The Hopefuls - Jennifer Close

The Hopefuls

By Jennifer Close

  • Release Date: 2016-07-19
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 58 Ratings


A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. 

When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Insightful

    By Texas330
    Complex characters. Really captures what it is looking me to move in the political circle of D.C., especially how all-consuming it is. Insightful look into that complicated world and the people closest to it.
  • Not sure what's worse

    By Slww12
    ...The incredibly boring, 'thin' plot as another review stated or the pathetic, unlikeable characters? Read this months ago and still upset I paid money for such a terrible all-around book. Wish I could get a refund, do not waste your time or money on this.
  • Boring

    By BPF72
    I enjoyed the beginning but then it went nowhere. Nothing happens and the main character does nothing but complain... Her husband is a jerk and you never hear his side of things to help you sympathize with him. Kept reading assuming something would happen but it never did. Wouldn't recommend!
  • I was hopeful this book would end sooner than it did.

    By skyelar
    This story is boring , too long and needs better editing! This will appeal to the young women who attend college and join a sorority, in hopes of meeting the right guy and get their M.R.S. degree, move to "the big east coast city" , pretending they are something they are not , and end up in a suburb of Maryland playing "bunco". If this movie were to take place twenty years ago, it would star Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaghey. Opening weekend romantic comedy. Two months later, Lifetime television for women. Could this story have been anymore vanilla? - Tracy Smith
  • Really, really good

    By PT2016-_
    Read 800 pages in two days...need I say more?
  • The plot line is so thin it is almost embarrassing.

    By Loudin23
    Not sure if this is self published but it certainly reads like it. I finished it only because I was on a train with no wi-if. I was certain it had to improve - it didn't.