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Long May She Reign (The President's Daughter #4)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  925 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
Meg Powers is the daughter of the President of the United States. She's about to enter her first year of college. She's living through the worst year of her life.

Last June Meg was kidnapped by terrorists – brutalized, starved, and left for dead. She was shackled in a deserted mine shaft and had to smash the bones in her own hand to escape.

Meg Powers survived the unthinkabl
ebook, 720 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Feiwel & Friends (first published October 1st 2007)
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I have to preface this review by saying I've been an Ellen Emerson White addict for years. Ever since I found a used copy of Life Without Friends and took it home with me because I liked the girl on the cover so much. I've never read a "new" EEW book in my life. They've all been out of print or used when I've come across them. So sitting down with a brand spanking new copy of a brand spanking new book of hers...well, let's just say it was a religious experience and leave it at that. Long May S ...more
Jun 07, 2007 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, literature, 2006
Oh, where to start? At, perhaps, staying up until 5am reading this thing? And still only getting to about page 500, and so then reading nearly immediately after waking? Previously, I'd only done that for Harry Potter. *g*

It really is everything I hoped it would be. It went so in depth to the aftermath of Long Live the Queen. At the start, I kind of felt that it was rehashing things that had been covered in that book, but it wasn't, really. Comparatively, not much had been resolved in that book.
Review November 2016:

STILL AMAZING. Meg Powers will never not be my hero.


Review September 2012:

5+ stars

Honestly, one of the best decisions I made last year was buying this series. This is my second time re-reading this book and I have to say, I am still blown away by the depths to all the characters -notably Meg, her parents, Preston, Beth, Susan, Steven and even the Secret Service, that is shows in this final installment.

This book is long (I think if you put the first three
Dec 31, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm truly going to need a lot of time and space to say anything coherent - or semi-coherent, even - about this, so for now, I'm going to limit myself to two, not intentionally provocative, sentences. At the moment, I'm leaning towards feeling that this book shows pretty clearly all of White's *considerable* strengths, and also her weaknesses. Having read The Road Home first (it was my first of Emerson/Emerson White's books, i fact), I feel it has fewer flaws than Long May She Reign, and as well ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, youngadult, recced, 2008
Wow. I sat down and read this book in one day - all 700 pages of it. And, oh god, I cried. And I laughed. And it was REALLY GOOD.

I was originally very impressed that White choose to pick up after this horrendous, traumatic experience (Meg Powers, the daughter of the President, was kidnapped and beaten, and finally left for dead; she saved herself by smashing her own hand to escape from handcuffs and wandering through the woods for a week until she found a house), and deal with the aftermath rath
Sep 14, 2007 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still can't really believe this book exists, as opposed to being a figment of my imagination.

I was so happy to read about some of the things I really wanted to know that were left out of Long Live the Queen (like, what was going on at home during the thirteen days she was gone).

The Beany Malone-style updating to the present day was both necessary and seamless, though I imagine it might be weirder for people who read through all four for the first time now. Thank goodness for TV Land, which m
708 pages. SEVEN HUNDRED and eight pages.

The story takes place over six months. That means we get lots of detail. I understand EEW's being drawn to tell stories of strong, intelligent women working through trauma. And this portrayal of Meg working through PTSD and constant terrible pain is probably quite accurate.

But it's simply not interesting to read what Meg ate or didn't eat, drank or didn't drink, what medication she took or didn't take, over and over again. Her knee--Christ, it hurt. A l
Oct 22, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ephs
The tragedy of this book is that you don't get the Meg of the first three in the series. Her sense of humor and joie de vivre are gone, and she is really really struggling. (Still a fabulous character, just not as *fun*.) This author is one of the few who can take me from laughing out loud to many tears streaming down my cheeks in a matter of pages (or paragraphs).

That said, White *nailed* the Williams experience rather well, I thought. Good job there. I don't know how a non-Eph would see it, b
Jul 25, 2010 Chachic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here.

I'm glad I found out about this series (through Angie and Michelle) when all four books are already out. I can't imagine having to wait for Long May She Reign for several years. At first, I had a hard time getting into Ellen Emerson White's writing since I have no clue about American politics and that's a huge aspect of her President's Daughter novels. Meg eventually won me over as I read the rest of the books in the series. Meg is such an intelligent character with a uniq
Mar 04, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this book sounds like it should be dumb. Fourth book in a series following the daughter of the President, Meg Powers. (The first three books were written in the 1980s, and are to be honest, only mediocre). But this book, coming in at around 700 pages, was written in 2008 and is a vast improvement. Though the premise may sound silly, it is actually AMAZING and touching and moving and made me cry multiple times.

Meg Powers was abducted and tortured by terrorists prior to this book. So this novel
Dec 22, 2007 Willa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, series
I was so excited to learn a few months ago that a new book had been published about Meg, the daughter of the first female U.S. President. I loved the first two books of this series a great deal during my youth and also greatly enjoyed the third when I read it a few years ago. And while I still love Meg and was glad to hear more of her story of survival, I have to admit that this book just isn't as good as the others.

First of all, it's too long. I understand that recovering from an experience li
This book sure is hefty. 700 flipping pages is enough to fend off a sizable assailant, in my opinion.

The main thing to get about Ellen Emerson White, though, is that even she's completely obscure (for reasons I have yet to figure out), her books are unquestionably witty. Clever witty. Funny witty. Actually, I think I'm up for more than 700 pages witty.

But we must march on, wit or no wit! To the characters! Generally, the people are what make or break a story, given that the stuff the character
On the one hand, I was super excited to have a new Meg Powers book to read, and I couldn't put it down.

On the other hand, the reason I couldn't put it down was because I kept expecting something to happen, and well...nothing really does. Meg doesn't feel hungry. She's so tired she can't possibly stay awake but then she stays awake for like 10 more hours. Her knee hurts and her hand hurts. She has awful nightmares. She has difficult conversations with her family. She feels awkward. Repeat chapter
Nov 11, 2007 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel, published 18 years after Long Live the Queen, was a long time coming, and I was thrilled when it came out. The previous three books, which also include The President's Daughter and White House Autumn, are some of my all-time favorites. The main character is Meg, the oldest daughter of the first female president of the United States. She and her family must deal with unique situations in their position, such as assassination attempts and even a kidnapping. The most recent book follow ...more
Sep 12, 2008 danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my Election unit, it's the last in a series of books about a girl whose mom runs for and becomes President. The author or one of her close relatives MUST have gone to Williams, because she is intimately aware of the ins and outs of campus life (in the book, the President's daughter goes away to Williams). She is in Sage D, she has JAs, they get coffee and sandwiches on Spring Street, she takes Psych 101 in the Bronfman auditorium. . . it was an out of body experience to re ...more
The fourth and final volume about Meg Powers, the daughter of the first female President of the United States. Meg moves away from the White House to college, where she has to balance classes, roommates and new friends with her physical therapy sessions, Secret Service detail and the press coverage that has followed her since she was kidnapped and left to die in the woods.

This one is almost twice the size of the other titles in the series, and it drags in spots, particularly in the first half.
Nov 03, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot write a coherent review about how awesome this book is. It's just not working.

The highlights: Meg is the daughter of the first female President. At the end of the previous book (one of three originally written in the 80's and now updated), she escaped from kidnappers who had beaten her badly and left her for dead. Now she's attempting to recover physically and mentally while carrying on with her everyday life, including college away from Washington DC.

I loved it because all of the char
Sep 08, 2007 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Before: The President's Daughter trilogy was my absolute favorite in middle school. I was thinking about it this morning and wondered if I could find the books on Amazon. When I went on Amazon I found out that there is a 4th book coming out in October! The last one was written in 1989. Of course I ordered it right away! I'm SO excited! :)

After: So, I gave it 4 stars but really would say 3 1/2 because it was great to see Meg Powers again and I was sad when it ended but I think I was really sad wh
Aug 28, 2007 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Ellen Emerson White
Shelves: youngadultnovels
I have been waiting for this book for over 15 years. Ellen Emerson White was the reason I went into writing as an undergrad. She is the reason I wanted to go to Tufts and then Sarah Lawrence. I grew up reading these books and TOTALLY identifying with the main character, who is a young woman named MEGHAN - with and H!, but they call her Meg (just like my close friends.)

This book was amazing. My knee actually started to hurt with Meg as she struggled to get around. The writing is smart. I found my
Aug 12, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read in a long time that passed the "stay up late at night and keep reading test." Not that my standards are that high, since I have no job, no children (yes, Sara qualifies as an adult), and no real responsibilities, yet it was fun. I have always enjoyed adolescents and this is probably in the young adult fiction catagory. The way Meg, the heroine and the president's daughter, thinks rings true. Plus the president is a woman, something that always gets a second loo ...more
Oct 31, 2007 Terrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying continuation of The President's Daughter. It was less jarring than I expected to see Meg transported from the 80s to the present day era. The ending was a bit disappointing in that it doesn't resolve much. Hopefully we won't have to wait 18 more years for the next installment.

Ellen actually discusses the book in this blog some
Feb 16, 2008 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how well Ellen Emerson White does aftermath. She writes about what happens when the thrilling adventure-movie part ends, and someone tries to get back to normal life--with a shattered knee, broken hand, and post traumatic stress. About trying to go to college when you aren't remotely normal.

And she writes about Williamstown, in great detail! Which was fun.
This long awaited continuation of Ellen Emerson White's trilogy about Meg, the President's Daughter, was impossible to put down, although alternatively touching, painful and funny.
Jul 18, 2016 Susann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The critic in me recognizes that this should have been whittled down. The fan girl wants more more more!
Mar 03, 2013 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ok, where to start with this book.

Obviously, I'm beyond thrilled that we get to see more of the aftermath of Meg's kidnapping. I will never not love her character, especially how she is created through the perception of EEW. I love the Powers family, I love Beth, and I loved Susan. I loved that she was so clearly struggling throughout the entire book, because the emotions were so realistic. This book was difficult to read at certain times, because it was just so gritty and true to life. Yeah, Me
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Aug 24, 2011 Bunny McFoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been in unpacking my books (finally, after living here for 13 months) and I ran across my stash of Ellen Emerson White novels. Naturally I had to reread them, and equally naturally (because I am contrary like this) I had to start with Long May She Reign.

Like so many others, I read the President's Daughter series when I was in elementary school/Jr. High. Unlike so many others, I only have a very sketchy and vague memory of them - there were things that were familiar when I got my hands on th
Jun 02, 2008 Ainsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EEW fans
Shelves: la-la-loved, ya, 2009, own
Six months ago Meg was kidnapped by terrorists who made sure she understood that she would never leave them alive. Over the course of thirteen days, they shattered her knee, deprived her of food and water and then left her to die chained up in an old mine shaft. Unable to face such a fate, Meg smashed the bones in her hand in order to slide out of the handcuff and then stumbled through the woods until she found people who could call in the cavalry. After being rescued, Meg still has a long road ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Gilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A series of books I read when I was a teenager.

This withstands the test of time beautifully. This series, Long May She Reign is the fourth, is well written, clever, and powerful. It tells the tale of Meg Powers, whose mother is elected the first female President of the United States and follows Meg throughout her adjustment to life in the White House, her mother's assassination attempt and her own kidnapping, torture and recovery.

As a teen, I was wholly absorbed with Meg's story - her emotions a
Dec 06, 2010 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ellen Emerson White was the daughter of the president and she was held by terrorists and spent much of her first year of college recovering.No, not really. But she writes with such depth (and length!) that I'd believe it if she told me. The story of Meg--the first daughter, college coed, and recuperating victim--is so detailed with nightmares and secret service agents and awkward meetings with classmates that the book is 720 pages long. That fact is both impressive and disappointing. Readers lik ...more
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The President's Daughter (4 books)
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