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Tracy Flick Can't Win
Tracy Flick Can't Win | Tom Perrotta
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Tracy Flick is back and, once again, the iconic protagonist of Tom Perrotta's Election--and Reese Witherspoon's character from the classic movie adaptation--is determined to take high school politics by storm. Tracy Flick is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Still ambitious but feeling a little stuck and underappreciated in midlife, Tracy gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal, Jack Weede, abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for Tracy to ascend to the top job. Energized by the prospect of her long-overdue promotion, Tracy throws herself into her work with renewed zeal, determined to prove her worth to the students, faculty, and School Board, while also managing her personal life--a ten-year-old daughter, a needy doctor boyfriend, and a burgeoning meditation practice. But nothing ever comes easily to Tracy Flick, no matter how diligent or qualified she happens to be. Among her many other responsibilities, Tracy is enlisted to serve on the Selection Committee for the brand-new Green Meadow High School Hall of Fame. Her male colleagues' determination to honor Vito Falcone--a star quarterback of dubious character who had a brief, undistinguished career in the NFL--triggers bad memories for Tracy, and leads her to troubling reflections about the trajectory of her own life and the forces that have left her feeling thwarted and disappointed, unable to fulfill her true potential. As she broods on the past, Tracy becomes aware of storm clouds brewing in the present. Is she really a shoo-in for the Principal job? Is the Superintendent plotting against her? Why is the School Board President's wife trying so hard to be her friend? And why can't she ever get what she deserves? In classic Perrotta style, Tracy Flick Can't Win is a sharp, darkly comic, and pitch-perfect reflection on our current moment. Flick fans and newcomers alike will love this compelling novel chronicling the second act of one of the most memorable characters of our time.
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Nalbuque
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Thanks to my library for suggesting this as a skip the line copy! I did enjoy listening to it, but I didn‘t realize it was somewhat of a sequel! I never read Tom Perrotta but I‘ll prob be looking for other works by him, eventually.

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Floresj
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Mehso-so

Quick read, with a slew of distinct characters who tell this story. I finished it quickly and it is entertaining, but some characters that were included provided distraction from the others that had depth and could have been really interestingly developed. The ending was forced and unnecessary. Ok, entertaining read.

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JoyBlue
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This sequel to Election fell short of my hopes. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#tracy-flick-cant-win

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Cinfhen
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Fantastic audio narration by a multi cast really elevated my enjoyment of this new novel by Tom Perrotta. It‘s a dark comedy that hits upon many current themes and it was done well. Short & satisfying this book follows Tracy decades after her HS days where her life goals haven‘t exactly gone the way she imagined.

julesG You aren't helping eroding #MountTBR 😁 4mo
Cinfhen If you can get the audio it‘s worth it @julesG 😘 4mo
BarbaraBB You‘re on a roll!! 4mo
Megabooks Love this review and glad you enjoyed it!! 👍🏻👍🏻😘 4mo
Cinfhen It was really entertaining @BarbaraBB and I don‘t think you needed to read Election to enjoy this one but it was fun to return to Tracy Flick- thanks for moving it up my list @Megabooks 😘 4mo
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Cinfhen
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While stuck in the airport due to a 2.5 hour delay I started listening to this #MultiCastAudio that was saved on my iPad. SO GLAD!!! I‘m loviing it!! Tracy Flick, now middle aged hasn‘t exactly fulfilled the promises she seemed destined for but she‘s hoping to turn things around. I find Pereoitta hIt or miss but this one is working out for me 🥇

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ Many years post-Election, this follows the same formatting, same tone. The characters are somewhat flat, but realistic enough. With multiple POV and a fairly low page count, the style works very well. Tracy‘s arc was my favorite especially when ruminating on high school. But, I hated - HATED - the ending. Absolutely ruined the book.

Alfoster Good to know! His books are hit or miss with me so I‘ll pass on this one!👊 5mo
britt_brooke @Alfoster I guess it turns out they are with me as well! 😂 5mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, I‘m not rushing to read this then. Thanks for the always honest and point on reviews 💚 5mo
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SamAnne Thanks for this review. I think I will pass. 5mo
britt_brooke @SamAnne Thanks for trusting my opinion. 😄 5mo
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KristiAhlers
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As far as sequels go this was a passing effort. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. This time around Tracy Flick is a middle aged woman still feeling under appreciated and seeing an opportunity when the principal of her school announces his retirement. It can‘t hurt to throw her hat in the ring. And then…life happens. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Tracy Flick from Election fame (a low pick for me) returns here in middle age as a high school vice principal with her eye on the top job. I really liked this exploration of patriarchy, misogyny, toxic masculinity, and the problems with the things we value, especially since it‘s written by a man (and we really need buy in from men to change things). I also found the ending really satisfying. A strong pick for me.

Megabooks Agree with a lot of this. Some of my favorite parts were her reflections on the experiences chronicled in Election. Also what happened with her mother was very true to my experience and I know a lot of others. 5mo
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Megabooks
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A fitting continuation of a favorite character‘s story. Perrotta knocks this sequel to Election out of the park!

Life hasn‘t gone as expected for Tracy Flick, and, like many of us in early middle age, she‘s taking stock of her history and life choices. The principal of her school is retiring. Having been his #2 for years, she is the obvious choice to replace him. However, school politics may once again interfere with Tracy‘s plans.

KristiAhlers This is one of my bookspin choices for next month 6mo
Cinfhen I think I‘m gonna need to add this one to my TBR 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻😁😘 6mo
britt_brooke Can‘t wait to read this! I‘ll be wrapping up Election this evening. 5mo
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plemmdog
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Read it in a weekend. Entertaining and a page-turner. I still think Little Children is probably my favorite. It‘ll be interesting to see if Reese signs on for the sequel…

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TLuvs
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Just got this from NetGalley as an ARC, couldn't pass it up considering the shared name and laughable circumstance!

TLuvs Had to put this down but will come back to it later. Not gonna call it a DNF yet. 7mo
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