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The First Affair: A Novel Hardcover – August 27, 2013

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McLaughlin and Krauss craft another narrative around tabloid headlines, this time exploring a White House intern's downfall. After graduating from college into the worst job market since the Great Depression, Jamie McAllister lands a prestigious internship at the White House Department of Scheduling and Advance, hoping to pad her resume while looking for a paying position. The hours are long, and she doesn't quite fit in with the straitlaced D.C. crowd, but Jamie has always been a high achiever and performs well. During a tense government shutdown, she and the other interns are called in to cover for furloughed employees, and an unexpected after-hours encounter with President Greg Rutland ends with a kiss, touching off a steamy affair. Suddenly, the president is calling Jamie at all hours of the night and inventing excuses for her to visit the Oval Office. When their secret inevitably escapes, Jamie finds herself enmeshed in a scandal that threatens to destroy not just the Rutland presidency but her career, friendships, and family. Jamie is initially hard to sympathize with, but her unreliability as a narrator and complexity as a character add an interesting dimension to a story that might otherwise have seemed trashy and exploitative. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (Aug.)

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On the heels of Between You and Me (2012), the authors of The Nanny Diaries (2002) offer up another juicy ripped-from-the-tabloids tale. Studious Jamie McAllister graduates from Vassar and scores a coveted White House internship. She’s thrilled to be working in the administration of Greg Rutland, the handsome, charismatic President. But a close encounter between Rutland and Jamie in a hidden corridor in the West Wing ignites a steamy affair. Though Jamie knows rationally there’s no future for the relationship, she falls hard and confides in three friends about the romance. Jamie is stunned when one of them betrays her and turns her into front-page news. McLaughlin and Kraus draw heavily from the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, but just as they humanized a pop princess in their last outing, here they offer up a convincing portrait of a damaged young woman whose head is turned by the attentions of a dashing and powerful political figure. This compassionate examination of a young woman led astray is an utterly absorbing page-turner. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145164342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451643428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I devoured this book. I could not put my Kindle down and stayed up late to treasure this one. (And that's a sacrifice for me since sleep is limited lately) Just like their previous novel, Between You and Menofollow, and their first big hit, The Nanny Diariesnofollow, I was absorbed from the first chapter and sad when the book was over. If you were a bit young when the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal was big news, consider this book your refresher into the affair as it seems to resemble the events that happened 15 (!) years ago.

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.
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What a miserable waste of paper. Terribly written story with totally unsympathetic, unlikeable characters and a shabby plot makes this one miserable book. I should have stopped reading after the first chapter but silly me, I kept thinking it would get better. Nope, it just got worse, the characters became even more unlikeable, and the ending was ridiculous. Too bad I had to leave one star. It didn't deserve it.
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The story wasn't original, nor even really all that entertaining. Like others, I kept reading in hopes that it would get better, but it never did.

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.
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I have enjoyed several of these authors other works so when I found out about this book I thought that it would be something I would like. I was extremely mistaken. This book by far is the worst of the books I have read of theirs. I finished the book, but could not really get into it. The character development is almost non existent and it is just dull. Save your money and buy something else instead.
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It was a light easy read, but none of the characters really got my sympathy. They all acted pretty dumb, which, I know, it wouldn't be a story if somebody was smart, but this was excessive.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
My Rating - 4 Stars

*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!).
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