I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies.
This book makes me want to drink.
I am really starting to think there is something wrong with me. The last three reads have been DNF’s. And I HATE DNFing, especially where the premises of the book seems to indicate that I should really like this book.
I didn’t though.
The main female character was just hideous.
Remember Rachel Berry in the first season of Glee and Tracey Flick in Election, this MC is even moreEXTREME than they were.
Yeah, I couldn’t stomach her point of view that was probably the biggest reason I DNF’d it.
Technically speaking, the book was readable enough if you could get past how unrealistic Katie and to a lesser extent Drew were.
I guess I should talk about the elephant (ha, ha, political pun) in the room: Katie.
As I said before, completely ridiculous from her copy-cat Jackie O infamous pink suits, to claiming she looks like Christmas with her green eyes and red suits. I wanted to roll my eyes. Does that mean I look like Christmas too anytime I wear red since I have green eyes too?
Half of the shit she gets herself into wouldn’t happen in real life because the campaign would have a PR person on staff to tell her it’s not a good idea to wear an imitation of the outfit that Jacqueline Kennedy wore when her husband was killed-especially when you’re a Republican. Or for that matter, a replica of the suit that Nancy Reagan wore. Then again, look at some of the stupid things that have been going on this election cycle-see Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
So maybe Katie is a realistic spawn of a GOP candidate.
Okay, probably not.
I couldn’t handle it. Maybe her behavior would be explained by the end, but I really doubt it.
Drew on the other hand is the stereotypical My-Parents-Are-Ruining-My-Life teen. He’s not that bad, but I rolled my eyes when he started ranting about being rich. BUT at the same time, I could see a kid whose parents are involved in politics acting like him instead of Katie.
The plot itself didn’t seem bad. The If Only series has simple little rom com plots, and this book falls into the series premises perfectly. The problem is that it falls into a lot of pitfalls that a lot of these books do-half baked Disney Chanel like romances.
Unless Drew was the boy at the beginning of the book (which my Book Psychic senses are telling me he was), I didn’t see them interact. I didn’t want to because I already had an inkling how squirm inducing it was going to be since Katie’s one other interaction with a guy was embarrassing at best.
Socially awkward characters can be good, but squirm inducing socially awkward characters aren’t so good. If Katie made Katie Couric cry I can only bet it was because Couric felt sad at how hopeless this MC was.
Overall Rating: A DNF a total and complete fail on the part of the leading lady. Shame. If you’re interested in a YA book about politics try The Wrong Side of Right by Jen Marie Thorne, The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or All American Girl by Meg Cabot. Do not read this one, unless irrational main characters don’t bother you.