The Assistants

  • by Camille Perri
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 30-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?"


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Customer Reviews

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Didn't Agree With the Moral of the Story

Some of it was funny but it was very "spoiled millennial themed". I'm technically of that age group, a woman, I work in corporate America & I had school loans & worked to pay them off. I didn't like that it made it seem like it was okay to steal from someone just because they are rich & you want more money. If you want a better job then go look for one or do something about it. If you want higher salary then ask for it in a review. It made women seem helpless when we're not. We have a lot of potential in corporate America. We also choose how much debt we take on in college & some people work through school to pay for it or to lower the cost. It's nice when things are handed to us but we don't just deserve things to be handed to us. My two cents. If you agree, then reading this book will be disappointing.
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- Lindsey


This is a cute book, but nothing more. The characters are one-dimensional with shallow relationships, and the plot is often predictable. Plus, the narrator's voice is childish and rather whiny.
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- Amazon Customer "junebug_058"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio