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Not My Daughter Review

Title: Not My Daughter

Author: Barbara Delinsky

Published: May 3rd, 2011, Knopf

Source: Goodreads First Reads

Goodreads Description: When Susan Tate’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily’s best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter’s pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?


My Thoughts: I liked this book because it was a relatively quick read for me. I disliked this book because of the stupidity of all of the characters.

Three girls choose to ruin their futures. Three families try to deal with it. The families are upset and disappointed, but in the end basically agree to help the girls and probably pay for most of the expenses. The girls don’t want the fathers involved (with the exception of one). The main character of the story is a single mother who never married despite loving her daughter’s father. The people of the town are cruel.

I wanted to slap every single character into the next century. I did my best to get through this book quickly, because it made me so angry.

The story itself is good. The characters are the problem. The girls should be on their own. It wasn’t like it was three accidents. They planned this. Yes, their moms were bad parents for helping them so much.

But that’s just my opinion.

Rating: 2/5


September 7, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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