Since moving to D.C. last year, I guess it’s not surprising that my interest in politically-themed material has grown a little bit. This novel, written by American author Jenn Marie Thorne, combines both politics and teenagers.

After the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Kate Quinn moved to South Carolina to live with her relatives and start at a new school. A year later, while finishing her junior year, she discovers that her father is a popular senator from Massachusetts, who is also running for president. Soon thrust into the spotlight, she finds herself becoming acquainted with the senator’s wife and younger half siblings and caught up in the whirlwind of a political campaign.

What made this novel more unique is the perspective it’s told from. There are other politically-oriented young adult novels, such as Meg Cabot’s All-American Girl, but this one is different. It’s told in first person narrative from a girl who is literally new to the whole political scene because of her relation to somebody in it. What I liked about Kate’s narrative is describing all the experiences she has while travelling all the country during the campaign. It made the story more realistic and made me realize just how much work goes into putting together a presidential bid. That and how so much work can affect a family life on a personal life.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, and even though the ending seemed a little predictable, I appreciate Thorne putting a spin on an otherwise popular theme. When you think about it, politics has to be one of the most popular themes for television shows and books. Behind law enforcement, that is.

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