By Tom Perrotta. Tracy Flick wants to be president of Winwood High. So he persuades Paul Warren — a well-liked, good-hearted jock — to run as well. So she runs too, on an apathy platform — before starting a real campaign…to get herself kicked out of school.

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Election by Tom Perrotta. A suburban New Jersey high school teacher confronts a student-body election gone haywire in this darkly comic novel by the author of The Wishbones. Scheduled for release as a feature film in , starring Matthew Broderick. 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 A suburban New Jersey high school teacher confronts a student-body election gone haywire in this darkly comic novel by the author of The Wishbones.

Tracy's one of those students of boundless energy and ambition who somehow finds the time to do everything -- edit the school paper, star in the musical, sleep with her favorite teacher. Her heart is set on becoming President of Winwood, and what Tracy wants, Tracy gets. With weeks to go before election day, her victory is nearly a foregone conclusion. And that's just the problem, according to Mr. 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. As Winwood High experiences election fever, Mr.

M is distracted by a sudden attraction to his wife's best friend. The two dramas he has created -- one personal and private, the other public and political -- unfurl simultaneously, with all the players sharing in a life-altering conclusion. Part satire, part soap opera, Election is an uncommon look at an ordinary American high school, and the extraordinary people who inhabit it. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 1st by Berkley Books first published March 9th More Details Original Title.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Election. Winwood High School is an anonymous high school, in a generic small town, where most people seem to be interested in high school sports and getting into a good college, rather than the upcoming presidential election. In Election , he does a wonderful job of isolating the labels: the jock, the outcast, most likely to succeed, adulterer, etc.

On stage that afternoon, this simple fact struck me with the unmistakable force of truth. Tracy Flick needed someone to cheer her up. So did Lisa, now that I thought about it; so did Tammy and my mother and my father. For myself? I remember feeling a lot like Mr. M at the onset of the novel in the past, having a restlessness about life, where it was headed, and if this is what I was meant to be doing… forever!

Why are we so quick to discredit our efforts? I had a good job, an apparently solid marriage, and an easy, unthinking faith in my own good judgment and moral integrity.

Right now, that seems like more than enough to ask for. View all 7 comments. Who will win — Tracy or Paul? The story is too light. The entwining of sex and politics the book was written during the Clinton administration? A commentary on male teachers and female students, a subtle portrait of a middle-aged man sexually frustrated over the unobtainable, attractive young girl?

View all 3 comments. A pitiful and unhinged man does everything in his power to make sure that a female candidate loses an election. Why does that sound so familiar? Tom Perrotta's Election is one of those stories that has done far better as a film than it has as a novel. The film has become one of those 90s classics which has managed to seep into popular culture whilst the character of Tracy Flick has very much become a cultural icon, joining the ranks of Cher Horowitz and Nancy Downs.

Tracy Flick is the name on eve A pitiful and unhinged man does everything in his power to make sure that a female candidate loses an election. Tracy Flick is the name on everyone's lips in this novel, but she rarely appears to give her side of the story. The novel revolves around a high school presidential election. Tracy Flick is running unopposed and is clearly the best student for the job.

That is until Mr. M interferes. M despises Tracy because she got his best friend fired and thus he plots to make sure that Tracy does not become president. He convinces Paul Warren, the most popular guy in the school, to also run for president and thus the brutal presidential race begins. Tracy Flick is honestly one of the greatest characters created in the last thirty years. Her take-no-prisoners approach to life and relentless perfection are so enjoyable to read and, on some levels, relate to.

Her searing brilliance is so perfectly contrasted in the character of Mr. M, who is essentially a human skid mark. M dominates the novel as much as he dominates the election. He gets the most vignettes and we spend the most time with him, which really allows our hatred of him to slowly build up throughout this short work. As a mentioned before, Tracy, despite being the star of this novel, receives the fewest and shortest vignettes if you discount the few vignettes from the janitor near the end of the novel.

Perrotta's effective silencing of Flick's narrative mirrors Mr. M's effort to silence Flick in everything she does. The novel is masterfully constructed and Perrotta really does well working with the difficult vignette structure.

Those of us familiar with how the film version of Election ends will be surprised at just how differently the novel finishes. The novel's ending is far more bleak and unrelenting. The film attempts to somewhat pardon Mr. M for his actions, whilst the novel gives a far more realistic ending for both Mr. M and Tracy. Yup, I'm that guy. Shelves: fun-books , read-and-reviewed , saw-movie-and-read-book , friendship , political-fiction , realistic-young-adult-fiction , new-jersey.

I had already seen the movie, did not like it all that much and had low expectations going in. I was pleasantly surprised. This was such a good book made all the better by the humor sprinkled throughout.

Somehow the book works in a way I do not think the movie really did. Things that were annoying in the film I found amusing here. And even though there were certain aspects of it that were funny, it was a pretty serious book combining character studies, High school, elections and the price of winning at all costs, with some very good.. I thoroughly enjoyed this and really recommend it.


Election: A Novel Summary & Study Guide

He began writing in the s, producing short stories for literary magazines. His manuscripts were frequently rejected by publishers, so he turned to ghostwriting to pay the bills. More soon followed. To Mr Perrotta, the mystery is why his books, which do not lend themselves to adaptation, have so often ended up on screen. Yet Mr Perrotta turns these unusual premises into convincing stories by paying close attention to human detail.


Twenty years ago, Reese Witherspoon and writer-director Alexander Payne introduced filmgoers to a firebrand high schooler named Tracy Flick. For those unfamiliar, Election tells the tale of high school teacher Jim McAllister Matthew Broderick , who bitterly resents overachieving student Tracy Flick for having an affair with his best friend, another teacher. The teacher was fired, Tracy suffered no consequences. When Tracy is poised to run unopposed for student body president, Mr. McAllister decides to intervene, and the election quickly descends into chaos. Fletcher , for HBO. EW chatted with the writer about how he came up with Election , the genesis and legacy of Tracy Flick, and the experience of adapting his own books.


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers comes a darkly hilarious novel about a high school election that brings out the worst in everyone—the basis for the film starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick! Tracy Flick wants to be President of Winwood High. So he persuades Paul Warren—a well-liked, good-hearted jock—to throw in his hat. So she runs, too, on an apathy platform—before starting a real campaign…to get herself kicked out of school. The whole idea was to educate these suburban New Jersey teenagers in the democratic process and the American way.


With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. A brilliantly funny novel from the author of 'The Abstinence Teacher' and 'Little Children', made into an acclaimed film starring Reece Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Tracy Flick wants to be president of Winwood High. She's one of those ambitious girls who finds time to do it all: edit the yearbook, star in the school musical, sleep with her English teacher. So he persuades Paul Warren -- a well-liked, good-hearted jock -- to run as well.

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