The Assistants: A Novel

The Assistants: A Novel

by Robin Lynn Williams
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The Assistants: A Novel by Robin Lynn Williams

The compulsively readable and sinfully gossipy tale of five Hollywood personal assistants who band together to turn the tables on their celebrity employers—written by a former personal assistant to a star.

In this wicked, laugh-out-loud debut novel, five miserable souls struggle to make their mark on Hollywood, the city of the soulless.

Rachel, a starry-eyed and clueless Texas transplant accepts a position as assistant to an aging television diva. Michaela has spent years on the casting couch, and the last pilot she almost got, a decade ago, went to that little nobody, Lisa Kudrow. Jeb has been fired from more assistant jobs than he cares to count, and he currently teeters on the edge of insanity under one of the sleaziest agents in Hollywood. Griffin assists a crass A-list manager who has a tanning bed in his office. Kecia, a no-nonsense Pisces pining for love and Krispy Kremes, works for a hot teen heartthrob who is always looking for the next good party—until his ex-con brother shows up at the front door.

Once a week, the assistants meet to commiserate. When the system spits them out, they must learn to succeed through sheer determination, hard-won industry savvy, and luck.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061738203
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 693 KB

About the Author

Robin Lynn Williams managed to survive twelve months as a personal assistant to several Hollywood luminaries. When not in therapy or suffering reoccurring nightmares, she enjoys not having a pager, cell phone, or Blackberry attached to her. She is an English/Creative Writing graduate from UCLA and her work has appeared in Biography and the New York Times Syndicate. She lives in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is almost impossible to put down this show-biz tale, told from a slightly different angle. Here the long-suffering assistants to demanding Hollywood phonies tell their tales of abuse and redemption. Desperate to please and willing to put up with almost any mistreatment in order to further their own careers, the five assistants here finally reach the breaking point and begin to turn their lives around in ways both poignant and hilarious. The book makes the interesting point that sometimes the harassed victims become just as bad as their abusers if they themselves manage to achieve success!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rachel leaves her hometown of Sugarland, Texas; to follow her dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter; she settles on working as a personal assistant to sitcom star and Betty Ford Clinic failed ¿alumni¿ Victoria Rush. Michaela, an almost thirty over the hill wannabe, mentors the transplanted Texan though her expertise centers on sharing a couch with her agent that has led to nowhere but his couch. Assistant Jeb has been fired more often than a federal whistleblower, but now works for off the wall agent Randall Blume. Kecia toils for black teen heartthrob Travis Trask. To keep his job, Griffin pretends to be gay because he works for heterosexual phobic Johnny Treadway; that fails to stop his boss from pooping on him especially when he cannot get Travis to star in a werewolf version of Catcher in the Rye because the homeboy prefers basketball to baseball.......................... Once a week, the abused assistants meet to share their misery. Still each hopes to make it vowing to be kind to newcomers if they do (none of them think in terms of when anymore). Everyday they pray that Hollywood never grinds them into mush....................................... Though this Hollywood exposé starts slowly to introduce the ensemble, once the players appear, the story line moves rather quickly through the gyrations of humiliation that the quintet suffer at the hands of their superiors who forget they once wore these moccasins. The plot combines humor and angst as it lays bare how ugly those in power can be towards those beneath them. Fans of Hollywood tales who gives Robin Lynn Williams¿ novel a chance to accelerate will appreciate this fine depiction of Hollywood at its worst........................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilarious is obvious, I just laughed out loud reading this book! It's shocking because I just cannot believe that people actually live like this! I really couldn't put this book down, from the sublime to the ridiculous, every turn of the page was exciting! And the best part - you were really rooting for the assistants and the end doesn't disappoint! The Assistants is a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a boss you couldn't stand? Have you ever wondered why you ACTUALLY performed some of the tasks your boss requested? Have you wanted to tell your boss just how you felt? For those of us who are or who have ever been assistants, this book will be more than enjoyable & entertaining. You will laugh-out-loud while at times sympathizing with the assistants and at other times feeling shocked by them. I became engrossed with wanting to know how each assistant's life would unfold. And, because The Assistants is written in such a contemporary fashion, you will enjoy all the clever anecdotes the author conveys. I found The Assistants to be highly enjoyable, funny, clever, racy and lively! A Must Read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you every laughed so much you assume things can¿t possibly get any funnier, but they do? Well, The Assistants is able to achieve this rare phenomenon. The novel had me completely intrigued and captivated up until the very last sentence with its brilliant and witty writing. I found myself genuinely caring for the five main characters and their tumultuous relationships with their eccentric bosses. I was able to identify with every distinct assistant on some level. Robin Lynn Williams allowed me to have a glimpse of the complex and insane, yet unique, individuals that frolic throughout Hollywood. The characters are so vivid and memorable that when the fun is officially over, I wish I could spend more time with The Assistants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who are intrigued by the stars of glitz and glamour world of Hollywood, The Assistant is indeed the novel for you. Ms. Williams delivers a revealing story of the young assistants who cater to the rich, spoiled, delusional stars who are their bosses. Although the assistants work hard and are often humiliated on their jobs by the unappreciated idols and icons, their experiences enable them to define what is really important in life and to maintain their morals. This is a page-turne and a perfect escape for a day off or a weekend read. Anyone who begins reading it will find it hard to let go of the lives of the assistants whose lives are surrounded by sexual scandals, chaos, drama and humor.