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LEANNA LEHMAN

 

Vote for Remi (2015)

 

School teacher Remi Covington is enjoying an after-work drink with a friend when she spots a photo of herself flash up on the evening news. Apparently she’s running in the 2016 presidential election. What the? Remi soon figures out that her high school students must have nominated her, splicing together a collection of speeches from her classes on government to made a candidacy announcement video. Remi has every intention of telling everyone it was all just one big joke but her students manage to convince her to stay in the race. But she certainly has the odds stacked against her – after all, she’s a woman, she’s not an experienced politician with helpful contacts, her boyfriend grows medicinal marijuana and her son is locked up in prison awaiting trial on some serious charges. But with her young team behind her harnessing the power of social media and an electorate ready for a fresh breath of air, can Remi stay in the race and what will she sacrifice to do so? This story is rather timely as attention turns to the next presidential election in the US. The premise is intriguing and the explanations of how a scenario like this could unfold are solid. Sometimes, though, it did seem like we were being told about things happening, rather than feeling like we were in the midst of a scene. But overall, it’s an enjoyable story well worth a read.

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