It’s 1992 and we’re transported to a New Jersey high school where the election for school president is underway. Initially, the title was automatically going to Tracy Flick. Tracy is your typical brown noser and no one has bothered running against her. That is, until popular teacher Jim McAllister recommends that star football player Paul Warren run as well. Suddenyl everything is in upheaval, especially once Paul’s emo younger sister Tammy decides to run too.
Election may sound pretty straight forward, especially considering it is barely 200 pages, but there is a lot of subplot going on as well. Mr M is having marital issues, mainly due to infertility issues with his wife. Because his marriage is rocky, Mr M begins to wonder if he needs to look elsewhere to satisfy himself. You also have a love triangle going on between Paul, Tammy and one of their peers, Lisa. Throw all that in along with Tracy’s overwhelming tenacity and this short novel packs quite a punch.
I have only read one other book of Perrotta’s, The Abstinence Teacher, so I have been desperate to read some of his other books. The reason I chose Election over any of his other novels is because I was sick in bed and needed something that could hold my attention and that I wouldn’t need to invest too much concentration in. This book fit the bill to a T. I read it in one sitting and absolutely adored it. The satirical element, which can be hard to execute sometimes, hit the perfect note and I found myself chuckling along as I read.
I know the movie adaption, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, was pretty popular when it came out over a decade ago. I have to admit, I never saw the movie, although now that I have read the book I am definitely interested in watching it!
If you’re looking for a quick, engaging read, this one is the perfect choice. I think it would be an ideal book to read for the readathon!
I purchased this book from Half Priced Books.