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Sammy's hill : a novel
Gore, Kristin, 1977-
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New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion, [2004]

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387 pages ; 25 cm
A mildly hypochondriac but sweet young senatorial aide takes everything mean old Washington can throw at her while giving her all to a possible national program to lower prescription costs for senior citizens.
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"The fact that I had managed to become a health-care analyst for a U.S. Senator at the age of twenty-six still surprised me, and I lived in fear that someone would realize how ridiculous it was to have given me this authority and fire me on the spot."

Idealistic, dedicated to her job, and a bit of a hypochondriac, Samantha Joyce has a very busy life. Working a seventy-hour week and mastering the details of the latest health-care reform bill, while making time to celebrate obscure but significant holidays such as the twenty-ninth anniversary of The Partridge Family series finale, leaves little time for romance. But then she meets Aaron Driver, the handsome speechwriter for a rival senator. Sammy falls for him hard, despite the fact that his ambitious boss is the emblem of everything she hates about congressional hardball. When you work on Capitol Hill, even dating becomes a political act.

Try as she might, Sammy isnt the sort of person who can keep from speaking her mind, no matter how much trouble it causes. Whether shes trying to thwart a filibuster, detox a constituent, or recover from mistakenly emailing a racy message to over two hundred of Capitol Hills political elite, Sammy stays true to herself, foibles and all. And before she knows it, she finds herself at the heart of a romantic tangle, a major showdown over health care reform, and the highest-stakes contest of alla presidential election campaign.

Kristin Gore is a keen observer of politics with a sharp ear for comedy, and her first novel is a triumpha captivating, hilarious page-turner with a loveable heroine who will charm readers on both sides of the aisle.

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Booklist Review

Gore, the daughter of former vice-president Al Gore, has written an enchanting, downright hilarious debut, centered on young domestic-policy advisor Samantha Joyce. Sammy is an idealist, and she believes in Robert Gary, the senator from Ohio, who shares Sammy's passion for health-care reform. While Sammy works to get the facts together for Gary's latest health-care-related bill, she finds herself attracted to Aaron Driver, a charismatic speechwriter for John Bramen, a powerful senator with questionable ethics. When Gary and Bramen team up on the health-care bill, Sammy spends more time with Aaron, and she begins to think she's snagged the one upstanding guy within the Beltway. Despite his occasionally casual attitude toward their relationship, Sammy thinks he might be the one. A misdirected, racy personal e-mail (which Sammy accidentally sends to half of Capital Hill's denizens) and a subsequent critical newspaper story written by a cute reporter can't dampen Sammy's enthusiasm for the bill or life on the Hill, but both political and personal betrayal from unexpected avenues might. Readers will have fun trying to figure out the real political figures represented in Gore's book, but the true joy is the delightful Sammy herself, a quirky, clever, and completely lovable heroine whose charming narration is guaranteed to have readers in stitches. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This first novel by Al Gore's daughter is a fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce, who spends her days toiling as domestic policy adviser to the noble Ohio senator Robert Gary, while neurotically carving out a social and romantic life. Just 26 and amazed that she's the senator's go-to girl on health policy, Samantha thinks she's gotten another lucky break when she meets Aaron Driver, speechwriter to Democratic presidential front-runner John Bramen. Aaron is "hot, and not just D.C. hot," and Samantha falls hard for him. Early on in their relationship, a Blackberry mishap-she mistakenly sends a message featuring whipped cream and video cameras to a list of important Washington players-gives Samantha her first taste of D.C. scandal, but it's soon eclipsed by politics and deception on a grand scale. As Gary goes up against backstabbing Bramen, eventually accepting the vice-presidential spot on Bramen's rival's ticket, Samantha learns of Aaron's epic infidelities. Samantha's whimsical asides and long-winded explication of political matters give the novel an awkward bulkiness, but her self-deprecating sense of humor and idealism will keep readers entertained. Agent, Andrew Wylie. (Sept.) Forecast: Gore doesn't dish much dirt, but readers will have fun looking for parallels to real-life Washington and her dad's campaigns in this lively novel. 12-city author tour; film rights sold to Columbia Pictures. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

It should come as no surprise that Al and Tipper Gore's daughter has written a first novel with a political bent. Samantha Joyce is 26, single, and the most neurotic yet endearing character to come along since Bridget Jones. Her foibles include befriending telemarketers, unwittingly killing a steady stream of Japanese fighting fish, and having a penchant for pratfalls. But she's also unfailingly honest, principled, and passionate about her work in public service. Sammy is an assistant to the junior senator from Ohio, giving Gore plenty of opportunity to share her insider knowledge of how things really work in Washington and on the campaign trail (hint: don't leave home without your Blackberry). Smart writing, lots of laughs, and a captivating story line move what could have been a rather ordinary boy-meets-girl story well ahead of the pack. In addition, Gore tackles national healthcare, making this a timely debut. Expect lots of buzz. Strongly recommended for all public libraries. [See Q&A with Gore above.]--Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, F.--Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.