Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The GQ Candidate” as Want to Read:
The GQ Candidate
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The GQ Candidate

liked it 3.0  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

After a sex scandal brings down a local politician, Luke Cooper finds himself catapulted into the Michigan Governor’s mansion, making him one of the few black and—by virtue of adoption—Jewish elected officials to hold such an office. His national celebrity is increased when he heroically saves the life of an avowed racist, and his good looks and charm earn him the nickname
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Atria Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The GQ Candidate, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The GQ Candidate

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really hate to give this book a two star rating. In the beginning,it immediately piled me in with the rich characterization and the politics element. However as soon as it introduced new characters that was poorly developed,I lost interest.

Why start off strong,only to lose the hype that you had in the beginning. The jargon language of politics was surprisingly good, but the consistency was poor.

Oh well,it had a lot of potential,but poor execution.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
I'm giving this 3.5 stars, but I'm hesitant to round up for a couple of reasons, so I'll leave it at 3.

"GQ magazine named him to its list of "Political Power Players," noting that 'the handsome governor is known so much for his debonair suits that some in the Michigan statehouse have been known to refer to him as Mr. GQ.'"

Luke Cooper is the governor of Michigan. He's young, handsome, charming, and comes from an interesting family: he's a black man who was adopted by a white Jewish fam
Okay even though this was a political election year and I do live in Washington DC I just couldnt get enough politics and decided to read this book too LOL..Though the real reason I picked this up is because I have read some opinion editorials by the author and liked her so took the chance and thought this book would be a good one--an easy read based loosely on the Obama presidency without the politics..Okay so enter Luke Cooper a handsome governor thrust into the spotlight and into the politica ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
The GQ Candidate is a novel about the presidential campaign of an African-American politician with a mixed cultural background from the Midwest. You will expect to read this book and constantly be reminded of another African-American presidential politician, but trust me, you seldom will.

Luke Cooper, who was adopted and raised by a Jewish family is the current Governor of Michigan and his recent favorable national press convinces those around him that he's ready to make a run for the White House
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that will get a mix of reviews, some glowing and some less than enchanted. I understand both persepctives, but I'm going to stand closer to the body that is throwing light, not shade, on this story.

The GQ Candidate is a fun, breeze look at the behind-the-scenes workings of a presidential campaign. Obviously based on the 2008 campaign of President Barack Obama, it at times feels a bit like a roman a clef, from the similarities to President and First Lady Obama to barely
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
IQ "Well, there's not much left to say except that I'm really glad I wore my Manolos today, because if I'm going to insert my foot this far in my mouth I at least want to be wearing nice shoes", Mimi pg. 349

It felt like the author was sick of upper class/upper middle class Black people not being portrayed in fiction so she peppered her novel with them. I understand and appreciate her intention but the delivery left a lot to be desired. Luke's family was cheesy in its perfection, even its quarrel
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012
As the 2012 Presidential gets under way, reading about a political race just seemed natural for me. This book sounded interested in that it seemed to sorta kinda be based on Obama but not really. A few similarities but enough differences to matter.

Luke Cooper is a star in the democratic party. A Black and Jewish male he represents a unique con durum in American identity. Raised by his adopted white family and married to Black woman he is a busy husband and father. When he decides to entire the c
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

In "The GQ Candidate," author Keli Goff comes up with a great premise: the ups and downs of the black, Jewish governor of Michigan's presidential campaign. At first well-regarded but little-known, Gov. Luke Cooper is thrust into the national spotlight following an incident involving a white supremacist. Good will sparks for the inexperienced governor, eventually leading him to declare candidacy for an upcoming presidential election.

Unfortunately, while Goff's ideas are strong, her execu
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
What if Barack Obama were the African American adoptee of a white Jewish family? Goff, a political analyst and journalist constructs a slightly farcical but all too realistic behind-the-scenes look at the scheming, the scandals, and the sacrifices involved in the campaign to make Luke Cooper the first African American Jewish president. Goff is not a terrific stylist, and the huge multiracial cast of characters sometimes overburdens the story, but she paints a sympathetic portrait of Cooper's squ ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011books
[Book: The GQ Candidate] was an interesting, yet long-winded tale of a candidacy-run for the next President of the United States. This book introduced the public to the ups and downs of the campaign trail including family, friendships, and scandels that will rock the boat. I feel like I learned a little too much about the financial campaigning, but enjoyed the connections and relationships shared. I especially liked the immediate family dynamic between Luke and Laura as they dealt with making fa ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »