Title: The Wrong Side of Right
Author: Jenn Marie Thorne
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Excerpt 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?
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.
Kate comes home one day only to find that her house is surrounded with reporters and people she has never seen before inside her house. Along with these people is a man who is running for president, someone who just might be her father. Before Kate realizes it, DNA tests are performed to confirm the rumors that Kate’s father is one of the candidates running for president. The test come back positive and before she can grasp the enormity of the situation, Kate is living with her father’s family and joining his campaign.
Kate has spent her whole life wondering who her father might be and would never have guessed that he was a well known politician who is running for president. Kate slowly adjusts to life with her new family. She has a half brother, half sister, and a stepmother. Her father isn’t around much due to the campaign, but she soaks in every word he says and swells with love at every little hug, gesture, or look he gives her.
I really liked Kate. She reacted to her situations just like any other teenage girl would. She was nervous, doubtful, and shy. The thing I loved about Kate the most was her kindness. When her younger half sister has moments of jealously, Kate is kind and sweet, even if she is upset with her sister. And then there is Andy, the current president’s son. Their relationship starts off as something friendly, but turns into something more over time. I was so grateful for was the fact that there was no instalove or love triangles. Just an adorable, slow burning friendship that evolves into a darling relationship.
The relationship between Kate and her stepmom was also an interesting one. Initially, Kate’s stepmom resents her because Kate is the physical outcome of her husband’s affair. Over time, Kate’s stepmother begins to love Kate like her own child. Kate feel very lucky to be so close to her stepmother, especially after her own mother died. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to have a second mom.
There isn’t much development in Kate and her father’s relationship until towards the end of the book. The outcome of their relationship was endearing and charming. I feel as though many readers can connect with this book, especially those who didn’t meet their biological parents until later in life.
This book is well-paced and kept me captivating from beginning to end. The Wrong Side of Right is a book that is centered around love, second chances, and finding the silver lining. I believe many people will enjoy this story and will closely relate to those who have been in similar situations as Kate.
4 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Jenn Marie Thorne writes YA fiction from her home in beautiful Gulfport, Florida, alongside her dashing husband, her two daring toddlers, and her trusty hound Molly. An NYU-Tisch grad with a BFA in Drama, Jenn still enjoys making a fool of herself on at least a weekly basis. Other hobbies include writing about herself in the third-person, studying classical voice, learning languages, and traveling the world with her family.