Book Review: Capitol Hell by Alicia M. Long and Jayne J. Jones

I was emailed to review this book after the authors saw the listing for EBW on the indie book review.

Light, funny, outrageous, but with an educational bent, this book kept me highly entertained.

Here is the synopsis:

When recent college graduate Allison Amundson, a small town girl from South Dakota, lands the highly sought-after job of scheduler to the newly-elected and rising star of the United States Senate, Senator Anders McDermott III, she initially thinks she is on the fast track to success. However, she quickly learns that crazy co-workers, a high maintenance boss, the boss’s over-the-top demanding family, and an unexpected Presidential bid make Capitol Hill seem even more dysfunctional than it looks on TV. In fact, it is Capitol Hell.

This off-beat, hilarious novel captures what it is like to work in the United States Senate. Find out how it feels to be a hot young staffer on Capitol Hill when you step into Allison’s hot pink high heels, and catch a glimpse of what life is really like ”inside the beltway.”

Aside from School House Rocks! I know absolutely nothing about the actual political process in this country. At least, nothing after 1946. It was fascinating to read about how things actually work inside a senatorial office.

I was struck by the actual amount of work, organization, and ATD (attention to detail) that is required to keep a politician in office and out of his or her own way.

Although this is fiction, possibly to protect the guilty, I can see it all being factual in most ways. 

Everyone who has ever worked in an office knows the characters that surround Allison at every turn.  From people who do absolutely nothing and get paid obscene amounts of money for it, to the sycophants, to the incompetent boss (in this case a senator), I found myself sympathizing with Allison and her everyday hell.

It was educational in the sense that I really had no idea what a Capitol Hill staffer was and what they do.  And I thought they were better paid.

What was hilarious was the drama and issues that cropped up each day that are probably left out of the job description when working for a politician.  From babysitting the wife, and other staffer’s children, to being available 24/7 to answer questions from the boss in addition to actual job duties, the staffer’s job is never done.

Overall, a fun, twisted, lighthearted examination of our nation’s political culture.  Recommended for anyone who likes politics or just a good chick lit story.

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