The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election is a teen and young adult novel about a spunky teenaged girl named Brit Kitridge who decides to run for student body president of her high school. Her opponent, the popular incumbent determined on a future in politics, is only one of the obstacles she faces down while learning to navigate the seedy underbelly of campaigning. Michael French has written the perfect book to expose youth to politics, good and bad. I feel like we need more younger people involved, or at the very least more informed about our government and the politics behind the scenes, if there is any chance for a promising future. In this book, the themes at issue are displayed in a way that feels real and honest to a person of that age while still pushing the notion that there is more and worse out there. Every character was developed well and the ending was satisfying, hopeful and realistic.
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