Google+ Reading Teen: The Daughters By: Joanna Philbin, Review By: Kit

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Daughters By: Joanna Philbin, Review By: Kit

The DaughtersThe Daughters By: Joanna Philbin

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. 

The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders.

Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.

By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer that believes she's "the new face of beauty," Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media's spotlight.

My review:
     I'm finding it hard to write a review on this book.  It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, it was just good.  I did enjoy reading it, and it held my attention the entire time, but there was nothing amazing about the writing or the characters, and I just found myself not being able to relate to them or their "problems".  I know what you're thinking, "Well, in case you haven't noticed you aren't the daughter of a celebrity." No really? But most readers aren't famous, so the writing needs to make you feel famous. This book just wasn't capable of "pulling me in."  While reading it, I constantly felt like an outsider. It's just really hard to feel sorry for people who basically have everything handed to them on a silver platter, and yet still find every reason to complain.  I'm really not trying to be mean, I guess this is where "the grass is always greener on the other side" comes into play. 

     The one character that I was interested in was Carina, and I was waiting for it to switch girls because that's what it seemed would happen judging from the flap, but it never did.  Hopefully she will be more fully developed in the next book in the series, which I will be reading. I did not hate this book, nor would I say don't read it.  I think I would recommend it to tweens, but if you're a teen, you may get bored with it.
3 out of 6

Parents need to know: This book has mild sexual content, mild/moderate language, and one other notable.  See full content review here.


  1. Good review...I couldn't get into this one at all. I tried and tried and I suppose I have the same view as you with the whole "silver platter" thing. However, I am sure being a kid of a celebrity has its major downs...I just cannot bring the huge amounts of sympathy or empathy to the characters I was reading about in this book.

  2. adding you to my list: i blog about young adult and children's books!


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