Book Review: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

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The Wrong Side of Right
by Jenn Marie Thorne
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Series: stand alone
Published: March 15 2015
Rating: Politically correct

“But it occurred to me suddenly that trust wasn't an object, not something that arrived on your doorstep, solid and absolute. It was a decision, a leap.” 

The is the review of a reread because I recently read The Inside of Out and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to give this one a reread.  I also wanted to reread it in light of the current political apocalypse that is going on.  It is the story of seventeen-year-old Kate Quinn who unexpectedly finds that she is the daughter of the republican candidate for President of the United States.  The premise is a little silly but is grounded quite well.  I never noticed myself being pulled out the story because something seemed unrealistic. 

Here is the thing.  If you are looking for a swoony romance this book is going to disappoint you. It is kind of marketed as such but that kind of does the book a disservice.  There is a romance but it is very much in second place.  The real relationship and character development is between Kate and her new family.  Specifically, between Kate and her father.

One things that I found interesting about this book was the way that Kate’s views and ideas about her mother change.  Her mother has died about a year before the events of the story.  She was a wonderful person and Kate loves her.  She also had secrets.  Kate had to accept that her mother was more than what she seemed.  You can never really know someone completely.  Everyone has hidden places in their souls and events in their past.  One of the biggest steps in growing up is realizing that our parents are people with lives and motivations that extend beyond us. 

I really liked Kate.  I understood why she was willing to bend so far and compromise so much to keep this new idea of family.  Even when she was giving in she never felt weak to me.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I thought that is was touching that the year of smiling for other people after her mother’s death gives her an insight into how her father is feeling and acting on the campaign trail. 

Kate’s father the Senator was a tough nut to crack. Keeps Kate at an emotional distance and watching them both lower their guards to try to become father and daughter was my favorite aspect of the book.  One of the funniest parts of the book was one where she is discussing music with her father and he admits to liking Bob Dylan.  “But you’re Republican!” is her confused response.  But Mark Cooper is the Republican that we all dream about.  You know, the one who is actually working for fiscal responsibility and small business owners rather than pandering to hate.  Smart and well-spoken I wouldn’t be horrified by the people in this fictional world who vote for him

Meg, Kate’s new stepmother is the epitome of grace.  Even though she knew about her husband’s unfaithfulness all though years ago it cannot have been easy to being another woman’s child into your family.  Never once does she take out her stress or frustration on Kate.  I, like Kate, love her unconditionally.

The Wrong Side of Right was funny, well thought out, warm, and well written.  I am going to be look for more of Jenn Marie Thorne’s books as they come out because I am officially a fan.

From Goodreads:
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?