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The Wrong Side of Right Hardcover – March 17, 2015
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"First-time novelist Jenn Marie Thorne has crafted a real page-turner, full of romance and intrigue. A great beach read for older neonates and young teens."—Chicago Tribune
"Fits so perfectly in the present day [political] zeitgeist . . . without veering to preachiness or sacrificing [Thorne's] funny, lively story."—Bustle.com
"If a swoony novel is what you're looking for, then this is the novel for you! It's perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Huntley Fitzpatrick. . . . We devoured this book full of heart and know that you will too."—Glitter.com
"Both intelligent and heartfelt, as Kate finds unexpected love as well as unimagined courage. . . . Not only does Thorne give readers a moving coming-of-age story, but casts a critical eye on the state of American politics."—Booklist, starred review
"Absorbing and timely."—Kirkus
"Smart and well-executed . . . It is easy to like strong, intelligent Kate . . . and the adults in her life are realistically complicated. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will appreciate this well-crafted story about love and family."—School Library Journal
"A smart, fresh, and engaging debut . . . Add in a delicious, secret romance . . . and readers will be hoping for a sequel to this political page-turner."—Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced, complicated romance and coming-of-age story that will keep the reader coming back for more."—School Library Connection
"The combination of high-stakes politics, forbidden romance, and family drama make for a compulsively readable debut."—The Horn Book Guide
“Whip-smart and heartbreaking and such a blast to read. I flew through this book.”—Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love
“I am obsessed with the smart, original, and captivating look behind the scenes in this high-stakes political drama. The Wrong Side of Right reminds me of Veep or The West Wing—only better, because it has teenagers.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
“An effervescent story about family, friendship, politics, and discovering who you are—I loved every word. And Andy Lawrence is totally my new book boyfriend.”—Kara Taylor, author of the Prep School Confidential series
“I love this book! Kate Quinn is strong and smart and really, really needs to run for president.”—Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen and Heaven Is Paved with Oreos
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Top Customer Reviews
There's the main character (of course) and how she deals with discovering THROUGH THE MEDIA by the way, that her dad is a major politician with a wife and two kids. There's also SO many nuances and development that occurs between, not just the MC and her estranged father, but his wife, his children, and the people on his press tour.
You don't want to miss this one!
upper grades - swearing, sexuality
no AR test but only just published
After her mother dies suddenly, 16-year-old Kate moves across the country to live with her uncle. A year later she arrives home to find a flock of news reporters camped on her lawn – the Republican senator who is running for president claims she is his daughter. His family takes her in and Kate has to adjust to being in the spotlight. Kate has to decide how she feels about her new family, the uncle she was living with, where to go to school, the President’s son, and if she can handle the politics, especially since her father's are quite different from her mother's. Does her father and his current family really want her? Does she want them? Who can she trust? This is quite a different situation from most high school stories and you really feel for Kate.
When she leaves school one day, she sees a bunch of TV and news vehicles in the parking lot and her anxiety level jumps as she flashes back to the day Mom died and there was a similar assembly of vehicles. No sooner does she get in her beat-up Buick, than her phone rings and her uncle tells her to come home immediately. That further increases her unease and when she has to push through a mass of cameras and microphones when she arrives home, that nearly puts her over the edge.
What's waiting inside is shocking, but answers a longstanding question. Sitting in the living room, surrounded by secret service agents is Massachusetts Senator Mark Cooper, the front runner for the upcoming Republican nomination for president. Kate learns very quickly that an article in the New York Times outed him as her father. Mark had an affair with her mom while she worked on his first campaign when he ran for state senate.
In short order, Kate is offered the chance at the family she had been dreaming of for years. After confessing to his wife about the affair, his career continued to the point where he's a bigwig in the party. Kate learns that she'll gain a stepmom and twin step-siblings. The catch is that she has to play by the campaign rules while figuring out how she really feels and how the new family members are going to treat her.Read more ›
Kate Quinn’s life has turned upside down in one day, she never knew who her father was, and well now the whole world knows who he is. Her mother died last her, she is still in the morning process when her bio-dad who happens to be running for president ask her to join him on his campaign tour.
Her life is not hers anymore she has to be prefect not to ruin her father’s chances. Everything is decided from the clothes that’s she wears, to the make-up and even her hair is not hers anymore. For every appearance is a script.
I felt for Kate she was overwhelmed by all of it and so confused about her roll in her new family. I felt her pain and doubt and I fell in love with Andy. The characters in this book were so real, they were not perfect but just humans like us.
This was a excellent read I loved Kate she was strong and honest. High quality of writing and character building.
I was caught up in this book. I very much enjoy books in the political setting however and there was some good campaign moments. I am a cynic though so I kept reading this thinking how is this going to go wrong for Kate? When is this going to go wrong for Kate? Oh God Kate, don't do it. She bonds very quickly with her family but the Senator is a harder read for her and the reader. He seems like a nice guy but he's very much removed and distracted so Kate and I begin to wonder what comes after the campaign? Is all this just for show?
Characterization was good for most of it and I speed through this one and would be interested in reading more from the author. The only thing that bugged me was the end which seemed a little to perfect but I liked Kate enough I really wanted things to work out for her. I'd recommend this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Talk about a timely read you guys… if you’re sick of the rhetoric in the current campaign that’s happening in real life, this book might just be the perfect escape. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Arkin
Kate is finishing up her junior year in high school when she's thrown into the spotlight by the discovery that her father is a senator currently running for President of the United... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Geo
I heard Jenn Marie Thorne read an excerpt from her novel THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT at an author event. It sounded so amazing, I had to buy it right away. And it is *awesome*. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E.M. Caines
Great novel about standing for what you believe and the behind the scenes of political campaignsPublished 2 months ago by kristi musick
Thorne creates her characters with such detail and such love that they come alive in your imagination and live there long after you've finished the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved every minute of this book! The main character, Kate is sympathetic and believable, and seeing the inner workings of a presidential campaign through her eyes made it all the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. H.
I love a contemporary novel that makes me laugh, makes me gasp, and makes me think. Thorne's debut scores on all three fronts, and offers so much more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Librarian
Brilliant examination of family politics against a background of. . . politics. Kate is the long lost illegitimate daughter of a presidential candidate/senator. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Evelyn D. Leong