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The Assistants Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.
“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
"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.”
“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.”
“[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.”
“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
“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
“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
"An insanely fun ride that is as hilarious as it is smart."—Popsugar
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 timely debut novel that is poised to become this decade's Devil Wears Prada... Perri's sympathetic portrayal of the plight of overeducated, underpaid millennial women gives depth and resonance to this entertaining revenge fantasy."—BookPage's “9 Women to Watch in 2016”
"Hilarious and fun... As [Tina and Emily] become more involved in their robin-hood like scheme, they realize that something has to give at some point, and it's only a matter of time before the cat is out of the bag. The ending is not what I expected, but it's great! ...Well done, Camille."—Librarian Laura's Great Reads
"A pretty unflinching but also damn fun (Funflinching? No.) look at wealth and power in the twenty-first century."—BookRiot
"A scoop of pure, vindictive fun - especially if you've ever had an assistant job."—Bustle's “7 Adult Books for YA Readers”
"[A] fun romp about the modern workplace."—Levo's “9 Must Read Books That Will Make Spring Better”
"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 guy who has been there, I think all gender orientations will find something meaningful here - then this one is worth it."—Raging Biblioholism
“Romantic comedy might be on life support at the movies, but the genre is alive and well in Camille Perri’s debut novel ‘The Assistants’… Although ‘The Assistants’ is basically a terrific piece of entertainment, the book explores a real national crisis situation.”—The Connecticut Post
"[A] fun, smart Robin Hood tale for the millennial generation."—Real Simple’s “Best New Books to Read This Month”
"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’s “May 2016 Book Preview”
"The Assistants is as witty as it is fun, and is the perfect almost-summer read."—Signature Reads’s “Required Reading for May, 2016”
"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’s 17 Best Fiction Books for May
"Ugh, working for someone else. That acerbic blend of poverty, humiliation, and rigidity that makes me run-run!-to books in search of mental reprieve. The Assistants was the perfect escape, and packed with hilarity and heart...Charming and clever, Perri's debut novel is the perfect escape from your own work woes."—Bestbookgrams
“A great vacation read."—Mad Book Love
“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
“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
“‘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.”—The Associated Press
“[A] sly debut.”—Newsday
“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.”—Good Housekeeping
“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.”—Refinery 29’s “12 Books to Read in May”
“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
"This read is 'Ocean’s Eleven' meets 'The Devil Wears Prada,' and it’ll go fast."—The Skimm
*Cosmo.com's 15 Perfect Beach Reads for 2016*
“A raucous revenge fantasy…Reading The Assistants is like getting Elizabeth Warren a little drunk and talking about income inequality—serious subject, livelier delivery.”—Kirkus Reviews (cover story)
*Hello Giggles' #1 Beach Read for 2016*
"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's "15 Hot Reads for Your Beach Bag"
*The Knot's Hot New Summer Books for 2016*
“[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's "Editor's Pick 2016 Beach Reads"
“Wickedly funny.”—Vanity Fair
*Glamour's Best Reads of Summer 2016*
*Vogue.com's 24 Summer Reads to Pack for your Next Beach Trip*
*Huffington Post's 21 Recommendations For Anyone Who Wants To Read Books And Chill*
*Money.com's 7 Money Books You’ll Actually Want to Read This Summer*
“The Assistants is fun, fast-paced, and full of heart.”—Vulture
*Vulture's 20 Fun Novels to Read at the Beach*
*Refinery29's Best Books of 2016 So Far*
“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 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
“A fun joy ride of a novel that is smart and funny.” –POPSUGAR
*POPSUGAR’S Best 2016 Books for Women*
One of Roxane Gay’s 2016 “Fun Books That Were Fun”
“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
About the Author
Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young-adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire.
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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 card to buy out the entire first class of an airplane for Robert, who has to deign to fly commercial instead of his normal mode of flying on a private jet, the expense is comped but she gets a check for the total—almost the exact amount she owes on her student debt. When she decides to cash the check and gets away with it, but is later found out by Emily in accounts, another assistant swamped in student loans, she’s blackmailed into helping Emily to cover her own butt. This spirals out of control, to hilarious effect.
Author Camille Perri could have made Robert a one-sided villain and Tina a snarky and embittered underpaid worker, but she didn’t. It’s a statement about the haves and have nots—the wealthy pay nothing—including taxes—while the poor are dinged for every penny. All the main characters are well-rounded—flawed but likeable.
The novel is funny and fast-paced and fun.
Tina, the main character of the story is extremely relatable - twenty-something, saddled with student loan debt, working at a job she's way overqualified for. Tina's character was well developed and I loved the prose throughout the book. I thought her relationship with Kevin could have been a little more developed, but it might have taken away from the overall theme of the book. The consequences that Tina and Emily face in the end would be my only critique of the book.
As someone saddled with significant student loans, I loved the conversations throughout the book that many in my generation can relate to - living paycheck to paycheck while paying hand over fist for our education. I found myself highlighting so many relatable messages in the book, especially Tina's speech at the end.
I love, love, love this author. Her message and her writing is spot on and engaging. I can't wait to read more from her in the future!
I also really the mix of characters in this story. It's not one of those predictable cheesy vacation love stories... there's more depth to it, with completely relatable characters, and plenty of different personalities to keep it interesting.