For fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick comes 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.
"A real page-turner, full of romance and intrigue" —Chicago Tribune
"Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, and Huntley Fitzpatrick" —Glitter.com
"Both intelligent and heartfelt" —Booklist, starred review
"Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will appreciate this well-crafted story about love and family" —SLJ
"Smart, fresh, [with] a delicious, secret romance" —Publishers Weekly
"Fast-paced...will keep the reader coming back for more"—SLC
"High-stakes...a compulsively readable debut" —The Horn Book Guide
"A 'can't put down' book" —San Jose Mercury News
At the end of her junior year, Kate Quinn discovers that her recently deceased mother had an affair with Republican Senator Mark Cooper who happens to be running for president and that Kate was the result. Eager to make things right with his new daughter, his family, and voters, Senator Cooper invites Kate on the campaign trail with his wife and two children, who become Kate's new stepmother and stepsiblings. Kate soon finds herself at the center of the Republican political machine and a storm of scandal, eager to get to know her father and win over this new, unexpected family, while attempting to maintain her own identity. In a smart, fresh, and engaging debut, Thorne offers an enticing glimpse at what unfolds behind convention stages while exploring Kate's complicated family past, as well as what it's like to be thrust into a national spotlight that can be as cruel as it is welcoming. Add in a delicious, secret romance with the President's son, and readers will be hoping for a sequel to this political page-turner. Ages 12 up.
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This book is fantastic! It’s so sweet and Kate is relatable and charming. It made me laugh out loud and tear up multiple times. Would definitely recommend!
Cute and entertaining contemporary read
The Wrong Side of Right really took me by surprise. I really enjoyed this story and the characters and found the relationships really compelling and interesting. Yes, there is some romance, but it's actually the family relationships that take center stage and are the most gripping.
Kate is a very likable MC. Her struggle to navigate the political machine and stand up for what she believes in felt realistic, even though I have never been faced with those kinds of situations. Her life as she has known it is completely flipped upside down and she is forced to hit the ground running all while under the scrutiny of the media and public. I can't imagine that I would be able to handle it all with such grace as a teenager. I loved the bond that formed between her half siblings, Grace and Gabe, and especially the relationship that developed with her step mother, Meg. Meg really stepped up when Mark dropped the parenting ball and I loved her progression through the story. I did wish for more moments with Andy, but that's just the romantic in me. He was adorably sweet and I thought their enemies to friends to lovers story line was too cute.
The Wrong Side of Right was a little long and I'm not a huge fan of politics, so those parts dragged a little for me, but overall, it was a very entertaining and cute contemporary story that I definitely recommend.