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In 2025, the “youthification” of democracy has inspired younger candidates to challenge the ineffective and hypocritical gray-hairs in Congress. Running for student body president at an Indiana high school, political novice Brit Kitridge takes on incumbent Matthew Boltanski, who, with help from a mystery backer, already has his eyes set on Washington. Brit gains courage an ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Moot Point Productions
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Michael French I don't know the answer. All I know is in a national election, less than 50% of eligible voters end up voting. What kind of democracy does that make…moreI don't know the answer. All I know is in a national election, less than 50% of eligible voters end up voting. What kind of democracy does that make us?
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Tonja Drecker
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Politics is anything but boring in this novel, where high school drama meets the tough tension of political nitty gritty.

Brit is in her senior year of high school and would like to learn more about the working behind political elections. The approaching election for student body president is the perfect place for her to jump on board and get some hands on experience. Although she's just a poster hanger for the boy whose sure to win, she's satisfied. That is, until she notices that they seem to b
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Linda Shapiro
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda APPLEMAN SHAPIRO

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO WINNING AN ELECTION by Michael R. French
Delighted to review French’s novel, Once Upon a Lie when it was released in 2016, I was eager to accept an invitation by W.O.W. to review his newest novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election.

In his page of acknowledgements, French credits his inspiration to write this book to the high school student activists of the Parkland, Florida, killings, adding: “history suggests that a democracy thrives when ev
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Jon
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What Michael French has done here, in an approach not dissimilar to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, is to create a metaphor and an insight into the problems of the adult world through the agency of children. We're in the world of high school politics. Brit Kitridge's dark horse campaign to unseat popular incumbent Matthew Boltanski as Student Body President starts out idealistic, but like any high stakes political race (and the stakes here, in context, are high), it takes morally relative a ...more
Shanell Meek
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great way to present politics to teens!

I think this book would be a valuable teaching tool on the junior high and high school level. It keeps the topic light by following high schooler Brit Kitridge through the process of running for student body president of her high school. On the surface the book just seems to be about a high school election but it’s easy to make the connection between Brit’s election and a governmental election when the truth starts coming out. The book delves into the good
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Sara Strand
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this a 4.5 but rounded up to a 5. I really, really enjoyed this one and think that if you work in a middle or high school, you should have this in your library and/or classroom. Even more so if you teach American History or Social Studies- include it.

This follows Brit on the quest of becoming her student body President and she quickly learns how corrupt high school politics is, but also how that corruption spreads like wildfire and is far reaching. I absolutely loved this book and I
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Grady
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Most battles worth fighting were ultimately waged in the trenches’

California author Michael French earned his degrees from both Stanford University and Northwestern University. As a businessman and author he lives in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and Santa Barbara, California. His books to date include ABINGDON’S and PURSUIT, both award winning novels, among the many young adult fiction, adult fiction, children’s books and screenplays.

Michael understands youth and the crises of coming of age and fa
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Anthony
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

One young woman’s goal of learning as much about politics as possible leads her down a path of betrayals, lies and shocking revelations that leads her to take on the establishment in author Michael R. French’s “The Beginner’s Guide to Winning An Election”. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis

In 2025, the “youthification” of democracy has inspired younger candidates to challenge the ineffective and
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KarynH
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!!
P.M. Brit Kitridge used historical dates for her local being a history lover. During those days, bullying was experienced by students which led to tight security in Hawthorn High School. Though famous with the name of “Introvert” and “Science Brain” Brit had started mixing up with groups after losing the election.

Therefore, she felt the need to possess real experience in politics so, joined Matthew team and assisted in grunt work. Matthew Boltanski, an Eagle Scout with merit badges h
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Amanda
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election is a teen and young adult novel about a spunky teenaged girl named Brit Kitridge who decides to run for student body president of her high school. Her opponent, the popular incumbent determined on a future in politics, is only one of the obstacles she faces down while learning to navigate the seedy underbelly of campaigning. Michael French has written the perfect book to expose youth to politics, good and bad. I feel like we need more younger people in ...more
Sreevarsha Sreejith
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French is a coming of age young adult novel that has wider connotations to both the world of politics and World politics in this day and age. I found this novel entertaining and educational without being pedantic. Even though it is styled as a YA novel, I think adults would find it interesting as well. I give it 4 stars !

For a complete review, please visit my blog at https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.c....

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Katherine Hebert
Learning through a fun novel

The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Election follows a high school student, Brit, who’s love of history propels her to try to run for student government after an unsuccessful first time. Through this experience, she learns first hand about the corruption found in politics. The novel is both educational and intriguing, which is a testament to the author. I did feel like the target audience was teenagers but I throughly enjoyed it as an adult. (I’m all about ways to lea
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ashley
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit it took several tries to finally get into the novel. I wasnt sure what I was expecting but decided to give it one more shot (maybe I was in a slump), however, I found this to be an interesting novel.

Politics is not really something I personally am interested in although I do find that it is an important topic for younger generations. Michael French found a way to incorporate politics in a way that young adults can relate to.

I would be willing to read another one of his novels.
Jessica Higgins
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A topic that might not seem interesting shows a different side to the world of high school politics.

Being involved in high school politics is the last thing Brit Kitridge had on her mind. She wanted to finish high school, go to college and then onto med school. She has always loved history, especially her history teacher and looks to him for guidance. After he fuels her passion for politics, she joins the team of Matthew Boltanski, the school’s shoo-in for winning the election. He has a team of
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Emily
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was not what I was looking for. It was written by someone who hasn't been around teenagers in quite some time. It felt uncomfortable and just wrong. I can't recommend this to anyone.
Art
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Timely Story
As we live in a time when teens are politically aware this book presents a look at the future and influence of "Big Politics" working its way down the age scale. It's a fascinating look at the future of what could happen. The characters are well written and come to life. While it's a YA book I would encourage everyone to read it!
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#1 Amazon best selling author Michael French graduated from Stanford University and Northwestern University. He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an avid high-altitude mountain trekker, as well as a collector of first editions of twentieth-century fiction.

He has published twenty-four books, including fiction, young a
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