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The book is set in a New Jersey high school amidst a hotbed of political activity: students are voting for their school president. Perrotta's cast of characters are exaggerated but convincing. They convey adolescence as it often is--sometimes painful and frequently awkward. Tracy is the popular girl, smart and pretty, but she isn't quite as perfect as her classmates assume. A sordid affair with a teacher lurks in the shadows. Paul is the jovial football jock, but his parent's divorce has left him hurt and vulnerable. Then there is Paul's younger and geekier sister Tammy, the tormented underdog struggling with her sexuality. Plot develops through a series of mini-chapters, narrated by the main protagonists. There are also frequent interjections from Mr. M, the all-around good teacher every kid loves--the kind of teacher Hollywood loves to enshrine in sentimental flicks. A genuine crescendo of excitement and anticipation consumes the reader, as we eagerly await who has won the election. This is a novel of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, and is probably best appreciated by grownups with enough perspective on their own adolescent experiences to be able to take the bitter with the sweet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The flaws in this novel's characters are heartbreaking in both their intensity and their sheer ordinariness.
I almost never say this about a movie versus a book, but if you could choose only one, I think I might choose the movie.
The characters are fairly well developed, and by the end of the book, it felt that they could be somebody we know.
In the Election novel and the movie, Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), an overachiever, had an affair with her English teacher. (It's always the English teacher. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Loved the story, funny, quirky, just a good, fun read. If you loved the movie, you will love the book. Great job of making it into a film accuratly.Published 14 months ago by Andrea R Kellim
Many reviewers note the lightness and breeziness of the book, which comes at a cost: the book lacks depth. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jill Monterey
This is an even quicker read than "The Wishbones," but it's a little meatier. Tom Perrotta has more on his mind than the life and times of the self-centered post-slacker. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jonathan briggs
As with one or two other disappointed reviewers, I was annoyed and disappointed in the lack of character depth. Read morePublished 23 months ago by tiggrie AKA Sarah
The book was in flawless condition. The coloring of the pages suggests the book is a little bit old, but it's still in great shape and you can tell it's definitely not used.Published on October 25, 2011 by Ilich Mejia
Even though I had already seen the movie version, "Election" by Tom Perrotta still seems like a fresh story and one that offered a few surprises (like a better, more realistic, and... Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by RCM
With this beautiful, taut novel Tom Perrotta really gets under the skin. In a way it's as much about an American high school as 'Animal Farm' is about animals. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Jonathan Posner