As an Amazon Prime member, every month I receive an email alerting me that I can choose 2 FREE Kindle books from their small selection of “Prime First Reads” and every month I choose two books and never once, until July, have I actually read one of those books. BUT Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch might just make me a convert.
I help run a book club that likes to feature politically-adjacent books, which is what alerted me to this book initially, and I don’t know if we’ll feature it in the future, but I truly cannot wait to recommend this book to our readers nonetheless!
Cleo McDougal is the junior Senator from New York at 37 and contemplating running for president. She’s a single mom, uber successful in the professional sphere, and she’s got a plan–but then her high school best friend publishes in op-ed in a local newspaper calling her “a cheater” and saying that Cleo McDougal is not a good person. That leads Cleo McDougal, and those around her, on an adventure of regrets (Cleo keeps a list..of 233), from coast to coast, through the halls of the Senate, and what a ride! This is definitely more woman’s fiction than anything (and I hate that use of the genre, really) but I enjoyed it because I saw a lot of myself in Cleo (in the worst ways lol) and loved her journey! She’s this absolute boss b*tch, but she’s also flawed and a mom struggling to parent a teenager and confronting past mistakes and regrets and empowering other women.
Plus, the writing is good! The book did feel longer than I thought it would (it’s like 328 pages but took me 3 days to read?) but it didn’t feel too long, if that makes sense. I made SOO many highlights while reading this book–lots of great quotes, empowering mantras, and funny quips from all the characters. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical going in because of how I found this book, but I was so pleasantly pleased by reading this and now I kind of want to take on the world?