Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta

Many of you will remember Perrotta’s ELECTION. That’s where Tracy Flick first appears. They even made a movie of the book starring Reese Witherspoon. It was a total hit. Well, Perrotta is back twenty some years later. Tracy is a middle-aged assistant principal in New Jersey. Her ambitions have changed. Her situation has changed. Instead of aspiring to becoming president of the United States, she’s hoping to step into the principal’s job when he announces his imminent retirement.

I kept thinking of one of my daughter-in-laws while reading this novel. She is an assistant principal at a local high school. Stressful job!

Tracy’s world has narrowed. She’s the mother of a ten-year old daughter. There’s a lot of drama. Issues of #MeToo are involved. Behind the scenes conspiracy are rampant.

Perrotta writes with an unusual wit. You can’t help but route for Tracy. She can be her own worst enemy.

Toward the ending of the novel things go haywire. A bit crazy. It was an interesting read and so well written. Those of you looking for closure for Tracy will surely get it.

My review copy was provided physically from Scribner Books in exchange for an honest review. It’s a good read.

A note: Elaine Newton has added this novel to her summer reading list. Just saying. link highlighted. Please keep in mind that the Philharmonic created this newer list just this week. The first list they gave has disappeared…..

2 thoughts on “Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta

  1. Hi Jean,

    I’m not seeing this book on Elaine’s list. What am I missing. Thanks, Kit

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Note at the end of my post tells everyone that a second list was posted. No explanation. You should be able to click on the highlighted part of my message and it will take you to the new list.

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