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Your Own Worst Enemy

Written by Gordon Jack

Your Own Worst Enemy Synopsis

For fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman and the movies Election and Ferris Bueller's Day Off comes a hilarious and satirical novel about the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, proving that the popular vote is the one that matters most. Stacey Wynn was the clear front-runner for Lincoln High student council president. But then French-Canadian transfer student Julia Romero entered the race...and put the moves on Stacey's best friend/campaign adviser, Brian. Stacey also didn't count on Tony Guo, resident stoner, whose sole focus is on removing the school's ban of his favorite chocolate milk, becoming the voice of the little guy, thanks to a freshman political mastermind with a blue Mohawk. Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, high school drama, and protests make for a ridiculously hilarious political circus that just may hold some poignant truth somewhere in the mix.

Your Own Worst Enemy Press Reviews

Discerning readers will appreciate the timely and astute exploration of both the gravity and levity of identity politics and the critique of neoliberal ideals. Sharply observed-but so sharp it may be missed by less woke readers-this is satire at its best. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The novel delivers some delectably insufferable politicians, pundits, media personalities, and fixers, all while making these teens relatably familiar. As politically smart as it is breathtakingly cynical, and it's therefore perfect for readers who appreciate both qualities. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The characters are complex and their thoughts and interactions intriguing. This breezy read features some romantic confusion, plenty of humor, and a few serious moments. A good choice. -- School Library Journal This briskly paced, at times riotously funny satire offers a subtle, discerning critique of both the contemporary U.S. political scene and the milieu of identity politics through top-notch storytelling. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Featuring flair that made Jack's debut, The Boomerang Effect, an irresistible read, this mixes his trademark wit with reflection on the dysfunction of our current-day political system. With pacing, heart, and incisiveness, Jack has masterfully woven a tale that blends zany high school antics and biting socio-political satire. -- Booklist (starred review)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780062399427
Publication date: 22nd October 2018
Author: Gordon Jack
Publisher: HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages

About Gordon Jack

Gordon Jack always wanted to be a writer. In third grade, he put that on his What I Want to Be When I Grow Up list, just behind astronaut and professional dog walker. While working toward this goal, he had jobs as an advertising copywriter, English teacher, librarian, and semiprofessional dog walker. The Boomerang Effect is his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family. Visit him online at or on Twitter @gordojack.

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