The First Affair: A Novel

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The First Affair: A Novel

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Atria Books | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

The First Affair: A Novel is rated 2 out of 5 by 1.
Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.

An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.

With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 145164342X

ISBN - 13: 9781451643428

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Okay" Intern falls for president, quasi-relationship ensues, deal with fallout. That pretty much sums up the plot of The First Affair. To sum up my feelings about this book: okay. It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible, it was an average okay, even within the chick lit genre. I felt it was a step up from this duo's previous novel, Between You and Me; it's characters were okay, the plot was okay... there's nothing that stands out as great or horrible. For more info on it, feel free to check out my complete review: http://guiltypleasurebooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/chick-lit-the-first-affair/
Date published: 2013-08-04

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The First Affair: A Novel

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 145164342X

ISBN - 13: 9781451643428

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First Affair Chapter One June 11 When I arrived at the White House the President was our shared responsibility, beyond also being the adjective attached to everything in the building. The Rutland administration. The Rutland agenda. The Rutland luncheon. He was the word in every fifth sentence, a ubiquitous stamped signature, a photograph over the royal-blue carpet on the way to the staff entrance. Under normal circumstances he would never even have known my name, but I unwittingly entered the White House at a time when we collectively sidestepped normal as a nation. As a Vassar poli-sci major, my ambition had been for a job in urban development—before my scope rapidly widened to include anything without a name tag. My wealthier classmates had staved off the demoralizing hunt with grad school applications, but my debt already verged on not-get-out-of-bed paralyzing, so I applied for summer internships, the longest of long shots being for the White House. As much as I couldn’t afford it, I prayed the unsalaried credential might be the key line item to differentiate my résumé. I’d heard that was especially true at Starbucks. I’ll never know for certain, but I assume it was the recommendation from Lena’s mom, Gail, a major political fundraiser, that tipped the scales. Whatever it was, one day I was resigned to moving home and picking up shifts at Chili’s, and the next I was sprung via Amtrak from Poughkeepsie to the West Wing. I was a
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Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.

An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.

With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.

About the Author

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Dedication, Nanny Returns, and their young adult novels, The Real Real and Over You. They work together in New York City. For more information visit EmmaAndNicola.com.

Editorial Reviews

“A dishy, sometimes somber, scandalous tale of what happens when you fall in love with the president of the United States.”
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