Your Own Worst Enemy

Your Own Worst Enemy

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...

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  • Susana Herrera

    I gobbled up Jack’s Your Own Worst Enemy in the same way I devoured The Boomerang Effect, in just a few sittings, forcing myself to slow down enough to savor the last few morsels of the surprise delicacies found in the form of a hilarious climax. Jack is a master at building tension with humor and wit. He expertly develops each of his diverse high school students, giving voice to characters we don’t ordinarily see in dystopian novels. I found myself rooting for each candidate against my own will

    I gobbled up Jack’s Your Own Worst Enemy in the same way I devoured The Boomerang Effect, in just a few sittings, forcing myself to slow down enough to savor the last few morsels of the surprise delicacies found in the form of a hilarious climax. Jack is a master at building tension with humor and wit. He expertly develops each of his diverse high school students, giving voice to characters we don’t ordinarily see in dystopian novels. I found myself rooting for each candidate against my own will, which is part of the point, exactly...This YA novel is a salty satire on America’s politics; Jack asks each of us why we vote the way we do: Is it race, class, resistance to a previous group in power or is it simply the right words at the right time to the right people who are actually motivated to go out there and vote? In this case, we examine the student government teens and then we must examine ourselves. What happened in 2016? Well, here’s one way to look at it that will actually make you laugh. And we laugh because it is true.

  • Lyn

    We all need a good laugh right now, and thank goodness someone's delivering. Gordon Jack's newest book brings the hilarious and ridiculous sides of politics to light in a novel about high school elections. If you loved the movie Election, this book will be 100% your cup of tea.

    What Jack so brilliantly mocks is a system that brings out the worst in us. Human nature, whether you're 17 or 77, finds all kinds of new ways to scheme and lie and cheat. Stacey, Tony, and Julia are three candidates for s

    We all need a good laugh right now, and thank goodness someone's delivering. Gordon Jack's newest book brings the hilarious and ridiculous sides of politics to light in a novel about high school elections. If you loved the movie Election, this book will be 100% your cup of tea.

    What Jack so brilliantly mocks is a system that brings out the worst in us. Human nature, whether you're 17 or 77, finds all kinds of new ways to scheme and lie and cheat. Stacey, Tony, and Julia are three candidates for student body president who forget their better angels while vying for the highest office in the land. Instead of their bad behavior leaving you worried about the fate of the free world, you're more likely to crack up and release some cathartic sighs in the realization human nature has always had this problem. We're not exactly breaking new ground with today's headlines, much as it might seem that way. The characters show us every kind of motivation for declaring candidacy--self-righteous altruism, manipulative curiosity, vaulting ambition, and a desperate need for chocolate milk.

    Jack also takes on the fraught politics of multicultural school communities, exploring aspects of identity that so readily get politicized in the wrong kinds of ways--not because identity and political action are problematic, but because human nature loves to box people in, permanently ("colonize," in Julia's words). Jack deftly tackles white privilege and complex racial and ethnic dynamics in a school where power is shifting every second. This is a place where we seriously need a laugh somedays, partially because racial politics in this country are so bad, and partially because The Young People Will Win, as David Hogg likes to say. They'll win with their fresh perspective, their humor, and their open-mindedness. They think outside the boxes adults would keep them in. And they are breaking new ground with their activism. But they are fortunately the stuff of our nonfiction, today, and too good to skewer. What we need to mock is our worst devils and how elections seem to find all those gremlins, stat.

    I can't think of a more perfect book to arrive in time for our insane midterms. Read it, America. Because you seriously need to chill.

  • Stacy Fetters

    I devoured this book in less than a day. I could not put this down. It was clever and witty that I found myself laughing so hard that tears formed. But it also contained some serious subjects that made you look at the real world and what we’re currently dealing with. This was still a really fun read.

    It makes you reminisce about the clown show we had to deal with with the last election. This was a lot more enjoyable since this was fi

    I devoured this book in less than a day. I could not put this down. It was clever and witty that I found myself laughing so hard that tears formed. But it also contained some serious subjects that made you look at the real world and what we’re currently dealing with. This was still a really fun read.

    It makes you reminisce about the clown show we had to deal with with the last election. This was a lot more enjoyable since this was fictitious. The banter between the opponents was hilarious and a tad bit out there. But they were all enjoyable in their own way.

    Tony has to be my favorite character. I mean, come on! I’ll never look at the bear-shaped honey bottle the same way ever again.

    Gordon Jack is a genius. To take something that is still a tough issue to discuss and brings this creative pieces into our lives is beyond astronomical. And to perfectly get Stacey’s attitude and personality onto paper was amazing. We are quite the special species and this book will fill you in more.

    With more boner jokes than you ever could imagine and a deep heartfelt look at unity, this book is definitely a must read. Maybe people will learn how to be beautiful human beings towards one another.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    This was what I was hoping it would be. Jack showed the highs and the lows of the political process, putting a hilarious spin on it all, while also including ideas of friendship, family, identity, and romance.

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    I had featured this book as one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks. I had been expecting something along the lines of the movie Election, where the whole political process was depicted in a satirical way, and Gordon

    This was what I was hoping it would be. Jack showed the highs and the lows of the political process, putting a hilarious spin on it all, while also including ideas of friendship, family, identity, and romance.

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    I had featured this book as one of my Can't-Wait Wednesday picks. I had been expecting something along the lines of the movie Election, where the whole political process was depicted in a satirical way, and Gordon Jack definitely delivered that in Your Own Worst Enemy.

    What seemed like a sure thing for Stacey turned into a cutthroat political race, which included false accusations, mud slinging, and even maligning by the media. Both Tony and Julia came out of nowhere to challenge Stacey, and to stop her rise to power.

    I must say, I really liked all three candidates, even Tony, who was pretty ridiculous and really hilarious. Jack did a great job creating these characters, because though they were each crafted in a way to represent a specific type of political voice, they were still very human. It was their flaws, which helped me empathize with them, even when they were running off the rails a little.

    It was easy to pick out all the current issues and ploys from the current state of American politics. However, because Jack was depicting all sides of just about every political hot button topic out there in an exaggerated manner, it didn't bother me. In fact, because he was showing all these things to the extreme, it showed how ridiculous we are about some things, while still shedding light on particular issues.

    One thing I can tell you is that I laughed, a lot. This book was really funny, even hilarious at times, but it was also kind of deep and thought provoking, in a good way. Some truths are easier to digest when served with humor, and I found Jack's examination of the the political process and the current issues facing Americans to be quite palatable.

    Overall: A hilarious and pretty honest look at American politics that left me laughing and thinking.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    RTC for blog tour.

    Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy through Edelweiss for review.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    really good! there were some things I thought could be done better, but overall this was funny and a unique read.

  • Susan Kennedy

    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It probably wasn't the best time for me to be reading this book. Politics has gotten under my skin and I all the whining is really annoying. So, more of that in a book was just additional, annoying whining.

    However, I did love the diversity in the book and I did love a lot of the characters. Julia was probably my favorite character. Coming from Canada after making a huge mistake, she does come and really start over. I love that she accepts her faults and f

    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It probably wasn't the best time for me to be reading this book. Politics has gotten under my skin and I all the whining is really annoying. So, more of that in a book was just additional, annoying whining.

    However, I did love the diversity in the book and I did love a lot of the characters. Julia was probably my favorite character. Coming from Canada after making a huge mistake, she does come and really start over. I love that she accepts her faults and faces up to them. She is a great character.

    Stacey was a bit of a good girl and overachiever, but she wasn't a bad character either. I loved that she befriended Brian when he was an overweight freshman. She is a bit pushy, but overall you just see she isn't a bad person. She has her faults, but she is another strong woman character.

    Then there is Brian; he is an amazing character that I would have loved to have befriended. He is kind and loyal; he stand by his best friend Stacey through everything. He falls for Julia and tries to keep that relationship going without hurting his best friend. He is just an all around great guy with a twit for a younger brother.

    Brian's younger brother is the tool of the book. Kyle is manipulative and seems to just want to make life for his older brother terrible. He is in therapy, which I'm not sure is working at all. He seems to manipulate the therapist too.

    Then there is Tony, he is the third person running for ABS President along with Stacey and Julia. Tony is just an idiot. He is always high and gets manipulated by everyone so easily. I feel sorry for him because of his home life and it makes you understand why he is the way he is. It is just a sad situation with him.

    This is mostly about the campaign going on for President. You see what each of their platforms are and how they are all playing the game during the running. You also see friendships bloom and the relationship between Brian and Julia grow. There are quite a few underlying stories going on during all of this and it definitely keeps you reading. I was a bit annoyed by some of the stabs taken at our current regime. I just think I'm annoyed at elections and politics as a whole. Everyone is really whiny and it really grates on my nerves that everyone is trying to bring everyone else down. I think I've just had enough, so I'm glad I'm finished with this one. With good character development, well written and easy to read, it was just okay for me.

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    I'm not sure if a DNF is actually the appropriate shelf, because I did read the ending.

    It's just that I skipped about 30 chapters to get there. It wasn't a bad book, but I got bored - as my friends can attest, I get bored very easily, and I usually require at least some romance to keep me interested.

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  • Lily ☁️

    The feeling, when you get sent an email approval for an ARC from Edelweiss, without having requested the book. 😭💖

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