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Sammy's House Hardcover – June 27, 2007
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Ms. Gore seems to have pulled quite directly from her own experiences (though I have a feeling that the real day-to-day of the White House, especially these days, might not be quite as funny as Sammy's [White] House). Samantha Joyce manages not only to be save-the-day smart, but made me feel empowered. I mean, if she can accomplish so much in the face of such an astonishing list of neuroses, imagine what I could do if I put my mind to it :)
One warning: don't pick this one up when you don't have much time. "Sammy's House" is a page-turner you won't want to put down. Viva la Sammy!
I highly recommend Sammy's House, and will be sure to talk this one up with my friends.
It was just about six years ago that I read Sammy's Hill, so I'll be honest - it wasn't fresh in mind. But I remember laughing at the situations that Sammy got into and appreciating her quirks without finding them over the top. This time around - not so much. The plot wasn't very interesting. I found her quirks both a bit over the top, as well as more than a little annoying. I just didn't enjoy it as much at all. And I hardly remember Charlie from the first book - but he doesn't seem enchanting. He seems flat and unexciting.
The only thing I will say is that, for me, it got so much better in the second half to third part of the book. I was reading it more quickly (yes, in part to get through it so I could start something new) but also because I wanted to see where it was going. And, for the most part, I could have predicted it. That's not important though. At least I felt, in part, a slight redemption in having read the book, that I enjoyed at least half of it. Not enough to make me ever read it again, but just enough to be okay with having read it once.
Again, as I mentioned in my first review, I don't follow politics. I don't like them. I found Kristin Gore's first book to be eye opening and I enjoyed it. Sammy's House had way too much of the stuff I don't care about. At moments and in smaller doses, it wouldn't have bored me. But it was simply too much this time around for someone not interested in the world of government. Educational? Absolutely. Entertaining? No.Read more ›
In this second in what I hope is a long series, Sammy is working in the West Wing, and the inside informatin of how hard these people work and exactly what they do is fascinating (Gore is the middle daughter of Al Gore and obviously knows of what she speaks). For those who may avoid this book because of negative feelings about Al Gore, please don't. The Administration pictured herein, while probably Democratic, is fairly drawn, and FAR from perfect, as the plot reveals.
As Sammy works hard as pharmaceutical drug/health care informational specialist for her boss, intrigue and upset are swirling in the White House. Is President Wye drinking again? Is he taking a drug banned in the United States? If so, will this affect Sammy's increasingly serious relationship with her boyfriend, a reporter for The Washington Post?
Beneath the lighthearted, often comedic and truly enjoyable plot is a deeper message about responsbility in government, no matter what affiliation, and the pitfalls that can occur with great power.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very entertaining book.
I was half way through the book when I realized that the author must really be familiar with the Whitehouse. Then the author's name made me think. Read more
Not as good as the first in my opinion, but still a stellar sequel. Its nice to read a book from the perspective of a Washington DC insider instead of NYC socialites and LA... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Meghann
This was a book on CD that I purchased used from a library source through Amazon - I like to listen to books while I drive and the new ones are crazy expensive, but used ones are... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Barbara L. Hammonds
i read the first book so i was looking forward to the second book. While it was good it did not provide the same enterainment as the first book. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Jenny Fletes
Kristin Gore is a good writer whose talents deserve a better character; Sammy is frenetic and exhausting, and it's hard to see why she is so valued by her boss. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Everyone's A Critic
Great read. I was a little afraid it would be like reading Margaret Truman novels boring trips through what she ate ... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Beth Beggs
Author, Kristin Gore (the real-life daughter of former Vice President, Al Gore), provides us with a fictional insiders perspective of the White House. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Neville Samuels
This book is just as good as the first. Very entertaining and hilarious. Great if you're into politics and classic chick-lits.Published on August 27, 2010 by Lindsay
While this book is not a bad read, it will be a disappointment to those who love Sammy and wanted to hear more about her hilarious exploits. Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by Bathtub reader