The Daughters
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The Daughters

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by Joanna Philbin
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Seventeen.com
"As if navigating their high school hallways weren't enough, these girls have to do so under the entire world's watchful eyes!"
Jen Calonita
I was drawn to the tantalizing story immediately, but my heart was stolen by the fierce friendship between three besties living life inside the celebrity fishbowl. I can't wait to read the next book!
Cecily von Ziegesar
Ever wonder what it's really like to grow up in Manhattan with a famous mom or dad? Well, Joanna Philbin is going to tell you. The Daughters is authentic and well-told. Gossip Girl herself would love this new series.
author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Im Alyson Noel
"Reading Joanna Philbin's funny, witty, and poignant debut is like getting an insider's glimpse into the gilded world of those born to be famous"
Alyson Noël
"Reading Joanna Philbin's funny, witty, and poignant debut is like getting an insider's glimpse into the gilded world of those born to be famous"
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I was drawn to the tantalizing story immediately, but my heart was stolen by the fierce friendship between three besties living life inside the celebrity fishbowl. I can't wait to read the next book!—Jen Calonita, author of Secrets of My Hollywood Life

Ever wonder what it's really like to grow up in Manhattan with a famous mom or dad? Well, Joanna Philbin is going to tell you. The Daughters is authentic and well-told. Gossip Girl herself would love this new series.—Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Gossip Girl"

Reading Joanna Philbin's funny, witty, and poignant debut is like getting an insider's glimpse into the gilded world of those born to be famous"—Alyson Noel, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Immortals series"

As if navigating their high school hallways weren't enough, these girls have to do so under the entire world's watchful eyes!"—Seventeen.com

Publishers Weekly
The daughter of talk show host Regis Philbin tackles a topic that’s close to home in her predictably glam (think paparazzi chases, designer apparel, and Fashion Week appearances) but thoroughly enjoyable debut. This first book in a series about growing up with celebrity parents follows 14-year-old Lizzie (daughter of a supermodel), Hudson (daughter of a pop icon), and Carina (daughter of a media tycoon)—best friends who feel doomed to live in the oppressive shadow of their superstar parents. The other girls’ struggles are barely touched on (presumably to be explored in later books), as Lizzie’s adventures in “ugly modeling” (“using people who aren’t traditionally beautiful to sell products”) and the unanticipated side effects of her newfound popularity take center stage. Despite the potential for a contrived story, Philbin’s portrayal of the girls as down-to-earth overachievers who crave normalcy keeps the book in believable territory. Lizzie’s physical insecurities (given that her gorgeous mother has been called “walking proof of God”) and growth make her particularly relatable. Who knew? Stars’ daughters—they’re just like us. Ages 12-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Lizzie Summers is the fourteen-year-old daughter of supermodel Katia Summers. Unlike her mother, Lizzie is not a picture perfect beauty. Her reddish-orange hair is frizzie, her nose is quite imperfect, and her overall look is a little bizarre. Hudson Jones is the fourteen-year-old daughter of pop singer icon Holla Jones. Fourteen-year-old Carina Jurgensen's father is billionaire Karl Jurgensen, who loves power and all that money can buy. Carina, on the other hand, wants nothing more than waves to surf and mountains to climb. The three teenagers are "the daughters"—best friends who are always looking out for each other and helping one another maneuver through life as a daughter of super star parents. The book begins with Lizzie accompanying her mother to Fall Fashion week, where the paparazzi are out in huge numbers. Lizzie gets away from the spotlight as quickly as she can, rushing off to meet her two best friends. As the girls leave a cafe, they run into Todd Piedmont. Lizzie and Todd grew up in the same apartment building and were childhood friends. The night before he left two years ago, he kissed Lizzie and that was the last she heard from him. Now Todd has returned, and he has grown into quite a hot fourteen-year-old who, like Lizzie, loves to read the classics (coincidently they both favor The Great Gatsby). They are both aspiring writers as well and the best part isthat Todd seems to be interested in Lizzie. Lizzie is soon contacted by Andrea, a hip, young photographer whose specialty is "ugly modeling"—taking photos of and capturing the natural beauty of ordinary people. As Lizzie dives into modeling (her photos are adored, and she is suddenly sought after) without her mother's knowledge.Carina's big issue comes when her dad decides it is time she learn the ropes of the business since she is the sole heir to his empire. Carina is angry and resentful. While working she discovers her father has been stealing millions of dollars. She tells her best friend that she wants to expose him. In the end, Lizzie discovers high end modeling is not a world she's interested in and chooses to remain true to herself. Todd reveals that he has loved her since they were young. To find out what happens next, we must read the next "daughters" book"—The Daughters Break the Rules. Lizzie is the main character in this book and she is quite likeable. She has layers of depth with her love of literature, desire to be a writer, and a general distaste for the world of modeling that her mother exists in. This is a fun read and great beginning to a series that will probably be widely read within its genre. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Joanna Philbin, Regis Philbin's daughter, knows all about growing up in the spotlight. She tackles that lifestyle in her debut novel (Little, Brown/Poppy, 2010) about three 14-year-old BFFs—Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson—whose parents are all incredibly famous. This first volume in a projected series is narrated by Lizzie, the only child of international supermodel Katia Summers. With her fuzzy hair and large nose, Lizzie doesn't resemble her mother and resents being asked to pose with her. Bombarded by the media, Lizzie makes one discordant comment about her mom and suddenly she's all over YouTube. As a result of her outburst, Lizzie is discovered as an "ugly model" with a real-life look, and she's plunged into her mother's world of fame. The real draw to this story is the friendship between the three girls. New York City is the perfect backdrop for these young teens to explore their own lives. These scenes portraying teen drinking and unchaperoned parties are not addressed, giving the impression that this is acceptable behavior. Narrated by Michal Friedman, some voices sound like cartoon characters, and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between them. Girls will be drawn to the three friends and look forward to the next volume.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, Florence, KY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316049016
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Series:
Daughters Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
304,973
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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