Revolutionary Assistants, we’ve all had our moments when we ask ourselves the following two questions:
Why do I do this for a living?
Does my boss really deserve me?
And if you’ve been lucky enough to work for a top-level executive at a large company, you might find yourself asking, “Does he really need that pair of socks that costs half my monthly salary?”
Such is the premise of Camille Perri’s debut novel, The Assistants. Heroine Tina Fontana is the 30-year-old assistant to the CEO of Titan Media. The novel starts when her boss asks her to book a first class ticket on a commercial flight leaving in a couple of hours. He also wants her to arrange to have the rest of the first class passengers on that flight booted so he can have the whole cabin to himself. And the airline is, of course, expected to comp his ticket, because he’s the CEO of Titan Media.
Well, the airline doesn’t agree to comp his ticket, and Tina puts the $19,000 purchase on her own credit card when her boss’ card turns out to be expired. Nineteen thousand dollars? That’s the entire amount of her remaining student loan, spent so that her boss can fly four hours in a first-class cabin by himself. What a waste!
Tina expenses the $19,000, and the day that her reimbursement check arrives on her desk is also the day that the airline calls to apologize. That customer service representative, they say, has been fired, and of course her credit card will be refunded immediately.
Tina knows she should return the check…but it’s exactly the amount of those student loans that have been weighing her down financially. In a weak moment, she deposits the check and pays off the student loan. Her boss will never miss it.
Ah, but the assistant in finance, the one who approves all her expense reports, doesn’t miss it at all. Tina is caught red-handed. Is she on her way to the slammer?
Nope, not so long as she does the same thing to pay off that assistant’s student loans as well.
Before long, Tina and her new friend Emily find themselves in a downward embezzlement spiral, paying off student debt and liberating professional young women to start the lives they’ve dreamed for themselves. What follows is a story of hilarious empowerment as these women who are “only assistants” realize the power they can wield, the systems they can game, and the lives they can build for themselves if they can just dig up enough confidence to rise to the occasion.
Wanna know if they all end up in jail? Well, you’re going to have to read it to find out.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud summer read, then check out Camille Perri’s The Assistants. You won’t be disappointed.
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