Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?
Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.
This is probably going to sound crazy, but hear me out—the stressfulness of this book made it so fun! Politics are so tiring but so interesting. EVERYTHING has an impact. Life on the tour bus was really cool. And despite the whole bipartisan conflict, I didn’t feel like it was TOO preachy or trying to tell me to become a Republican (somewhat of an unpopular opinion as we get more progressive). This story has a very interesting tie-in with immigration as well. Definitely interesting to consider both sides there.
So many of these characters were really loveable. I cheered on Katie, I ADORED Andy (seriously), and I felt so much warmth towards Meg and the twins. Penny and Evelyn are pretty fabulous too! I just wish we had more banter, funny comments, and snark. Those were the best parts of the story. I wish we also got to see Katie attending Farnwell Prep, because there’s so much potential to interact (especially with people from Jake’s birthday party). I want to read more about them!
There were also some pretty hate-worthy antagonists. I wanted to punch Elliott in the face, to be honest. But most of the others on the campaign trail had some redeeming qualities.
The book read a fraction “younger,” but it was not too noticeable. Definitely a sweet read, and I forward to Thorne’s other releases in the future!
- Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (long-distance)
- My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
- The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
- The Newsroom (TV show)