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Red Girl, Blue Boy

(If Only . . . #5)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  527 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Enjoy Red Girl, Blue Boy and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury’s contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can’t have!

Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn’t get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic t
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Romance, fans of YA, Fans of political reads.
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This was a cute story. I had never heard of it before I spotted it at my local library and snatched it up.

It is short and would fall into mthe YA ronabc e genre, not one I read to often. But what drew me to the book is that the two main characters..Katie and Drew..are the children of the Democrat and republican nominees for President of the United States. Of coarse they are on different sides of the isle..Katie's dad is running on the Republican ticket while Drew's mo
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

As you may know, I've been in a bit of a book slump at the moment. So imagine my surprise when I manage to read a 300 page book in a day? Red Girl, Blue Boy is the latest instalment in the If Only... series, about the daughter of the Republican nominee, and the son of the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I think I'm correct in thinking that this year is an election year in
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
1-1/2 stars.

As you can see from my instagram update, I did not like this book. And that surprised me because I like the other books in the If Only line from Bloomsbury, and I was excited to get my hands on this one at TLA. I kept reading this because I really wanted it to get better. I should have flounced while I was ahead. #disappointed

The idea for this book is really great: Sixteen year olds Katie and Drew's parents are running for president (his mom, her dad). They're invited on a morning ta
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
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This book makes me want to drink.

I am really starting to think there is something wrong with me. The last three reads have been DNF’s. And I HATE DNFing, especially where the premises of the book seems to indicate that I should really like this book.

I didn’t though.

The main female character was just hideous.

Remember Rachel Berry in the first season of Glee and Tracey Flick in Election, this MC is even more EXTREME than they were.

Yeah, I couldn’t stomach her p
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Don’t worry, I’ve got a lot to say about this one.

Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
When I first saw the premise for this book, I knew I had to have it! I absolutely loved the idea of Katie and Drew falling for one another, even though they really shouldn't because of the fact that their parents are running for opposing political parties. That definitely makes for some interesting tension! I really felt this book had so much potential, but unfortunately I had issues with the characters and the overall feel of the book.

Katie was a very hard character to like for me. Her personal
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book is set up perfectly to come out in the middle of a very political year for the U.S.. It's so easy to imagine this book actually happening right now.

Katie is red. Republican all the way and in full support of her father's run for president of the United States. Drew is the son of the Democratic nominee for president. And while he isn't into politics like Katie is, he still finds himself in the middle of all kinds of media attention.

These characters felt really young to me. Maybe even yo
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Content: clean (mild innuendo)
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-arc, netgalley, 2015
When I first started this book, I was ridiculously excited to see Connecticut mentioned. Yippee! Let's just say there aren't many books that take place in CT. And to have the author from Connecticut as well?! I love reading books that may talk about things so close to home. So yeah, this book got major points for location. I don't usually enjoy books about politics, but this was one that I really wanted to check out, so I decided to give it a go. Buuuut the Connecticut reference was really
Sometimes your brain just needs fluff. And after all the Serious Issues books I read last week, I thought this might fit the bill on the fluff front, seeing as all the students seem to love this series. And the premise for this was pretty cute - daughter of the Republican presidential candidate and son of the Democratic presidential candidate both think the other one sucks until they actually spend time together and find out that there's some serious chemistry going on, which leads to smoochy ti ...more
Erin Lynn
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
FTC Disclosure: I received a free eARC of this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

A full version of this review can be read on my blog, The Hardcover Lover. A small excerpt can be seen below:

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted was not a home run for me, but it had its enjoyable moments. I really enjoyed Drew as a character, and I liked his voice throughout the novel. If anything, I feel like he saved the book from true disaster. I also started to enjoy the romance betw
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Nov 05, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebooks
I can't finish this because the main girl is so freaking naive I want to scream. She is literally a trope of the oblivious girl who doesn't see people who are using her and doesn't know what the world is really like. I can't handle her like 30 pages in... I don't want to waste my time watching her fall in love and be like... oh, a kiss! No, thanks.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm normally a very big fan of the If Only... series, so it was kind of a bummer to realize that I just didn't see Red Girl, Blue Boy as being in the same league.

On paper, the premise for Red Girl, Blue Boy is sound: sixteen-year-olds Drew and Katie's parents are running for president. Drew's mom is a Democrat, and Katie's father is a Republican, so they're bound to hate each other, right? Nope.

Instead, thanks to some random twists of fate, the two of them end up befriending each other after a
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, review
They say fiction imitates life. This seems to be true of the latest in Bloomsbury’s “If Only” line. The fifth novel is like a backdoor snapshot of political life, only it’s seen through the eyes of two sixteen-year-olds. In this case it’s Katie, daughter of the republican candidate for president and Drew, son of the democratic candidate. The two meet while participating in a joint television interview, and wind up spending the day together. What they discover they like is getting to know each ot ...more
Small Review
That was cute! Full review to come.

Originally posted on Small Review

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a cute, fluffy YA romance and that is exactly what Red Girl, Blue Boy gave me. Part of the "If Only" series of standalone romances, this installment focuses on Kat (the Republican candidate's daughter) and Drew (the Democrat candidate's son) and their adorable hate-turned-love-turned-hate-turned love romance.

I was a little worried politics would dominate this book, but Lauren Baratz-Logsted did a s
Ms. Yingling
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Katie's father is the Republican candidate for president, and Katie loves politics. She watched the numbers, knows all the tricks of the trade, and is not happy that she's been forced into a "normal" life not giving interviews, but she does enjoy having Kent, her bodyguard, accompany her to her private school. She usually wears little pink suits, with her hair in a bun. Drew's mother is the Democratic candidate for president, and he is NOT pleased. His family started out
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-releases
This was sort of a mixed bag for me. I was surprised to find I actually liked Katie a whole lot better than Drew. She's just so over-the-top as an out-of-touch, single-track-minded character, it was a lot of fun to read a voice that different, especially in a female character. Oddly, I found her teen voice more believable than Drew's, in that she wasn't really supposed to sound like one, but he clearly was, and I didn't buy it. It was very hard to forget this book was written by an adult, with r ...more
Kaethe Douglas
The Offspring received the ARC from the author, whom they have adored since Annie's Adventures, which they got to read in manuscript (!). Since everyone else was in the middle of something, I got dibs. Such fun! Enough snark to appeal to fans of The Daily Show and enough heart for those who adore The Princess Dairies.

The book is set during a presidential campaign, so it is more focused on that than on issues, although it does lean more towards the purpose of electing people to work on a more per
Pages read: 153

I'm marking this as DNF for now. I just can't take Katie anymore. She doesn't know what a landline phone is? I know they aren't popular now but she's never see one in 16 years?! And can't figure it out even when someone is using it? This is definitely personal preference and I can see people enjoying this as a super cute, fluffy, young romance, but I just can't stand spoiled, obnoxious, supposedly smart characters who are actually really dumb. And yes, I get that she hasn't been a
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let's not talk about the fact that I read this book, or that I actually had to make a second trip to the library for it since I ran out of renewals available for it.

Let's not talk about the crappy writing or the unrealistic story.

Let's not even talk about the terrible characters and their extremely predictable, over-the-top romance. Or that I had flashbacks to Bella and Edward days, minus the bits of sparkly fluff.

What I want to talk about is the fact that the ending to this awful book was eve
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was excellent until the end.
This is the journey of 2 teenagers from Conneticut from families of the opposite parties in the presidential election. Although very different personalities and backgrounds, the two fall in love each other in secret. Their relationship takes a turn where their love for each other cracks until healed in the very end.

I really like these types of books and I loved seeing the two change and grow together. However, I felt that Drew forgave Sandy too quickly. Also
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

More like a 2.5 rating. This book was cute. Nothing too special to report. I did find the main girl character to be a little bit annoying but it was still bearable. The writing also seemed a bit immature but the story was fun. Not my favorite but I've definitely read worse.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Checked this out because I wanted to balance out a YA and politics booklist I'm working on with some lighter fare and this looked cute - but the characters are cardboard, the plot is so improbable (like not even Disney Channel possible) and the writing is dull. Awful. I was expecting at least entertaining but no. Bad.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
FIRST THOUGHTS: 2.75 stars. It was a very cute book, and just what I needed to read on this particular day! Very rom-com.
I'm disappointed. Review to come on the blog.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
A timely topic, but the worst book I have ever read.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren Red Girl, Blue Boy, 289 pages. Bloomsbury 2015. $17.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.

It's election time and republican Katie Willfield can't wait to see her dad in the White House. With the election coming soon, Katie wants nothing more than to help her dad succeed on the presidential campaign trail. Drew Reilly is dreading the upcoming election. With his mom as the democratic candidate Drew would like nothing more than to be left out of a
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, teen-romance
Cute premise - the children of two political opponents fall for each other, resulting in teenage and political drama. The set up was nice - switching between perspectives to tell the 'full' story. Sadly, I didn't care for much else. Neither character really clicked with me. The young man, Drew, was much more of a believable character than the young woman, Katie, who came off as shallow, self-serving, and, at times, ditzy, despite the fact that the reader is told that she is a 'seasoned' child of ...more
Jessa Franco
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Such a terrible read, yet I also weirdly loved it. The romance was cute and I found myself a little invested in it, however the character's narration could only be described as adults trying to sound like teens. I couldn't help but picture the author patting herself on the back for sounding like "such a teen!"

One massive silver lining is the example of two political parties competing with respect. It was refreshing after 2016's awful election and its ensuing aftermath. Regardless where you stan
Linda V
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I liked the idea however....

Katie was an annoying character. Her obsession with politics, constant lectures, and use of political jargon, was just the tip of the iceberg. It is hard to believe that she would evolve into such a self-centered sixteen year-old with no knowledge of social customs or fashion sense. Somewhere during her development she would have felt the pain of being friendless and noted the clothing choices of her peers.

Drew was more real and believable and because of him I found m
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Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology. She also has what she calls her “half-Masters” in English from Western Connecticut State University (five courses down, another five to go…someday!).

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