The Wrong Side of Right
Let's talk politics. Well, politics in the book. Those who follow closely with US politics would find this (unfortunately) fictional political race for the Oval Office to be a breath of fresh, beautiful, pure air. With a straightforward candidate from the Republican Party (hello, Kate's father) and the current US President (not Obama) from the Democrats, the presidential election is not without gimmicks but is relatively free of mudslinging that has been plaguing our 2016 election since the announcement of several candidates. (I need to stop! Because if I don't, I'm going to blab about why the current election is a total mess. Though I doubt I do indeed need to explain thanks to how dramatic and infamous this election has been.)
Kate is a liberal. Of course, she will have to hide her true self in order for her biological father's conservative campaign to work properly without too many hitches. She is skilled in her ways of being a smooth-talker, even though she isn't her father's biggest fan. Though Kate isn't a very funny person, she does have her moments. (The President's son will take the honor of being the most humorous and rebellious person in the entire book.) But the best part of her is her heart, which helps prop the plot forward and keep the story moving.
The conflict is absolutely fun. The election, of course, is one of them, and it is not without some (rather polite, I must point out) mudslinging and jabs between the two candidates. Then there is Kate herself who is struggling with her feelings for the President's son, which makes so much delicious content and drama. The story is rather light-hearted, though there are a few serious (and heartwarming) moments when the book touches on real life subjects. (And that is awesome!)
The ending leaves so much potential for the novel as a whole and seals up the plot quite nicely. It gives the book an illusion of a normal Contemporary Romance novel despite its unique plot and its (moderate) take on current day politics. I would love a sequel to see what happens next, because the romance between the President's son and Kate deserves a few more bricks in foundation (and of course, I would love to read a fictional election that isn't a joke). I demand more pages to be added.
Overall, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT is a delightful novel of a girl and her long-lost father. But it isn't just that. It is more. It is about her finding her strength, about finding new love, and about taking a stance. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good old tale of forbidden love set in a political atmosphere.
Rating: Four out of Five
This book was an absolute perfect read for me. It had elements from some of my favourite books and TV shows but still felt completely new. I didn’t want to stop reading and ended up finishing it in one day. The only reason I stopped reading was because I had to. The book was sadly over.
Kate was a character I found myself empathizing with easily, even when she made decisions I didn’t agree with. She was doing her best but she was just thrown into the world of politics with little understanding of just how important every little detail was or how wrong moves were used against them by their opponents. She was never sure of her place in the family, she definitely had strong opinions, and really, she just wanted approval. I also really liked that she loved history and her reasons why. She was one of my favourite characters so far this year.
The other characters were all so great as well. The Senator was around less than the rest of the family, busy with the campaign, but I thought the awkward way he would interact with Kate was believable. He was a hard person to get to know, as said many times in the book, and it definitely cam across. Meg, his wife, was just awesome. She could have easily turned into a scorned stepmother type character, being mean to her husband’s love child, but instead she was warm and accepting and protective of Kate. They truly bonded and it was so nice. The twins, Gracie and Gabe, were adorable. Gracie was the outgoing one and Gabe was painfully shy. I loved seeing the bond developing between them and Kate.
The synopsis was right when it compared this book to Princess Diaries and Aaron Sorkin. Kate wasn’t suddenly royalty but she was thrust into the spotlight without being prepared. The campaign and political aspect, along with the speeches, gave the book a West Wing feel, which was where the Aaron Sorkin comparison would come in. I loved it. The politics were written in a way that I could still understand even though I don’t know a lot about American politics. There was so much work that went into every little detail of every appearance and every word spoken. It was exhausting just reading about it. There was also a bit of a Something Real aspect to it regarding the kids in the spotlight and the effects it can have on them.
The romance aspect of the book was very light. There was a boy, the son of Kate’s father’s rival, and the way he and Kate played off each other was so fun to read. Andy could understand her in a way no one else could since he was also a teenager constantly in the spotlight of his father’s campaign. It was a slow burn romance and I fell for it. Hard.
I don’t tend to re-read a lot of books but this is one I will very likely pick up again. It was that good. And it has PEI on the cover.