The Beginner’s Guide To Winning An Election by Michael R. French | Book Review

3 reasons to pick up The Beginner’s Guide To Winning An Election

  1. Main character, Britain, is easy to relate to as a teenaged girl trying to find her place in the world and contemplating what changes she can make without compromising her values
  2. Despite this being a YA novel set in high school, the plot centers on adult issues like historical events and their effects and political compromises for the greater good.
  3. This YA novel includes adults who make their presence known, even when they allow the teens to learn to be responsible for their actions and the consequences.

Synopsis From The Publisher

In 2025, the “youthification” of democracy has inspired younger candidates to challenge the ineffective and hypocritical gray-hairs in Congress. Running for student body president at an Indiana high school, political novice Brit Kitridge takes on incumbent Matthew Boltanski, who, with help from a mystery backer, already has his eyes set on Washington. Brit gains courage and insights from a wise history teacher on how to win, but ultimately finds a maze of deceit and corruption in her school. Is exposing the truth enough to win the election?

My Review

I enjoyed the story idea which exaggerated the youth and inexperience of many of our elected officials and imagined a world where high school government becomes even more influential and teenagers are targeted for the role they will play even before they become adults. Although the synopsis reveals a lot of where the plot would go, it took a while to set-up and there were moments when the character exchanges and internal dialogue felt awkward and unrealistic.
The futuristic time-line was an immediate attraction but the technology mentioned seemed on par with the present rather than the future, and there weren’t many campaigns that haven’t already happened.  I did, however, appreciate when the author stuck to following Brit’s political objective of increasing awareness about political wrong doing, even when she broke some rules herself trying to achieve the greater good.

Despite the appearance of the lone girl on the cover of this teen-focussed novel, there was quite a diverse adult presence in the form of mentors, villains and turncoats, and the multiplicity of ages and ideas presented on the pages upped the story’s universal appeal.

Book Details

Title: The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election

Author: Michael R. French

Format: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: Moot Point Productions

Publication Date: November, 2018

Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to complete this assessment of the book but my views expressed above are honest and without bias. I was not otherwise compensated for providing my review. Thanks to TLC Books Tours and Moot Point Productions for the opportunity to read and share my views on this inspiring story.TLC Tours

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you so much for your perceptive review of my political novel. You make (to me) particularly important points about the role adults play in the lives of teenagers, for better or worse, directly and indirectly, and Britain’s character arc of courage shows her understanding of this.


  2. Sara Strand says:

    I just finished this this weekend and my review is.. the 15th I think? But I really enjoyed this one and my daughter is reading this and then my friend who teaches high school English wants this for her classroom! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


    1. Run Wright says:

      What did your daughter think? I would be interested to see how a teenaged reader enjoyed this book.


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