Book Review: Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Synopsis: Katie’s father is a Republican, Drew’s mother is a Democrat, and both are running for President. Their sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t get a long, but when the teenagers are thrown together on a talk show sparks fly of a different kind. With the entire nation watching and taking sides in their parents’ fight, the two teens wonder how anyone can fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate…

Plot: The base of the story is just boy meets girl, but with a political twist of being the children of opposing presidential candidates. The author acknowledges a bit of mimicry to Romeo and Juliet by mentioning the play within this novel, but thankfully there were no deaths. I think the ending was abrupt and left questions, but I could also understand the necessity of stopping the story where it did.

Setting: Due to the parents being on a political tour, Katie and Drew cross the country with their families. There are mentions of specific landmarks, but those may be more familiar to Americans than anyone who isn’t local or has travelled extensively in the States.

Romance: At first Katie annoyed me as she was more of a caricature than a character until Drew humanizes her with friendship and love. I’m not sure if that was intentional as a character arc for Katie or inadvertently due to how she was awkwardly written.

Quote: You can never know the outcome in advance, but at the very least you have to try.

Verdict: I’ve never been all that interested in politics, and even less so of other countries political situation than my own nation’s, but you don’t need to be political-minded in order to enjoy this novel. It is very boy-meets-girl with their parents being “enemy” politicians. It’s cute, quick to read, and gives a bit of a glimpse of what it is like to be the child of someone in office (though no more so than that “First Daughter” movie). It wasn’t a great novel, I’ll admit, but it is a decent read. 

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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