A story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight) will make you question what's needed to keep your children from harm. Phoebe's mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing her career and her family. Hard-working and caring, worried but supportive, all Isabel wants, in a world of bullies and temptations, is to keep her daughter Phoebe safe. With her busy schedule, though, she fails to recognize another mother's mounting fury and the danger Phoebe faces by flirting with a mysterious boy on Facebook. A cyber-bullying episode aimed at Phoebe pushes her to the edge with horrific consequences. In her search for justice, Isabel, a DC lawyer, sets out to find the culprit behind this cruel incident. Saving Phoebe Murrow, set amidst the complicated web of adolescent relationships, tells a story of miscommunication and malice, drugs and Facebook, prejudice and revenge.
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About the Author
Herta B. Feely is a writer and full-time editor. Her short stories and memoir have been published in anthologies and literary journals, including The Sun, Lullwater Review, The Griffin, Provincetown Arts, and Big Muddy. In the wake of the James Frey scandal, Feely edited and published the anthology, Confessions: Fact or Fiction? She was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Artist in Literature Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for The Trials of Serra Blue. She has also received an award from American Independent Writers for best published personal essay for a piece on immigration. In Saving Phoebe Murrow, Feely continues her commitment to activism on behalf of children. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, Feely is the co-founder of Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to saving children from unintentional injuries, the leading killer of children in the United States. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and cats. (www.hertafeely.com)
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Saving Phoebe Murrow based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Saving Phoebe Murrow is an interesting look into the world inhabited by the children of the 21st century. They face a much different playing field than we every dreamed of, back in our day. I liked the politics that play under the main focus of our story, and the playground of the D. C. area where the action takes place. Cyber bullying plays a very strong roll, and is handled well as is self-harm and the whole aspect of of life in the 21st century. This was at times difficult to read, but it is life as it happens to some. I would rather not think about it at all, but if I must this was a realistic introduction to the pressures of childhood today. And I loved the cover. Butterflies, too, are so easily damaged. I received a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your hard work with me.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely is a modern tale of the struggle between parent and child. DC lawyer Isabel is trying her best to protect her daughter, keep her safe, but things go awry when Phoebe meets Shane on Facebook. Shane is a stranger, but that doesn’t stop Phoebe from flirting, treading in dangerous waters. Then Phoebe becomes the victim of a cyber-bullying event, one that pushes her over the edge with terrifying consequences. Isabel will find out who did this to her daughter and she will have justice, no matter what it takes. Protecting her daughter is all that matters and Isabel will do everything in her power to save Phoebe Murrow. Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely is a story that is close to many people’s hearts. There are parents the world over who would do anything to protect their children from harm but, these days, the harm is often invisible or online. This was a compelling read with a gripping story line that kept me reading right to the end. The character development was done so well that it was impossible not to fall into their lives, to feel as though I were living their stories alongside them. These are characters that so many mothers, daughter, fathers, and sons will be able to identify with. This is a dramatic story, as close to real life as a fictional book can get without being classed as a non-fictional true account, and it is also incredibly thought provoking. This is the kind of book that should be included in school reading as it something that has the potential to affect every school-age child. Great book, I really enjoyed it.
WOW, what a mind blowing book. This is a must read for parents in this era where computers consume our lives. I loved the author's descriptive writing and all the incredible twists and turns you never see coming. It is an astonishing realistic portrayal of CRAZY parents and how detrimental cyber bullying is to a teenager. When I was young we did not have the internet so all bullying basically happened at school. Therefore, the bullying did not follow us home or spread like wildfire to all your peers at one time. First, we have Isabel, who puts her work as a high falutin’ lawyer and social status before her daughter Phoebe, who is just trying to fit in her freshman year. Isabel judges whom Phoebe can be friends with by the social status and sophistication of the girlfriend's mother not by the actual girl herself. Isabel makes rash decisions, not considering the consequences of how it will affect Phoebe mentally or her life at school. Phoebe has been a responsible teenager yet is easily deceived by a monstrous person lurking in cyberspace. Teenagers can be bitterly cruel not understanding that what they type on a screen can afflict just as much pain as if they say it to a person's face. Therefore, when a teenage girl's computer screen lights up with terrible insults what does she do to take the pain away? Second, there is Sandy, who married up in life, having zero couth and does not fit in socially with the other mothers especially Isabel. Sandy's daughter Jessie is one of Phoebe's close friends until Isabel has had enough of Sandy's lax attitude to parenting. Such as letting minors drink under her supervision, giving Jessie birth control informing her daughter “more than anything boys want to have sex and she should have fun” and that is just the tip of the iceberg concerning Sandy and her scandalous behavior. As the two girls try their hardest to be normal teenagers the mothers in their life are ripping it apart. The book incorporates ghastly parenting from two different ends of the spectrum. One end is completely crazy, the other you will have to read the book to find out. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy today.