Election

Election

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A comic story about a philandering high-school history teacher in the midst of a student-body election gone haywire

Blackwell North Amer
Who really cares who gets elected president of Winwood High School? Nobody - except Tracy Flick. Tracy's one of those students of boundless energy and ambition who somehow find the time to do everything - edit the school paper and yearbook, star in the musical, sleep with her favorite teacher. Tracy's heart is set on becoming president of Winwood, and what Tracy wants, Tracy gets. What's more, her classmates seem to agree. With weeks to go before election day, her victory is nearly a foregone conclusion.
And that's just the problem, according to Mr. M. a.k.a. Jim McAllistar, faculty advisor to the Student Government Association and a popular Winwood history teacher. In the name of democracy - not to mention a simmering grudge against Tracy Flick - Mr. M recruits the perfect opposition candidate. Paul Warren is a golden boy, a football hero, with a brain and a heart, eager to bulk up his meager resume. But the clear-cut two-way race is muddled when Paul's younger sister unexpectedly enters the competition. Running on a platform of apathy, Tammy Warren is an anonymous sophomore, struggling with her sexuality and mourning the defection of her best friend, Lisa, who has abandoned their friendship to become Paul's campaign manager and girlfriend.
Part satire, part soap opera, Election is an uncommon look at an ordinary American high school, and the extraordinary people who inhabit it.

Baker
& Taylor

The basis of a 1998 feature film starring Matthew Broderick, a dark, melodramatic comedy by the author of The Wishbones places a philandering high-school history teacher in the midst of a student-body election gone haywire.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998.
ISBN: 9780399143663
0399143661
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 21 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 04, 2013

I had no idea that the 1999 Reese Witherspoon-Matthew Broderick flick "Election" (directed by Alexander "Overrated" Payne) was based on a novel until I read another Perrotta book, "The Leftovers." I know a lot of people like the film, but I feel it never got the tone right and that the novel is a better balance of satire and pathos. It's also narrated by multiple characters, which is difficult to duplicate on film. Check it out!

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