Book Review | “Vote for Remi” by Leanna Lehman #SRC2015 No.4 read during #ElectionWeek 2016 #BookSparksMarathon

Posted Thursday, 10 November, 2016 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015

I had fully intended to read my #SRC2015 selections hugged closer to the months when the books were meant to be reviewed, however, those of whom have caught my posts relating to circumstances which wicked out hours and derailed my attempts to read along with the rest of the book bloggers who took up the same challenge are already in the loop realising my readings of these stories will come quite a bit later than planned.

To recap the events for those who are visiting me for the first time,
please direct your attention to the following posts:

What turnt this whole situation around for me, is being able to talk to the publicists at BookSparks on two separate occasions when I felt I was treading water as I knew time had wicked itself off the clock and I was at a proper loss as to where to ‘begin’ despite the fact I have a shelf full of BookSparks reading challenge and blog tour lovelies to read which I’ve been itching with curiosity about since they each arrived and/or since I first met them through my local library who purchased my requests on behalf of the #SRC2015 and #FRC2015 selections.

I had felt quite a bit guilty regarding the latter, as despite having my purchase requests accepted and added to the card catalogue: time was unfortunately never on my side to soak inside the stories themselves. There was an unexpected moment of clarity though about my requests, where I found myself talking to different librarians and finding they were encouraged to read new authors of whom they never would have ‘met’ had I not requested the reading challenge titles! Talk about putting everything into a different prospective of understanding!

This method of mine to recapture the reading queue of my BookSparks lovelies was working just fine up until I posted my review of “all in her head” (see Review) as soon thereafter, all was lost when my chronic migraines returnt in Spring and late Summer; marking another moment this year where my reading life was affected. It truly wasn’t until I finished my readings of The Clan Chronicles in August and September of this year, I was able to finally reach the point where reading was more pleasurable and where the stories were settling inside my mind’s eye with quite a bit of ease. I spent most of the year frustrated and in an attempt to recapture the joy reading had always given me.

This marks my fifth review overall spilt between #SRC2015,#ReadingIsBeautiful (the YA selections) and #FRC2015, however, it is the fourth Summer Reading Challenge selection I am reading.

I am overjoyed to be in a position to lay heart and mind inside the stories I’ve dearly wanted to read and now can give them my full attention! As you will see by a clever badge I created, I am going to be consistently reading ALL my BookSparks lovelies straight through til New Year! I randomly pulled the reading queue back together – I’m not reading them in reverse order now, but rather quite spontaneously! I hope you will continue to take this journey with me and see how the stories resonate with me as I soak inside their worlds!Rainbow Digital Clip Art Washi Tape made by The Paper Pegasus. Purchased on Etsy by Jorie and used with permission.

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Acquired Book By: I originally found BookSparks PR Spring 2014, when I came upon the Summer Reading Challenge a bit too late in the game. I hadn’t forgotten about it, and was going to re-contact them this Spring to see if I could join the challenge in 2015 instead. Coincidentally, before I sorted this out, I was contacted by one of their publicists about Linda Lafferty’s Renaissance historical novel, “The Sheperdess of Siena”. 

I started to participate in #SRC2015 during Summer 2015 until lightning storms quickly overtook my life and the hours I could give to the reading challenge. Summer ended hard and with a newfound resolve to pick up where I had left off, I posted as many reviews on behalf of BookSparks blog tours and/or the three reading challenges I had committed myself to participate inside (i.e. #SRC2015, #ReadingIsBeautiful (YA version), and #FRC2015).

It should be noted that I haven’t participated in any blog tours past the ones I’ve committed myself too reviewing on the list at the foot of this post. I am unsure if I can resume hosting with BookSparks once my backlogue is erased, however, my main motivation in resuming where I left off was to ‘meet the stories’ even if my days of being a blogger with BookSparks ended the day I couldn’t keep up with the reviews when life interrupted my postings. I continue to hope as my reviews arrive on my blog the authors and the publisher(s) will forgive my delays.

I elected to read “Vote for Remi” via the complimentary copy I received by BookSparks as the library copy I had requested is happily being read by other patrons. By participating in the #SRC2015 challenge I am reading the novels in exchange for my honest reviews; whether I am receiving a complimentary copy or borrowing them through my local library. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

My selection process for #sRC2015 & a note on #election2016:

As 2016 marked the year where Feminist Historical Fiction took such a pivotal role of interest in my readerly life, you could say 2015 opened up the door for Presidential Literature – both in fiction and non-fiction realms of enquiry! When I first read the premise behind Vote for Remi, I knew it was a title I wanted to read outright due to the nature of the premise and how it was a fittingly apt story to be read in our modern era! I previously had read The Residence, showcasing the history of the White House through the eyes of the staff and the historical presence of how the house itself was the best observer of its own history. It was such an interesting narrative and one that was layered with insight and preserved memories which I think anyone would appreciate reading.

Moving forward a year, as I was fully interested in reading Vote for Remi, ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election – I found myself settling into its story-line on #ElectionDay itself! I even started to tweet about the joy of immersing myself into its dialogue and how bang-on brilliant the opener was to how the fictional life of Remi was cross-relating to the real-life story of Hillary Clinton. I keep my politics hugged close to centre, as I decided to not politicise my blog nor my Twitter feeds – except for showing on certain occasions where I take a stand and let my thoughts be known. At the bottom of this post is the full collection of tweets I tweeted about this novel and how I let my thoughts reflect my reaction to the campaign season and the election itself. I relied on those who had tweeted ahead of mine whilst sharing a link to an essay written by Mr RJ Sullivan of whom is an author I love reading! (view his showcases)

I am sure by the choices of Twibbon’s on my Twitter badge and the explanation I provided for why I placed them on my Twitter Profile have caught notice of those who might suspect my political views. Other instances of notice would be how open-minded I am in regards to Equality in Literature and how I constantly seek out Diversity in Literature as well. I read eclectically – across political spectrum’s, philosophy, religion and lifestyles. The world is a melting pot and my personal literary adventures reflect the diversity and eclectic nature of the human experience.

Some of the authors I follow on Twitter spoke concerns about losing their followers due to their political views; here’s my take on that particular issue: I follow people I appreciate finding on Twitter. This could be a musical group I love listening too, an author I’m keen to ‘meet’ for the first time, an actor or actress whose collective work I love admiring; an author I love to devour reading or any other person or organisation I have found who has left an impression on me one way or another. This includes publishers – as although I amassed a list of publishers I watch on Twitter, I am slowly following each in turn of whom I have read stories by which truly left me pensive and wickedly delighted for reading.

Due to the variety of people I follow, I am quite certain we all have our own views and opinions which might align or are completely opposite; I honestly never looked that hard into my followers private lives. For those who tweet more vocally, I champion and cheer their honesty and bravery to openly disclose their opines and for those who are equally vocal but on a smaller scale (like me), I celebrate them, too! I even celebrate those who keep their blogs and Twitter feeds apolitical for most of the year and like me, fuell their thoughts at appropriate times when everyone is feeling the same emotions.

Point being, I will always follow people I find a reason to follow – because I celebrate their artwork, their creative voice or the causes they are advocating on behalf of to curate a better world for all of us. I will never unfollow someone just because we have a different opinion or have a different political party affiliation. We’re all united in the global community and our shared humanity; we must strive to find ways to communicate and build bridges of acceptance and tolerance. If someone unfollows me due to my personal thoughts, opinions or political views, I accept that as it is their right. However, I am not going to go back and unfollow them, just because they let go of me. #LoveNotHate and #ChooseKindness in combination with #MakeAmericaKindAgain are my new trumpets of Hope. We must find unity together and find a way to embrace our differences and not let them separate us.

Stories such as Vote for Remi and the non-fiction debut by Julissa Arce (My Underground American Dream) are stories which are needed in today’s climate of uncertainty. Stories which start a conversation and keep the dialogue in focus for change and for a better future of tomorrow are the stories I will always champion and appreciate reading. This is why I anchoured my readings of these two stories together and why I decided during #ElectionWeek 2016 it was the right time to read both of these lovelies!

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Book Review | “Vote for Remi” by Leanna Lehman #SRC2015 No.4 read during #ElectionWeek 2016 #BookSparksMarathonVote for Remi
by Leanna Lehman
Source: Publicist via BookSparks

Fiery US government teacher Remi Covington is relentless in her desire to impart the genius of the democratic process to her students. Her so-called “academically challenged” high school seniors sometimes find her enthusiasm more than a little annoying—so, in an effort to teach her a lesson, they execute a brazen, high-tech, social media blitz touting her as the newest candidate in the upcoming US presidential race. Much to everyone’s surprise, Remi plays along with her students’ ruse—and in a nation weary of politics and career politicians, she unexpectedly finds herself the darling of the American public.

As the campaign takes on a life of its own, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural clichés, and realizes she isn’t quite the woman she thought was. Vote for Remi is about a would-be a presidential candidate who, despite being all wrong—the wrong gender, the wrong party, and certainly the wrong social status—discovers that she might be exactly what America needs: someone with a passion for doing what is right.

Places to find the book:

Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), Current Events, Presidential Life & History, Women's Studies


Published by She Writes Press

Format: Paperback Edition

Published By:She Writes Press (@shewritespress)
originated from She Writes (@shewritesdotcom)
an imprint of Spark Points Studio LLC GoSparkPoint (@GoSparkPoint)
& BookSparks
(@BookSparks)
Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook

Read the Interview with the author about Vote for Remi on BookSparks Blog!

Read an Excerpt of the Novel via the author’s website!

Converse via: #VoteForRemi & #SRC2015

About Leanna Lehman

Leanna Lehman

Leanna Lehman is the author of quirky political fiction novel, Vote For Remi (She Writes Press). She worked in the education field for six years, and specialized in developing online educational programs that assist at-risk teens.

She lives in Fallon, Nevada, with her rescued dog Henry Higgins, and spends her free time painting, hiking, snowboarding, camping, and traveling to the coast. She found her passion for writing while undergoing chemo therapy in 2008-2009, when she began journaling her experience.

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on complications & learning curves (of public life):

The brilliance of the novel’s core lies in the clever way in which Remi’s students took her lamentations not only seriously but took them to America through Facebook and YouTube! They literally launched her political career by uploading her speeches in class where outlined critical topics of where the country was heading and where it should be heading instead whilst providing examples of discussion questions that could seek to take the topic further past the initial prompts. Even when Remi first discovered all of this was ‘out in the open’, her first instinct was to see the beauty of her student’s fortitude to make this happen. Even finding how she appreciated people she knew or didn’t know were engaging in the conversations; starting a dialogue about what can be done or what should be done next (in regards to forward motion for America).

The learning curve though straight in the beginning is how do you advocate for these principles to be understood by your students and then turn right round to explain how this whole platform for Presidency isn’t quite a good idea to pursue!? It wasn’t even something Remi had considered nor felt she would consider – her mind wasn’t quite certain how she felt one way or the other – as the assault of information posted online on her behalf was startlingly in-depth! Yet nothing quite prepared her for the blacklash of the media’s attention on her private life.

As soon as she confirmed her intent to run for a ballot slot, the media started to unearth every minute detail of her life; the good and the bad, including everything they felt they could spin a certain way round. Through the process, Remi re-considered her own motivations to pursue this course; how could she have erred without realising it would come to this? To where there wouldn’t be a line in the sand between her personal and professional life; much less her public life now that she was entering into the political fray!? Lehman takes a hard look at what it means to release yourself to the public and to put yourself in a vulnerable spot where even with the best of intentions, your never fully prepared to embrace.

My Review of vote for remi:

Dear hearts, I never had the chance to broach this novel last Summer nor even think of when I could start to read it’s contents until now. Therefore, imagine my surprise when the entire first page and a half is quite literally on par with what we’ve observed in our modern lives as another woman made her bid for candidacy for President in 2016! Talk about a current novel about modern political topics which are not just relevant but are fuelling history to run concurrent to the story itself! Reminds me of the time when the Red Sox broke the curse and took the World Series – a film was using real-life World Series locales the same year as that epic game series and effectively became a treasure to all of us who watched the Sox win! The film is called “Fever Pitch” and it truly arrived in-step with history; similar to ‘”Vote for Remi”!

Remi is a high school teacher who was relaxing over some lager without thinking anything special would happen whilst she nursed her favourite brew! Until of course, she starts to overhear her name being mentioned and discovered she’s dead centre on the news broadcast about how she pitched her Presidential candidacy on the internet and how that stroke of ingenious ingenuity might grant her an edge in her campaign! As she warms to the idea of how this could potentially have happened without her involvement, the details of the ‘hows and whys’ spill out to her best friend Ivy, whose quizzical look throughout the revelation was as funny as how sometimes you have to be careful about what you say to teenagers who trust the words your sharing with them as being bonefide fact!

You see, Remi has difficulties teaching her students without using forward thinking teaching tools – such as allowing them access to their phones, the internet and alternative methods of involvement whilst encouraging them to cross-examine the issues, topics and subjects she’s teaching them until they can formulate their own mind about everything rather than simply take her word for it all. This is where she muddled the lessons a bit – as she apparently can whinge on about the state of politics and how dirty it can become (oy vie, isn’t that the truth?) when adverts on television aim to degrade and disassociate character to lend only a negatively biased opinion on candidates. It was within this discussion with her students she let slip that the requirements to run for President are not based on income, political status or service nor an active life in state government. She mentioned how someone could theoretically run for President as an ‘everyman or woman’ on the ticket. This in turn, she supposed as the gravity of the situation hit here is potentially why the national news is featuring her hat tipped into the fray to be President! As how best to prove a theory than to put it into a working experiment in real-life to prove or disprove the thesis about how Presidents are elected without a pre-determined back-story or life experiences in politics?

Antonio has an interesting back-story (he’s Remi’s boyfriend) as he unfortunately watched how his mother was affected by her battle with Cancer. To such a level of anguish, she inspired his life’s work. He found a cheeky way to include marijuana in her foods (as it was legally available for medical reasons) to ease her discomfort, pain and the nausea that came with her illness. He watched her rally and feel better due to the secreted ingredient and this sparked his goal to enter med school. Within this pursuit of his degree what truly was inspiring is how he walked out of the programme and became a grower for dispensaries. He understood the plant – from how to grow it and how to breed different variants which would yield different medical benefits to people similar to his mother who were in dire need of alternative help. His work of course, because a breath of friction between him and Remi, as he wasn’t just a grower but an advocate for universal acceptance and change.

Whilst Remi’s personal life was in a good place, her professional life was taking on a new surge of purpose once she was able to wrap her head around the fact running for President (even if only to make it on the ballot) was a cause worth pursuing! One of the touching moments in the novel is when Remi discovered the real reason behind her nomination bid and why her students (most of whom were written off as ‘at risk’ or ‘unmotivated’) launched her campaign (without her knowledge!) on social media! Remi is quite the woman – she embraced her campaign quite quickly after learning everything that motivated the platform to be created (by her students) whilst feeling encouraged by one of her students who felt he had the best ‘party’ she could run on – making the debut of the Do Right Party. I felt it was a creative party name, as it spoke volumes about how ‘doing what is right, isn’t always the easiest path to take but one that must be sought out’. This new project also encouraged her students to self-motivate themselves to step forward with creative ideas they could put into tangible motion and be front seat towards what goes into a presidential nominee’s campaign for the right to be listed on the ballot across the nation. By far, this Government class was far more engrossing than mine! As it spoke to how there is still room for improvement and how everyday people can make startling enroads towards affecting a shift of perspective and a change of direction for the country.

You get an inside seat as Remi moves from teacher to active candidate chasing down her supporters, whilst working with an all-volunteer campaign spanning the entire United States. The key to her long-range support was due to the creative convos treading consistently on Twitter and the pages of comments flooding through Facebook; along with of course, the general media latching onto each new thread of her story. I thought it was clever how Lehman shifted the tension from homegrown candidacy to Washington to the hard work of volunteers – painting the picture wider with each chapter.

What really tugs at your heart-strings throughout the story is how incredible Remi’ students transform in front of her during the duration of the campaign. They each start to come into their own, finding their own voice or strength to contribute to the cause. Throughout the whole journey, her students transcend the background of where they started and how oppressed they once felt by their circumstances; they started to embrace the idea that their past was not vindictive of their futures and that somehow they too, had the hope to succeed at whatever they put their minds to do.

This was the heart of the novel – how everyday people can band together, seek to accomplish the impossible and learn so much about themselves through the process. The journey was blindingly difficult but the rewards of going through it were well worth it on the opposite end. Remi found new wings to carry her forward past her teaching roots; as her students had a lesson of their own to teach her and she in return, enabled them to fly with wings they never knew they had.

Fly in the Ointment:

At first I didn’t think there was going to be anything to complain about as there was barely a strong word placed here or there. Then, of course, the one word I demise more than all the others combined in literature had to make it’s sneaky entrance and for whichever reason, never quite let go. It popped up all over the place, and most times not even for emotional angst but rather just pure frustration. Which was valid, I suppose but the truth of it is I have a preference for ‘less is more’ and this novel is at the upper tier of my tolerance for number of vulgarity being inclusive rather than omitted. After the first half of the story, it started to grow distracting from the context of the novel, too. Such a shame, as again, the strength of the narrative is there and doesn’t need to depend on the inclusions at all.

on the living dialogue of this story mirroring history (in current events):

I was happily surprised to find out how well Ms Lehman honed in on current events and the dialogue of today’s political world. The opener felt so reminiscent of ‘now’ it was incredible how this story was writ long before the Election of 2016! You can see the parallels of course, from a female pitching her hat to enter into the race of historic proportions and the potential for complications the more the story is explored to include the changes to Remi’s life.

Lehman gave voice to many of the concerns of today’s political climate in America, including how many people would rather vote for the person, not the party. To stand up for the causes and rights whilst choosing the person they feel can lad the country forward. The background of the novel is multicultural and multidimensional; inter-laying multiple points of view and uniquely telling a story rooted in Contemporary America. She tapped into the unease and the discomfort of our political system whilst owning to the fact there are many who are striving for change and working their entire lives towards a path towards realising the change everyone hopes to find.

Lehman chose to have Remi run on a newly created third-party ticket* – which is typically the ticket that is most controversial as we’re a two-party system; even though we do allow others to run, the outcome is generally determined by the major two parties. This in of itself was an interesting twist to the story, as she put her lead character straight into the fray on a ticket that is one of the hardest to convince votes has validity as it’s the one that can make or break the two-parties running on the ticket by taking votes away from them.

NOTE: I mimicked the check-box in this part of my review because it was something I enjoyed seeing throughout the novel! A little nod of ‘checks and balances’ whilst getting you to think back over what was expressed from one section to another! There is a lot of heart and depth in this novel that you don’t want to miss!

on the writing style of leanna lehman:

There is a particular style of Women’s Fiction by the writers of She Writes Press (or their other imprints) wherein you are happily absorbing yourself in sharp narrative, cunning dialogue and exchanges of thought which relate to every woman who picks up their stories! I’ve noticed this previously and I continue to celebrate their methodology of writing inasmuch on the opposite end of the spectrum I love the relationship-based Romances of ChocLitUK. The two publishers anchour the best stories for literary women today, as they dig deeper than most and take story-telling to a new height of enjoyment as a reader! So much so, once I’m caught up with my readings for BookSparks, I want to start to seek out their titles from years past as well as 2016; hopefully being able to add a few more to my local library as I go along, too! I still smile thinking about how open my library is to Indie Press and Publishers!

Lehman writes Remi with such a nonsense attitude, that you can fully see yourself talking beside her just like Ivy had in the beginning! She has her strong opinions and she’s not a passive mouse nor meek about expressing her passionate thoughts about the political world. She has something credible to say, which encourages her to teach more dynamically than most and seek always to make a student see a connection between the lesson and the life outside the school walls.

Lehman wrote such a command of modern life and political fever, you instantly recognise the bigger names she wrote-in for added realism and grounding in contemporary American life. The way in which she augmented Remi’s path as a newfound runner for the ballot was carefully executed and well-thought out as it should all the key issues, concerns and paths towards that goal. Including the bits that are harder to read, where Remi’s personal life took a few right turns and how the pursuit of the goal included more than one hard obstacle to overcome. The realistic method of telling this story rooted to real-life politics and key nationally renown figures I felt best represented the story overall. It could have been told from a completely fictional point-of-reference of course, but I am unsure if it would have made the bigger impact if the names inside the story were not as known as the ones who were; somehow it just felt a bit more real being told this way.

She also tackled harder issues in regards to Remi’s personal life and sexuality; she wrote a well-rounded novel about a modern woman caught up in the political sphere where sincerity and optimism are not always walking hand-in-hand. I enjoyed how she tackled the core of Remi’s story-line – showing a real person whose attempting an honest goal and finding that life can be muddled despite your best intentions to keep things simplistic and uncomplicated. It is the story that matters right now because it’s about everyday issues and hot topics which are regularly conversed about and debated. A definite primer for anyone who wants to understand American politics and the hard road a woman has to make it on her own terms in a political climate that is very much a man’s game.

Lehman’s Remi is someone to champion for attempting the impossible whilst shining a light on what needs to be reformed. She didn’t write a character you felt you knew inside and out; Remi has layers to her character that might surprise you (including where she stands on political issues) but at her core, she’s a champion of the people, the freedom of choice and the ability to campaign for you beliefs and the causes that matter most to you.

Concurrent to my reading of Vote for Remi, is the non-fiction story titled My Underground American Dream! Be sure to watch my Twitter feeds and re-visit once my review posts! This is a non-fiction release I was most anxious to read and most excited to be reading now! I am celebrating the stories which enrich our lives and are focused on current events whilst continuing to keep a running thematic threading through literature.

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The Grown-Ups (review) + wishful Thinking (Review)

As well as my 1st #ReadingIsBeautiful Challenge book:

Blonde Eskimo (review)!

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Readers | Books Bloggers : Impressions of Vote for Remi via #SRC2015:

{ a quick search + the twitterverse provided me the road map! }

This is not an ordered list as I simply found links in succession of each other. There are a heap of book bloggers per title during #SRC2015; therefore this is an abridged list of reviewers. This doesn’t count the fact the reading challenge is open to the public for those who are either borrowing the books via their local libraries and/or purchasing copies outright to read and review for their own edification and joy. Be sure to follow the #SRC2015 tag on Twitter to find more opinions.

Book Review Vote for Remi by Leanna Lehman | Chick Lit Plus

Guest Post: Behind the Book “Vote for Remy” by Leanna Lehman | Chick Lit Central

Vote for Remy by Leanna Lehman | Walley’s Book Reviews

*I tried to find more reviews or guest features but couldn’t find them.

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NOTE: The BookSparks readathon was cancelled shortly after it began as my Dad entered the hospital with a moderate bilateral stroke the weekend of Thanksgiving; a few short weeks after this post was published. (see also Post) It wouldn’t be until Summer 2017 when I joined the #20BooksOfSummer reading challenge I would start to resume where I left off.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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