Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza
Thank you to Simon Books for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it.
Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state.
Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.
A searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today. In a dramatic political moment like no other with more women running for office than ever before, Jo Piazza’s novel is timely, engrossing, and perfect for readers on both sides of the aisle.
Review: This novel was another that has completely surprised me lately with how much I loved it, based on the fact that it’s not in my usual genre. I’ll be completely honest, when I saw that it was randomly sent to me by the publisher I cringed. I thought, “No way am I ever reading this.” I had been planning to use it for a giveaway when I started seeing all these rave reviews from fellow bookstagrammers. It made me question my decision to toss it aside. After seeing one friend that enjoyed the audio, I decided to give it a chance and downloaded it from Scribd. The narrator was phenomenal and I couldn’t help but get lost is Charlotte’s world. Her character was so incredibly authentic (and I do think the narration helped with that) and relatable. There was so much more drama involved than I would have imagined, and as I mainly listen to audio books on my commute to work, I didn’t ever want to get out of the car. I felt like I was listening to an episode of Scandal. It’s completely binge worthy and I’m so glad bookstagram convinced me to give it a fair chance.
I would recommend Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win to fans of Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave.
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Publication Date: July 24, 2018
Page Count: 310
Overall Rating: 5/5