My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Romance, Football, Photography, Politics, Revenge
As a Congressman’s daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants — what some people might call “interfering.” But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father’s campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don’t slam the star quarterback’s hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy — and a little clever interference — she’ll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.
That is such a misleading cover.
It makes the heroine—Kate—look so sweet and innocent.
Well she isn’t. Revenge is the main thing she thinks about when she wakes up. Parker wronged her by posting unflattering pictures of her? Must steal his scholarship.
Kyle humiliated her by spreading rumours about her? Must give him what he deserves.
But does revenge ever solve anything? It doesn’t. But it does show a lot about a person. While revenge is not a form of justice for me, I think we can all agree that they make fun books and fun movies.
So despite certain themes that aren’t explored in the best of ways, and a love-triangle that really had no business invading the plot, I enjoyed INTERFERENCE.
There’s always something happening, so the story progresses quite fast, and so, we’re never put to sleep. The characters, while they aren’t exactly realistic or authentic, sure aren’t dull.
I wasn’t convinced by the romance though—and I don’t even think Hunter is that swoon-worthy of a boyfriend.
BUT, for a high school contemporary romance story with politics, I thought this had originality in it, and it didn’t bore me even for a second. Kate’s love of photography also added charm.
Recommended if you want to entertain yourself, but don’t expect to learn much from it, except that revenge is bad, which we all already know. Hopefully.
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I need to read more YA/NA titles.Glad to see you enjoyed parts of this one.
Originality is rare in a way these days
I’m sold on the romance. I don’t condone it, but you’re correct in saying that it does make the story interesting.
It could be interesting it’s been a while I haven’t read a book like that
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