In honor of Presidents’ Day, the day when we honor our past Presidents, we at Bickering Book Reviews decided to share with you some of our favorite political books.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Kate Quinn has spent her whole life never knowing her father. But Kate was happy because she had the perfect mother until her mother was killed in an accident. Kate was transplanted from California to her Aunt and Uncle’s home in the south. Kate goes from a happy life to struggling through each day. Then The Times runs the newspaper article and Kate is in the middle of political scandal. The father she’s never met is actually the Republican Presidential Nominee and he is now standing in her living room wanting to reconnect with his daughter on the campaign trail. Now, Kate is trying to figure out her place in the world while navigating a new family and tricky political games.
This was just a great book. Kate was sassy and spoke up for what she believed in even when it went against her father’s political platform. Her new family felt real with all the familial issues that you would expect in this situation. This was not an instant Brady Bunch family. There were sibling rivalries and hurt feelings that made the story feel so much more real. Plus, her possible love interest was all cute and dreamy in a CW kind of way. Adding to all that is the politics which were present just enough without being overwhelming. The Wrong Side of Right was one of my favorite books of 2015 and still highly recommend it.
Andie is the girl with the plan. She’s got the grades, the extracurricular, and the internship to guarantee her spot in her top choice medical school. Then her politician father finds himself in the middle of a scandal that derails all of Andie’s carefully designed plans. Andie decides to take back control of her future with a new unexpected job that leads her to a new unexpected boy that may lead her to a new unexpected love.
This is a fast paced fun book that shows the downside of living in the spotlight and the upside of no longer worrying what everyone thinks. This is a book about growing up and discovering yourself. It is a book of summer loves and betrayals as well as summer jobs and personal growth. It is the kind of books that you want just a little more because you know these character should get to live on longer. All of that is why it is a book I highly recommend to anyone looking a fun, fast teen drama filled with great characters and a swoony romance.
All American Girl by Meg Cabot
Samantha Madison has a problem…actually, Samantha has many problems. First, she her older sister is perfect and dating Samantha’s secret crush. Her younger sister is a genius. She just started an advanced art class. Plus, she accidentally made herself internationally famous when she stop an assassination attempt against the President of the United States. Now, Samantha is in the spotlight as a teen ambassador and when the whole world’s eyes turn to her Samantha is really in trouble.
This is an unpopular opinion but All American Girl and it’s sequel Ready or Not are my favorite Meg Cabot novels. I loved Samantha and her quirky list and high school angst. Plus, her evolving relationship with the First Son is adorable and highly entertaining.
Interference by Kay Honeyman
From my Goodreads: Kate Hamilton has always been the perfect political daughter until her ex-boyfriend posts photographs online of Kate looking like she’s having a little too much fun at a party. Kate’s scandal causes her father to lose his seat in Congress and Kate has to leave her elite school in Washington DC for public school in her father’s hometown in Texas. Now, Kate is trying to navigate a new world of public school, football games, and football players while trying to be the perfect political daughter for her father’s special election campaign.
Honeyman merges Jane Austen’s Emma with Friday Night Lights to create a story about small town politics and the importance of being true to yourself.
The President’s Daughter by Ellen White Emerson
Meghan Powers has a great life. She likes her school, her friends, and her house. But Meg’s life is going to change. Meg’s mother is one of the most popular Senator’s in the country and she is running for the Presidency…and Meg’s mother is going to win.
This is an oldie but a goodie (it’s more than 30 years old!) but because of an update in the late 90s it’s still relevant (the characters have cell phones now!). Plus, Emerson was forward thinking enough to write about a female presidential nominee three decades before it happened.