Published by Dial
Pub Date: March 17th 2015
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.
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.
I loved Kate. Kate Quinn was such an honest, smart, kind character. Considering she was thrust into this completely new world with people she’s never known before, I thought she was really stable. She was in a lot of emotional situations, which caused me to shed quite a few tears, and she didn’t always stand up for herself, but she really learned how to handle both of those things by the end. I was just really proud of this kid!
Kate had really amazing relatives, but none of them moved me more than her relationship with her stepmom. Her dad was a hard nut to crack, but her stepmom was amazing, amazing, amazing. Their whole relationship could’ve been a complete disaster but instead Jenn Marie Thorne wrote a beautiful one. Kate’s developing relationship with her siblings was also really moving. But none of those made me cry as much as what she was trying to build with her dad. It was a struggle and I really wanted to slap him at certain points, but it’s what made her realize what was best for her. That and the many a-holes in her dad’s campaign. Seriously, some of those characters I wanted to straight up punch in the face myself! UGH!
There is a bit of a romance in this book, but it’s definitely not the focus. Thorne writes Andy Lawrence as more of a friendship, giving Kate someone she can talk to. It never really felt like it was Kate’s focus though. She liked him, but he certainly seemed to like her more. I thought Andy was fun and cute, and I think Kate saw him that way too. She had so much going on with her new family that it wouldn’t have seemed authentic for her to be all about a new romance, so their relationship really worked for this story.
Since this book does revolve around a presidential campaign there is a lot of campaigning going on. I thought it was an interesting look into that world and what the families and children of candidates have to go through. It all seemed really exhausting to me. There were also political issues that were brought up but one specifically plays a huge role: immigration. Being first generation Mexican-American this particular aspect of the story really hit home with me. Mind you, none of my family is here illegally, I’ve known people throughout the years who were though. I’m not going to get into what I believe because it’s not what this is about. I really appreciate Jenn Marie Thorne writing it into this book though.
The Wrong Side of Right totally found its way into my heart. The story was unique and written so authentically. It was solid! And I totally agree that this is great read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick. So don’t miss it!
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