Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been friends since kindergarden and one of them will become the President of the United States. The story follows each of the girls as they deal with their own struggles through their last year of high school.
Spoiler Free Review:
I originally picked this book up because it was the April pick for the Barnes & Noble YA Book Club, but due to COVID, it was moved to an online liveshow type of thing. I did not want to attend that because I just wasn’t interested in it, I like the people at my local store that I get to chat with. I don’t think that I would have given this book a second glance had it not been for the book club, so I was pleasantly surprised!
The overarching theme of this book was definitely friendship. There was some romance sprinkled in, but it always came back to the friendship. Sometimes someone would mess up, but they knew how to communicate and apologize and always had each other’s backs. It was just so nice to see, especially because the friendship was so much more of a priority in the story than the romance.
I also really liked that there was an air of mystery, since I was constantly trying to guess which girl would become President. There is a pretty major hint in the prologue, but it definitely had me guessing until the very end. What I thought was interesting was that I could see each of them in that position. They were all quite different people with different backgrounds and goals, but I could still see each one’s path to becoming President.
I also loved that this book tackled so many different issues. One character begins working with kids in wheelchairs and has to confront her discomfort around people with disabilities. Another character deals with depression and working to find more about her birth family. A bunch of other stuff happens, but those are the two that stick out to me. This point is interesting because I liked that it tackled so many issues, but at the same time, I wish it had spent more time on each. The book is fairly short, so there wasn’t a ton of room to be exploring each girl’s story in a ton of depth.
The ending of this book definitely got me a little emotional. The bond between friends was just so sweet and inspiring. Also, seeing a female President…that definitely got to me.
Overall, I thought this was a fun book! It’s not something I would normally pick up, but I appreciate it for what it was and I had enjoyable time reading it. I think if you like YA contemporaries, this is definitely a good one to check out!