"They can take our freedom, but they can never have our French fries!"
I'm not usually a fan of opening with dialog, but I love this.
If there had been a desk in front of her, Grace Harper would have smacked her head against it. Repeatedly. Loving the voice so far.
The auditorium erupted into cheers, a decidedly uncommon occurrence for Dresden High School's student council candidacy announcements. Usually, students simply said what position they were running for and why people should vote for them, to weak applause or the occasional overzealous "Yeah!" from the stoner kids in the back.
Apparently, all it took was a twinkly-eyed Quarterback running on a French fries platform to get people enthusiastically engaged in student government.
Grace had to use all her strength to unclench her jaw. Her fists, however, she kept balled at her sides, so that she wouldn't try and wring anyone's neck. She wasn't usually this aggressive, really, but there was something about pretty-boy jocks who reduced student government to a popularity contest that irked her.
Said jock extraordinaire, Jake Carlson, gesticulated wildly at the crowd to keep going, and ended his brilliantly puerile campaign speech with, "So if you vote for me, everything will be awesome, and you can have all the French fries you want!"
Before she could engage in any more imaginary stress relief, the student council adviser, Ms. Jefferson, nodded at Grace to go up to the podium, despite the fact that the crowd was still whooping, cat-calling and clapping. Jake, for his part, was encouraging them by way of a dramatic reenactment of last week's game-winning catch.
I loved this. Yes, it hooked me, simply because of the voice. Interested to see how this relates to the genre you have listed, since it reads very contemporary. But anyway, yes, I would keep reading.