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The President's Daughter (The President's Daughter #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,136 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers likes her life just the way it is. She likes living in Massachusetts. She likes her school. And she has plenty of friends. But all that is about to change. Because Meg’s mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, is running for President. And she’s going to win.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 1st 1984)
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Melissa Proffitt
Meg Powers’ life is turned inside-out when her high-profile Senator mother decides she’s going to run for United States President—and it only gets harder when she wins. This first book in a series does an excellent job depicting the insecurities and trials of adolescence as they’re magnified by having to endure them under constant public scrutiny. Meg is charming and funny, and her relationship with her mother is complicated in a very natural way; White shifts constantly between showing us a nor ...more
Maggie
Sep 30, 2012 Maggie marked it as to-read
Recommended to Maggie by: Angie
This cover is cracking me up. Is she paralyzed?





...Not that paralysis is a joke.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 06, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8th-12th grade
Recommended to Jackie "the Librarian" by: WashYARG book
So, you think being a teenager is tough. Just imagine if you were almost sixteen, and your mom was a presidential candidate! Meg's mom is a popular senator who decides to run for president. Press and cameras everywhere, and her mom's handlers are ready to jump on her for any little thing. Don't they have a sense of humor?

Worse, though, are the demands on her mother's time. As if she wasn't already away from home a lot in her job as senator! The pressure on the family grows as the primary season
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Hallie
Ha - what might have *looked like* laziness when I didn't add/write this up was apparently prescience. Because now my thoughts are SECRET.
Brandy Painter
Apr 07, 2015 Brandy Painter marked it as set-aside
Shelves: young-adult
*hopes fervently Beth doesn't hate me*

I have to turn this in to the library tomorrow, and I'm only on page 87. Maybe I can try this again this summer, but....I'm. Just. So. Bored. Not by the politics, because I LOVE the politics. If the book had more politics, I might be having a better time. It's Meg I find completely uninteresting. She is sometimes snarky-funny, but I've already had enough of her apathetic ambivalence to everything. She has no personality beyond being a candidate's daughter. T
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Katie
Okay, as I've said before, I LOVED these books! Probably my favorites this year. They're about . . . um, well, the president's daughter . . . the only daughter of the first female president. Meg is 15 when the books start and 18 in Long May She Reign (and there better be more!), and has two younger brothers.

The first two started off a bit slowly. The author started them when she was in college and they're a bit rough, but still very readable. And I (maybe unfairly) struggled with the knowledge t
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Karen (Book Light Graveyard)
Rating: 3.5 / 5

The thing that I simultaneously loved and hated most about this book was that it was an updated version of a book originally written in 1984. So basically I think the author went through and tried to make it sound like it was taking place in 2008 rather than the ‘80s. And usually it was fine—I could tell what had been updated, but it wasn’t too glaringly obvious. But every once in a while, some parts just screamed 1980s. Like one part was describing one of Meg’s outfit, and seriou
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Aaron
I have actually been looking forward to this one for some time. I actually read the fourth book in the series just recently. It was a new release, but the earlier three books were actually released in the early-to-mid-1990's, when I was in high school. The publisher has decided to reissue the first three with updates so the setting will be more modern. I am sure it had something to do with the strong support Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were having during the course of the election.

The main c
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Beka
The first of Ellen Emerson White's series about Meg Powers, the oldest child of the first female President of the United States. This series is great not only because it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to feminism, but because White has captured a very realistic picture of an imperfect family struggling to cope with the changes of being constantly in the public eye. Things don't always work out, and people aren't always okay in the end, which sets these books apart from a lot of other you ...more
Kirsten
I'm really reading this so I can read the whole series (the main character ends up going to Williams, eventually - and I want to see if they got it right). About a 16-year-old girl whose mother runs for President - the title is kind of a spoiler, as you already know she's going to win. :) It lays out all the changes in Meg's life and what it's like to be in that situation. Meg is hugely sarcastic (in a way that I find charming and fun) and the whole family is believable and clever. (I'm a sucker ...more
Sarah
I'm not sure exactly when I first read this book. I know that it was first published in 1984, and I remember having an old, broken-spined edition in our house from the time I was old enough to read it. There was always something about this book that resonated with me, and I came back to it again and again. Recently, a Facebook meme encouraged me to list 10 books that have been most influential in my life, and it bubbled to the surface one again, after years of absence. When looking up this old f ...more
Theresa
Meghan is a typical 16 year old living in a upper middle class two parent household with two younger brothers. She has all the usual issues of life; boys, school, parents, what-to-wear, etc. Oh yeah, and her mother is a state senator and is running for president. We get to see her life from mother as senator, to deciding to run, through the campaign and election. Of course, given the title her mother wins the election and is now President of the United States. She must leave all her friends and ...more
Clare
This was interesting to read, given that I wrote on the same subject for National Novel Writing Month several years ago. Whereas I imagined having a parent run for president would be a fun adventure, Ellen Emerson White clearly thought it would be hell on earth. Which is probably a little closer to the truth, but it wasn't very much fun to read about. I spent most of the book wanting to shake Meg by her bratty, impudent shoulders, which is probably a sign that I am old.
Suzanne Lazear
I loved this book as a young teen. I was excited to re-read the updated version. It's as good as I remembered. Meg is so dryly witty and I love the family dynamics, especially Meg and her mom. This is really a "quiet" book about how a family adapts to amazing circumstances. However, I do miss the references to Tab. I'll have to re-read the others next so I can work of to "Long May She Reign."
Amanda
Meh. I found out after reading it that the book was originally written in 1984, and I was reading the "updated/revised" edition from 2008 or so. I think that explains a lot of the awkwardness in the writing. Some parts just sounded odd and disjointed. Even though it's "just" teen fiction, I expect more. I was also expecting it to be more about, oh, I don't know, something exciting or dramatic that happens to the President's daughter, but instead it was essentially one long whiny rant about how m ...more
Salem
I picked up this book again after 15+ years; as a kid, I read two in Ellen Emerson White's series about a Massachusetts teenager named Meg whose mother is elected as the first female president of the United States. This one, the first in the series, chronicling her mother's election and first few months in office, is as good as I remembered.

The characters -- especially Meg herself -- are all endearing, and the story still plausible. I still got a kick out of all of the same lines (I read the boo
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Linda
This book is #1 in a series. It was originally published in the 1980s and updated and republished around 2007-08. My book has a different cover and publisher than the one shown. This book is well-written but i found it rather dry. Problems of Democracy was never my favorite subject and this book had much detail about the democratic process of electing a president. That being said, in hindsight, having read book #2, this book was necessary to set the stage for the series. Meg Powers is a normal 1 ...more
Wendy
Meg Powers never has her senator mother around so when she announces that she's running for president, you can imagine the disappointment in Meg who just wishes to have a normal family. Now all she can do is smile and pretend like it's not bugging her to maintain the 'image' of a happy family, when deep down inside Meg is desperately hoping her mother does not win the election.

I was so excited to read this book because I've heard so many good things about 'long may she reign' and then I see tha
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Ally


This book is the 2008 revision.

The President's Daughter was an amusing book for bored readers like me. The President's Daughter is a big eye opener. I love books like this. Fictional politics are fun and hilarious to me.

The writing of the President's Daughter was too bland and boring. I felt that the author could have used some more colorful descriptions. I wished the author went in more details in describing settings and people.

The plot faired better than the writing. Lots of promising twi
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Chachic
Sep 19, 2010 Chachic rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chachic by: Angie
Originally posted here.

I know the premise isn't that new - there have been several stories about daughters of US presidents before, although probably more in movies than in novels. This one is different because the presidential parent is a woman. I found Meg very believable as a character. She's smart, snarky, has a great sense of humor and tries to act like her mom running for president is no biggie. As if things aren't hard enough for her, she looks exactly like her mom. Although it's obvious
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Estelle
[ Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog.]

Mom and daughter relationships are complicated enough. Why not mix in some politics, too?

Meg Powers is not your typical main character. She’s snarky, sarcastic, and has pretty snide thoughts about her family. In fact, she’s kind of moody and bratty. I’ll let you in on a little secret… I feel like she was super close to how I was as a teenager. (Just ask my mom.) Except Meg thought before she spoke on more occasions than I did.

When her mom fir
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

Meg Powers is just a normal teenager living in Boston with her father, mother, and two younger brothers, Steven and Neal. All of this is turned upside down when Meg's mom, who is a Senator, runs for President. President of the United States, that is. And the worst part is that Senator Powers actually has a shot at winning.

As if being the daughter of the first female President wasn't enough, Meg has to deal with moving to a new house, going to a new school,
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Liz
Meg Powers is a high school junior with all the normal high school junior issues. Her mother is beautiful and seems to be good at everything, except spending time with Meg. Meg’s working to establish her independence from her parents. Her younger brother Steven is in Middle school and is hard to live with. Her youngest brother Neal is very cute. She has friends and crushes and tries to keep her grades good (A-) but not too good (A or A+). She goes to a public school in a suburb of Boston. Clothe ...more
linnea
I had to read this book because Robin McKinley recommended it highly and she doesn't read Young Adult books (it turns out), but that's all I read, so I got on it.

The plot is somewhat boring--girl's mother is running for president, girl's mother becomes president, girl moves to White House, has trouble adjusting--but the dialogue is hilarious! It's so worth reading just for the dialogue! I had all these great quotable passages stored in my brain to tell people about, but my brain is a sieve (I bl
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Willa
Mar 29, 2008 Willa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
This was one of my favorite books during Jr. High and High School. The main character, Meg, has to deal with her mother running for President of the U.S. - and winning. Which means a new home (and what a home to have to get used to!), a new school, new friends, and new bodyguards. I practically idolized Meg and wanted so much to be like her with her wit, intelligence, torpedoes-be-damned attitude and just plain coolness. Not just Meg, but all the characters in this book (and the rest of the seri ...more
Carrie
Ellen Emerson White is a YA author who's been around for years. One of her books, Life Without Friends, was one of my favorites when I was growing up. Her series about the daughter of the first female president has been out of print for a while, but she's updated parts of it and the books are being re-released. I say parts of it because the characters do email and text, but whenever they watch tv, it's dvds of old shows like The Brady Bunch and Hill Street Blues.

In The President's Daughter, Meg,
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Holly
Sep 10, 2010 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Holly by: Angie and Michelle
Shelves: young-adult
Originally posted here.

Meghan Powers doesn’t know what it’s like to have a normal mother. At least one she sees on a regular basis or whose current location is predictable. As a senator, Katharine Vaughn Powers spends much of her time in D.C., travels a lot making speeches and attending events, and is completely exhausted when she is home. At least Meg has her dad, works at a local law firm and is currently on good terms with her mother. There’s also Trudy, their housekeeper and her two younger
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Michelle
Ellen Emerson White is a relatively new discovery for me. I begin with her incomparable 'The Road Home' and have quickly done whatever I could to get my hands on her other books, knowing if they were half as good as 'The Road Home,' they would be well worth my time. And I was right. I always like it when that happens.

Meg Powers is a regular teenager - she plays tennis, fights with her parents, tries to navigate a hormone-driven high school, and gives her young brothers all the trouble she can. M
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alex
Mar 27, 2009 alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This is the new edition, updated from the 1984 original, to reflect current technology use. I'm about 15 pages in, and I'm wondering why I never read it before, but also really curious to see whether the use of famous paintings on the covers of the new editions is warranted.

Okay, I just finished the book, and while there's no clear reason in the text for the use of this painting (a take-off of Andrew Wyeth's famous Christina painting), certaily the feeling of the painting evokes Meg's emotional
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Jess
I've read this series completely out of order. I started with Long Live the Queen, #3, because it was the only one at the library, then read Long May She Reign, #4, when it was newly published last year. Now the library finally ordered copies of the republished start to the series, and I finally got my hands on it. So obviously, it's entirely possible to read them out of order and still enjoy them.

First of all, aren't the new covers smashing? I just might have to buy my own copies. Hurray for re
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This talented writer attended Tufts University (and published her first book, "Friends for Life," while a senior there) and currently lives in New York City. Ms. White grew up in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Many of her fiction novels feature characters who reside in or around Boston and are fans of the Boston Red Sox (as is Ms. White). In addition to fiction novels, Ms. White has published several ...more
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