SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW: The Daughters Break the Rules

The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin; published by Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, New York, tentative publication date: November 2010; 276 pages.

NOTE: This review is based on an ARC (advance reading copy) provided for free by the publisher.  The cover art, below, and the publication information is subject to change.

In the anticipated sequel to The Daughters (reviewed in the previous post), Lizzie and Hudson scramble to help Carina, who has been whisked away by her very angry father, picking up the cliffhanger which closed the debut novel of the series.  Carina suffers the consequences of a poor choice–ratting out her Dad to The Smoking Gun website.  The daughter of one of the world’s wealthiest men finds herself cut off; no credit cards, a $20 a week allowance, and a mass transit pass.  Will this make or break the daughter?  How will it impact her social life, her family life and most importantly, her friendships?  When Carina’s story ends, we are left wondering what happens to Hudson…the cliffhanger for book three in the series (tentatively due on shelves in May, 2011).

Philbin spent the better part of book one introducing us to the three friends while weaving in Lizzie’s story of self-discovery.  In this book, the second in the series, she maximizes her opportunity to fully develop Carina’s character while giving little glimpses into the characters of Lizzie and Hudson.  I was impressed by the depth of character portrayed, but was left a little flat by the pacing of this book.  I felt that some story lines weren’t developed enough: Specifically, Carina’s relationship with her father, which is quickly and tidily wrapped up in the last bits of the book; and Alex’s family, particularly Marisol, who is miraculously present at the Silver Snowflake Ball after all and is offered a job by Carina.

I like that there are real consequences for poor choices.  I like how friendships are portrayed; that some friendships endure through very hard times, some fade away without any real explanation, and that friends can be found in unexpected places.  All are very real experiences well-woven into this tale.  I like that Carina found her inner-strength and that she discovers she is more like her father than she expected.  I’m glad that the parent-child relationship blossoms in the end, in a relatively believable (if not sudden) resolution.  In some ways, I feel that series does a nice job of bridging readers from children’s literature, in which parental figures play an important role, to young adult literature, where parental figures are often scarce at best and veritable monsters at their worst.

I still like the characters and anxiously await Hudson’s story.  I still think the books are nicely written and target the middle school audience well (this story might appeal more to early high school girls than the previous one).  I hope Philbin continues to follow The Daughters through all of high school.

5P     3Q     Grade Level: 7-10

Cover Art: The art is likely to change but I’ve included the cover of the ARC I received.  Again, it is a catchy image of the besties sitting at a diner counter.  Their photographic image juxtaposed in a line art setting highlights the realness of their friendship and the falseness of the world they live in.  Again, the cover makes this look like the perfect book to curl up with at the beach (or on the couch over winter break).


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mairin
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 18:39:53

    I can’t wait for this one…and Hudson’s too. I love these books but the bad thing about them is having to wait for them to be published. I just loved the first book so much! I hope these ones live up to my expectations!

  2. N Messmore
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 20:24:04

    Thanks, Jourdan. I’m glad I had the ARC for the first book in the series too–it is always checked out of the library! I get my ARCs from direct from the publishers. In this case, I responded to a Facebook post by Little, Brown.

  3. Jourdan
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 18:28:05

    I loved your review and as an aspiring reviewer I would be dying to know how you got this ARC. This book is in such high demand to my students and I would love to give them a preview of what it is going to be like.

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