The Blonde Bookworm: Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza -- Review

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza -- Review

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Title: Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win 
Author: Jo Piazza 
Pages: 320
Publishing: July 24th 2018 by Simon Schuster


From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock OffHow to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state.

Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.

A searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today. In a dramatic political moment like no other with more women running for office than ever before, Jo Piazza’s novel is timely, engrossing, and perfect for readers on both sides of the aisle.


I feel like I need to have a disclaimer before I write this review... I don't like politics and they make me feel extremely uncomfortable. So, with that being said... this book was pretty uncomfortable for me. I love Jo Piazza's writing and I've read and enjoyed all of her books, but this topic just wasn't my favorite. I also happen to know that some people love the drama that comes with politics and they would eat up a book about it, so to all of you people, this one is for you. 

Now that we got that part out of the way, lets talk about the parts I enjoyed in this novel. As always, Piazza's ability to create amazing characters comes through once again with the character of Charlotte Walsh. I loved her ambition, her spunk, and her ability to be a good mom and a power house of a business woman. She is the type of hard working woman that so many women aspire to be. Another notable character for me was Roz. She had a take-no-shit attitude and I loved it! 

All in all, this novel was entertaining, and it was filled to the brim with secrets, lies, and betrayal. This wasn't my favorite novel by Jo Piazza because my issue with reading about politics, but I really think it is going to be a popular title this summer. If you love dramatic reads full of politics and secrets, this novel is for you! Thank you Simon and Shuster and Netgalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5 


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