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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
What if a woman of color, running as an Independent candidate, became the first President of the United States? What if she could bring about radical policy changes that could entirely transform the lives of the American people even if she faced huge resistance from Congress and the Senate? Could the elites and career politicians be persuaded to support her ideas or would they resent any attempt to change the status quo? In She, the President by Rey Rodriguez, follow Polly, a 40-year-old woman of color, as she uses her life experiences and affinity for the unheard to courageously bring about hope and happiness to the forgotten citizens of the United States. Using the National Emergencies Act of 1976, discover how Polly was able to override any opposition, pass executive orders and become a champion of the people and provide them with the education, housing, healthcare, and environment every person deserves.
She, the President by Rey Rodriguez is certainly a novel that you can only hope will become a reality. The concept that a young girl with so much empathy and insight could become the President of the United States is very exciting. I thought using personal stories around her upbringing and seeing how she collected all the golden words of wisdom and life lessons to make her country better was fantastic. This novel could inspire all girls to follow their dreams no matter what background they come from. Polly's common sense approach to social, political, and economic issues was superb, especially around the environment, housing and education. I thought her parents' advice to her when confronted with bigotry and racism was amazing and certainly turned the tables on her oppressors. Her attitude towards protests, to listen and not silence them, was so refreshing as were the topics for the first 10 weeks of office. There were so many powerful quotes throughout too and this particular one was my favorite: 'How long can we keep wearing our blinders and ignore others to the left and right and then leave them behind? When will they hit rock bottom where they can no longer be exploited?'