The President's Daughter

My books arrived today. Woohoo!

So this afternoon I settled down and started reading The President's Daughter the first in the President's Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White.

Now if you've been following along you'll know that this book was first published in the 1980s - 1984 to be exact. So they had to do a bit of updating when they re-published these - things like incorporating technology into our everyday lives (computers, internet, cell phones, etc) and explaining Meg's love for Hill Street Blues by saying she watched it on DVD. (No need to explain her love for The Sound of Music since that's still considered pretty normal.)

Simple premise - Meg Power is your basic every day normal kid. That is if a normal kid is the daughter of a fiesty New England senator, fairly effortless makes As in school and is a top-notch skier and tennis player. Even she's surprised when her mother decides to make a bid for the presidency. It's hard to tell who is more surprised when she gets the nomination (Democrat) and then goes on to the win the election - her or her mother. Her two younger brothers take in stride mostly (Steven is a bit of a scrapper, Neil is just too cute for words). Her father has new ground to break too as the first First Gentleman. And Meg has a lot to get used to with a new house (particularly given its location), new school, and the hunt for new friends.

I've read the last two books in the series but never the first two although I obviously know much of what happens in them. It's funny reading this one because it's the one book in the series that doesn't have a big dramatic and violent event or involve recovering from such an event. It makes it see...quiet.

I love Meg's character. I might have mentioned this a time or two before but I do. She's strong and opinionated and smart. She doesn't take bull from anyone - be it the hot guys that are asking her out because her mother is President or the President herself. She's also pretty witty and not snarky...but a bit of a smart ass.  I love her relationship with her best friend Beth and their dialogue is wonderfully wacky.

It was interesting to see her start a relationship (not that kind of relationship, it's a friendship) with Preston. He's such a small role in this one but plays a more significant role in future ones.

It's also interesting to read this book and realize it was written in 1984. Why? Because this year is the closest that the US has come to having a woman run for President since then. It feels wrong that almost 25 years later that it still hasn't happened. It feels wrong that a woman President is still relegated to fiction. (Hey, I realize I'm Canadian, it still feels wrong, lol)

Sigh. I love this series.