Title: The Wrong Side of Right
Author: Jenn Marie Thorne
Genre: Contemporary YA
Themes: Friendship, first love, politics, family, being the illegitimate child of presidential candidates.
Similar To: Extreme American Makeover, The Unexpected Everything
My Blurb: Kate’s life is pretty normal. She goes to school and lives with her aunt and uncle because her mum died. That is, until she finds out she’s the illegitimate child of a US presidential candidate. So begins a summer of family, friendships, and finding yourself. Also a lot of paparazzi.
Since the US election just happened (and was a complete snafu) this book felt pretty relevant. It also felt pretty (because the cover, people, THE COVER).
I really like how this dealt with issues like illegal immigration. One of the main plot devices is that Kate’s dad is Republican, and he has quite a few policies that she doesn’t support. But she’s supposed to show she supports his campaign, so she’s stuck. Also she has to deal with some nasty people in the campaign that try to tell her what to do. Grrrr….
Kate also has to deal with a new family. There’s the twins, Grace and Gabe (twin represent ftw), and the senator/candidate’s wife Meg. She’s AMAZING. She probably is my favourite character because even though Kate is her husband’s illegitimate child, she’s super nice. She’s smart and supports the campaign and is a really good mother and listener and arghghgh she’s just so awesome. I felt like Grace was more developed as a character than Gabe (although in the background he’s pretty cute) although some of her actions aren’t explained. It’s kind of like she mostly loves having a new older sister but sometimes gets jealous and doesn’t know why? Bonus points to Kate’s grandmother Evelyn, who’s strong and fierce and funny and doesn’t take crap from anybody. Honestly, she’s super great.
There is one other main character, and that’s Andy, the current president’s son who is going for re election (his father, not him). Everybody thinks he’s a bad boy, but as the only one who really gets what Kate is going through, he’s pretty dang awesome. Kate’s best friend Penny is an awesome secondary character, whose importance comes to the forefront after certain issues *ahem* .
I have to say, I didn’t entirely connect with Kate. I liked all the other characters, but Kate didn’t really stand out to me for some reason.
Let’s talk about other things. The plot worked; there’s not much more interesting I can think to say about it. Except that the ending felt like it needed one more chapter and while it made sense if TWSoR wasn’t setting up for a sequel, I was kind of sad all the same. Oh well.
I loved the setting: Washington DC, a tour bus, San Fransico (or was it Los Angeles? I always get those two confused. Same with Boston and Chicago, but I’m getting off topic). I felt like this book described what campaigning for a political position is like pretty accurately.
All in all, I couldn’t put this book down (literally: I practically read it in one sitting). It was fascinating, addictive, and I can safely say that I will read anything Jenn Marie Thorne writes.
Have you read this? Do you want to? What are other books you’ve read about the presidential election? Do you even with American politics?