Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Favorite Reads: Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore

In My Favorite Reads each week I feature one of my favorite reads from the past. October is National Reading Group Month, so all month I'll be featuring books we read for my book club, and enjoyed!

Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore

Summary (from Goodreads):
In her debut novel Sammy's Hill, Kristin Gore treats readers to an insider's view of life and love on Capitol Hill. In fact, the view couldn't get much more inside the Beltway, especially coming from former Vice President Al Gore's daughter. Still, Sammy's Hill is witty and engaging enough to prove that it's not always who you know, but sometimes how well you tell their stories.

Samantha Joyce, Gore's heroine, is a 26-year-old self-deprecating health-care policy advisor to Robert Gary, a well-respected senator from her home state of Ohio. Between endless work days, a grueling campaign schedule, and frequent trips to the pet store where she seeks advice on caring for her listless Japanese fighting fish, Sammy finds time to obsess over her new boyfriend, sexy speechwriter Aaron Driver. As things heat up with Aaron, Sammy's work schedule takes on a new intensity when Gary becomes the Democratic candidate for vice president. Along the way, scandal clouds both her personal and professional life, and our heroine discovers the often salacious underbelly of life on the hill.

Why I chose this book:
A thoroughly fun read! Sammy is engaging, hilarious, and thoughtfully optimistic - which is something sorely needed these days. A perfect read for election time (we read this in fall 2008). Ms. Gore has created a fully fleshed character, and it's so refreshing to read chick lit where the main character likes her job, doesn't live in NYC, doesn't have oodles of inappropriate roommates, has a reasonable relationship with a man who's not blatantly an idiot, and the man she might end up with at the end isn't completely obvious, nor does he appear out of left field. This is top-notch chick lit. And made me contemplate - just for a minute - getting a Japanese fighting fish.


Alyce said...

I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds like a fun read. I like reading about DC, so that adds to the draw.

We own two Betta (fighting fish) and they are over two years old now, which means we'll probably have to get new fish soon I'm sure.

The Book Chick said...

This book looks great, and I have to agree with all of your pet peeves re: chick lit. I love the stuff, don't get me wrong, but some of it makes me shake my head. Thank goodness for authors like Jill Mansell.

Oh, and we have a Japanese fighting fish. The kids named him "Dorrie" (ie. Finding Nemo). The guy has an attitude, but we love him. :)

nomadreader said...

I loved this one too! I keep hoping she'll find time to write another novel!