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The Daughters Take the Stage (Daughters #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,743 ratings  ·  103 reviews
They didn't ask for fame. They were born with it.

In the second Daughters novel, The Daughters Break the Rules, Carina confronted her complicated relationship with money and her powerful father. Now readers will shift to Hudson's perspective. . .

Daughter of pop star phenom Holla Jones, Hudson Jones is struggling to find her own place in "the family business," aka: show bus...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2011)
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! Finally Hudson comes out of her shell and justs accepts herself for who she is, not who her mom expects her to be. She's so talented and brave and when she's making a point she does it well! I can't wait to read #4!!! Holla to Holla! jkz lol. So many girls can relate to this story, myself included, because our parents or peers or family have this expectation of us and we feel pressured into being who they want us to be or expect us to be. Anything less than perfection will lea...more
The Daughters Take the Stage is the third novel in the series. It is about Hudson Jones, daughter of “the Queen of Pop” Holla Jones. Hudson starts singing and basically becomes a younger version of her mom, but she doesn’t like that at all. Hudson wants to be her own person, and doesn’t want her mom to tell her what to do when she wants. You have to do what Holla wants or says when she says so, and it is like you can’t even think your own thoughts. Because of this, Hudson quits the music busines...more

I'd actually give it a 2.5. Sorry, but is it just me, or is this plotline working less and less with each Daughters book Joanna Philbin writes? The Daughters was great. Lizzie was an interesting, relatable character who you could really sympathize with. I understood why she made all of her decisions, even if they were bad ones. The next book was pretty good, too. Not as good as the first one, but Carina's story was compelling, and her character was also relatable, even if she d...more
Zharit B.

The daughters take the Stage

By Joanna Philbin

Zharit Brand

This is the third book of a The daughter series. This series is really good because it gives an inside scoop of the life of the daughters of famous or really rich persons. This book is narrated in the perspective of Holla Jones famous Pop star daughter called Hudson Jones. She is a very shy scared kid she has many fears , and does not like to say the truth because she doesn’t have an inner be-yatch. My critique of this book would be a...more
Adonia Nicole
I can't be the only person who thinks these books are absolutely ridiculous? All three are exactly the same, unrealistic nonsense and extremely boring. All three books have been about a little rich girl who doesn't see eye to eye with her parents. They do stupid things, figure out their mistakes, realize their parents have loved them all along, the parents realize they have also made mistakes and they all make up. They all have a boy interest, do something to screw it up and then make up. This s...more
The third book in the Daughters series completes the story of our famous trio.

Hudson Jones is the daughter of famous singer Holla Jones, Hudson is an amazing singer and looks forward to the release of her debut album but her mother has ideas about how her sound should be and changes up Hudson's entire album till she can't recognize it. Hudson feels the pressure of having to live up to her superstar mother and Holla is constantly encouraging Hudson to do this and that making Hudson feel inadequat...more
I’m a fan of this series. It’s simple and predictable but it’s also flirty and fun. This is the story of Hudson, the daughter of a famous (but aging) pop star turned domineering stage mother, and her desire to become a star in her own right. Only problem is that she has a debilitating case of stage fright. There is a reason behind that that I will refrain from revealing here but it’s pretty easy to figure out early on. Anyway, the story is about Holla and how she attempts to overcome her stage...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the Daughters series for young adults about three young ladies struggling to find their own identities in the wake of their more famous parents.

My Take
The story overlaps with Daughters Break the Rules as we read Hudson's perspective on that fateful night. It's a mother wanting to relive her own life through her daughter. Although, to be fair, I think that Hudson's mom really does believe that this is what her daughter wants. The fact that she never listens…

Holla Jones is a woman in con...more
Alice Of Wonderland
"The daughter of chart-topping pop star Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own musical debut. Hudson has inherited her mother's talent, but she hasn't yet embraced Holla's love of the megawatt spotlight. Can Hudson find a way to perform that reflects her own low-key style? Or will Holla see to it that her only daughter becomes a pop music sensation?"

Side Note: The cover is amazing. I love the style of it. Markers and then realistic when close to the three gi...more
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Hudson Jones loves music - soulful music that makes you think. She's not interested in the bubble-gum pop music her mother's famous for singing.

She now has the opportunity to become a major musical star. She's recorded her tracks. But when her mom heard them, she changed them. Now, they don't represent Hudson's style, and the songs are so similar to her mom's that Hudson knows they aren't for her.

The first chance she has to perform in front on an a...more
Riya Kumar
Use your passion for what you want to do. This is what Hudson struggles with in The Daughters Take the Stage by Joanna Philbin. Hudson loves music, especially singing and the piano. Her idea of being an aspiring singer is not even close to what her mom, the pop sensation, Holla Jones. Not only does she have to deal with the making of her album, but she also has to deal with how to listen her mom, and to be with herself and the sametime. Hudson goes through a funny and hopeful journey, when deci...more
Reading Vacation
The Daughters series follows the lives of three girls who have mega-popular parents. The first book features Lizzie, whose mother is a super model. The second book features Carina who has a billionaire media-mogul father. Now, The Daughters Take the Stage, features Hudson, who has a pop star mother.

Holla is a pop music sensation. She has many fans and is at the top of her game. Holla’s dream is to have her daughter, Hudson, perform chart-topping pop songs too. The problem is, Hudson has her own...more
The Daughters Take the Stage was a great book. Maybe not quite as outstanding as the others, but still great. Where the first book in the series was written from the perspective of Lizzie, and the second from Carina, the third one, this one, is from Hudson's perspective. Hudson Jones has always had an amazing voice, was born to play piano, and can write her own songs. She'd be a great performer... except for one thing. She has stage fright, probably because she thinks she may never measure up to...more
Margaret G
The novel The Daughters Take the Stage by Joanna Philbin, is a great example of another story of how parents live out their dreams by using their kids. This story is just a little bit different. Not wanting to live out her dream through her child, this mother wants her child to be exactly like her. Hudson Jones, daughter of famous pop star Holla Jones, inherited her mothers amazing voice just not her love for pop music. As Hudson’s first album is about to come out, Holla decides to make a couple...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Now that Jen Calonita has finished her Secrets of My Hollywood Life series, I need a cute, fluffy series to replace it. Joanna Philbin's The Daughters series fits the bill perfectly. Nice characters, strong friendships, some romance, and uplifting messages. Fame, fashion, and wealth. Just what I want in my light, contemporary reading material.

The third Daughters books focuses on the final character in the trio: Hudson. Hudson is the daughter of pop superstar Holla Jones. I'm imagining that she's...more
Natalie H
The Daughters Take the Stage is a wonderful book, and it tells you to always stand up for what you believe in. It is written by Joanna Philbin, and is part of the series the Daughters. The main character is Hudson Jones, the daughter of the most famous singer in the world, Holla Jones. Hudson is also an amazing singer, just like her mom, but in a different way. Holla is more of a pop star, and Hudson has more talent for soulful, jazzy music. Holla wants Hudson to change her music, but Hudson doe...more
Unfortunately, it seems like the quality of the Daughter series is declining. This books was very underwhelming to me. In the first installment, Lizzie struggled with her supermodel mother's popularity and beauty eclipsing her own "unique" looks. In the second, Carina went head to head with her seemingly money obsessed father, who turned out to be quite the opposite once she got to know him. In the Daughter Take the Stage, Hudson wants to grow a backbone and stand up to Holla Jones, an internati...more
From the Daughters series, this book is from Hudson's point of view, whose mom is a famous singer. Hudson is a good singer too, but she is nervous about being on stage and her mom wants her to change her style from her own to her mom's. I would recommend this book if you like the Daughters series
Kelly Hager
This opens right where book two ended, with Hudson running off the stage at her first concert. She's upset because her soon-to-be-released CD is more her mom's creation than her own, and she feels her music career---which hasn't even begun yet, really---spiraling out of her control.

This book is basically about how Hudson gets her life (and her music) back. It's hard to become an adult and be in charge of your life, but it's even harder when your parents (or one parent, in this case) are determi...more
Trying to be true to yourself when your mom is already successful in the same career you are choosing to go into is difficult for anyone, but for Hudson Jones it is even more stressful. Painfully shy and perpetually "nice," Hudson lacks the courage and the inner strength to stand up for her dreams in the face of her mother's super stardom dominance. But through the uncanny help of a less than popular girl who doubles as a life coach, Hudson discovers the strength needed to stand up to her mother...more
Katie Katarkova
I thought that this book was AMAZING! and the author did a wonderful job! The books really helped me think about the problems I have been having and I hope to read more books by Joanna Philbin.
This was a really quick and enjoyable read. I'm just going to list the things I liked about this book:

- Even though Hudson is the daughter of a renowned popstar and Hudson herself is on the verge of superstardom, she seems so normal and a very nice person. She doesn't seem to be a pretentious bone in her body. I also love her relationship with odd girl Hillary. The whole life coach thing was hilarious!

- There seems to be a lot more colorful characters in this book, particularly Hillary. I love...more
I personally think this is a good book,but deep down I know that the only reason Joanna's book was published is because
of her mothers fame so I'm giving it 3 stars.
This book is about a girl who parent is famous. Hudson's mother Holla is a popstar. Holla's dream for Hudson is for her to sing pop songs just like her. Hudson has different idea's for she wants to sing soulful songs. Throughout the book your able to see Hudson grow as a teen. She is able to stand up for herself instead of saying yes all the time. This book shows the importants of friends. Those 3 girls would not survive without each other. It also shows how celebrities are humans too. This book...more
Sandra Strange
Yay! A realistic based narrative that isn't dirty! This one's a bit far out, however: a 14 year old daughter of a singing superstar struggles to find her own identity and preserve her own singing style as her controlling mother tries to bully her into becoming a mini her! She even goes after the young record producer the daughter has a crush on! After struggle and growth, the ending is positive for the girl--with lots of help from loyal friends. The only problem--what's with the title? There's o...more
Lauren Lilienthal
The third book in the Daughter's series is about Hudson. After she runs off stage at the Snowflake ball, she is thinking about quitting music, but then she finds a new band.
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Having not read the two previous novels in the daughters series; I wasn’t particularly sure what to expect but I did go into it without any thoughts of unease. I am not sure if I found it difficult to connect with because I didn’t have a back story of the characters or because it simply wasn’t to my taste. It was bubbly and bright with an undercurrent of serious; it was pieced tog..........................

I liked it...but i didnt really get how after all the pointed actions and words Hudson did, her mom accepted it pretty easily only when she said only a handful of (admittedly choice) words. It was a little unconvincing that her mom accepted it that easily.

I was also kinda confused with the thing between her and Ben. He didnt really stick out as somebody that she would take interest in and they didnt really talk or get to know eachother enough, i thought.
I think this was one of my favorite books in the series. The other two books made Hudson seem quiet and unknown. In this book, we see a sparked revelation of emotions coming from her and her mom. The past two books made Carina and Lizzie seem like the most important people, leaving Hudson to the side. I like how she was featured in this book and Carina and Lizzie were put off to the side a bit.
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Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of television host Regis Philbin. She started her first novel at the age of seven, but only got as far as the second chapter. She went on to receive her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She now lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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