Meg Powers is the daughter of the President of the United States. She's about to enter her first year of college. She's living through the worst year of her life.
Last June Meg was kidnapped by terrorists – brutalized, starved, and left for dead. She was shackled in a deserted mine shaft and had to smash the bones in her own hand to escape.
Meg Powers survived the unthinkable, the stuff of nightmares. Her terrorist captor is still at large. But still she must live each day. Ahead of her is the grueling physical therapy to heal her broken body; the challenge of leaving the safety of the White House for her freshman year at college. But harder still than the physical and social challenges ahead are her shattered sense of herself and her family. Will she ever forgive her mother, the President, for her "can not, have not and will not negotiate with terrorists" stance – even when it came to her own daughter?
And more difficult still, can Meg forgive herself for having the strength, the intelligence and the wit to survive?
In a brilliant novel, Ellen Emerson White tells her most ambitious and intense story about a most unlikely but deeply affecting heroine.
Ellen Emerson White started writing about Meg Powers in The President's Daughter and continued in White House Autumn and Long Live the Queen (all available in 2008 from Feiwel & Friends). Long May She Reign is the last installment of this series that she started writing more than twenty years ago. White's research about living in the White House is amazingly detailed and thorough. When she is not writing, she's watching the Boston Red Sox.
Long May She Reign (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
While not my favorite entry in 'The President's Daughter' series, this fourth book is wonderful to see. Meg is still recovering and decides to go away to college. It is kind of weird to see them suddenly using the internet and Meg's Tab addiction has made way for Coke, but everything else is progressing organically for the Powers family and friends. Frankly, I don't understand why Meg dates the guy she does. He's a generic jerk, when you think she'd go for an interesting jerk. Ellen Emerson White's writing is very good, as usual. Yay for more Beth and Preston!
More than 1 year ago
Six months ago Meg was kidnapped by terrorists who made sure she understood that she would never leave them alive. Over the course of thirteen days, they shattered her knee, deprived her of food and water and then left her to die chained up in an old mine shaft. Unable to face such a fate, Meg smashed the bones in her hand in order to slide out of the handcuff and then stumbled through the woods until she found people who could call in the cavalry. After being rescued, Meg still has a long road ahead of her: numerous operations and grueling physical therapy not to mention dealing with the fallout over her mother's (the President) controversial statement: "can not, have not, and will not negotiate with terrorists." Yeah, that's her daughter she's talking about. Comforting huh? Meg finds she's in serious trouble of never coming out of her depression while living scared at the White House and so persuades her parents to let her attend Williams College even though she is far from being well enough to go.
At Williams, Meg is more on her own than ever before and constantly feels like she is the brunt of her classmates disdain. Slowly she begins to make friends (more because people bully her into it) with her hall adviser Susan and even begins a rocky relationship with Jack aka Malibu Bobby (say it with a Boston accent - it gets funnier every time). Setbacks happen but Meg is her old determined self and refuses to give up.
Can we talk about Preston for a moment here? I find him absolutely irresistible so would love to talk about him for hours. Preston is Meg's father's press secretary and basically the best friend of the entire family. The man is smart and funny, knows how to rock a suit, and is so loving and caring that frankly, my heart just melts a little every time he speaks. He becomes one of the only people, excepting Beth (her best friend since kindergarten), who Meg can truly open up to and get straight answers from in return.
Ellen Emerson White surely knows how to take her time. She doesn't rush a character into situations or confrontations that are too premature, she gives them time to simply be, allowing for a incredibly natural and realistic progression of events. And with Long May She Reign weighing in at 700+ pages, I felt like I got my money's worth and then some. That's not to say I wouldn't welcome another 1,000 pages or so - I'd read them in a heartbeat.
I have no idea how EEW could have waited twenty odd years to finish Meg's story. Twenty Years!! If I had read these books prior to this last one coming out I think I would have died not knowing what happened to Meg. So much is left unanswered in Long Live the Queen that is so beautifully explained in Long May She Reign that I just can't comprehend her waiting so long to put it on paper.
I find it interesting that two of the four cover art pieces are nods to very, very well-known works: essentially the Dutch Mona Lisa (or Girl with a Pearl Earring) and the actual Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. I feel like this could be a reference to the fact that Meg herself has become a household name, just like these paintings. This cover is just so Meg: the Williams sweater, dark Oakleys, and the blue hand-brace - although she looks a little more filled out than my vision of a too-depressed-to-eat Meg.
More than 1 year ago
I have to preface this review by saying I've been an Ellen Emerson White addict for years. Ever since I found a used copy of LIFE WITHOUT FRIENDS and took it home with me because I liked the girl on the cover so much. I've never read a "new" EEW book in my life. They've all been out of print or used when I've come across them. So sitting down with a brand spanking new copy of a brand spanking new book of hers...well, let's just say it was a religious experience and leave it at that. LONG MAY SHE REIGN is a sequel to the President's Daughter trilogy written in the 80s. The series follows Meg Powers, daughter of the first female president of the United States, and her experience moving to the White House and adjusting to life in the public eye. In the last book, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN, Meg is abducted by terrorists, forced to endure days of starvation, beatings, and emotional torture, only to be dumped in a mine shaft, shackled to the wall, and left to die.
LONG MAY SHE REIGN picks up where LONG LIVE THE QUEEN left off. Meg is in bad shape, to put it unbelievably mildly. She's a wreck, physically and emotionally, and her family isn't far behind. At best, they're able to skirt the issue of what happened to her. And none of them can answer the omnipresent question: what happens next? So Meg closes her eyes and makes the decision to go ahead and go to college hoping her absence will make it possible for her family to move on. At Williams, Meg finds it even harder than she imagined to function as a college freshman, surrounded by paranoid secret service agents and a slew of students who regard her with, at best, timid curiosity and, at worst, outright hostility. Fortunately Meg meets a couple of people who are determined to insinuate themselves into her life whether she wants them or not: her JA Susan (the main character in FRIENDS FOR LIFE) and an Ultimate Frisbee-playing, love 'em and leave 'em California boy named Jack. Having been through her own personal hell when her best friend was murdered during their junior year of high school, Susan is familiar with the seemingly insurmountable challenge Meg faces in attempting to reclaim her life. Slowly, these two survivors strike up a tenuous friendship. Meanwhile, Meg negotiates an equally fragile relationship with Jack. Both relationships are unusually compelling. I love that Meg and Jack are equals--two extremely flawed, extremely interesting, extremely complicated people attracted to each other precisely because they are flawed and interesting and complicated. I love that he calls her on things. That it makes her mad when he scores higher than she does on a psych test. That they get angry at each other and talk it out and laugh together and move on. As I've mentioned before, I get tired of the Tireless Good Guy and his counterpart the Reformed Bad Boy. It was so refreshing to find that Jack was neither of these. And, as ever, White's sarcastic, thought-provoking dialogue kept me absolutely glued to the page. There's something so satisfying when a writer treats her reader as though she is smart. The whole time I was reading it I felt in the company of old friends, that I had been here before, and that I was comfortable here. LONG MAY SHE REIGN was hands down the book I was most excited about this year and it exceeded all my expectations. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
More than 1 year ago
I am a large fan of Ellen Emerson White and Meg Powers is one of my favorite characters in fiction. I also love Rebecca in the Road Home and the series she wrote under the penname Zack Emerson. I haven't read this latest installment in Meg Power's life, but I will order it as soon as I finish typing this and eagerly await it's arrival. I am a reader of all genres and all levels, and every now and then I run into a writer who's creativity and true ability to just tell the story of a REAL character inspires and excites me. I just can't say how pleased I am that she has written another story, and I hope she continues to play out these character's lives on her pages.
More than 1 year ago
I read the original books back when I was a teenager and loved them. I happened across Long May She Reign, and thought, why not - I could use something fun and easy to read.
I loved the emotions captured in the story and how it didn't read like a typical YA book (not overly cliched, emo-ness). Also, I like how the setting was updated for more current times (ipods/computers vs cassette tapes), but at the same time brought up Meg's love of older music like Joan Jett. However, there were parts of the story that seemed to be jumping over sharks. The stuff about the dorm advisor and her past seemed to be reaching for believability and failed. Maybe I'm just older and more cynical that when I first read the series.
More than 1 year ago
Having read this book before the others I was hooked and hoped that there was more behind the story of Meg Powers. Now I can't wait to read the rest of the series.