Joining the family she never knew she had on the presidential campaign trail, Kate tries to find her place in both. Sticking to the script seems safe at first, until she meets, and falls for, rebellious Andy, who just happens to work for the rival campaign. In fact, he’s the incumbent president’s son. Can she trust him, or is he just trying to cause a scandal? To make matters more complicated, when her best friend’s family is threatened with deportation, Kate learns that falling in line with her new family’s politics might not be a compromise she’s willing to make. Under a level of scrutiny she never thought possible, Kate must figure out what she really wants, and how to get it, especially when she finds herself on the wrong side of right. Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, The Wrong Side of Right is equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries — with a dash of Aaron Sorkin for good measure.
First Sentence: The moment my horrible yearbook photo first appeared on millions of televisions, sending jaws dropping, phones ringing, and joggers tumbling off their treadmills across America, I was in the middle of my AP US history final.
Ever since I saw the words “Fans of…Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut” on goodreads and “For fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick” on the back of the ARC of The Wrong Side of Right, I absolutely knew, without a doubt, that I had to get my hands on The Wrong Side of Right. I am obsessed with Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door and The Wrong Side of Right being compared to Huntley Fitzpatrick’s work is the highest compliment anyone could ever give. In the end, The Wrong Side of Right was an enjoyable read, but it didn’t quite live up to Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books.
I collapsed onto the sofa. “How do they know so much about me?”
Louis shrugged affably. “Most of it was in the New York Times article.” (ARC 22)
I love how strong Kate Quinn was. If I was put in her situation, I would be hiding in my house all day like a hermit, constantly in denial, never mind going out and helping my dad campaign for presidency. If I was part of the campaign, I would be stuttering, messing things up, and never know when to be meek and shut up about my opinion unlike Kate. Basically, I would be the worst political daughter ever, the opposite of how Kate was. The best part is, Kate’s personality feels so real. Her personality wasn’t fake nor was it overdone.
I was worried that The Wrong Side of Right and I wouldn’t get along since 1. It is a contemporary book and contemporary books and I rarely get along and 2. It is a book about politics, which I don’t understand and get on my nerves. Even though The Wrong Side of Right casually mentions the Republican party and what their values are (is “values” even the right word for it?), I found myself not feeling annoyed or bored with all that information.
Although the romance in The Wrong Side of Right had its cute moments, I do wish that the romance had more time to develop. We get to watch Kate slowly fall for the love interest since The Wrong Side of Right is told from Kate’s point of view, but we don’t get to know the love interest’s side of things, which makes the romance part of the book not work for me. I really want to know why the love interest would pay so much attention to Kate when he can get any other girl out there. What makes Kate so special that he had to pay attention to her, besides the fact that she understands him? I want to go more in depth with their relationship.
“I don’t think so. I’ve known you for five days, Kate Quinn, but I can tell you right now – you’re a lot less of a squirmer than you think you are.” (ARC 67)
The Wrong Side of Right was also a little too long for me. It was a perfectly great read until I reached around the two-thirds mark. From there, the book slowed down and eventually picked up again at around the three-fourths mark. From then on, everything went smoothly.
Overall, The Wrong Side of Right was an enjoyable read. I’ll definitely recommend The Wrong Side of Right to people looking to read a contemporary political book that won’t annoy them or turn them off in any way.