The Hopefuls – Jennifer Close

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The Hopefuls – Jennifer CloseThe Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
Published by Knopf on July 19, 2016
Genres: Domestic Life, Literary, Political
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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When Beth arrives in Washington, D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunch, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, their friendship--and Beth's relationship with Matt--is threatened by jealousy, competition and rumors.

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close was a book I had so much hope for. I love Washington D.C. based drama TV shows, and I was hoping that would translate well to the written word. I was nervous as I have read a slew of NYC based books lately and they have all been less than stellar, so I was worried that another location-based book would suck. But happiness! This was so very good. First of all I pictured Beth and Matt, the main couple, as a young Donna and Josh with a smidge of Leslie and Ben.



I pictured their friend Jimmy as a younger Hollis Doyle mixed with a touch of Bobby Newport.

“He’s not that bad,” Matt said. “Sure,” I agreed. “In the same way that stalkers are just passionate.”



The plot of The Hopefuls was fresh and took us from the White House to small town campaigns in a very cohesive way. The writing of Jennifer Close was nuanced and strong. She had a way of immersing me in the story in a great way. The pacing was spot on and never lagged. The world built was very real and I could picture the scenes unfolding. The emotions ran high and a few times were a bit much, but nothing that took away from the read as a whole. The characters were very realistic and I related to them well. There were some moments where Beth drove me nuts but they actually fit in very well with the story.

The Hopefuls was a read that I truly enjoyed. Jennifer Close was able to take what could have been a very soapy story and make it approachable and enjoyable. Her writing style perfectly matched the plot and I was consistently entertained with the read. Close is an author to watch and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Favorite lines – It wasn’t that I didn’t understand it, this jealousy, because I did. It’s just that it was hard sometimes to watch a group of grown people act like seventh graders trying to sit next to the coolest kid at the lunch table. Honestly, it just made you feel sad because you always thought people would outgrow this, thought that adulthood would be different. And it wasn’t.

Biggest cliché – As long as I stay quiet it will all work itself out.

 Have you read The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted September 22, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments