“This was not a lifestyle that suited me. I am in no way an adrenaline-seeker. I’m much more of an irritable bowel syndrome kind of gal, really.” – Camille Perri
It was in that very moment that I became completely wrapped up in this book! It made me (legit) laugh out loud. I’m not going to sit here and lie straight through my teeth, I was sold on the book before even reading what it was about. I confess that it was in my cart before I even looked up reviews and synopsis; it was love at first (cover) sight. OBVI, the plot really called out to me, being someone who is (one month away) from her thirties and works for the world’s largest Publishing company. It’s been a long path to success and though the assistant days are definitely a part of my past, it was a very ‘memorable’ time of my life. I was still in college and I was Editorial Coordinator/Assistant to the Publisher of a luxury publication here in Miami. I wouldn’t change a thing!
The debut novel that J. Courtney Sullivan calls “addictive, hilarious, and smart. It’s “9 to 5 for the student loan generation” and Publishers Weekly describes as “if the characters from HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail.”
The book is about Tina Fontana, a 30 year old Executive Assistant to the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. Tina is exceptional at her job and absolutely loved by her boss. However, 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, unlike her student loans. We all know the struggle.
Then, a miracle from the Universe (or perhaps truly just a test of God) happens… Her CEO gives her back her expense report payment and it’s actually more than what she had originally expended… So much more that she can literally pay off her entire loan balance. But that’s exactly where things get a little tricky. She needs to decide what she will do. This decision could definitely help her financially, but it can also be her professional demise, and ultimately, cause her to lose her job.
Featuring an eclectic clan of co-conspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor-sharp voice full of wry humor (which I suspect is much like the author), The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of over-educated and underpaid women who are asking themselves, How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?