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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  34 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
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Susan Kennedy
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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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Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy through Edelweiss for review.
Samantha (WLABB)
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.
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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
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Vicky Who Reads
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
really good! there were some things I thought could be done better, but overall this was funny and a unique read.
Stacy 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
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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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Lyn
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
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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
April
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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Robie
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
Anne
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.
Christy
Sep 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Sarah
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
Raven
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
Sophie
A good read that kept me interested until the end. Full RTC!

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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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Annie
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 to
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Sonya Mukherjee
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud a bunch of times reading this. It's political satire that leans toward the light, gentle and sometimes goofy side, while also offering up a well-rounded crew of interesting characters and sometimes unexpected relationships. In other words, it was a joy to read.
Elizabeth
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-books-2018
This book was so clever and funny. Every line is seeped with sarcasm and humor. I was reading most of it on the plane and I had trouble not laughing out loud to it. If you liked the movie Election with Reese Witherspoon, you will love this book.
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
hpboy13
Your Own Worst Enemy was a delight to read, the kind of book I breezed through quickly, and was left sad that it ended. It takes a look at a cutthroat student election, and Gordon Jack does a perfect job of capturing the duality of how much it matters (it’s life and death to the kids running) and how little it matters (student government has almost no power).

It’s tricky to capture today’s teens in writing. If you ignore how much they all concern themselves with questions of identity politics, it
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ItsOwlRight
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 high school student council president election. 3 very different candidates. That doesn’t seem above average--until you throw in the politics, schemes, drama, protests, humor, satire, and a lot of “Wait, what?!” moments, all at one (very diverse) high school. I also loved that pretty much any political/social issues you can think of, mostly race and gender, were dealt with a lot in both serious and humorous ways. I’d recommend this for everyone and anyone just looking to read something fun.
Stella
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was SOOOO fun! I read it on my flight to Houston last week and I had a really good time. let's get into the thoughts! this book followed all student body president candidates, stacey, julia and tony and their journey to victory.

-there's julia who wants to lead the school after she transfer there from Canada. she is racially ambiguous and she begins to have a romantic relationship with stacey's manager, Brian. she is described as being bigger but she was interesting as she proposes diff
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Arrow Jameson
6/10 OR 3/5 STARS

This book aroused mixed feelings within me. On the one hand, the concept was great and different so it excited me; on the other hand, while reading about a few characters I was squirming with dissatisfaction.

Stacey, I loved. She reminded me of when I was prefect in my school, because I was just as competitive when it came to things like elections. But the other characters … I didn’t really love anyone else. Brian was okay, but kind of unfaithful towards Stacey (I just NEVER get
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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.