Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

This book was recommended to me when I asked for suggestions of inspiring and soothing reads. I thought it might be interesting because the recent election has made me more interested in politics (at least on a fictional level, and yes, that does mean I have started watching The West Wing).

Meg loves to play tennis. She has plenty of friends at the exclusive private school she goes to. She just wishes she got to spend a little more time with her mom, who is an up-and-coming Senator. But when her mom takes her aside for a special talk, she is shocked to discover that Mom is running for President! Can Meg and her family survive this wild ride?

I thought this book was sweet and charming. But it does still talk about real issues - lack of privacy in the lives of the families of politicians, people who can't cope with being around them, and people who just want to use them for a few minutes of fame. I also liked that the relationship between Meg and her mother Katharine was very difficult, not sugarcoated. I think that's pretty typical of teenage/parent relationships. If you enjoy YA fiction, give this one a try. Four stars, and I definitely plan to read the rest of the books in this series.
Tags: books 2008, fiction
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