Title: The First Affair
Author: Emma McLaughin and Nicola Kraus
Review: I didn't know what the book was about when I opened it and I am glad I didn't or I might not have read it. The idea of a President of the US- having an affair in the Oval Office….never….haha we wish. Well I was so sick of the whole Clinton thing that I would not have read this had I known the subject, but it was a very good book. It was a bit tough to get into, but by page 50 I was hooked and glad I read it after all.
The TV and print news is where we get our news and they are not always correct or care to be correct. I enjoyed that this book took the girls side and at 21 you are so naive that a man in power could knock you off your feet…even if he is married. Flattery and attention are a toxic combination when you are young and away from everything you know. Who wouldn't get caught up in the moment? You voted for him...or at least many did and think about what he is making on personal appearances now....makes you think about the victim in all of this. Or maybe there is no victim, just a few broken hearts needing mending and forgiveness.
The writing was great, the pacing was good and I loved the end. This is a book that was quick to read and yet interesting to think about later. Who is the victim is this? Who is the one who lost the most? Well it wasn't who it should have been in my opinion…especially had this been my daughter. We really should think about the things we say about those in the news and the jokes we share…a real person is behind all of those things we hear and say and that person has feelings, along with a family and friends who feel also.
Read this book I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was!!
Publisher: Published August 27th 2013 by Atria Books
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent for review from the publisher.
Synopsis: Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.
An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.
With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.
Author Biography: Emma- My partner, Nicki, and I have been writing together for 12 years. We're obsessed by what makes a satisfying story. I'm excited to hear from our readers what does it for them -- and what doesn't. As a working mom, the only book time I manage to steal these days is right before bed. I'm not the girl who can watch SVU and go to sleep with a smile. Ruling out kids/the economy/the world in peril as subject matter leaves sweeping Wharton epics or swift funny observations. The best is when a book makes you feel like you're still talking in the whee hours with your best college friend. I just finished Mindy Kaling. Loved it.
Nicki - Kraus graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She met Emma McLaughlin while both were attending New York University, and working as nannies. She lived as a child at 1000 Park Avenue, whose residents she claims inspired some of the characters in her fiction.