Through a summer of working on the campaign, Jamie and Maya discover a lot about the world. Maya quickly finds that this campaign is about bigger issues than simply her guy winning. The legislature is considering a ban on head coverings, which she sees as a blatant attempt to discriminate against Muslims. As a Jew, Jamie imagines that he understands what it is like to experience prejudice but as they engage in politics, he finds out how little he has experienced to date.
While the book addresses a number of key topics about contemporary elections (the role of social media, public polling, the purpose of focused convassing, and acts of dog whistling and of gaslighting), this is a surprisingly superficial story. Conversations occasionally turn to racism and cancel culture, but the authors make almost everyone sympathetic and shy away from deep discussions. A farcical anti-semitic attack sends confusing messages. The overall tone is light and the book seems more targeted towards middle schoolers. That proves disappointing for a book so centrally focused on politics. I get that the agenda is to stir some interest in contemporary politics, but the book is too superficial to achieve much.