The Wrong Side of Right Review

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I just noticed that the background of the cover is a map which accurately depicts the plot of this story. There is constant moving around and campaigning for the elections. Plus, I adore this colour palette and the fonts. I honestly think that this is a clever cover that is lovely too. Back to the actual review now :)…

Title: The Wrong Side of Right

Author: Jenn Marie Thorne

Date Published: March 17th, 2015

Number of Pages: 400

Summary: 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.

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This book was by far one of my favourite contemporary novels EVER. It was realistic, covered issues in our world, and although it had political views, it was crafted in a way that would allow it to be read universally (no you do not have to be a Republican).

Our protagonist, Kate is immediately thrown into an adventure when she arrives home to see reporters everywhere and then the Senator and perhaps President to be. A normal and average day until… “Oh hey Kate, didn’t see you there. Did we ever tell you that this is your father?” Following that, Kate goes to spend time with this new family that she is nervous to meet. After all, her mother was the so called “other woman”, so why should she expect her stepmother to like her. Basically the usual shock to find out who your father is and then add on the fact that he’s campaigning and everybody now wants the inside scoop. Who is Kate? Why should they trust Senator Cooper (her dad) if he had an affair? The realistic portrayal continues from there, with the campaign going from city to city.

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What I LOVED about this book:

  1. Kate was realistic and smart. A good view to read from.
  2. The stepmother was a strong female character.
  3. The politics took an interesting turn.
  4. The plot moved at a good pace. The story was an adventure.
  5. Andy Lawrence, the “romantic” interest wasn’t included in much of the book.

1. Kate is realistic. She is a teenager, but instead of being portrayed as one with only romance and drama, she is witty and smart. She takes some AP courses and is very relatable. Reading from her perspective was light and fresh. It’s not too much of a stretch from how I usually think so I was able to imagine her perfectly.

The other characters were nice as well like her siblings. Although I would be lying if I said I didn’t detest her father a bit. As loyal of a character he is, he does not treat Kate like she’s his daughter.

The loss of her mother was a significant part to me. Although Kate mourns over her, I think there is a balance. The book doesn’t have Kate think about her loss all the time, but just enough to develop the emotion behind her.

It was strange. I’d tried for months to keep the thought of my mom at bay, and now it wouldn’t come. The harder I tried, the more she seemed to blur.”

Of course adjusting to the new family is hard. That is portrayed well and Kate describes her sense of loneliness. She describes how she feels like this outsider who is thrown into this already perfect family. All in all, realistic, realistic and realistic.

2. Meg was the perfect character to tie everything together. She held the family together and Kate bonds with her more than she does with her father. Her father is in fact so into his work that he practically ignores Kate and uses her to gain votes. Meg is smart and she can see herself in Kate. They have heart warming conversations that a mother and daughter would have. Kate needs a mother figure and with her tragic loss recently, Meg helped mend her. Many reviewers have mentioned this, and I have to stress that this breaks the stereotype that stepmothers are horrible, which is really needed in young adult novels.

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3. The politics are interesting and I did question whether I should read it since my views do not perfectly align with these. However, I made the right decision. It truly doesn’t matter what your views are this book just works. It molds to suits your views. Kate’s father is a Republican, but Kate isn’t. The opposing runner is also mentioned and his views are given at debates as well. No matter what your views are, you’ll enjoy this book.

I was also happy that politics is in this book. It isn’t just a backdrop to the story. It is significant, and Kate is often shown at campaign speeches, volunteer work opportunities and debates. Kate is mistreated and there is tension. When she starts, Elliot a person running her father’s campaign detests her.

His eyes burned into mine. “No talking at all, ’kay? Stand there and . . . look pretty.”

He tapped me on the head, and as he walked away, something broke in me—snapped—so forcefully that I could have sworn it made a noise, like two bits of flint knocking together. My pulse stilled to a dead quiet. I blinked, and everything around me became crisp.

Look pretty.

No one had ever talked to me that way before.

This is a great example of how politics integrates with Kate’s life and character development.

4. The plot moved at a great pace. The story started immediately and you would get enticed into it. Then there was the travelling. Kate constantly was at motion and so was her family.They traveled to cities for speeches and a city for a Hurricane relief project. Kate is constantly thinking and there’s not one second that will bore you.

5. Andy Lawrence made me laugh. Although there are brief encounters between the two, when they are together they are so witty and funny. To some extent, Andy can empathize with Kate’s feeling of having to appear perfect for America. As the love interest, Andy barely takes up 1% of the book and I do wish there was more of him.

Honestly, it was a lovely balance between plot and romance. Unlike many YA novels, Kate is described as somebody with no serious relationships previously, so this relationship is light-hearted . Many times authors suddenly make the character seem unrealistically experienced romantically and thrown into a serious relationship.

I loved this book very much and I highly recommend it to everybody. It left me wanting more and I cannot wait to read another one of Ms. Thorne’s works. Enjoy this book!

5 Out of 5 Cups of Tea

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Tea Recommendation:

I would say drink a cinnamon and spicy tea. It’ll keep you excited for the plot that’s very fast paced.

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Lots of love,

Phyllis

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