The Wrong Side Of Right by Jenn Marie ThorneThe Wrong Side Of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

The Wrong Side Of Right

byJenn Marie Thorne

Hardcover | November 24, 2016

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Fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jenny Han, and Meg Cabot will adore this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of The West Wing

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.
Jenn Marie Thorne graduated from NYU-Tisch with a BFA in drama and quickly realized she was having more fun writing plays, short films, and superhero webisodes than actually performing in them. Then, when a flurry of political scandals hit the news, Jenn wondered what the kids at the center of the media's attention must be going throug...
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Title:The Wrong Side Of RightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:November 24, 2016Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0803740573

ISBN - 13:9780803740570

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It started out strong and interesting but then started to get repetitive and dragged on near the middle/end. However, it was still a well-written book with an interesting plot and great characters.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really loved it! It was a nice light read with interesting characters and an attention grabbing plot. Overall loved it. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Book This is a great young adult/teen book. I liked the main character and really liked the stepmother.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I really loved reading this. It was cute and sometimes made you pause and think. Loved the characters though, and the plot was super interesting. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is pretty good I really enjoyed it! It's hard for me to relate to some of the characters though.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed! I liked the plot and characters, excited for more books to come from Jenn!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Debut! Picture this: Your mom is dead. You’ve never known your dad. Your life has become a dull and quiet routine ever since she passed. Until one day, you find a camera crew outside your school. You find out your dad is the senator. And the candidate for the Republican party. He wants you to join his family, but more importantly, his campaign. You’re not even Republican. What now? Jenn Marie Thorne’s debut, The Wrong Side of Right doesn’t waste any time mulling about—right from the start it cuts to the chase and has Kate meet her father, and luckily it keeps that great pacing throughout the story. Seriously. I devoured this book, only stopping when I had to go to work, even though I’m not really involved with politics—nonetheless American* politics. You also don’t have to be a Republican or have any political stance to read and enjoy this book. But I would recommend being open to reading about the behind-the-scenes of politics since its the backdrop for the overwhelming majority of the story. Everything about this story just felt right. From Kate’s immensely awkward first-encounters with the senator and her stepmom, to Kate searching her dad up on Wikipedia after she discovered who he was, it was all so realistic that I couldn’t see it playing out any other way. I especially loved how all of the relationships took their time to develop, and you could really see the difference by the end of the story, especially with the senator and Meg. All of the characters, even the kids, were three dimensional. It’s also so refreshing to read a contemporary that’s not revolved around romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance (and admittedly would’ve liked to see more of Andy, who’s the son of Senator Cooper’s rival) but it was sort of nice to see it take a backseat. …Except for one thing. It didn’t distract me from really liking this book, but it is what’s holding me back from giving it five stars. It’s the fact that I didn’t really feel connected to Kate. I empathized with her, definitely, and rooted for her but that spark just wasn’t there.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So perfect Kate Quinn never knew her father and when her mother died last year, she was taken in by her aunt and uncle. Until her father one days shows up in their living room and claims that he wants to get to know her, that he wants to introduce her to his family. One catch: he’s a Senator running for the presidency. Of the United States. Kate’s life goes from everyday teenager to campaign strategy before she even knows what’s happening. It’s hard enough to process the fact that her father’s alive, has a wife and two other kids, and wants her to stay with them. It’s impossible when everyone is suddenly watching her every move. 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.
Date published: 2015-04-01

Read from the Book

They didn't seem at all snooty like I'd worried they would be, given their prestigious school and the pedigrees of their families. And if they knew anything about me from the news, they made a really good show of pretending otherwise. Tonight, I wasn't the top story. I was just the new girl that their friend Andy wouldn't shut up about. I stole glances at him over dinner, noticing the way his fingers grazed mine as he passed me plates of food, how he made a point of including me in the conversation—and yeah, okay, I might have also noticed that he was weirdly handsome, sort of rakish when he grinned and probably still as athletic as that US Weekly photo underneath his preppy blazer. He caught me looking once and I thought for a horrifying second he'd tease me, but he just kind of flushed and Lucy, the girl sitting opposite, smiled at us like we were a basket of kittens.Did she think we were on a date? Did he?Once the meal was cleared and the party seemed to be dwindling, I wished red-haired Jake a happy birthday and thanked him sincerely for including me.He glanced at Andy. "Isn't she coming?""Hopefully," Andy said.Jake grinned appreciatively. "Badass.""Coming to what?" I asked. "I was getting to that." Andy stuck his hands in his pockets. "So there's this concert. Kudzu Giants. Do you know them?"I laughed. "Uh, yeah!"Everyone knew them. They were huge, in constant rotation on the radio but still completely indie in their sensibility. Penny and I were both obsessed with them, but our parents had never let us see them play live.Andy grinned. "Wanna come?"We hopped in an armored SUV with four others, including Secret Service. A guy with a camera ran out of the restaurant after us and Andy just managed to slam the car door before he could snap a shot. And, like that, I realized what a stupid idea this was.That photographer had missed his chance of landing the front page of tomorrow's tabloids by less than a second. I could picture the headline now:"Bipartisan Partying: Andy and Kate Hit the Town."If this got out, it would be humiliating—not just for me, but for the senator and his staffers, whose jobs revolved around demonstrating how different I was from the president's son.Sensing my mood shift, Andy squeezed my arm. "I won't let them take a picture of us. I'd be in bigger shit than you, trust me."That should have been comforting. But somehow I sensed that Andy didn't really care how much trouble he got into. He was courting it just by calling me, inviting me out. Was that the real reason I was here? So Andy could feel the thrill of rebellion?The thought hit me dully. It felt uncomfortably like truth.The car was moving, and I wasn't dramatic enough to open the door at a stoplight and bolt, especially given the security detail surrounding us. But as we drove, I forged a plan. Once we got to the concert, I would call a cab and head straight back to the Coopers' house, no matter how much I was dying to hear Kudzu Giants—see them, live, in person . . .No. Whatever game Andy was playing, I didn't want any part of it.As the car pulled into the back alley of the concert venue, I slid my hand into my bag. My fingers scrambled around my wallet, my set of house keys, a tube of Cherry Chapstick. Where was my cell phone?Andy held the car door open for me and I reluctantly climbed out, scanning the building for its name, location, any tidbit I could tell the taxi company so they'd know where to get me. Finally my eyes landed on a sign—a red, white, and blue one."Reelect Lawrence ~ Benefit Concert."My bag dropped to the ground.Everyone had piled happily out of the two cars behind me, but I let them pass, staring up at the campaign poster on the VIP door. Andy doubled back, his hand extended.I picked up my bag and clutched it to me. Backed away. "Why did you bring me here?"He grinned, all innocence. "I told you. For the band." His friends waited impatiently at the back entrance, waving for us to join them. "Come on, Quinn, I snuck out of the White House for this."I relaxed. A little. "You're not supposed to be here either?""No, I told you. House arrest until they can figure out how to spin me for the campaign. We're gonna watch from the wings—I've got a buddy that fundraises for my dad, he's hooking us up. Secret Service won't tell my folks unless they ask, which they won't. They won't even come in this way. They'll never know."I made one more attempt to find my phone, and then I pictured it—sitting on my bedside table back at the Coopers', still attached to its charger. And like that, the charge got sapped right out of me. In my nervousness about coming out tonight, I'd forgotten my cell phone. How could I be so stupid?Behind me, the alley was empty, the cars that brought us already gone. As Andy glanced over his shoulder, I pressed my hand to my forehead. I could borrow a phone—call a taxi and bribe the driver not to say where he'd picked me up, but I didn't like the odds that he'd keep quiet, given how much Nancy had told me tabloids paid for scoops. And this was a scoop.I could walk away. Find a payphone on the street. Did street payphones even exist in neighborhoods like this?A low rumble rose up from the building—a thrumming bass line, and then drums. They were starting."Nobody will know we're here." I declared it more than asked it. Willed it to be true. "You promise."Andy pressed his hands against my shoulders like he was holding me together."I promise."There was something solid about the way he said it, like his feet were rooted into the ground. I decided to trust him. For now. Just this once. 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Wrong Side of Right"First-time novelist Jenn Marie Thorne has crafted a real page-turner, full of romance and intrigue. A great beach read for older neonates and young teens."—Chicago Tribune"Fits so perfectly in the present day [political] zeitgeist . . . without veering to preachiness or sacrificing [Thorne's] funny, lively story."—Bustle.com"If a swoony novel is what you're looking for, then this is the novel for you! It's perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Huntley Fitzpatrick. . . . We devoured this book full of heart and know that you will too."—Glitter.com"Both intelligent and heartfelt, as Kate finds unexpected love as well as unimagined courage. . . . Not only does Thorne give readers a moving coming-of-age story, but casts a critical eye on the state of American politics."—Booklist, starred review "Absorbing and timely."—Kirkus "Smart and well-executed . . . It is easy to like strong, intelligent Kate . . . and the adults in her life are realistically complicated. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will appreciate this well-crafted story about love and family."—School Library Journal"A smart, fresh, and engaging debut . . . Add in a delicious, secret romance . . . and readers will be hoping for a sequel to this political page-turner."—Publishers Weekly"A fast-paced, complicated romance and coming-of-age story that will keep the reader coming back for more."—School Library Connection"The combination of high-stakes politics, forbidden romance, and family drama make for a compulsively readable debut."—The Horn Book Guide"A 'can't put down' book."—San Jose Mercury News “Whip-smart and heartbreaking and such a blast to read. I flew through this book.”—Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love “I am obsessed with the smart, original, and captivating look behind the scenes in this high-stakes political drama. The Wrong Side of Right reminds me of Veep or The West Wing—only better, because it has teenagers.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life “An effervescent story about family, friendship, politics, and discovering who you are—I loved every word. And Andy Lawrence is totally my new book boyfriend.”—Kara Taylor, author of the Prep School Confidential series “I love this book! Kate Quinn is strong and smart and really, really needs to run for president.”—Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen and Heaven Is Paved with Oreos