Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book(s) of the day: "Sammy's Hill" and "Sammy's House"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

Today, we have two books, since they go together the same way "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" go together. Imagine someone like Becky Bloomwood in the field of politics and you have Samantha Joyce. Kristin Gore (Al Gore's daughter) wrote about life on Capitol Hill and in the White House in an entertaining and unforgettable fashion.

"Sammy's Hill":
"Samantha Joyce, Gore's heroine, is a 26-year-old self-deprecating health-care policy advisor to Robert Gary, a well-respected senator from her home state of Ohio. Between endless work days, a grueling campaign schedule, and frequent trips to the pet store where she seeks advice on caring for her listless Japanese fighting fish, Sammy finds time to obsess over her new boyfriend, sexy speechwriter Aaron Driver. As things heat up with Aaron, Sammy's work schedule takes on a new intensity when Gary becomes the Democratic candidate for vice president. Along the way, scandal clouds both her personal and professional life, and our heroine discovers the often salacious underbelly of life on the hill." (Summary courtesy of Buzz Book Club.)

"Sammy's House":
In this incisive comedy, late twenty-something Sammy Joyce–hypochondriac, klutz, jumper-to-conclusions–is in the White House as a health-care advisor to the newly elected administration. All the chips seem to be falling into place: She’s living with her best friend and reveling in her romance with Charlie Lawton, an up-and-coming Washington Post reporter.

However, soon after taking office, the administration finds itself deep in a red-hot scandal. President Wye’s old problem with the bottle re-emerges. His family is creating havoc. And an informant begins leaking damaging information. On top of it all, a secret deal with an Indian pharmaceutical company unleashes a fury that threatens the administration to its core. As Sammy fights to distance herself from professional turmoil, Charlie gets promoted and moves to New York. Can she hold her ground when her relationships, ideals, and ability to trust are all coming apart at the seams? (Summary courtesy of Random House.)

Melissa P:
Both of these books are hilarious. I love Kristin Gore's ability to write such a funny, successful, female character. I would recommend these books to anyone looking for a good laugh and a great story!

Melissa A:
I was introduced to these books shortly before I moved to the DC area. They definitely got me excited for my upcoming move. Sammy is hilarious with all her little quirks. I love how Ms. Gore portrays the world of politics in a way that anyone can understand, even if they have no interest in politics normally (myself included). I hope she'll write more chick lit in the future!

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

Both sound like good books

Sarah said...

Completely awesome books! I always recommend these to people when they want something light-hearted and great. I also read Gore's latest book as soon as it came out. Very different from Sammy, but also really really good.

Rebecca said...

Great covers, and these sound hilarious!


S.Sabia said...

These sound like a lot of fun!


Cathy said...

I couldn't agree more! These books and main character Sammy are sooo funny. I had totally wrong expectations for what the daughter of a VP would write and am so glad. I read her newest novel Sweet Jiminy this year, and also a great read. Kristin Gore is very talented at what she does. Hope to read more in the future:)

Nina said...

I've never read any of her books before, or any chick-lit books with a political tie before, glad to read that she does it in a fun and easy-to-follow way! Sounds like a fun future read.

Lindsay said...

I just started a new project for work out in DC! These books will definitely be going on my reading list to cover while I'm out here.

jennysararyan said...

i had no idea it was Chick Lit Month. How fun!

Meg said...

I started Sammy's Hill years ago and was immediately drawn by the D.C. setting -- since it's so close to home. I don't remember why I didn't finish, but I definitely need to grab this series and give it another go!

shazjera said...

More for my list but not as high as yesterday!

Linda Kish said...

Chick lit and politics...what an interesting combination. sounds fun.

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Margie said...

Sounds like some fun, easy reading.
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Jeryl M. said...

I'd like to read these books.


Margaret said...

Another one that doesn't get me at first but I am always open minded with a new book or author. I see here that some others recommend it so hey I'm in!

Krystal Lynn said...

I am getting such a huge TBR list thanks to chick lit month! haha

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Tiffany Drew said...

Another book in my TBR pile. I wasn't aware that there was a follow up book, so I will have to get my hands on that before I give the first one a go. I hate not being able to get the whole story at once :)


Bec said...

thanks chick lit central for another author i'd not heard of

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Jencey said...

I haven't read anything by this author. Her books sound like a good read.


Kat said...

I like books that can make me laugh and tell a great story, so I look forward to picking these up some day!


Sarah said...

they both sound good!