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White House Autumn (The President's Daughter #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  811 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
After ten months of living in the White House, seventeen-year old Meg Powers knew she should be used to the pressures of life in the spotlight—but she wasn’t.
In addition to the usual senior year worries—college applications and Josh, her first serious boyfriend—Meg had to live up to what was expected from the President’s daughter. She had to suppress her sense
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 1st 1985)
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Uma
Apr 04, 2008 Uma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this book for the first time as an adult. When younger, I was OBSESSED with "The Presidents Daughter" and recalled trying to find a copy of this book at the bookstores (out of print), the public library (lost), and my school library (never had it). I even searched for it again in college. No luck. So when she re-published the series (and wrote a 4th one) I was excited.

Initially, I was really irked by the small ways the book had be updated for the 21st century (and today's youth). Meg didn
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Shelley
May 31, 2007 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the midst of rereading these series in preparation for updates and the fourth book this fall, and needed to revise my review.

I had called it the least necessary of the series, as it was more of Meg settling into the White House. Which, I suppose, is true. But that's too limiting a look, as it contained a lot of wonderful scenes in the aftermath of Meg's mother, the President, getting shot. Meg is very conflicted about her relationship with her parents, and there are no easy answers. Thei
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Chachic
Jul 25, 2010 Chachic rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chachic by: Michelle
Originally posted here.

I forgot to mention in my review of the first book that I was actually fascinated with the revisions that they had to make to modernize this series. It was first written in the 80s when the internet wasn't such a big thing and there weren't any cellphones either. The new editions now have all that in them. It must have been such hard work to update all the details and I appreciate that the publishers and the author went through all of that. Also, I'm glad they decided to h
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kris
Nov 05, 2013 kris rated it really liked it
I'm worried about how I'm going to make it through Long Live the Queen and Long May She Reign because White knows how to amp up the tension and the feelings and it's almost a physical experience, reading this series.
Maya Rock
I barely remember this one except Meg tries to have this lame boyfriend and it's hard because she's the president's daughter (i.e. under watch all the time by press and security.)
danielle
I really didn't want to like this book because in my version she's wearing a baseball cap from the devil team, but it's actually decent.
Nan
Jul 05, 2016 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorites.
Michelle
Sep 11, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2009, own
After her mother became the first female President, Meg wonders if her life will ever resemble anything remotely normal. Feeling somewhat like she has a handle on her new school and enjoying a somewhat-normal relationship with cutieboy Josh (even if they can never truly be alone, what with the requisite security agents following her every move), Meg is hoping to simply enjoy her junior year. But it's hard to just be a teenager when the media wants to know every detail of your private life and pi ...more
Holly
Sep 17, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here.

Meg’s been in the White House for 10 months, and she’s finally feeling more settled in. She has a real friend in Alison, and a caring, fun boyfriend in Josh. She plays number one singles and is team captain of the tennis team. Biting her tongue has become a constant these days to prevent her natural smart-aleck remarks from being blurted out. However having an agent follow you and your boyfriend around 24/7 is infuriating at times, and Meg still makes small slip-ups when s
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Katie
Sep 24, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
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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Jess
Sep 14, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is the sequel to The President's Daughter, but it can easily be read out of order - but why would you want to miss any of the books in this series? Here are a few of the things I find so compelling about White's books in general: the characters are always down to earth, regardless of the extraordinary circumstances of their lives. The families act like real families with believable problems. When the characters do stupid things, you understand why, because the tension is very real. This, in ...more
Linda
Oct 21, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #2 in the series. It was originally published in the 1980s and updated and republished in 2008. My book has a different cover and publisher than the one shown, being the updated copy. In this book, Meg Powers, daughter of the first female President of the United States, is 16 years old. She's intelligent and opinionated. She's also a great tennis player and on a school team that is going to the championship games. However, being a high profile person is not good, especially when her ...more
Stephanie Mooney
Sep 27, 2014 Stephanie Mooney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read the 3rd in this series and then realized it was a series, doh! I eventually found the first one and about 20 years later I've found the 2nd one, score! I knew most of what would happen since I had read the 3rd one and it referenced this one a bit, but it was still enjoyable. There is a running theme through all of these books, and after awhile it does get kind of old, but over all I still liked it. The 3rd is still my favorite, but I am glad I read this one to finally see what ...more
Tiffany
Just a family trying to figure it out. I find the relationships in White's books to be very thoughtful and for that I am grateful, because without her I don't know if I could have understood the tiffs between parents and children can be fixed and the quarrels between siblings can be remedied and the silent treatment of friends can be forgiven. A lot of times English teachers will tell you to look for the theme of books and "what the author is trying to teach the reader," but I don't think that's ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Jan 06, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

Meg Powers is just a normal teenage girl living in Washington, D.C. -- except for the tiny little fact that her mother is the President of the United States.

Meg is actually getting used to living in the big, white house with her parents and two brothers, Steven and Neal. But when a gunman tries to take the life of the President, Meg faces the scary facts about being the First Family.

It's up to Meg to comfort her two brothers in between visiting their mothe
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Liz
Aug 01, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
Meg Powers’ story continues as she becomes more comfortable living in the White House. She finds friends at her high school, including a boyfriend named Josh. In her family’s first fall in the White House, Meg’s mother, the president, is attacked in an assassination attempt.

As Meg’s mother fights for her life, and then fights to conduct presidential business even in the hospital, Meg struggles with fear for her mother, with anger towards her mother for being a public figure, and with her own ten
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Philip Cosand
Nov 05, 2015 Philip Cosand rated it liked it
The second in this young adult series is of the same quality of the first.

Gone is the drama of "will she/ won't she get elected" (which admittedly is a rather thin "what if"), replaced by a "what happens if this person is targeted?

Again, White ignores much of the "hunt for a crazy person" storyline and opts to treat the story as a peek into how the family is affected. I prefer it this way. There is still suspense and strife, it simply weighs more on the emotional side than the "catch a killer" t
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Gwen
Apr 27, 2014 Gwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I completely missed out on reading this book as a kid: my library had the other two (at the time) books in the series, but White House Autumn was out of print, and I was only able to track down a copy when the books were rereleased with the addition of Long May She Reign. After finally reading this one, the events of Long Live the Queen become even more painful. Even though that book touches on the assassination attempt, understanding the family's reactions to it underpin the events of the next ...more
Alexa
Dec 30, 2011 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Having re-read book 1 of this series, I couldn't stop until I'd read the rest. This is another very good read, and builds on the relationships that are introduced in book 1 while adding more in the way of action/unexpected twists. More plot, I guess you could say.

In some ways, this one is even better than the first, though it's darker. In fact, the entire series is pretty dark--Meg is not a light-hearted character, and her story is not a romp through the luxuries and superficial annoyances of b
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Barbara
Sep 04, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard not to like Meg Powers, the eldest daughter of the first female President of the United States. Her irrepressible personality, her independence, and her determination to have a life of her own despite her mother's fame and public presence all combine to make Meg an interesting teen. After almost a year of living in the White House, Meg is settling into life as a famous person when her mother is shot. Each family member copes in different ways, and Meg lashes out at her friends, her boy ...more
Danielle
I first read this book twenty years ago. The second in The President's Daughter series, in White House Autumn, Meg has been First Daughter for ten months when there's an assassination attempt on her mother.

This second book deals very much with the same issues the first one did. Meg's relationship with her mother, her feeling that her mother is not there for her. Just more so now. Her guilt over being angry with her mother.

I like Meg's relationship with her friend Beth, and with her boyfriend Jo
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Jess
Jul 16, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, z_08
Since The President's Daughter, Meg has settled into a normal life, at least as normal as it can be in the White House. Then a shot shakes the family, jeopardizing a life and what normalcy the Power's managed to retain.

Well done sequel that's heavier than the first. Meg's wit remains, the dialog (especially fun with Stephen) is once again excellent, and favorite characters (Preston!) return. A quick read. Does a great job of bringing up the issue of what it means to be in politics personally an
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Carrie
Jun 08, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.

White House Autumn is the 2nd boo
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Willa
Dec 22, 2007 Willa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Book two in The President's Daughter series. Meg Powers has finally gotten used to being the daughter of the first female U.S. President and living in the White House - sort of - and is even trying to have a normal dating life. But now her life gets turned upside down all over again by an assassination attempt on her mother. This was a favorite book when I was younger and is still one of my 'comfort reads'. Meg is such a great character and any mother and daughter can relate to her relationship ...more
Dana
May 19, 2011 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I had read the first and third book in this series way back when they first came out in the 1980s. When I ordered this book online, I did not realize that it had been updated, which, had I known that, I might not have ordered it. I was upset that instead of watching VHS tapes and reading snail mail, the characters that I grew up with were now watching DVDs and reading their email.
That being said, I did enjoy the book. It clearly shows that being the daughter of the President isn't easy, and pri
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Sarah
It's difficult to review this book without spoiling one of the major plot elements. It may, however, be sufficient to share that the central relationship, that between Meg and her mother, the President of the United States, continues to develop through some rather difficult struggles, and Meg comes to learn and accept more about herself. I'm not sure if I liked this book so much because I was so excited to find out that there were more books about my old friends from The President's Daughter, or ...more
Melody
Sep 23, 2013 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard about Stein through a link someone posted to Facebook about modern poets to watch. My library didn't have any of her poetry, but did have this slight, engaging novel. While I adored the homage to many favorite children's books, I failed to identify with the 20-something, living at home angst. Stein is clearly in love with words and images, and it seems to me that her poetry somehow peeks through her prose. The plot is sort of plotless and meandering, like the 20-something protagonist. I ...more
Becky
Meg Powers is finally adjusting to living in the White House. She has accepted her role as First Daughter, made friends at her new school and has a boyfriend. Then her mother gets shot and Meg life is pulled into a tailspin.

The book is a great example of why White's books are so great. Meg is living an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances. The character stays true to herself and realistic. A great follow up to "The President's Daughter".
Meghan
Aug 28, 2007 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadultnovels
This is one of my favorite books ever from my youth. I tend to re-read it at the beginning of the school year because it is so familiar and I need to destress. The main character's name is Meghan (with and H!) and her mother is the first female President of the United States.

I don't think this book is in print anymore, but I LOVE it. Ellen Emerson White was my favorite author as a youth. I even looked into going to Tufts because that is where she went to school.
Julia
May 10, 2011 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I never read a series out of order, but LONG LIVE THE QUEEN was the first I found of this series (the library didn't own the rest at the time). I eventually tracked down books one and two, but LONG LIVE THE QUEEN is an impossible act to follow. Good, but unmemorable compared to books three and four.
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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 novels feature characters who reside in or around Boston and are fans of the Boston Red Sox (as is Ms. White). In addition to novels, Ms. White has published several biographies. She ...more
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The President's Daughter (4 books)
  • The President's Daughter
  • Long Live the Queen (The President's Daughter, #3)
  • Long May She Reign (The President's Daughter, #4)

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