Interference by Kay Honeyman
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Format: I purchase a copy with my own money from Barnes and Noble.
You can purchase a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXN354M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, D.C., Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.
Terrifically funny and sweetly romantic, with whip-crack dialogue and a wise perspective on growing up, INTERFERENCE is the perfect next read for fans of Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Eulberg, or Sarah Dessen.
This book had everything I needed. A good Texan setting, some football players, politics, and photography in the mix. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the romance as much, but it was pretty subtle, and not the main focus of the book, and handled very sweetly.
After a political scandal involving her father and her ex-boyfriend, her father decides to uproot their family from D.C. back to his small hometown of Red Dirt Texas. But once they arrive, it is revealed that her father had bigger goals, to run for the open congress seat that had been in his family for generations. Kate gets acquainted with her Aunt Celia’s animal shelter, as well as the people and their priorities in this small town (that priority BTW is football). After finding out that Bo Stone, her father’s friend/rival back in high school is also going after the seat, things escalate quickly, with Kate finding herself always in the middle of something. A schedule change later, Kate is placed in a yearbook class which turns out a lot more different than she expected.
One of the characters I loved most was Ms Serrano, the yearbook teacher at Red Dirt High School. She had that very impatient feel to her, as well as a good sense of humor and sarcasm. She made it seem like she didn’t care much about her students or staff very much, but once you really get to know her, like Kate managed to do, she was a lot of help, and even boosted Kate into a new direction and focus.
Ana, one of the girls that befriends Kate when she first gets to Red Dirt is also another one of my favorite characters. She’s absolutely sweet, but also has her own history. As one of the 2 photographers on the yearbook staff, she attends all the football games but has bad blood with some of the players.
I really liked the dynamic of the book. It went back and forth between Hunter and Kyle, and everything that Kate interfered in turned out to be disastrous, until it came to help her father’s campaign. I love how even though she doesn’t want to be involved in the campaign, and she’s the reason that her father lost the seat in her old home, she pulled through. She uses her political smarts to do good, or at least justice. Ahhh, there was just so much I felt like I could relate to her.
Did I mention India, the campaign manager for this?? She’s a unique manager, but I like how she keeps Kate involved, and even though she doesn’t have much experience on the campaign trail, she knows what works and what doesn’t and makes people believe in her. She is a total boss.
I love Kay’s style of writing. All the characters were perfect, and just enough information was provided to give us a sense of what’s happening, but just enough. It still left me wondering about Hunter’s past, and Aunt Celia’s future with the shelter, as well as many other things.
The ending was so goooood. It was like a huge event leading up to the perfect ending. I don’t want to spoil it for you but if anyone else has read it and wants to talk, feel free to hmu on Twitter :)
Overall, I give the book a 10/10 (5/5 stars). It was an amazing book, centering on family, and so much more. I recommend this to all football loving fans and small town Texan romances as well as politics making/breaking a family. Actually, just read the book. I promise you won’t regret it. I don’t think this was Kay’s first novel (I’ll have to check on that fact though…) but I’m definitely looking forward to having the chance to read more of her works.
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