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Your Own Worst Enemy

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, and protests makes for a ridiculous and hilarious political circus in Gordon Jack’s second highly satirical novel. Perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman.

They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Unless you’re student body president at Lincoln High School. Then you get
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Susan Kennedy
I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It probably wasn't the best time for me to be reading this book. Politics has gotten under my skin and I all the whining is really annoying. So, more of that in a book was just additional, annoying whining.

However, I did love the diversity in the book and I did love a lot of the characters. Julia was probably my favorite character. Coming from Canada after making a huge mistake, she does come and really start over. I love that she accepts her faults and f
francis moore
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: came-soon-18-20

Weirdly poignant and perfectly hilarious, Gordon Jack is one of my new favorite authors. His voice is authentic and unique, and his writing style is something to be rivaled in its rhythm and realistic twists. Your Own Worst Enemy is definitely a novel for our generation, capturing the complexities and confusions of Gen Z in the best way possible: the crazy political world we’re being forced to grow up in.
lily ☁️
The feeling, when you get sent an email approval for an ARC from Edelweiss, without having requested the book. 😭💖

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for a spot on the blog tour and promotion of the book.

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Vicky Again
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I was definitely really excited for this as I was going in, and it ended up being just as good as I expected.

I'm always a sucker for satire-novels, and one endorsed by Mindy McGinnis is sure to make it on my list. This didn't disappoint, balancing ridiculousness with truth really well.

I can't tell you how many times students in my own school have been so competitive over a class office position, and although Your Own Worst Enemy takes it to a whole new level, it was still wholly relatab
Stay Fetters
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Here’s some change I can believe in.
Make America baked again."

I devoured this book in less than a day. I could not put this down. It was clever and witty that I found myself laughing so hard that tears formed. But it also contained some serious subjects that made you look at the real world and what we’re currently dealing with. This was still a really fun read.

It makes you reminisce about the clown show we had to deal with with the last election. This was a lot more enjoyable since this was fi
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
RTC for blog tour.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy through Edelweiss for review.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, diverse, ya, contemporary
This was what I was hoping it would be. Jack showed the highs and the lows of the political process, putting a hilarious spin on it all, while also including ideas of friendship, family, identity, and romance.
I had featured this book as one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks. I had been expecting something along the lines of the movie Election, where the whole political process was depicted in a satirical way, and Gordon
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
We all need a good laugh right now, and thank goodness someone's delivering. Gordon Jack's newest book brings the hilarious and ridiculous sides of politics to light in a novel about high school elections. If you loved the movie Election, this book will be 100% your cup of tea.

What Jack so brilliantly mocks is a system that brings out the worst in us. Human nature, whether you're 17 or 77, finds all kinds of new ways to scheme and lie and cheat. Stacey, Tony, and Julia are three candidates for s
Mary  Taugher
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At a time when we all need a respite from ugly national politics along comes Your Own Worst Enemy, a hilarious satire about a high school election. I adored this book and could not put it down. Gordon Jack is one of the funniest and talented YA writers out there.

The characters vying for class president include Stacey, the frontrunner and traditionalist; Julia, the newcomer with a secret who throws Stacey off what was assumed to be a clear path to victory; and Tony, a stoner who just wants choco
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from Gordon Jack, high school librarian by day, master novelist by night!
The characters in this book are so engaging and endearing, even when they're making bad choices. They're in competition with each other, but you can't help rooting for them all. The author's perceptiveness about human nature, and teenager nature in particular, makes the story realistic and touching, even in the madcap moments. I laughed out loud and didn't want it to end.
Writer another one, Gordon Jack! I'm
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ 60% for fatphobia.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book. Partially because I thought I owed it to my past self who had wanted to read this for so long and partially because it's not like I have anything better to do during social distancing, I read the whole thing. I believed in this premise so strongly (Class election comedy that tackles our crazy real-world politics? Sounds great!), but ultimately, there was a lot with the execution that just didn't work out. I'll start with what I liked first.
1. In a world
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I'm not sure if a DNF is actually the appropriate shelf, because I did read the ending.

It's just that I skipped about 30 chapters to get there. It wasn't a bad book, but I got bored - as my friends can attest, I get bored very easily, and I usually require at least some romance to keep me interested.

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Susana Herrera
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gobbled up Jack’s Your Own Worst Enemy in the same way I devoured The Boomerang Effect, in just a few sittings, forcing myself to slow down enough to savor the last few morsels of the surprise delicacies found in the form of a hilarious climax. Jack is a master at building tension with humor and wit. He expertly develops each of his diverse high school students, giving voice to characters we don’t ordinarily see in dystopian novels. I found myself rooting for each candidate against my own will ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Brought up some interesting topics but felt too long, too satirical, and was lacking with most of the characters.

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Avid Reader and Geek Girl
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jennifer Burns
Shelves: to-sort, to-preorder
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Teen through Edelweiss+. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

4 stars

I really enjoyed this satire of the election process. It had a great diverse list of characters, LGBT-wise and racially diverse.

We had:
Stacey-long time politician, I didn't really like Stacey until almost the end of the book, she's a perfectionist who can be a bit mean and self-centered at times, but she finally comes around to a better
Review to come!
May 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Sheila Grau
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Your Own Worst Enemy. I came for the 2016 election spoof, but this book was so much more than that. It was genuinely funny, but also insightful and honest. The author didn’t take the easy route of creating caricatures to make fun of, or stoop to school election clichés.
Jack has created three very real characters vying for the position of student body president. Stacey represents the old guard – work ethic and tradition. Julia offers a voice to the previously overlooked members of the s
Donna Tracey
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best way to sum up why I liked this book is to quote my daughter who said "he writes like a girl...and I mean that as a compliment!" This book was so enjoyable because the dialog and the emotions of the characters were so believable. The author does a fantastic job of mastering the voice of multiple teenagers, regardless of their age, gender, interests or background. I found the plot truly engaging and enjoyed it even more given the relevancy to the election. The characters feel real and the ...more
A hilariously satirical novel about a high school election. You can read my full review and enter a giveaway for a copy of the book here!

Diversity Rep: mixed-race main character; Asian-American main character; POC and LGBTQ+ side characters

Warnings: microaggressions; some comments that are racist/fatphobic; vandalism of a poster with an anti-immigrant slur; teenage drinking & drug use (Please let me know if I missed any!)

Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me on the blog tour a
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Gordon Jack's Boomerang Effect and am thrilled to report that Your Own Worst Enemy shares the uniquely hilarious and honest take that made the first book stand out from other YA novels. He goes deeper in Your Own Worst Enemy making it an even more satisfying read. Stacey, Julia and Tony are delicious characters whose raw, funny and painful moments kept me turning pages, ignoring the clock well into the evening. Jack's clever parallels to the last election are also terrific. The book's ho ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Your Own Worst Enemy. From the beginning to the end, the characters made me laugh out loud, which I rarely do. Three very different candidates equally ridiculous in their motives and platforms vie for ASB president. The election rings true by bringing out the worst in human interaction. The nice thing is, that despite the egos involved, there is a thread of inner good bringing hope to us all. It turns out that we are not beyond redemption.
Rachel Lu
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since the first 2 reviews start with "I loved Your Own Worst Enemy," I'll stick with the status quo and say I loved "Your Own Worst Enemy" too. Hilarious, I found myself chuckling throughout — yet the story also explored deeper issues, tackling diversity, people's voices and of course, a light parody on the 2016 election. However, unlike the election, this book ends with hope, with people from different backgrounds working together solve problems and issues. ...more
Warnings: racism, substance abuse, fatphobia, will probably make you relive 2016 all over

In a parody of the 2016 American presidential election, Your Own Worst Enemy explores the devolution of human nature when it comes to politics. Stacey thinks she is running unopposed for student body president, until Julia, a newcomer, and Tony, the school's stoner, both enter the race. As the candidates and their campaign managers figure out ways to one up each other, and defeat the other candidates, we see
Halina Tracey
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is just fantastic. As soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. It deals with so many social issues in our country that millions of teenagers face everyday. In particular this novel tackles the idea of human identity and how we define ourselves. Each of the characters spend most of the novel holding on so close to small factors that contribute so little to their large and broad identity. They focus their energies on their accomplishments, involvements, sexual preferences, race, pa ...more
John Yingling
I really wanted to like this book; I was very much looking forward to reading it after seeing the synopsis. And, I must admit, it was definitely a page-turner. But.....some of the scenes just didn't ring true with me. The whole idea of freshmen latching onto an upper classman, the dropping of f-bombs in a school assembly, the stereotypical clubs in the school, the outlandish behavior of certain characters that was straight out of Animal House, and the too-neat wrap up of the book didn't work for ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stacey Wynn is the model high school student, set to take student council president at Lincoln High. With her best friend Brian as campaign advisor and sassy nemesis James as her vice president, things seem to be right on track for Stacey’s senior year. But Stacey’s plans take a sudden nosedive as the new girl, Julia, and the high school stoner, Tony, enter the race. Three very different platforms, each with their own unique appeal, go head-to-head amidst some classic high school drama. Gordon J ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I don't know why, but I couldn't stop picturing Stacey as Paris Geller the whole time I was reading. I even read Stacey's lines in her voice. That's probably one the reasons why I preferred her out of the three candidates. I liked Julia as well, but she came to me a bit as a shoe-in --- rising to fame in no time, getting everything handed to her in a plate and all. I have seen some reviews symbolise Tony as Trump, but he doesn't seem that obnoxious to me. He fights for what he believes in and in ...more
A good read that kept me interested until the end. Full RTC!

Full review:

I really enjoyed this book, and I really enjoyed all the different voices represented in this novel. The cast of characters were engaging and dynamic, and they had their own motives for acting the way they did in the novel.

The very beginning was really good, and it hooked me until the end. The more I read, the more I wanted to know more about them. I didn’t really like
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Gordon Jack always wanted to be a writer. In third grade, he put that on his “What I want to be when I grow up” list, just behind astronaut and professional dog walker. While working towards this goal, he had jobs as an advertising copywriter, English teacher, librarian, and semi-professional dog walker. The Boomerang Effect is his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

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