The Assistants by Camille Perri audiobook

The Assistants

By Camille Perri
Read by Jorjeana Marie

Penguin Audio
7.83 Hours Unabridged
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Ocean’s Eleven meets The Devil Wears Prada” (The Skimm) in this hilarious, razor-sharp debut novel about a group of overeducated and underpaid women who decide they’ve finally had enough... Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money. Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the 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 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, but her student loan debt has not. When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated...

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Summary

Summary

A Good Housekeeping Pick of Summer Reads, 2016

A Cosmopolitan Pick of 15 Perfect Beach Reads for 2016

A Glamour Magazine Pick of Best Reads of Summer 2016

A Bustle Pick of 7 Adult Books for YA Readers

A BookPage Top Pick for May 2016

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Devil Wears Prada” (The Skimm) in this hilarious, razor-sharp debut novel about a group of overeducated and underpaid women who decide they’ve finally had enough...

Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money.

Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the 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 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, but her student loan debt has not.

When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated...

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Assistants is as witty as it is fun, and is the perfect almost-summer read. Signature Reads
With this debut novel, Perri gives the world the call to arms for an entire generation strapped down by debt, to the underpaid and under-appreciated. Hilarious and stylish, this sly and subversive debut should be read by those about to go into the real world, and those of us stuck in the mire of it already. Vol.1 Brooklyn
If you've ever been an assistant, this book will give you a thrilling wave of vindication. With unexpected friendship, a romantic twist, and a unique perspective on the financial divide, this novel is a supremely fun romp through the corporate world. Bustle
Charming and clever, Perri's debut novel is the perfect escape from your own work woes. Bestbookgrams
A great vacation read. Mad Book Love
[A] fun, smart Robin Hood tale for the millennial generation. Real Simple
Romantic comedy might be on life support at the movies, but the genre is alive and well in Camille Perri’s debut novel...Although The Assistants is basically a terrific piece of entertainment, the book explores a real national crisis situation. The Connecticut Post
An insanely fun ride that is as hilarious as it is smart. Popsugar
Fact informs fiction in The Assistants, a fantasy-fulfillment novel for all the underpaid workers who make important people's worlds go round, by former Esquire assistant Camille Perri. Elle
So well-written, so clever, so smart, and just so much fun...[the plot is] so delicious, and there's something really modern about [it]. Reading With Robin
A pretty unflinching but also damn fun (Funflinching? No.) look at wealth and power in the twenty-first century. BookRiot
With a sharp and funny voice, Camille Perri has written a Robin Hood tale for the assistant set and drilled deep into one particular stream of income inequality that resonates with, I'd wager, just about everybody who graduated from college in the last ten-fifteen years. Raging Biblioholism
The Assistants isn’t only about a corporate embezzlement job that quickly gets out of hand, it’s also a story about some people taking privilege for granted while others face the skyrocketing price of a college education. Although Tina’s actions aren’t justified, the book does provide a way to open a dialogue about women who are overeducated, underpaid and still in the role of an assistant. Associated Press
[A] sly debut. Newsday
Fun. Easy. Great beach read, or an ‘I’m too tired to think’ read, or a ‘how am I ever going to pay off these student loans’ imaginative fun. Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow
The Assistants is fun, fast-paced, and full of heart. Vulture 
The Assistants is the story of an underdog...It highlights the shades of gray that can be encountered in life and proposes that the concepts of “good” and “bad” are not necessarily written in stone. The Oklahoman
Camille Perri has written a novel of sweet revenge that goes out to every woman who's worked for incompetent men for too little and too long. Thrillist
This quick-paced look at excess, wealth, morality and revenge is very much a true New York story. AM New York*POPSUGAR’S Best 2016 Books for Women*One of Roxane Gay’s 2016 “Fun Books That Were Fun
[A] smart and snappy satire, which blends a timely theme with strong character work. If you loved The Devil Wears Prada or last year’s Dietland, don’t miss this one Bookpage
This is the book you’ll see peeking out of every beach bag. In the vein of The Devil Wears Prada, it’s populated with overworked, underpaid assistants in the New York media world. The Tennessean
A frothy debut. O, The Oprah Magazine
This is pure fun...Camille Perri uses a bright, savvy style...to deliver a serious message about income inequality and student debt. Raleigh News & Observer“This delightfully wry debut from former Esquire and Cosmo books editor Camille Perri is equal parts satire and modern-day Robin Hood tale. And if you’ve ever worked too hard for too little while the people above you are rolling in bank...well this is a book you’re going to adore.
The Assistants is outstanding.  It’s often hilarious, always engaging, a page-turner and more fun than any job...a great read for anyone who likes a funny, smart, enjoyably tense novel. Narrative Species
This is a fast, fun read, sure to appeal to any woman who feels stuck in a job that doesn’t utilize her education, skills and ambition. Book Bitch
Assistant Tina Fontana and her cubicle coconspirators hatch a scheme to hijack their boss's expense account to pay off their student-loan debts...but soon their plot takes on a life of its own. Cosmopolitan
[A] raucous debut novel...It's great fun, and Perri freewheels enough millennial savvy, parenthetical asides and clever repartee to give Girls a run for its money...Just sit back and let a smart, funny writer entertain. Shelf Awareness
“Reminders of the 1990s movie Office Space are present, with a millennial, feminist reboot...a fun, modern twist on a Robin Hood story. Library Journal
Perri’s debut is reminiscent of the golden era of early-aughts chick-lit...The characters’ millennial concerns—overwhelming student-loan debt, underemployment, loneliness in a world of hyperconnectivity—ring true, making this a winner for readers who long for the return of light, clever novels with young, professional women at their center. Booklist (starred review)
“Attention readers fed up with their jobs: call in sick tomorrow and dive into this[crackling] debut...Perri's writing is quippy and the pace breezy...enjoy the sweetness of plotting revenge over cocktails (expensed, of course). You'll feel better after reading, promise. Kirkus Reviews
This read is Ocean’s Eleven meets The Devil Wears Prada, and it’ll go fast. The Skimm
Five pages into reading The Assistants, you know Perri has a hit on her hands...Nine to Five meets Thelma and Louise—except nobody dies at the end, rape is student debt and nearly every woman we meet is a survivor. The New York Times Book Review
“A hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It’s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish.” Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
Anyone who’s ever struggled to pay down a student loan and make the rent on that rat-infested apartment will savor this wry, keenly observed debut. People 
If the characters of HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail, they could be the main characters of Perri’s sharp first novel...Perri has a gift for the glib one-liner, and reserved Tina and glamorous Emily make for a great pairing, resulting in a smart and fresh novel. Publishers Weekly
“Wickedly funny. Vanity Fair
This delicious page-turner is a rallying cry for everyone squandering their 20s in thankless servitude to those who will never share the wealth—unless someone cleverly forces their hand. Nicola Kraus, co-author of The Nanny Diaries and How To Be A Grown-Up
Full of not-so-harmless fun and intriguing characters, The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who wonder, perhaps daily, why they’re still assistants. Domino.com
Anyone who has ever been an assistant will appreciate Camille Perri’s funny, honest, 100% relatable (and did I say funny?) debut novel about a band of exploited, entry-level strivers who even the score with their billionaire boss in the most ingenious way. After a long day at work, this is the book you’ll want to pick up—and, after reading it, you’ll never look at an expense report (or your colleagues) in the same way again. Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens
This isn’t exactly the stuff fluffy romances are made of—it owes more to Robin Hood, or maybe Bonnie and Clyde, if Bonnie left Clyde in the car and distributed her spoils among her friends...The Assistants is an economic fable, a story of class warfare dressed up as chick lit...Powerful people of the world, take notice: The assistants will have their revenge. BookPage
The Assistants is wry, thoughtful, and funny as hell. I read through the night with a huge smile on my face as lovable Tina Fontana and her raucous band of disenfranchised assistants wreak some Robin Hood-style havoc on their corporate overlords. I had no idea income inequality and grand larceny could be this much fun! I'm so glad Camille Perri did. Eliza Kennedy, author of I Take You
With an incredible sense of humor and an eye for detail, Perri perfectly captures what it's like to assist a high-powered boss. The Assistants is addictive, hilarious, and smart. It's 9 to 5 for the student loan generation. J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements and Maine
Camille Perri’s The Assistants is a hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It’s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish. Lisa Lutz, author of How to Start a Fire and The Spellman Files  
“A fantasy-fulfillment novel for all the underpaid workers who make important people’s worlds go round.” Elle
“This is pure fun…Camille Perri uses a bright, savvy style…to deliver a serious message about income inequality and student debt.” Good Housekeeping
“A frothy debut.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“With unexpected friendship, a romantic twist, and a unique perspective on the financial divide, this novel is a supremely fun romp through the corporate world.” Bustle magazine
Bridget Jones meets Working Girl in this audiobook, and holy moly, is it fun!..Jorjeana Marie puts this diverse and hilarious cast of New York characters through their many-accented paces like Dorothy Hamill landing a triple axel. In every paragraph. Her warm, bright tone creates just the right mood, and her pacing, balancing humor and looming disaster, is perfect. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The characters’ millennial concerns—overwhelming student-loan debt, underemployment, loneliness in a world of hyperconnectivity—ring true, making this a winner for readers who long for the return of light, clever novels with young, professional women at their center.” Booklist (starred review)
“Perri’s sympathetic portrayal of the plight of overeducated, underpaid millennial women gives depth and resonance to this entertaining revenge fantasy.” BookPage
“Focusing on student loans and the increasing wage gap, Perri’s debut will appeal to a large audience looking for a fun, modern twist on a Robin Hood story.” Library Journal
“Perri’s writing is quippy and the pace breezy.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Camille Perri

Author Bio: Camille Perri

Camille Perri is the books editor-at-large for Cosmopolitan magazine. Prior to joining Cosmopolitan, she served as assistant editor and books consultant at Esquire since 2010. Earlier in her career, she was a ghostwriter of young-adult novels, a fiction reader for the Paris Review, a reference librarian, and, of course, an assistant. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English