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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 book is very entertaining, and at 200 pages, you can read it in one sitting.
For a very short book, it was quite a slog; I didn't really empathise with any of the characters; overall, I just felt like it was a let down when it could (should?)
I watched the movie Election directed by Alexander Payne long before I read the book.
When I was in high school there was a scandal. It was never clear exactly what the scandal was but for one reason or another, whether the president was into drugs or if he didn't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by pindrop notes
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 15 months ago by The Writer Mo Ibrahim
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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 23 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 on June 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 on May 15, 2012 by jonathan briggs
As with one or two other disappointed reviewers, I was annoyed and disappointed in the lack of character depth. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 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