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|Age Level: 9 - 12|
|Grade Level: 4 - 7|
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Kevin considers his leap into the political arena as an inevitability as "I've shown my capacity to assume command ever since I first had a name tag stuck on my shirt in kindergarten; I raced to be the line leader every time we went to the drinking fountain or out to the playground for recess". With this solid background of leadership under his belt, fourteen year old Kevin tosses his hat into the ring.
Paulsen follows the progress of the campaign, sometimes with tongue-in-cheek seriousness, but mostly with humor, as the angst of teenage love and social bonds are at risk. Short chapters with titles such as: "The True Politician Carefully Builds a Strong Support Team"; The True Politician Keeps His Friends Close and His Enemies Closer"; "The True Politician Relishes the Opportunity to Switch Things Up"; "The True Politician Deftly Sidesteps Problems That Might Arise from an Overabundance of Truth" has the reader wondering if they're reading fiction or watching the Daily Show.
This is a charming book with a quirky hero who has his heart in the right place. It's a good choice for this age group and guarantees an enjoying get-away from reality and into the crazy world of politics.
This is my first book to read by the author, but the character Kevin Spencer draws you in from the very beginning. The story takes you through one guy's quest to make sure that the best-looking guy at school doesn't move in on his girl. Even if it means waging an opposing campaign for class president to show he's the better guy Kevin is willing to do anything and everything to win. The stakes are high, and while he is dealing with drama at home and the risk of being sidetracked by those working on his "campaign" wanting to get involved in "serious issues", Kevin has to figure out what is really most important.
Can he be himself and still keep the girl whose very shampoo intoxicates him? That is just one of the questions that readers will find themselves smiling over as they read this book.
Get ready to laugh and enjoy yourself wit this one. VOTE by Gary Paulsen is one entertaining read.
The humor in Vote revolves around Kevin's ego. He believes he will be school president and that his friendship with four-year-old Markie makes him unique since no one else really believes Markie is all that awesome. That friendship and Kevin's ability to work with the competition gives him some level of humanity. The truth is that maybe he's not as great as he thinks, but he realizes it when it counts and does the right thing in the end. There's other lessons in the book, but that's the main one: doing the right thing when it matters. Paulsen's delivery of this isn't exactly out of nowhere but it does feel a bit abrupt.
Everyone knows or knew a Kevin at some point in their life. That makes the book relateable for adult readers and the target age group. The only major issue is that Kevin is 14 when events take place and the book is aimed at the age 9-12 group, so they may not totally be interested in the things Kevin is (like Tina whom is mostly ignored in other than fleeting mentions in the beginning and end). While it isn't the best book the author has ever written, it shouldn't be considered the worst. Solidly in the middle.
While it may be more entertaining to read a book filled with characters who are witty beyond their years, it also makes the characters far less believable. In much the same way that I found the movie Juno to be witty but unbelievable, this book left me feeling a bit disappointed by how a bunch of junior high students could spontaneously come up with their great ideas and verbal jousts. As a former junior high teacher, I can tell you that NO kids at this age are this witty. This book may be more enjoyable for kids (who often fancy themselves smarter than the adults around them), but adult readers will probably not be very entertained by it.