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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,130 ratings  ·  185 reviews
I will not get involved…I will not get involved…I will not get involved…

As a congressman’s daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton always pushes to make things right. But when a scandal sends her family to Red Dirt, Texas, she decides to step back for a while. She’ll take pictures for her portfolio. She’ll volunteer at her aunt’s animal shelter. And most of all, she’ll s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Lenni Jones This book is completely clean of sex and as far as I can remember it’s also clean of any bad language. That said, it still has romance and now that I …moreThis book is completely clean of sex and as far as I can remember it’s also clean of any bad language. That said, it still has romance and now that I think about it, one girl is called a slut. Plus, the characters are in high school. I think it would be best if the book was in the YA section of your school library.(less)
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Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Anything paired with anything Jane Austen is pretty much a sure thing for me. I've never seen Friday Night Lights, but I do like football, so I was all in.

I didn't know how to take Kate in the beginning. She's so sure that she's doing the right thing that she doesn't pay attention to who she's hurting. There were some great scenes where you could just see her start to figure it out and those were my favorite.

At times the plot was a little slow, but for the most part, once I was fully interested,
4.5 This was a really fun and clever take on Emma, with a fantastic voice.

Those of you who watched my First Impressions video on Interference will likely have suspected I was going to love this. I was smitten right from the first page, couldn't get over the voice and the fantastic dry humor, and well, everything, basically. There may have been "delighted jazz hands" in the video, so. . .  Basically I said it was on track to be a favorite of 2016, unless it took a nosedive, so now the question i
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
While the story is never not interesting, I had a hard time with Kate through at least the first half of the book. Since the book is essentially the humanization of Kate, that kinda makes sense, even if that makes it a bit hard for me to engage. It was hard because there's a disparity between her self-image as a good person and her actions and preoccupation that (mostly) show the opposite. It doesn't help to have Hunter around at the same time. Hunter acts as Kate's sounding-board and eventual c ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interference is the book I didn’t know I needed, until I had it. An Emma retelling, it has modernised the lovable Emma Woodhouse into Kate Hamilton. After her ex-boyfriend spread images of herself in an uncomplimentary light, she and her family end up heading back to Texas, to take a step back for a while. Why? Well her father is a congressman without a seat, and one has just opened up in his home town of Red Dirt. Kate feels like her life could be over, because without a glowing letter of recom ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Politics, Texas high school football, and Jane Austen. Those are three things I never thought I'd want to read about in the same book, but here we are. I loved First and Then which was a Pride & Prejudice retelling that also involved football. Because of that, I gave this book a chance, being that it's an Emma retelling, which is my second favorite Austen novel. And I kind of adored it. I also really loved the small town no matter how long you're gone, it'll always feel like hom ...more
Even though it was released three years ago, Kay Honeyman's The Fire Horse Girl remains among the best debut novels I have read. Needless to say, I was fangirling all over the internet when I found out about Honeyman's sophomore novel, Interference, and she was sweet enough to send me an advanced copy. Where Honeyman's debut was a burst of diversity, color, and flair, her sophomore novel is an intelligent, wonderfully crafted modern-day re-telling of Jane Austen's Emma. It's a loose re-telling, ...more
I was considering not finishing because of a slow beginning. I listened to the audio while I did some marathon gift wrapping on Christmas Eve. I was still feeling pretty lukewarm after 1/3 finished, but the story picked up after that and I could finally feel the Emma vibe. Hunter was pretty swoony in the Knightly role, dispensing his easy, Yoda-like wisdom to Katie. The politics and the election added a new, fresh angle. Overall, a cute story. I'm a sucker for Jane Austen retellings. ...more
Victoria Scott
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another home run by Kay Honeyman. The research required for this book drips from every page in the best way possible, and I adored Hunter and Kate and their budding relationship. A perfect book for an election year!
Amy Clipston
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I got pulled into the story from the first page. The writing was superb was the characters were real and enjoyable. The story wasn't predictable, and it kept me guessing until the last chapter. The plot was complex and intriguing. I'll definitely check out more books by Kay Honeyman. If you enjoy a good young adult romance or just a good story, I highly recommend this book! ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interference is an Emma-inspired retelling (Jane Austin) that is really cute and full of energy, politics, football and a Texas small town vibe.

Also included: ill-inspired matchmaking (see: Emma retelling), new friendships, hidden agendas and unexpected enemies, an animal shelter, plenty of mishaps and a swoony guy.

Interference was lots of fun to read and Kate really is a force to be reckoned with. She is often brash, relentless and frequently found plotting and scheming. She's also vulnerable
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! I loved the writing and it kept me in suspense!
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished it with a big smile on my face.

Emma is one of my favorite books by Austen. Honeyman does the book justice, but also gives this story a life of its own. There's a warmth to this book, that was reminiscent of both West Wing and Friday Night Lights.
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef! Special thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

I feel like demanding for more pages, more chapters, and more Hunter! I had such a great time reading Interference that I was a bit sad when I reached its last page and I had to say goodbye to the characters. However, it left me with a smile on my face so I believe that's a really good sign, don't you agree?

What I really liked about this book is that it ta
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Disclaimer: if you didn't read Emma by Jane Austen you'll probably won't enjoy this book because it is a retelling of the classic

I really enjoy retellings, specially with the ones I read, I did enjoy Emma and I've been recommending it to everyone I know so I had to read this book and see what is it all about and I have to say it was a fun adventurous intake of the story, we have Kate who likes to control every aspect of her life due to her life as a politician daughter who suddenly finds hersel
Jeff Raymond
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
There just aren't enough teen political dramas out there. I'll come right out and say it. Interference is a book I read early, and the book is basically about a girl dealing with her politician father's political life seeping into her own. There's a lot of fun teen drama and, as a political junkie myself, it has that extra perk for me that it hits a few of my interests all at once.

I would definitely recommend this for a lot of people, although the flaw might be that those looking for romance mig
Miranda Kenneally
What a fun read! Football + politics + small town romance + a spirited heroine.
Liza Wiemer
I'm a HUGE Jane Austen EMMA fan, so it wasn't hard to fall in love with INTERFERENCE. Adorable! Swoon. :) Full review to come! ...more
3.5 stars. Funny and cute :-)
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating's more like 3.5 stars. Was missing a little more substance and originality. ...more
Avery Turow
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story! When you stop reading, it makes you want to go back and keep reading until you're done. It's almost like listening to a friend gossip about crazy high school drama. Recommend! ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good YA novel about the daughter of a politician, and how she uses politics in her high school life.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala16, arc, the-adorbs
I immediately fell for Kay Honeyman’s Interference. This book perfectly nails Clueless meets The Unexpected Everything meets (I assume though I haven’t seen it) Friday Night Lights. If you’re into those things, you will most definitely be into this book.

Interference is a loose Emma retelling, but it’s very much recognizable. Kate’s a plotter, a fixer, consummately political, but in the best way possible. Her father’s been in politics for most of her life, and she’s used to campaigning. Unlike mo
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I thought that the book Interference by Kate Honeyman was probably written by an inexperienced author or maybe one that just was not very creative. I felt this way because the plot of the story was unoriginal and predictable. Sometimes in books it is nice to be able to guess some things and sometimes get them right, but this book was too predictable. The characters followed a typical teenage romance. I pretty much could tell as soon as the characters were introduced what was go
Lenni Jones
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I know the back of the book said that Kate was a Congressman’s daughter, but I didn’t expect so much politics in this book. I also didn’t expect so much football to be in this book. These two things are why this book wasn’t for me. I hate politics AND football!!!!!! At least the book was only $2.50. Not too much money wasted on an okayish book I probably could’ve found at the library.

Other than the football and politics, there was a lot of photography which IS something that interests me, so tha
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a perfect palate cleanser between fantasy and sci fi worlds. To me it was a mix of Friday night lights tv show and Emma by Jane Austen with some modern political intrigue. I liked the setting with Texas high school football and liked the animal shelter because though in my city in texas there is not a lot of farm aspects i could relate with some of the hype of high school football. I also liked that there was photography lessons /yearbook class because when i was in middle school i ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay read this because I needed something light after a heavy thriller and it turned out better than I had hoped. It is funny, quirky and one of the better retellings of Austen's Emma. It is quite smart, takes only major events/ plot points of the original and does not attempt a word to word translation of the original. It makes one sympathise with the protagonists, without turning them sugary and one-dimensional, which many books in this genre tend to do.

Pick up if you are looking for something
I really enjoyed this book! The reason for 4 instead of 5 is the fact that the relentless bullying was never addressed; other than that, I thought the book was great.

Moreover, when I read YA I am always thinking of programming ideas for my library, and many came to mind throughout my reading, so that's a definite bonus with this novel!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
The first half of the book was good, but the second half lost me. My rating is probably a little closer to 2.5 stars.
Mrs. Wegener
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic, romance
If you're into politics and elections and romance, this is the book for you! It wasn't my favorite romance (Kasie West's books are way better!), but if you like romance and don't mind a slow beginning, it's pretty good! ...more
Mary Beth
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Daughter of a United States Congressman, Kate Hamilton, has been around politics for most of her life and the rules of the game are ingrained in her. Perception is reality. There is always a camera or microphone nearby. Always spin the story to put you in the best light.

After Kate's ex-boyfriend publicizes some photos that are misleading, she is removed from her private DC school and taken to the small west Texas town of Red Dirt. Kate can't wait to go back to DC and be done with her punishment
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