Review: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne


The Wrong Side of Right
Series: None
Author: Jenn Marie Thorne
Published March 17th 2015 by Dial Books

Goodreads Synopsis
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.

I've just read an eARC of From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, and I thought this would be a perfect YA book to read afterwards.

The Wrong Side of Right tells the story of Kate, who's mother recently died, and unexpectedly discovers her father's identity, which comes as a massive shock. an even bigger shock is the fact that her father is a senator, and on top of that, is a presidential candidate. Kate, who wasn't really that bothered about politics, except to pass her AP classes, is now thrust into the political world. On top of having to deal with being thrust into the public light, Kate has to deal with the fact that she has now has a father, a stepmother, and siblings, and how she fits into the family dynamic.

I really enjoyed the realness of Kate's characters. She never appeared too 'perfect', and you could always tell that whilst she may be appearing calm, and is dealing with the situation, on the outside, on the inside there is a vulnerability that just endeared Kate to me even more. I'm currently 20 years old, and am dealing with my political views in the run up to the general election, which I can now vote in. I felt for Kate greatly at times, as she was struggling to deal with her father's Republican policies, but had no way to show her displeasure as she was part of the campaign's public persona.

Andy Lawrence was an amazing male lead, and the interactions between himself and Kate were so beautiful that I just wished there were more. I understood Kate's wariness in becoming close with Andy, and I thought this aspect of their relationship seemed so real, and made the whole book appear more relatable, and more enjoyable. The epilogue was perfection: it was everything I could ever want, with the exception of a sequel just about their relationship.

By far by favourite feature of this book was seeing the family grow closer and closer, especially between Kate and her new found siblings. The scenes between Kate and Gabe were by favourite, as they seemed really similar, and brought out the best in each other. 

All in all this was an exceptional debut by Thorne, and I can't wait to read more from her in the future!

Dates Read:
April 14th, 2015

5 Stars  

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