The Hopefuls

By Jennifer Close

The Hopefuls: A novel by [Close, Jennifer]

4 out of 5 stars

I have been relishing in my role as a new grandma for a few weeks and haven’t gotten much reading done but I am back in the saddle again and ready to review.

Beth and Matt Kelly move to Washington, D.C. Matt has political aspirations and has been working on the Obama campaign and loving it. Beth is unsure. She loves Matt but doesn’t want to move away from New York. She leaves her job at Vanity Fair and they begin their live in the political circle. Everyone seems to use acronyms and it’s all about how high up you are on the food chain. Beth has her college friend Colleen there, which is good, but it’s when they fall in love with the charms of Jimmy and Ash Dillon, another young couple from Texas, that life takes a turn. Jimmy moves up closer to Obama and has everything Matt desires. Jimmy is also one of those very charismatic people that draws everyone to him. The two couples become fast friends, even as Beth sees a few cracks in the facade. When Jimmy decides to run for an office in Texas, they move so Matt can be his campaign manager and life changes for the worse or best, you will decide.

This was a good book to read in this political climate we are living in. I loved the little ins and outs of people in the realm of politics. It was great to watch it all unfold through Beth’s eyes. I especially loved her observations of Matt’s family. So Kennedyish! (A new word I created) This is a great summer beach read. I am glad that I picked it up after my reading drought. (But the best drought in the world because of my grandson)

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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