The Assistants by Camille Perri
The story: Tina Fontana is the executive assistant to Robert Barlow, a multi media tycoon in New York. One day, Tina has to arrange first class air fare for Robert, and be sure no one is sitting near him. The tab for this feat is $19k+, charged to Tina’s personal credit card, and immediately submitted for reimbursement. The person she speaks to to make the reservations is rude beyond acceptable, the phone call is monitored by the airline, and the tab is reimbursed by the airline. Tina’s reimbursement check arrives…just enough to pay off her student debt. She deposits the check and pays off her student debt. What ensues is a page turner in the modern-day Robin Hood genre.
I read The Assistants in a day, in between everything else I was supposed to be doing. While the story at base isn’t original, (The Devil Wears Prada, A Window Opens, The Knock Off…) the telling and strategy is. There are some laugh out loud lines, some surprises, and some satisfaction. A five-star entertaining read!