If you’ve ever been the lowest man—or woman—on the corporate totem pole, you’ll appreciate this tongue-in-cheek novel. Tina Fontana is making pennies working as the assistant to media mogul Robert Barlow, CEO of Titan Corp. She lives in a crappy apartment with a roommate and struggles to pay her student loans while her boss rakes in millions. When an error on an expense report deposits thousands into Tina’s bank account, she finds she can pay off her loans in one fell swoop—then devises a devious but ingenious plan to help other underpaid assistants do the same.
The Devil Wears Prada
I must confess: I’m a huge fan of Lauren Weisberger’s fashion-magazine-skewering novel The Devil Wears Prada. I’ve re-read it more times than I can count and anytime I find the movie playing on TV, I’m compelled to watch ’til the end, even though I own the DVD and I’ve seen it a million times.
What is it about that book that I love so much? Well, for one, my career started in fashion magazines, so it all feels quite familiar to me. And two, I love reading about salacious office drama and professional life mishaps—especially on vacation. There’s just something about reading about that #worklife while sitting on the porch, dock or beach that makes the corporate world feel even further away than it really is. Here are six other novels set in the workplace that I find just as satisfying as TDWP. So turn on your Out of Office this summer, grab one of these novels and dive in.