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Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,135 ratings  ·  628 reviews
From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country dur
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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Larry H
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"Only let the world see half of your ambition. Half of the world can't handle seeing it all."

That was a piece of advice given to Charlotte Walsh by her mentor, a former governor, U.S. Senator, and Ambassador to the United Nations, when she encouraged Charlotte to run for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania.

It doesn't matter that Charlotte got out of her hometown—and away from the East Coast—as quickly as she could, and that she hasn't been home for years
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 brave stars to Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I noticed this book when a blogger friend, Rachel at In Between Book Pages, was reading it. Her thoughts on Charlotte’s story enticed me to pick it up.

Winning? Is it something we all love, at least at one time or another? What messages do we receive about having it all and winning at life? Are we told that we can’t have it all?

There is much to admire about Charlotte Walsh. She is a go-getter who wants and believes she can absolutely ha
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Walsh is a successful Silicon Valley executive, who, like many smart, ambitious women, aspires to have it all. Not only does Charlotte have a powerful career, but she also has a handsome husband, Max, and 3 young daughters. She feels the pull to politics, wanting more, and believing she can make a difference and effect change. Charlotte and her family return to her childhood home in Pennsylvania, where she begins her campaign for Senate.

In addition to her family, Charlotte is joined b
Charlotte Walsh is a high-powered tech executive living in San Francisco, married and the mother of 5-year old twins, Ella & Rose, and 2-year old Annie. Following the historic 2016 election, she decides to run for the US Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania where she still has family and property. She moves her family there while she puts together her team and begins her campaign.

What this story is NOT is whether Charlotte wins. It’s about the realities for women running for political office
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN by Jo Piazza - all opinions are my own.

I love reading books based on politics but I’m mighty picky so I was elated when I able to devour this one in less than a day! There are so many current, relevant topics touched on in this story that my brain kept connecting the dots to events that have happened over the past year in our current political climate. But it’s so much more than politics as it also co
mindful.librarian ☀️
I had the absolute pleasure of reading a VERY early manuscript of this book on request of the author. And OH MY GOODNESS!!! What an honor! It is fierce, feminist and completely nails my feelings on politics, marriage and parenting. Especially marriage. This may be a political book (and GO JO for writing such a timely and unflinching narrative of today's political climate), but it's so so much more than that. Anyone who has been in a long-lasting marriage will appreciate this, as will anyone who ...more
Sarah Bohl
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jamie Rosenblit
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I never thought a political focused book (even a fictional one) could be this enjoyable given the tumultuous political climate in the US right now. However, because I’ve enjoyed so much of Jo Piazza’s work, I had to check it out. Charlotte is a high powered Silicon Valley exec who gives it up and moves her family (with her now stay at home husband and three young daughters) to her hometown in Pennsylvania where she wants to run for Senate and make a difference! As the campaign heats up, Charlott ...more
Liz Fenton
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I tore through this one in two days. It’s a timely and insightful glance into the world of politics, and one woman’s rise to the top, for better or worse. An extremely entertaining read!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I am a huge fan of The Knockoff & Fitness Junkie which are both co-authored by Jo Piazza. When I heard she had a stand-alone book coming out this summer, I rushed at the chance to read it. I will say this is a book anyone can enjoy, regardless of your own political ideology.

Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
The author got tired and she decided she wasn't going to write an ending. She even added a lame note at the end with some pretty far-fetched BS about after writing 6 endings she didn't like any so she left if open. And the choice of not giving the book an end is not political as she tries to explain!!! It's just that either result would be complicated for different reasons either Charlotte marriage or her ambition and the author didn't know how to get out of the ditch she'd written herself in so ...more
Dana (pagestoreadfl)
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-arcs
4.5⭐️— Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza

Thank you to Netgalley, Simon and Schuster and the author for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte Walsh is running for political office in her home state of Pennsylvania. To do this she uproots her husband and three daughters from Cali to Pennsylvania. Between this, her husband becoming Mr. Mom, and the stress of a campaign, Charlotte’s already fragile marriage trembled under the pressure. Can Charlotte win? C
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-netgalley
*4 - 4.5 stars*

Charlotte Walsh is an intelligent, strong woman and CEO of Humanity a large corporation, who is running for Congress. I really enjoyed this book and it was a fast paced enjoyable read for me. I really liked Charlotte as a character and I felt that I could really relate to her. As a female, recently moving overseas and living abroad and starting a new job, Charlotte gave me strength and I was rooting for her throughout. She struggles to maintain her relationship with his husband, r
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
THIS is the book I wished I had in my hands the morning after the 2016 election, friends.

I inhaled this book in just over 36 hours and GAH. I’ve read one Jo Piazza before (Fitness Junkie), and thought this was nothing like it– in the best way possible. Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win is a fierce & insightful look into women in politics in our day and age– from all angles. And Charlotte herself is the perfect example of a character that I root for without necessarily finding her a likeable characte
I didn't know a lot about Jo Piazza, but I knew of her other titles like The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie I thought she wrote very frivolous fiction a la Sophia Kinsella or Jane Green. But for whatever reason, this novel has interested me since it came out last summer. THEN, when I started reading it, I checked out her books again and realized she wrote a little-known non-fiction book I loooooved called If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission, so was happy to go into the book thinking s ...more
I read Fitness Junkie back in the day and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to get to Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win. And in true Jo Piazza fashion, she made this book relatable, fun, and serious all at the same time. This was the perfect book to read during an election year and even though I'm sad I didn't read it sooner, I'm also kind of glad I waited until 2020. Charlotte and other characters could be related to people in the real world, and I found her opponent sounding a lot like a certain ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.75 stars for Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win!

This was a surprise delight! I picked this book up because I heard it was being turned into a Movie, and of course I would need to read it before seeing it. I was unsure about the concept of a political family drama, but I do love a good family drama, so I gave it a go.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in Pennsylvania after leaving her Silicon Valley job, hoping that she will make a difference in the nation. She’s married with three young daughter
Melissa Dee
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Walsh is an utterly believable, utterly human candidate for the US Senate from Pennsylvania. She has all of the baggage you would expect of a Silicon Valley Exec, born in PA daughter, sister, wife and mom. Charlotte believes that she can do a better job in government than the aging man who currently holds the seat, and it is impossible to think that she is wrong.

Piazza’s novel, dragged from today’s headlines, was a solid 3.5* read for me. I would have given it a 4* up until the end. Ar
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
“‘Never stop smiling,’ Josh had warned. ‘Smile until you feel like your lips will fall off. A woman who doesn’t smile is an angry woman. You cannot be an angry woman, even for a second.’”

I’ve always been a fan of Jo Piazza, but CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN is definitely a stand out. A very timely story about the experience of a female candidate running for political office and the challenges she endures that are never experienced by her male counterparts.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud momen
Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win is about a female candidate running for office. This book is Women's Fiction.

The narrator is 47 year old Charlotte Walsh (3rd person POV).

Charlotte has left a very successful job in Silicon Valley to run for the Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania. She wants to win. But she also wants to balance her ambition with her family (husband and 3 young daughters).

The start of this book was just okay for me. It was interesting to see a woman running for Senate. But I jus
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An Author’s Courageous Timeline – Before anything else, I have to applaud Jo Piazza for setting her story right NOW in the middle of one of the most hotly contested set of mid-term elections that we’ve ever experienced. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win begins in mid-2017 and ends with the November 2018 elections. You can’t get timelier than that. When you think about the time to write a book, submit it, do all th
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the female driven book we’ve been waiting for. Charlotte is all of us except she’s running for Senate in her home state of PA. She’s driven to change the world but first she has to survive being a candidate and her marriage. Charlotte isn’t perfect, her marriage is in tatters but this is what she’s determined to do.

I loved Ms. Piazza’s portrayal of someone who could be anyone of us and that’s what will hook you. You will see yourself in her and all of your close female friends/rela
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this book about a woman running for senate. The author brilliantly displays the push-pull of marriage and career and family life while giving an inside view of politics. The kids definitely get second (or third, or fourth) billing but I think that's sort of the point. It's the age old adage of you can't have it all, but wrapped up in an engaging tale and not the least bit judgmental or preachy. I loved the cynical campaign advisor and, given the author's journalistic background, I ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A while ago I was looking for a female lead book where she presuming politics and I gave up and now I found it randomly! Safe to say I had high hopes on this and it didn't disappoint. It was very entertaining and I really enjoyed following Charlotte Walsh around, she was a strong person with big ambition and it was very interesting look into politics but made less serious and boring. It was a fun book! ...more
Megan C.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power
Thank you to the publisher for providing this book to me for review. Smart, timely, and well-written - I LOVED this one! I felt like the author handled the topic of women in politics with grace, but without flinching away from the ugly side of it. Not only dealing with women in the political arena, however, this novel is a great exploration of marriage, motherhood, and women in the work force. Highly recommended!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If Hillary had run BEFORE Bill and when Chelsea was a baby, this book might be the result! Of course, that doesn't take into account the topical #MeToo movement that gives much of this book its impetus. When Charlotte Walsh decides to run for the Senate, husband Max becomes the primary caregiver for toddler twins and infant Annie. Her opponent (of course) is a thrice-married, misogynistic white male (how did Piazza do that?) who blasts Charlotte and her pro-life organization at every turn. While ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-version of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley. I’m grateful to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for their generosity in providing a copy for me to review and, because I thoroughly enjoyed Charlotte Walsh, was happy to post this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Charlotte Walsh likes to win—she’s the Chief Operating Officer of a Silicon Valley technology company, mother of three under six, and best-selling author. She’s set her sights o
Kathryn Bashaar
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warning: There is one mild spoiler in the last paragraph of this review.
Charlotte Walsh rose from a troubled, working-class childhood to become COO of a big California tech company. As this novel opens, she has taken a leave from work and returned to her home state of Pennsylvania to run for Senate. She’s smart, attractive, and driven. She is also running in a toxic political environment that is especially brutal to women. And she has a secret.
I liked Charlotte. She’s very relatable. Although s
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN follows the title character as she runs for Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania. Charlotte is an ambitious, accomplished woman who wants to make a difference in the world and is tired of the way politicians operate. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a woman in the political arena – there’s a lot of sacrifice and subterfuge in politics, but obviously we know women are judged on a whole different level.

This book is such a timely, realistic portrayal
Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.

I’ve been loving books about substantial topics that read easy this summer and I can now add Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win to that list! Though it reads easy enough for the beach, it’s full of astute commentary on women in politics, women in business, managing your image in public life, marriage, motherhood, and gender roles. It makes you feel how truly soul-sucking campaigning and politics can be. But, it also has snap
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Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, digital content strategist and author.

Her latest book, How to be Married will be released by Penguin Random House in April 2017.

Her novel, The Knockoff, became an instant international bestseller in May 2015 and has been translated into 13 languages.

She has written and reported for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, the New York Time

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