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 e ...more
I always marvel when a writer can make readers root for, or sympathize with, characters who aren't entirely on the up-and-up. It's the hallmark of shows like Dexter or even The Sopranos ...more
What I Liked
1. A compelling premise. Sticking it to the man by embezzling funds to cover student loan debts. Mine's threw the roof and I could understand the desperation to clear such a heavy albatross over one's head.
2. I won this book in a giveaway.
What I Disliked
1. Writing. Flat, in need of editing (Ironic considering its author's an Esquire editor), and boring. Dialogue's minimal, dis-enabling readers to grasp characterization furth ...more
The main character Tina Fontana is an assistant to the most powerful man in media, Robert Barlow. ...more
It was the best pick-me-up! I found it to ...more
This book was just so-so. The writing wasn’t great and the characters were a bit flat. I also didn’t find the resolution to be very satisfying. If I hadn’t been listening to this on audiobook, I probably would have DNF’d it.
* The story itself is kind of fun. I could picture it as a movie. Sort of like a Devil Wears Prada type of thing.
* The writing was not good.
* Tina and the rest of the characters were very flat. Especially Tina’s boyfriend, Kevin. I never understood how ...more
Tina Fontana is a New Yorker of Italian heritage. She has a degree in English and, for the executive assistant to the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation, is surprisingly spineless! By accident she embezzles $20k from the company to pay off her student loan an ...more
At the gym I go to a few mornings a week I hear rush hour radio DJs talk. It’s a man and a woman and they banter, mostly about celebrities, sometimes about current events. They’re going for humor and insight but they’re so uninformed and witless that I’m surprised that anyone listens to them.
The Assistants is like a book version of them.
The plot is predicable and the writing amateurish. Few paragraphs lack at least one cliché, and those are the ones with uninspired pop culture references. There...more
Of course if you take it at face value, she is embezzling funds and we are supposed to give her an out becau ...more
As much as this is an entertaining read, there is some hidden depth to it. I wouldn't go too far because I honestly didn't sympathize with the main characters or feel bad for them due to their actions. Some of that depth is addressed with the difficulty in climbing the pr ...more
In The Assistants, Tina Fontana works for the CEO of a mega media conglomerate—nine satellite TV networks, 175 cable channels, forty book imprints, forty TV stations, and a movie studio. Her boss, billionaire Robert, expenses everything and pays for nothing, while 30-year-old Tina is drowning in a student loan debt. When she pays with her own credit car ...more
I like a good scoundrel as much as the next, but I can’t get past these entitled and insipid characters, their constant whining and underdog mentality. Beyond the ridiculous plot and cardboard-cut-out characters, the writing is appalling. Judge for yourself:
Kevin’s dark hair looked so thick and healthy beneath the restaurant’s fine lighting that it took all the self-control I had to not reach out and run my fingers through it. I wondered what he washed with. Certainly not the no ...more
When I first met Camille Perri at an author event and heard her talking about her debut novel, I knew it was something I had to read. Camille is effervescent and hilarious, making her audience feel like they're her close friends and she's sharing an inside joke. While she's like that in person, her personality translates well into her writing style. Her dialogue and narrat ...more
At least this was a very quick read (trying to be positive, here) . . . that being said, it wasn't really an enjoyable one. Where do I start? In theory, Tina Fontana sort of fancied herself as a robin-hood type figure -- stealing from her day job to pay off student loan debt of women "assistants" but, in reality, she was kind of a bumbling and sad figure. I just found it highly unbelievable that she would just decide to cash a check sh ...more
Plus the ending was pretty perfect.
Maybe it was supposed to be satire but it wasn't entertaining or funny and I couldn't find anything redeeming about anyone here. Knowingly steal money, call it accidental or blame everyone else, go to a school you know you can't afford then whine about all the loans as ...more
You’re probably wondering, “Erica, if you knew you weren’t going to enjoy the book, why did you keep reading it?” Great question, nonexistent commentator, let me explain.
Camille Perri's debut novel should have interested me. The story is supposed to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside for a bunch of criminals who (for whatever reason) are still assistants. Why should I feel liberated by these criminals you ask? Becau ...more
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. If you've ever been an assistant to somebody who couldn't tie their shoes without you, but who made exorbitant amounts more than you - especially if you're a woman in that role, although as a g ...more
I probably would have rated it an extra star were it not for the "handsome rich guy who laments his own privilege" romance - say, ...more