Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: YA Contemporary
Congress has lowered the voting age to 14! Not one to refuse political involvement, 16-year-old Amy patriotically joins a campaign to elect the next President of the United States. Her real reason for participating, however, is much more personal: the opposing candidate’s son bullied her when she was a 3rd grader. Thwarting his father’s bid for the presidency would be the perfect way to get even with him!
Campaign reform laws now require presidential contenders to face off on a TV reality show. The “race” for the White House has become just that! Absurd challenges await the candidates as they speed cross-country toward Washington. But the campaign trail turns bumpy, when their buses take an unexpected detour into fantasy world! There they are confronted by half-human creatures, haunted by dead presidents, and rocketed into an economic dystopia of the future—all while being viewed by a worldwide television audience.
Amy is on board for the journey, as her grade school nemesis rides on the competition’s campaign bus. But along the way she develops second thoughts about avenging the boy. Her brutal offender has changed in the last seven years, becoming thoughtful and compassionate. (And cute!) Amy’s contempt for him surprisingly turns to affection. Is she falling in love?µ
I didn’t know what to expect when I started The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment. The book sounded fun, but I had no idea it would be so insightful – in such a clever way.
Amy is a smart, witty character, who’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and who is brave enough to fight for her convictions. In this book, Amy helps out Alan, the only contender next to Chester, and his son Peter, who once bullied her, in the race to the White House.
Along the way, the contestors must go through a series of challenges, one even crazier or more dangerous than the other. All the while, they’re followed on life television.
This is contemporary, but speckled with lots of fantasy. Some of the situations in the book were downright hilarious, and the writing is great.