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The First Affair: A Novel Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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The authors excel at showing how and why Gregory Rutland would be able to rise up to become President of the United States. I have to admit that as I read this, I pictured the President as Jason Sudeikis as he appeared portraying Mitt Romney on SNL last year. This character seemed to be that wise-cracking and charming but somewhat slick guy that many woman would find attractive. I was also strongly reminded of Bill Clinton. For my fellow fans of The Family Guy, I was also reminded of the episode where Lois has an affair with Clinton and she can't really explain why or how it happened. Jamie seems to be quickly enveloped into something that is far out of her control and she's left bewildered and confused after the whirlwind has passed.
The only point of contention I have with this book is that while there is barely a glance passed between the couple, the affair has begun. I wonder if Jamie had not been sent to his office and seen him in the midst of a panic attack if anything would have happened. Was he faking this panic attack to seem more vulnerable? The whole beginning of the affair seems somewhat fast and muddled to me, but again maybe that just lends to the blurry speed with which everything occurs.Read more ›
I don't think any character in the book was properly developed, and there weren't any who were even slightly likable. I wasn't looking for the next classic when choosing The First Affair, but the book is so very poorly written that I could barely stand reading it.
Also, a lot of the main character's childhood was alluded to, but never really fully explained, which irritated me. I guess the authors were showing and not telling, but they didn't show very well.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed, because I really like other books by the authors, but this was just meh. It would be a good beach read, but, maybe get it from the library instead of paying for it.
*I received a digital copy of this novel free from Netgalley on behalf of Atria Books*
Jamie just graduated from Vassar, several thousand dollars in debt (thanks student loans!) with no job prospects (thanks government!). She luckily landed an internship at the White House, which will at least look good on her resume.
She's not well liked by her fellow interns, and her best friend is across the country. She's lonely. She has no real plan besides possibly moving back home to live with mom and dad.
During a government furlough, the interns are forced to work double time and closer to the President. During a routine run to have paperwork dropped off, Jaime accidentally runs into the President while he's having a panic attack. Having experienced panic attacks herself, she knows how to calm him down, so she does what any nice American citizen would do, and she helps him.
And he kisses her as a thank you.
Which leads to (I'm sure you can guess what it leads to, y'all are smart) an AFFAIR. The President is THE PRESIDENT. Can you turn him down? Not like Jamie wants to exactly, because she just wants someone to love her.
Jamie has a dysfunctional family. Her dad is an alcoholic; her sister is kinda mean and an alcoholic. Her mother is just...there. She grew up feeling kind of unloved and like she was second fiddle to her dad and sister's issues. That's not really an excuse for having an affair with a married man but it's her reasoning.
Anyways, her first mistake is having an affair with a married President. Her second is telling so many people about it. (She tells three, THREE!).Read more ›
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A Clinton/Lewinsky prototype, but still interesting reading. Jamie was extremely niave, bordering on stupid, however, I couldn't help but sympathize for her actions. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Terry A. Benedict-Devine
It was a great book, I really enjoyed it, and the narrative definitely grabbed and held my attention :-) I didn't want the story to end!Published 7 months ago by SqueelyS
This was a solid quick read that I really enjoyed and I would recommend it to anyone interested in White House scandal novels. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sam Snead
Did the authors have to rip this one from the headlines quite so much? For those of us who lived through the Monica years, nothing new here. I usually love these authors. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shoeho
I liked this story and at times I was really engrossed with it. I actually liked Jaime and felt bad for her situation even though she put herself there. Read more
Novels about affairs are a dime a dozen; the other woman’s perspective, the wife’s perspective, the husbands perspective. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. McGrath
This is the third book written by McLaughlin and Kraus I’ve read. First was, of course, The Nanny Diaries (after I’ve seen the movie), and then recently it was The Real Real. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
How many of you remember your first job once you graduated college? Was it everything you expected it to be? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Writer's Corner
I have not been impressed with McLaughlin's and Kraus's post-Nanny Diaries books. This was the first one I actually liked. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer