About The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an ElectionPaperback: 272 Pages
November 25, 2018
Brit Kitridge’s plan was just to get her high school diploma and head to college and med school, but nobody can escape from fate, or is it history? The Beginner’s Guide To Winning an Election reveals our main character’s love for history, and after a summer reading books that fuel her passion for politics, Brit decides to join TM (Team Mathew), a fourteen-member group that has helped Mathew Boltanski win every election he’s ever entered. Now he’s going for the big one—student body president.
By orchestrating brilliant campaigns one after the other, TM has made Matthew a national young star and promising politician who could even run for higher office in Washington. When Brit is accused of sabotaging the team, she realizes that Hawthorn High has its secrets, and someone needs to shed some light on them. The story is set in a world six years ahead of our time. Security is a constant issue.
Politics isn’t black-and-white, it’s not even gray anymore. Inflation is out of control and the educational system is in crisis. But what happens when you find out what’s really going on? What do you do with secrets no one but you wants to hold up to the light?
About Michael R. French
National best selling author Michael French is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University. He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an avid mountain trekker, likes to visit developing countries, and with his wife, Patricia, started a 501(c) 3, Dollars4Schools, to support public school teachers in Santa Fe.
He has published twenty four books, including fiction, young adult fiction, biographies, and art criticism. His novel, Abingdon’s, was a bestseller and a Literary Guild Alternate Selection. His young adult novel, Pursuit, was awarded the California Young Reader Medal.
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I wasn't quite sure about this book at first, mainly because it's not really a genre I would typically pick up to read, or enjoy.
But, I found that it actually turned out to be quite a fun story, fast paced and pretty easy read. Keep in mind that it is a YA novel.
The story takes place in 2025 in a High School, where Brit is running for student body president. She believes in being transparent and honest, but her opponent Matt has other ideas in mind and will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and that is to win the election by beating Brit at all costs.
It doesn't help that he has money behind him, something Brit doesn't, but what she does have is a determination to bring to light the corruption and wrong doings she has uncovered.
Unfortunately that might not be as easy as she would think, since everyone around seems to be in Matt's pocket and perfectly happy with the corruption that abounds.
I did find some of the things going on a little out there, but then I had to remind myself that it is set in the future.
Overall, I think young adults may find this book interesting and somewhat informative when it comes to their voice being heard, voting and standing up for what you believe in.