packed with eye rollingly bad ualities such as horrible characters who we're somehow meant to root for predictable plots painful attempts at humor and writing that's just no good at the sentence level or any other level for that matter Fortunately The Assistants contains none of these ualities I was hoping for something light fun and fast moving after my lengthy immersion in Americanah and this novel delivered in a big way Its main character Tina is smart but hilariously self deprecating and she made me laugh out loud many times We get to know other characters to varying degrees and somehow all of them particularly Tina's apartment crashing roommate Emily avoid becoming the stereotypes you might expect to find in a book like The Assistants The plot was intriguing unpredictable and morally complex Not everything worked—Tina's relationship with her boyfriend was the least convincing thing about the novel and could have been eliminated altogether—but on the whole The Assistants was just what I was looking for and I tore through it in two days Part of my 2018 reading project is to get caught up on current authors and decide whose careers are worth following and whose aren't; I'm happy to conclude that Camille Perri falls firmly into the first category Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 on her Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost than her rent she’s bored broke and just a bit Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) over it all   When a technical error with Robert’s travel and expenses report presents Tina with the Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er opportunity to pay La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus off the entire balance Napoléon of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss she stru Anyone who pays attention to my reviews knows that I'm constantly whining about how difficult it is to find light entertainment that's not jam packed with eye rollingly bad ualities such as horrible characters who we're somehow meant to root for predictable plots painful attempts at humor and writing that's just no good at the sentence level La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes or any L'aveuglement de Napoléon other level for that matter Fortunately The Assistants contains none Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) of these ualities I was hoping for something light fun and fast moving after my lengthy immersion in Americanah and this novel delivered in a big way Its main character Tina is smart but hilariously self deprecating and she made me laugh La Commune et les Communards out loud many times We get to know Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) other characters to varying degrees and somehow all Mémoires, Chaque pas doit être un but (Tome 1) of them particularly Tina's apartment crashing roommate Emily avoid becoming the stereotypes you might expect to find in a book like The Assistants The plot was intriguing unpredictable and morally complex Not everything worked—Tina's relationship with her boyfriend was the least convincing thing about the novel and could have been eliminated altogether—but Ecorces on the whole The Assistants was just what I was looking for and I tore through it in two days Part Lettres à Anne: (1962-1995) of my 2018 reading project is to get caught up Mélancolie française on current authors and decide whose careers are worth following and whose aren't; I'm happy to conclude that Camille Perri falls firmly into the first category


10 thoughts on “The Assistants

  1. says:

    As a society we love rooting for David over Goliath for the underdog to get their day for people we perceive to be unethical or just plain evil to get their comeuppance But what if we knew the underdog wasn't entirely virtuous or correct—would we still root for them because we think their foe is worse?I always marvel when a writer can make readers root for or sympathize with characters who aren't entirely on the up and up It's the hallmark of shows like Dexter or even The Sopranos that you'd rather the bad people not get caught even if they deserve to Despite the fact that this is her debut novel Camille Perri demonstrates this skill very well in The AssistantsAll important men have assistants That's the first principle I want you to remember Do important women also have assistants? Yes of course But men rule the world Still That's the second principle I want you to remember Men still rule the world Not because this is some feminist manifesto but because it's a simple fact essential to how this all startedTina Fontana is 30 years old and the assistant to Robert Barlow a media mogul who is CEO of Titan Corporation Think a Texan slightly less odious Rupert Murdoch Robert trusts Tina implicitly and she's great at her job solving problems schmoozing those who want things from her boss he's not willing to give making reservations and corralling the staff She knows she's smarter than her day to day tasks prove and she certainly is worth than her meager salary but she feels integral For an assistantOne day she stumbles on an accounting error related to one of Robert's expense reports an error that presents her with a tidy sum of money This money would be enough to pay off her student loans and allow her to perhaps pay her phone bill and eat dinner at a restaurant Given Titan's finances this would be just a drop in the bucket Would anyone even notice anyway?Once her ethical lapse is discovered Tina finds herself helping another assistant within the company eliminate her debt But while she knows she was wrong and she'd just like to put it all behind her as people get involved Tina realizes her life is changing Suddenly she's not the mild mannered assistant who slices limes perfectly for Robert's cocktails Suddenly she's at the forefront of a movement she unwittingly started one attempting to bring euity where there never has been before But it can't work can it?While obviously the plot of The Assistants is far fetched I'd imagine it's a really enjoyable read We know inherently Tina and her crew are committing crimes and we know their good fortune can't last forever but we want it to Perri does a great job unfurling Tina's ethical and emotional dilemmas but she's careful not to paint Robert as too much of an ogre either This book definitely taps into some very relevant themes in today's world including gender ineuity and student loan debtThis really was good fun and a tremendously entertaining uick read If you're the type of person who roots for the bad guys you might enjoy this book I definitely didSee all of my reviews at


  2. says:

    A fun read with a compelling premise Assistants for a major corporation pad their bosses expense reports to pay off their student loans But the book is so rushed And the logistics of the premise kind of fall apart as people get involved And then the plot explodes Ooof Everything becomes too convenient Well worth reading Again lots of fun But it's not as well realized a novel as it could be


  3. says:

    I want to give this book to a baby boomer and watch their brain rage explode as they read it because it's hard to say which characters are painted as having entitlement the rich sneaky white male baby boomers who make money in shady ways or the assistants below them who make 30 40k a year after having put themselves through college with thousands upon thousands of dollars in loans We are supposed to empathize with the assistants I wound up rolling my eyes at both groups throughout most of the book The main character is kind of bland the other characters are kind of stereotypical and while I actually really do sympathize with the plight of those with student loans as somebody who will be paying hers off for the bulk of her working life when you take on debt you have to deal with it ethically That's not really the story in this book As for whether or not they deserve to have that problem let me say that their college degree already supplies them with a lot of privilege and presumably they should have the brains to deal with it And it was hard for me to get past that and enjoy the characters


  4. says:

    Anyone who pays attention to my reviews knows that I'm constantly whining about how difficult it is to find light entertainment that's not jam packed with eye rollingly bad ualities such as horrible characters who we're somehow meant to root for predictable plots painful attempts at humor and writing that's just no good at the sentence level or any other level for that matter Fortunately The Assistants contains none of these ualities I was hoping for something light fun and fast moving after my lengthy immersion in Americanah and this novel delivered in a big way Its main character Tina is smart but hilariously self deprecating and she made me laugh out loud many times We get to know other characters to varying degrees and somehow all of them particularly Tina's apartment crashing roommate Emily avoid becoming the stereotypes you might expect to find in a book like The Assistants The plot was intriguing unpredictable and morally complex Not everything worked—Tina's relationship with her boyfriend was the least convincing thing about the novel and could have been eliminated altogether—but on the whole The Assistants was just what I was looking for and I tore through it in two days Part of my 2018 reading project is to get caught up on current authors and decide whose careers are worth following and whose aren't; I'm happy to conclude that Camille Perri falls firmly into the first category


  5. says:

    I'm not a friend to this book Proceed with caution What I Liked 1 A compelling premise Sticking it to the man by embezzling funds to cover student loan debts Mine's threw the roof and I could understand the desperation to clear such a heavy albatross over one's head2 I won this book in a giveaway What I Disliked 1 Writing Flat in need of editing Ironic considering its author's an Esuire editor and boring Dialogue's minimal dis enabling readers to grasp characterization further More so I had trouble distinguishing timelines Seasons? Days? Missed opportunities2 Bland characters You create a good premise with bland characters I can dig a good story with unlikable characters But when both is bad you lose me I had no one to root for in this story despite understanding desperation and student debt 3 Tina the main character is 30 years old but reads 21 I would not believe her to be her age at all She does idiotic things I wouldn't expect a thirty something to do like have someone suat in their house Besides why is she still an assistant after six years?4 The plot while promising reads as a three episode arc of a bad Aaron Spelling show Will the Feds catch Brenda Kelly and Donna in the act? Will Donna finally do the deed with Kevin Tina's boyfriend? 5 Plot holes galore One example Tina's hinted at being a Lesbian; yet she conveniently gets Kevin an unbelievably hot guy Trust It's mentioned every time he appears who she would never hooked up with realistically 6 New York City's the setting But without a few choice descriptions you'd wouldn't know How do you fail to make a great city a character in itself Gentrification Hipsters Class struggle Weak attempts at something real without substance7 For a book lasting 279 pages I needed than four days to get through it RED ALERT8 Pop cultural references swallowed time than deserved We get it You know things But they date your book and come off as smug Your winks at hipness belies a lack of coolness9 Her crime is hand waved by it's neat as a bow ending Maybe it's a tale about college educated white girls getting away with their crimes Yes They say so numerous time By the end I failed to care10 Where's the humor? For a story advertising wry humor I counted one laugh and I cannot remember why I snickered 11 Did I mention the author's an editor? Go figure Final Thoughts Editors and writers work best as separate entities Sometimes meshing the two roles hurt readers Do not bother unless you enjoy hate reading Verdict 15 Cups of bland coffee no sugar and no milk I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway


  6. says:

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  7. says:

    Nope That's all I have to say about this not funny at all book about a bunch of assistants who steal from their company because their bosses make a lot money than they do The book prologue starts off and you know that something happened but in the end that Tina and her friends end up looking like folk heroes I guess it was that whole steal from the rich to benefit themselves thing going on The main character Tina Fontana is an assistant to the most powerful man in media Robert Barlow Tina is 30 drowning in student loan debt and after a chance mix up with her boss's expense report she is provided a check to pay for an expense that ended up getting written off When she realizes the check could pay off her student loan debt Tina is haunted by what she should do and of course picks the option where she can pay off her debt However Tina is not as careful as she thought and soon she picks up a partner in crime who wants her student loan debt paid off too And then someone else finds out and the whole thing snowballs I never got a handle on Tina at all through this whole book She does idiotic things throughout the entire book and in the end seems to be doing what she does in order to show her boss Robert that she can be his eual One character mentions her daddy issues with Robert and there is an element of that going on She wants this character to be proud of her for whatever reason There are whole paragraphs devoted to Tina hating to get Robert and his company drinks and having to cut the limes She hopes one day to get a drink with him and someone else cuts the limesYou can't see me rolling my eyes but believe me I am Look I have a boss actually I have four bosses If I stole money from my agency my ass would be fired and I would be prosecuted for stealing That's all she wrote Me trying to plead well I wanted to be treated eually and hey pay off my debt isn't going to cut it with anyone I feel like this whole book was written so backwards I don't even know where to begin with it I don't talk about privilege a lot but Tina and her friends though they don't see it are swimming in privilege Tina has a heck of a lot of options and just chooses to ignore them Same thing with other people in this book And even though there is acknowledgement by Tina that no one made her and her friends sign paperwork for student loans they are still upset with the whole idea that yes you have to make payments on your debt And it's not fair that her boss can get expenses for new golf clubs written off when if she pays off her debt that means she can move to a new apartment go out to eat often and even mentions taking expensive cab drives like spoiled rich girls do There is not a lot of there with Tina though The whole book just sets up how she was able to do what she does and her really pathetic justifications don't sell me at all And then in the end the author tries to throw out something about Tina's boss so I guess she could justify doing what she did? Once again this book was not very well conceived I feel like there was a ton of stuff cut out I just needed to have interaction with Tina where we actually get to see her Instead she felt like a faceless person the whole bookSecondary characters like Tina's new best friend Emily her boyfriend Kevin and others don't fare well either No one made an impression on me at all Emily and others at Titan where they all work as assistants all seem to have huge student loan debt and all are angry that their bosses make so much money than they do I definitely believe in eual pay for eual work but it seems like none of these assistants have ever asked for a pay raise promotion or applied for other jobs They just stick with the jobs they are in now and hate everything that their job reuires them to doThe plot was pretty laughable Everything gets handwaved away in the end so there's no need to really put much thought into following thingsThe writing wasn't that great I felt like there was no dialogue really With first person points of view books I need to see character interaction Tina just seems to be inner voicing most of the book and it was aggravating Because of this we don't really get to see other characters There is a lot of pop culture lines here and there and it didn't endear the book to me at all Just made me groan some The flow was terrible I have no idea what the timeline was since this book seemed to start in springsummer and somehow I think things ended in fallwinter I don't know The only visual clue we get is that Tina and Kevin go apple picking when the weather turns I think since most of the book is Tina and her angst that the whole book just dragged It's only 279 pages though it felt much longer to me as I read it The setting of New York is not used at all Most of the book takes place in Tina's apartment Her apartment which is a hazard made me annoyed because even after her student loan debt goes bye bye there's no reason for Tina to stay there Her apartment has rats and an ever growing water balloon in the ceiling that Tina is afraid will pop one day I am sure there is some symbolism there with the balloon Tina's secrets etc but I don't care to look for itThe ending tied things up way too neatly and as I said again laughably in my opinion Cause God knows in this day and age when you steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from a huge company and you are not rich you totally get away with it


  8. says:

    35 At age 30 Tina Fontana has been a PA to media mogul Robert Barlow for six years He’s worth millions; she lives in a tiny Brooklyn apartment She’s not the only young woman who can’t seem to progress beyond an assistant’s salary and struggles to keep up with her student loan repayments One day a mix up in refunding expenses lands her with a check for 19147 If she cashes it she can pay off her debts once and for all and no one at Titan Corporation will be any the wiser Except for Emily Johnson from the 43rd floor who twigs to what Tina has done and wants her own five figure loans paid offThis is a fun and undemanding read that will probably primarily appeal to young women I would particularly recommend it to readers of Friendship by Emily Gould and A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan Tina a second generation Sicilian American is a sharp no nonsense protagonist who kept making me laugh Her romance with Kevin was a little bit clichéd but didn’t detract much from the storyFavorite lines “How was this my life? I was supposed to be an island Hell is other people Hell is other people” “We were all defined by whom we assisted”


  9. says:

    I’ve had a copy of The Assistants by Camille Perri that I bought over a year ago and haven’t had a chance to read yet Lately I just feel a bit burnt out with heavier reads that I’ve had and student loans and feeling down that I haven’t made enough progress on my dissertation So I was sitting in bed getting ready for my first vacation of 2019 and this book felt like a beacon from my bookshelves telling me to drop everything on my schedule and read itIt was the best pick me up I found it to be funny in that not taking itself too seriously way relatable in the themes it touched on and edgy in the social commentary that underlay a fun contemporary fiction novel with a dash of romance I loved itWhere do I begin? Tina really resonated with me and I felt connected to her instantly She is a 30 year old assistant to one of the richest and most powerful men in the world She holds access to his calendar his credit cards his entire life And she makes about 40000 per year in New York City Tina can’t afford to pay off her student loans She can’t afford to save to buy her own place She can’t afford the cocktails her boss serves regularly to the higher level colleagues that Tina is forced to cut the limes forAnd one thing I loved about Tina was her self awareness As Tina points out she is actually one of the lucky ones She has a job and a paycheck and benefits She might not make enough to move out of where she is or get recognized in her male dominated workforce but she is lucky to have her degree even with the loans and to have her job even with the debt Tina’s running commentary on the men in her workplace made me laugh She knew who her boss was calling for based on the tone of his voice for instance I found Tina so easy to relate to in part because she actually does like her job She sees the good parts of her boss Robert Barlow The ways in which he has a code of ethics he abides to that feels at times old fashioned The way he never yells at her Not even once despite his reputation externally Richard could have been a villain but Perri wrote him as a character I actually liked even though I saw some obvious problems with him The part where Tina makes the move—the one that kicks off the whole chain of events in this novel—was so expertly written Because I could complete understand the way it would feel having that check knowing it was a nominal sum literal pocket change to her boss but one that would change her life Looking at it day in and out Knowing it was yours to take if you wanted Knowing the panic I’d feel if I did take itI enjoyed the other characters involved in the scheme too They were so fun and they were almost caricatures in how diverse they were But that worked in my opinion They were each so different but were experiencing they same set back in life They represented so many millennial women trying to make it after our generation was dealt a bad hand Trying to be loyal to a company that treats them poorly Trying to remember how lucky they are even when they can’t afford groceries one weekI also loved Tina’s romance in this book I don’t want to say too much about it but I found it fun and refreshing A connection amidst the madness Tina landed inAnd finally I want to briefly comment on how this fun laugh out loud book also resonated with me on so many levels Themes of how women are still treated and compensated despite the progress we’ve made Themes of socioeconomic status and the opportunities that are and aren’t available Themes of how even with doing everything right sometimes you aren’t taken seriously because of your race gender accent or where you went to collegeI loved this book I want to leave with a uote that sums up much of the deep social commentary that this book had “Our country is failing to live up to its promise of opportunity and fairness It used to be true that if you went to college and you worked hard you could count on having a decent middle class life but that's just not true any Economic and political changes that have occurred over the past three decades have made the middle class American dream for today's twenty and thirtysomethings far less possible than it was for their parents' generation It's not that we're lazy that we have no work ethic or that we have outrageous spending habits It's that we've been screwed”


  10. says:

    255This book was just so so The writing wasn’t great and the characters were a bit flat I also didn’t find the resolution to be very satisfying If I hadn’t been listening to this on audiobook I probably would have DNF’d it The Good The story itself is kind of fun I could picture it as a movie Sort of like a Devil Wears Prada type of thing The Bad The writing was not good Tina and the rest of the characters were very flat Especially Tina’s boyfriend Kevin I never understood how or why they got together I absolutely hated the audiobook narrator’s voice