In this installment of The President’s Daughter series, Meg Powers, the daughter of the President of the United States, starts college at Williams. The injuries to her knee and her hand, obtained when she was kidnapped in “Long Live the Queeen,” are still very problematic for her. Besides that, she has posttraumatic stress to deal with, both when she’s awake and more powerfully when she’s asleep. Eating is also a problem. She says she’s too tired to eat. She is a broken young woman trying to hold on to her independence at Williams, and at the same time wishing she could be at home where people would take care of her.
Meg has a hard time making friends at Williams, although by the end of the book she has a few. She also develops a relationship with a blonde-haired young man who happens to be a republican. I looked for some of her psychological issues to be resolved. It’s a 700 page book, one might expect some closure. I thought perhaps Meg might figure out a way out of her difficulty with eating. Possibly she would find a way to deal with the posttraumatic stress. Maybe she would be able to forgive her mother for refusing to negotiate with the terrorists who held Meg. Unfortunately, none of these issues are resolved, although the relationship with her mother appears to be on the mend by the end of the book.
The Secret Service is responsible for protecting Meg, and they have a large role in the book. They go everywhere Meg goes, which makes her college experience different from every other character who isn’t a president’s child.
Meg is a strong character. She loves politics, and enjoys decompressing by watching C-Span or CNN. It’s wonderful to see how her story is developing. Ellen Emerson White has an extremely readable style, so 700 pages go by quickly. I’ll say again, though, that I wish she had used some of the 700 pages to resolve or even begin to resolve the psychological issues facing Meg.