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Blog Tour: Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack

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 all the responsibility but none of the power. And the three candidates running for president know all about that. Stacey Wynn is the front-runner, but she didn’t count on Julia Romero entering this race. Julia is challenging Stacey for the title while also putting the moves on Stacey’s campaign adviser and only friend, Brian. And then there is Tony Guo, the way outsider. Tony is usually oblivious to the school’s political campaigning, as he’s oblivious to anything that isn’t about getting high and drinking all the Space Cow chocolate milk he can stomach. But when his favorite beverage is banned at school, a freshman political “mastermind” convinces Tony to become the voice of the little guy. But what kind of voice is that, really? If this were an ordinary high school election, the winner would be whichever candidate was the most popular. But this year, each candidate may have to sink to a new low to win an election that could change the course of...very little.


Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack is so clever and witty. I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a great book that brought some serious subjects to the surface with also keeping things light and fluffy as well. It was great to have a novel that could bring a smile to your face. I loved how Jack was able to mock a system that brings out the worst in people. (I am sure I am not the only one that lost friends over politics - It is so dumb. People take things way too seriously and to drop friends for politics is really dumb - but - that is just my opinion)

I really enjoyed how Jack was able to show the highs and lows of this political process but keeping it light hearted at the same time. We got to see our characters deal with friendships, family, loves, and even their own identities in the process. It was really hard not to fall in love with such great characters. I don't know about other readers but I had the hardest time trying to choose a favorite candidate. I wanted them all to win. This is a perfect time for this book to come out since I know elections just took place yesterday.

If you need a good laugh or just need a pick me up from elections this is a great book to read. You would be smiling and laughing the entire time. Go check out Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack!

About the Author:

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 was his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family.


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  1. Great review!!! I totally agree with people arguing and losing friends over politics. It's gotten completely out of hand. People fighting over Thanksgiving dinner with other family members and everything else just blows my mind. Love the review-- I just started reading the book and I already think the characters are very interesting!!

    1. It definitely gets out of hand. I can't even imagine the arguing over Thanksgiving dinner. Politics seems to come up in almost everything we do now. Book events. Work. Home. Sometimes it would be nice just to get a break from it.

      I am glad you are enjoying the book. Did you finish? Did you like it?