by Camille Perri
The Assistants is what I would define as chick lit, not fluff lit like so many think of when someone says chick lit. I think this is a great summer read whether it is at the beach, pool, or snuggled in a cozy chair at home. Tina has to pay for a very expensive plane ticket with her own money so she files an expense report no biggie right? Except the airline reimburse her and than she gets the company check paying her back. Instead of just ripping up the check or returning it to HR she cashes it and pays off her student loan. She thinks all is said done but that was just the beginning of a snowball effect that just doesn’t seem to have an end. She has always kinda been alone at Titan Corporation but now she has a friend and roommate Emily who works in HR. Than the cute guy in legal Kevin is starting to pay attention to her. She thinks hey I’ll just keep skimming money out of the ultra rich Robert and never get caught…
The Assistants was a super fast book that was easy to read and get into. It really reminded me of the movie my mom loved 9 to 5, while minus the kidnapping part that was in the movie. Embezzling money is not right and should never be done, even if you are the modern day Robin Hood and only doing good things with the money you have stolen from your boss. This was a debut novel by Camille Perri and it was good enough and held my interest enough that I would read more by her. This reading challenge has stretched my reading into genre’s and authors I usually don’t read and that is great. I always love finding new authors to look for and it’s great to read a debut novel by a new author in the book world.
summary: 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 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 . . .
thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge, Penguin Puntum, and Camille Perri for allowing me to read The Assistants. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.