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November Surprise

(A Lucy Bricker Novel)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Twenty years
Six presidential elections
Two brothers
One consuming love affair

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you’re seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she’s a shy girl,
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by PMI Books
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Marty Essen
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up November Surprise looking forward to a fiercely liberal read. Instead, it was more of a Chic Lit book, whose main characters just happened to be Democrats. While other reviewers disagree with me, I don’t see this as an overtly controversial book that only liberals should read. I can’t imagine conservatives getting upset by this book—unless, of course, just the mention of Clinton or Obama sends them over the edge. But then, I’m not a conservative.

That being said, I enjoyed this book.
Theresa Braun
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Laurel Osterkamp’s November Surprise is a book I literally could not put down. The story sucked me in and I fell in love with Lucy’s character, identifying with her immensely. Lucy is witty, honest, well-meaning, and adorably flawed. Osterkamp’s craft in writing description and dialogue is outstanding. Her dialogue is so realistic, it’s like looking in on living and breathing people you swear you know. Also, Osterkamp’s gift of drawing in other pop culture details, really makes the novel come al ...more
Laura Chapman
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quick points:
- I cannot express how much I get and love this book. I'm beyond ecstatic to follow her blog update.
- What a frigging well-created story?
- I love how she shows people coming in and out of the MC's life. That's how reality is. It's not always neat with a person being present and important for more than a chapter.
- This is a beautiful, beyond complicated and ultimately adorable love story. More than a story about boy meets girl, it's about the girl's love, disillusionment and eventua
Indie Kindle Blitz
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Laurel Osterkamp’s November Surprise is a novel with a unique premise: follow young Lucy Jones through her life by stepping into it during presidential elections. The confluence of politics and romance provide the backdrop of an enjoyable and often humorous story. This is why novels are called novels – because they expose us to new ideas. Osterkamp’s creativity has been put to very good use here.

November Surprise chronicles the life — both romantic and political – of the main character, Lucy. We
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
A fast read, "November Surprise" is a well written political novel, that will not bore you with the politics, with a touch of romance. Laurel pens her characters and dialogue realistic where the story will pull you right in from the start.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
jackie frye
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. When I read the description it sounded good. After the first chapter I thought it was bound to get better so I read on . . . it did not get better. I finished the book only because I hate to start something and not finish it.

Do not make my mistake just don't start in the first place.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Osterkamp combines the life of Lucy with different presidential campaigns. Lucy is very much into the political scene and follows along starting in high school. Each chapter of her life connects to and draws parallels to a campaign. It's an interesting way to look at things. or that could just be the political science nerd in me. I loved the books.
Jennifer Jennings
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually choose to read books with a political theme, but I'm glad I gave this one a try. The main character is very likable, the author's writing style striking a satisfying balance between humor and intensity. If you enjoy political novels with a touch of romance, you'll certainly enjoy this one. Recommend.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I almost put it down because the story started with high school. But it does take you through the character’s adult life. Pretty good read. Just when I was getting tired it ended happily
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Initial Reaction...

November Surprise was so much fun! In so many ways it was like a walk through memory lane, vis-a-vis the major political moment of the last 2o years and some great culture references I couldn't help but smile at as I remembered them. Lots of fun!
The Characters...

November Surprise is one of the few books I really enjoyed that I didn't love the main character. I liked Lucy, most of the time. She's this incredibly driven, politically obsessive, nerd. I'm able to relate to
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
November Surprise is a story that follows the life of Lucy Jones in a span of twenty years from her senior year in high school in 1988 to her twentieth high school reunion in 2008. Author Laurel Osterkamp weaves an intriguing tale that expands upon the novel's companion novella, Campaign Promises, where the reader is first introduced to Lucy via five vignettes that touch upon the milestones in her life in connection with each time period's corresponding political landscape. Told in the first per ...more
Henry Simpson
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny and sometimes sad novel about the life, adventures, and misadventures of Lucy Jones, a bright and well intentioned young woman of strong convictions. Lucy tells the story in her own words from the ages of seventeen through thirty-seven, maturing considerably during the two decades. One constant is her sustaining interest--actually a fixation--on the American political scene and how it relates to her own sense of right and wrong, truth and justice, and how life should be. The auth ...more
Samantha March
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing November Surprise by Laurel Osterkamp for CLP Blog Tours. Clearly, this blog tour comes at the perfect time – election fever! The story talks a lot of presidential elections over the course of twenty years, each section given its own headline from that time on which election is happening. I was just a touched worried that the book was simply going to focus on politics, because while I follow the elections every four years, I don’t have a lot of knowledge in politics, and I know th ...more
Andrea Guy
November Surprise was really a unique read. Its super short but it spans a long period of time, from the Bush/Dukakis election through Obama/McCain. It is all told through the eyes of Lucy Jones, a die-hard democrat.

I'll say this, if you are a conservative/republican, step away from the book because you probably won't like the liberal slant. I'm a bleeding heart liberal, so I had fun with it, for the most part. A political romance isn't something that you see often and the characters were very r
Ruth Hill
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
This is possibly one os the quickest, easiest poltiical romances you will ever read. I am not really big on politics, but I always enjoy the presidential election seasons. And it is nice that I have actually lived through every one of them that the author has chosen to cover. And it is quite unique to see it through the lens of one Lucy Jones, a liberal who seems to struggle with getting what she wants from life.

I am glad that there were no bedroom scenes. The profanity was there but not as bad
Beth Cutwright
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I was so looking forward to reading November Surprise by Laurel Osterkamp. After reading it, I was not disappointed. Who would have though anyone would write a romance novel from the point of view of a liberal, intelligent, student...from junior high school age up to 37 or 38yrs of age. Quite a clever premise in my opinion. We follow Lucy Jones through several elections...the bumpy road of politics.....sometimes your side wins and sometimes they lose, but politics are never dull and neither is L ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: November Surprise was an enjoyable read. It was not overly political. I could not see a definite agenda from the author...the character had a definite liberal slant but it wasn't a beat-you-over-the-head-with-the-author's-ideals type of slant. I liked that.

The characters were rather diverse. Lucy seemed to lack self-confidence and she was very closed off in her personal life. However, where politics were concerned, she was quite outspoken and passionate. Jack, Luc
Joyce (Chloe)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Twenty years
Six presidential elections
Two brothers
One consuming love affair

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you're seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she's a shy girl, battling a high school bully and rooting for Dukakis. Through the years Lucy will experience stunning victories and ago
Kat Lebo
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
November Surprise (Lucy Bricker -- the only novel in the series so far)
by Laurel Osterkamp

I was so fond of "Campaign Promises," the novella that led into this novel, that I was excited to start reading. Unfortunately, almost from the get go, the author begins to abandon the politics as a metaphor for life style that she used in the the novella. Yes, there were still those comparing-life-to-political-situations metaphors, but they were much fewer and far between, and less a part and parcel of the
Kay Swederski
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
November Surprise was a quick read but held my interest to the end. I really liked that the book started with Lucy being 17 and in high school in 1988 and so interested in the presidential elections. She was very smart about the men running for president for someone so young. I like that the story went through to the last elections. Going through every four years brought back many memories for me, it was like going back in time thinking about my life and what I was doing at the time. I liked rea ...more
Julie Powell
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given this book for review.

This is the second book I've read by this author and found it well written and informative as to the political setup in the USA.

A mix of romance and politics, this story spans a number of years where we see Lucy grow and change, while events from her past colour her view of the world.

Issues such as love, trust and friendship are the basis of the novel, despite the political side of things.

I don't give spoilers but will say that this is worth reading, even if just
Jo Notary
Feb 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
209pgs, contemporary political ,Over the course of twenty years and six presidential elections, Lucy grows and adjusts with the times. Filled with snarky political and pop-culture references, November Surprise is about the journey we take to believe in a candidate, in love, and in ourselves. the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you're seen as a loser, you pr ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am usually not a fan of books with political theme's so boy was I glad that I gave this book a chance.

It is great to watch a woman find herself in the modern day and age and have to struggle against not only her self at times but something real as well like nemesis from her past childhood.

It was also neat to see the past president elections that I was to young to remember and see the different campaigns they went through to gain the public favor. It was like a diary with a theme, the people w
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
While Lucy is certainly an entertaining character, I found myself getting more intrigued with the political aspects of the story. I wanted to sit down with her and debate the validity of many of her political views. I tried to remember that this was a work of fiction but I found that my own political views made it difficult to enjoy Lucy's story. Perhaps if her view was less different than my own it would have been a better read.

The author did use this format to good advantage and I am sure othe
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of books that mix politics with romance and so bought this book purely on the blurb. It proved to be the perfect read for me. I loved the characters, found the politics fascinating (I'm not from the U.S.A) and the plot compelling. I've reread the book a number of times and often go back and read favourite passages. If you're not particularly interested in politics, I would still recommend the book for the romance between Monty and Lucy. The winding paths that brought them together and ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining read. With politics as an ongoing theme you really fall in love with the characters. You love Lucy, Monty, Jack and Sharon. With a contemporary romance in a political setting I was a bit worried with how this would work because you don’t normally see these two themes together. I was pleasantly surprised. The story flowed very well and moved along very quickly. I think this was definitely a worthwhile read and had me really rooting for Lucy and Monty not to mention th ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was organized in an interesting fashion, following the (love) life of Lucy through presidential campaigns from 1988 when she is in high school, through 2012. In each election she is involved in some way on a local level with the campaign, and her life changes as most peoples would when examined at 4 year intervals. Although she has several boyfriends through this period, she keeps circling back to Monty, her best friend Jakes brother. Although her lack of self-confidence is wearing at times ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good one!!

I love the idea of following this character throughout her awkward school days, through career, lost loves, almost loves, and presidential elections marking her lifeline. Lucy and I share likeminded opinions when it comes to politics. So, it was easy to pull for her victory in all areas of her life. The unexpected twists and turns she goes through had me on the edge of my seat. It had my attention and I found myself stealing a couple of minutes in the lady's room to find out what happe
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: needs-review
This book was just OK for me. Nothing to spectacular about it, although I did appreciate the author's voice. I didn't get the whole politics and romance theme and felt that the politics could have been left out and still would've achieved the same results. It seemed confused at times on the direction of the feel of the book and the characters weren't all that developed and did very little to engage me. The only thing that kept me reading was the writing style.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not your cookie cutter romance. Smart and Endearing.

What I appreciated most about November Surprise is that is was not your average, run of the mill storybook romance. The relationship between the main characters spanned over two decades. The characters were smart, engaging, and flawed. All of which made for a fabulous story.
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