Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack

Your Own Worst Enemy

Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, and protests makes for a ridiculous and hilarious political circus in Gordon Jack’s second highly satirical novel. Perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman.They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Unless you’re student body president at Lincoln High School. Then you get all the responsibility but none of the power. And the three candidates ...

Details Your Own Worst Enemy

TitleYour Own Worst Enemy
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Your Own Worst Enemy

  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    RTC for blog tour.Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy through Edelweiss for review.
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Here’s some change I can believe in.Make America baked again."I devoured this book in less than a day. I could not put this down. It was clever and witty that I found myself laughing so hard that tears formed. But it also contained some serious subjects that made you look at the real world and what we’re currently dealing with. This was still a really fun read. It makes you reminisce about the clown show we had to deal with with the last ele...
  • Lyn
    We all need a good laugh right now, and thank goodness someone's delivering. Gordon Jack's newest book brings the hilarious and ridiculous sides of politics to light in a novel about high school elections. If you loved the movie Election, this book will be 100% your cup of tea.What Jack so brilliantly mocks is a system that brings out the worst in us. Human nature, whether you're 17 or 77, finds all kinds of new ways to scheme and lie and cheat. ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    This was what I was hoping it would be. Jack showed the highs and the lows of the political process, putting a hilarious spin on it all, while also including ideas of friendship, family, identity, and romance. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
  • April
    Another winner from Gordon Jack, high school librarian by day, master novelist by night! The characters in this book are so engaging and endearing, even when they're making bad choices. They're in competition with each other, but you can't help rooting for them all. The author's perceptiveness about human nature, and teenager nature in particular, makes the story realistic and touching, even in the madcap moments. I laughed out loud and didn't wa...
  • Halina Tracey
    This book is just fantastic. As soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. It deals with so many social issues in our country that millions of teenagers face everyday. In particular this novel tackles the idea of human identity and how we define ourselves. Each of the characters spend most of the novel holding on so close to small factors that contribute so little to their large and broad identity. They focus their energies on their accomplis...
  • Susana Herrera
    I gobbled up Jack’s Your Own Worst Enemy in the same way I devoured The Boomerang Effect, in just a few sittings, forcing myself to slow down enough to savor the last few morsels of the surprise delicacies found in the form of a hilarious climax. Jack is a master at building tension with humor and wit. He expertly develops each of his diverse high school students, giving voice to characters we don’t ordinarily see in dystopian novels. I found...
  • Donna Tracey
    The best way to sum up why I liked this book is to quote my daughter who said "he writes like a girl...and I mean that as a compliment!" This book was so enjoyable because the dialog and the emotions of the characters were so believable. The author does a fantastic job of mastering the voice of multiple teenagers, regardless of their age, gender, interests or background. I found the plot truly engaging and enjoyed it even more given the relevancy...
  • hpboy13
    Your Own Worst Enemy was a delight to read, the kind of book I breezed through quickly, and was left sad that it ended. It takes a look at a cutthroat student election, and Gordon Jack does a perfect job of capturing the duality of how much it matters (it’s life and death to the kids running) and how little it matters (student government has almost no power).It’s tricky to capture today’s teens in writing. If you ignore how much they all co...
  • Robie
    I loved Gordon Jack's Boomerang Effect and am thrilled to report that Your Own Worst Enemy shares the uniquely hilarious and honest take that made the first book stand out from other YA novels. He goes deeper in Your Own Worst Enemy making it an even more satisfying read. Stacey, Julia and Tony are delicious characters whose raw, funny and painful moments kept me turning pages, ignoring the clock well into the evening. Jack's clever parallels to ...
  • Sheila Grau
    I loved Your Own Worst Enemy. I came for the 2016 election spoof, but this book was so much more than that. It was genuinely funny, but also insightful and honest. The author didn’t take the easy route of creating caricatures to make fun of, or stoop to school election clichés. Jack has created three very real characters vying for the position of student body president. Stacey represents the old guard – work ethic and tradition. Julia offer...
  • Anne
    I loved Your Own Worst Enemy. From the beginning to the end, the characters made me laugh out loud, which I rarely do. Three very different candidates equally ridiculous in their motives and platforms vie for ASB president. The election rings true by bringing out the worst in human interaction. The nice thing is, that despite the egos involved, there is a thread of inner good bringing hope to us all. It turns out that we are not beyond redemption...
  • Rachel Lu
    Since the first 2 reviews start with "I loved Your Own Worst Enemy," I'll stick with the status quo and say I loved "Your Own Worst Enemy" too. Hilarious, I found myself chuckling throughout — yet the story also explored deeper issues, tackling diversity, people's voices and of course, a light parody on the 2016 election. However, unlike the election, this book ends with hope, with people from different backgrounds working together solve proble...
  • Mary Taugher
    At a time when we all need a respite from ugly national politics along comes Your Own Worst Enemy, a hilarious satire about a high school election. I adored this book and could not put it down. Gordon Jack is one of the funniest and talented YA writers out there. The characters vying for class president include Stacey, the frontrunner and traditionalist; Julia, the newcomer with a secret who throws Stacey off what was assumed to be a clear path t...
  • elly
    This is a comedic YA novel about the complications and paranoia of politics! I enjoyed reading! I gave it three stars because at times I felt the diversity wasn't portrayed naturally, there was a slight stiffness to it. But other than that I liked it!
  • ItsOwlRight
    1 high school student council president election. 3 very different candidates. That doesn’t seem above average--until you throw in the politics, schemes, drama, protests, humor, satire, and a lot of “Wait, what?!” moments, all at one (very diverse) high school. I also loved that pretty much any political/social issues you can think of, mostly race and gender, were dealt with a lot in both serious and humorous ways. I’d recommend this for ...