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The Wrong Side of Right Hardcover – March 17, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After her mother passed away in a sudden accident, 16-year-old Kate Quinn is left parentless and forced to move cross-country from Los Angeles to South Carolina to live with her uncle. Nearly a year later, while still in a haze of grief, she comes home to a yard full of reporters and the Republican candidate for president sitting in her living room—claiming to be her father. From that moment, she quickly finds herself in the national spotlight, living with a family that she has just met, and falling for a boy whom she can't entirely trust. When she realizes that she may be campaigning for someone who does not share her beliefs, she must figure out how to stay true to herself while preserving her new family and life. Thorne's debut novel is a smart and well-executed story that feels fresh and familiar. It is easy to like strong, intelligent Kate throughout, and the supporting cast of characters are fleshed out well. The relationship between the protagonist 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.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL
Praise for The Wrong Side of Right
"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
"A 'can't put down' book."—San Jose Mercury News
“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
Top customer reviews
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.
It's a huge learning experience, complicated by an issue her father is pretty rigid about that affects Kate in ways she's not initially ready to deal with because it involves her real friends back in Los Angeles. An even bigger complication is her meeting and subsequent attraction to Adam, the 'bad boy' son of the current president, a democrat.
I really, really like this story. It feels authentic and every one of the characters is very well crafted. Kate's continued attempts to comply with what's expected of her and the growing realization that she's got to be true to herself, makes for great page-turning tension and the way her relationship with her step siblings and Adam develop are just about perfect. This is a wonderful book for teens who like politics, a quirky romance or protagonists who wrestle with big emotional and moral questions.
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!
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I felt so much for Kate. Sometimes her dad could be so terrible. My heart broke for her so many times.Read more