Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Assistants by Camille Perri

Drowning in student loan debt, and trying to survive in NYC on an assistant’s salary, hard-working thirty year-old Tina Fontana dreams of living a life free from financial worry. That’s all it is, a dream, a fantasy, like winning the lottery.

Then an accidental double reimbursement for her employer’s expenses mean Tina has access to funds to pay off her student loans. Ethically, Tina knows it’s dead wrong, but the longer she goes without returning the extra payment, the easier it is to rationalize the theft.  The money taken is a rounding error, so small in the scheme of things, it will never be missed.  So she pays off her loans, thinking no one will be the wiser.

Oops!  Seems that someone in Accounting has noticed, someone who also needs her student loan debt erased, someone who directs Tina to continue her double requests to get access to more money.  Will she bend to the extortion and embezzle more money from her trusting boss, or will she stop rationalizing and start making amends?

Readers who liked The Devil Wears Prada will enjoy taking this one to the beach or on vacation this summer.

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