Published by Corgi on April 21st 2016
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Behind every successful man is a busy assistant and Tina’s boss is very successful.
But Tina is tired of being overworked and underpaid.
She’s bored of her damp flat and her mounting debts.
Then a blip in the expenses system sends Tina a cheque.
She’s a good person.
But she’s desperate.
This isn’t stealing.
It’s an administrative error.
What would you do if you thought you’d get away with it?
The Assistants is a fun, zany look at corporate life when you’re stuck at the bottom of the ladder. Speaking to every over-educated Millennial, feeling the pinch of graduating college just as the world’s economy went bust and those dreams of airy lofts, wine bars and unlimited expenses obliterated along with it – The Assistants is sharp and savvy and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Tina is 30 and toiling away at her sixth year of being an assistant to one of the world’s most powerful men. When a glitch validates an expense report and leaves her in possession of a cheque that could free her of a lifetime of student debt, Tina has a choice – report the error or cash that baby! Taking the biggest risk of her life, Tina finally thinks she’s free and clear until Emily from accounting sidles up to her and breaks the news – She knows the truth and she wants her student loans cleared in return for her silence. Once you’ve done it once…it’s hard to stop!
The Assistants is light-hearted, sassy and thoroughly entertaining as Tina and her unlikely band of cohorts stumble from one crazy scheme to the next as they find themselves caught in a web of lies that weaves itself as their innovative yet somewhat misguided vision to free themselves from debt and take a stand against the unfair treatment perpetuated against them by the one-percenters doesn’t always go to plan.
At its core, The Assistants champions female friendships and Tina and Emily’s relationship was one of my favourite parts of the book. I loved how they grew from frenemies to recognising a kindred spirit within each other and in-between the snarky comments; it was clear there was real depth to their friendship.
While a predominantly female-centric novel, there is a sweet romance blossoming within its pages and I adored Kevin, our buttoned-up hero who I couldn’t help but fall for as he attempts to woo Tina. While few and far between, their moments together were enough to induce butterflies and compel me to ship the heck out of those two!
If Girls and The Devil Wears Prada got together and had a baby, it would result in The Assistants (that’s some strange imagery!). Irreverent, hilarious and an achingly real look at life for the grossly underpaid “minions” of corporate America, The Assistants is wry, witty and tons of fun.
Over to you!
Have you read The Assistants? Would you take a chance like Tina did? Come across any other debut others this year? Let me know!