Cleo McDougal is a United States senator with a young teenage son. And she regrets nothing. Well, actually she regrets quite a bit. In fact, she has a list of regrets a mile long. It is only when one of those regrets surfaces in the media that she realizes consequences are on their way!
Let me just tell you that this was a fun read– light-hearted, laugh out loud funny at times, and a sweet book to listen to. I will link Audible for you at the end of this review so you can try a book (maybe this one)! For right now, let’s dive into Cleo McDougal.
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As a young girl, Cleo McDougal was encouraged by her father to keep a list of her regrets. Her list includes massive regrets and small things that seem silly many years later. Her one regret that she lives with daily is a boozy night in which she had a one-night stand that produced her son. She regrets the drinking and what happened afterward. However, Cleo McDougal loves her son Lucas fiercely.
Now, Cleo finds herself on the precipice of a run at the presidency- only to see, alarmingly, on social media that a long-ago friend Marianne has written an op-ed. In the writing, Marianne declares, “Cleo McDougal is not a nice person.”
Cleo’s staff gets to work to spin this event into something positive. When her assistant discovers there is a list of regrets, she encourages Cleo to pick some of them and make amends. Cleo, of course, reaches out to Marianne.
She also tried her hand at public dancing and she just may attempt to right the wrong of her son’s paternity. This is a little detail he doesn’t know. Does Cleo McDougal regret this enough to reach out to the man who is Lucas’ father?
Now, let’s talk a little about Cleo herself. I will be the first to say she is not a likable character in this book. She is a little “full of herself” and I think she is likely a former mean girl. I still wanted to find out if she was able to pull herself together enough to put her son completely first in her life- ahead of politics and petty things on her regrets list. Heck, I wanted her to tear the list up and realize that we all have things we regret. Writing those things down would be my first regret!
I give this one 4 stars. I enjoyed it since I did like some of the characters. I had a feeling it was a little bit chick-lit when a “romance” seems to be blossoming for Cleo. Overall, I loved the audio version. The narrator was the fabulous Julie Whelan. I can listen to anything she reads!
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My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.