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  1. The Assistants
    The Assistants
    The Assistants
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  2. The Assistants

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    Customer Ratings (283 reviews)
    Price R415.00

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The debut novel that J. Courtney Sullivan calls “addictive, hilarious, and smart. It’s "9 to 5 for the student loan generation” and Publishers Weekly describes as “if the characters from HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail.”
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.

Featuring an eclectic clan of coconspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor-sharp voice full of wry humor, The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who are asking themselves, How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I loved this book. It was a quick and easy read with a fun story-line. It's not serious literature, if that's what you're looking for, but it will keep you entertained the whole way through. While you might not agree with the girls and their actions, you can totally see how this could happen. It all started innocently enough. And, with our ever increasing gap between the haves and have-nots, it's an entertaining piece of revenge.
“This was not a lifestyle that suited me. I am in no way an adrenaline-seeker. I’m much more of an irritable bowel syndrome kind of gal, really.”

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... Read more
I wanted to give up on this book after reading 1/3 of it. I found the plot clever, but I was overwhelmed by the over-use of metaphor. For every clever one, there was several that were silly or even in bad taste. I sat down to write this review when I came to "...popped my blackmail cherry..." followed by a really gross description of another type... I think the author is trying too hard, and could simply cut out many of her metaphors. For her second book, maybe a simple statement could be a statement?
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