Friday, December 2, 2022

Finally Friday - Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta

 Remember the movie  Election with Reese Witherspoon? Well, Tom Perrotta's creation is back in Tracy Flick Can't Win.  I laughed the entire time I read this book - all  chapters from various viewpoints  (the principal, the former quarterback, the School Board member, and Tracy herself). 

Jack, the principal,  is retiring and  now  Tracy has her turn. She's been the Assistant Principal who handled the time when Jack had a heart attack. She's earned this, damn it.  Time  for a break. At forty something, she's been spinning  her wheels in  this small town and it's time to  shine. 

But...slowly she can sense the tide is turning  against her. Some school board folks are meeting in  the local restaurant. Her interview with the Superintendent  takes a turn. She's always hated football. 

Tom  Perrotta  has  a wicked  sense  of  humor and can skewer the culture of small town  politics. He's nailed  it in Tracy Flick Can't Win, and frankly I hope we see Reese back in the title role of a movie  version. 


  1. Hi Joanne, enjoyed the read, have a great weekend and keep well.

  2. Hi Joanne - not one that appeals ... but thanks for the write up - cheers Hilary

    1. I hear ya. The author has a style. Have a good weekend