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Daughters of Eve

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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  2,685 ratings  ·  179 reviews
The girls at Modesta High School feel like they're stuck in some anti-feminist time warp-they're faced with sexism at every turn, and they've had enough. Sponsored by their new art teacher, Ms. Stark, they band together to form the Daughters of Eve. It's more than a school club-it's a secret society, a sisterhood. At first, it seems like they are actually changing the way ...more
ebook, 305 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1979)
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Stephanie
Oct 27, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who prefer shades of gray to black-and-white.
I have to say, I'm pretty shocked by some of the reactions to this book that have been posted here. As a staunch feminist, I have no problem at all with Daughters of Eve. In fact, I'd bet money that Duncan is a self-proclaimed feminist.

I think people are misreading this book as an anti-feminist crusade, when in reality it's a commentary on radicalism gone out of control. Most of the young women portrayed in this book are victims of chauvinism in varying degrees -- Fran is struggling to be taken
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Laura
Sep 17, 2007 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rush Limbaugh, as though he needs it
Shelves: ya-literature
A straight-up anti-feminist screed, and an embarrassment that Lois Duncan should be ashamed of herself for having written. The whole thing was so dreadful and offensive that I stole it from the Englewood Public Library in New Jersey so that no young minds would be tainted by it. (Yes, I know it was wrong. The only excuse I have is that I was in my early 20s at the time.)

The plot, as I remember it, is that a woman teacher, who’s your run-of-the-mill man-hating, ugly, radical feminist lesbian, tak
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C.C.
Oh my god! This book! There are instances when I can't read another word because the situation about on how women are treated are just too much. The men are very offensive and they act like they own the world. Toward the middle when the girls are realizing their worth, I was given some sort of ease. But the story turned again. Ms. Irene Stark their club sponsor is a man-hater-psycho-bitch! And I got the impression that she's trying to turn the girls into man haters too, which is like pretty much ...more
♥Xeni♥
This and A Gift of Magic are my two ultimate favorite Lois Duncan books. Not only is her writing style amazing, but these topics felt real to me when I read them the first time, and I still enjoy them now.

In Daughters of Eve, we have a bit of a popular-girls high school setting, but not in the way you would expect. Irene, a teacher, picks those girls who need friendship most and brings them together to create something good, something feminine and powerful. The only drawback is that Irene has a
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Christy
This could have been a really good book, but the characters were all such stereotypes, it was hard to feel anything for any of them. There was this weird undertone that I couldn't figure out as well. Was the author trying to be pro-strong independent female? If so, she was so heavy handed that it made you almost root against the girls and their journey to independence. It was like she was saying in order to be a strong, independent woman, you have to hate men. That's so far from the truth, in my ...more
Mary
One summer when I was a teenager I read almost every book every written by Lois Duncan. I was really into suspense stories at the time, and I remember just devouring every one of her books I could get my hands on. Out of all the titles I checked out of the library that summer, Daughters of Eve and Stranger With My Face were the two that left a lasting impression on me,so much so that I bought my own copies. They still stay with me almost 10 years later.

Daughters of Eve is a great read- but very
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Kyle
This 1980 book would have really thrilled me in my lesbian separatist days. It is about a feminist club in high school that takes revenge on men when they feel they've been treated unfairly. The author's attitude is unclear. The moral judgements are mostly left up to the reader. First the club members shave the head of a boy who has used one of them for sex and then dumped her. Then they trash the science lab when a boy's project gets picked for the science fair over a better one by a girl. They ...more
Oscar
Probably the worst book I've ever read in my life, and I've read some TERRIBLE books in my lifetime. This book vilifies feminism (I don't know if this was Lois Duncan's intention, seeing as she's a woman and thereby generalizing that she's cool with her sex) and makes most of her female characters such little wimps. The women with true, for lack of a better word, balls are met with such contempt and then punished at the end.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but god damn it, my spider-sense wa
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Nicole Palumbo Davies
This book has not aged well. Daughters of Eve is about an exclusive club of high school girls who find power in their sisterhood, and then use that power for revenge. Each of the 10 girls in the group is dealing with some form of sexism, but it is their teacher, a bitter, wronged woman, who leads them down a dark path.
There is no subtlety to Daughters of Eve. The reader is knocked over the head with the unfairness of being female (at least being female in the 1970's), and many of the male charac
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Mrs.Davies
Daughters of Eve is about an exclusive club of high school girls who find power in their sisterhood, and then use that power for revenge. Each of the 10 girls in the group is dealing with some form of sexism, but it is their teacher, a bitter, wronged woman, who leads them down a dark path.
There is no subtlety to Daughters of Eve. The reader is knocked over the head with the unfairness of being female (at least being female in the 1970's), and many of the male characters are completely evil - on
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Nattie
If you don't mind being disgusted, read this book; it's very good.

The men in Daughters of Eve are horrific, and some of the women are giving them a run for their money. I think there is one decent male character in the entire book.

The story takes place in 1979, but you would think it was 1949. One girl's father still believes that only females should wash dishes, tend to younger siblings, and clean up any mess that a male makes around the house. Ruth is not allowed to do anything outside of scho
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Margaret
The Daughters of Eve are the high school's most exclusive club, led by art teacher Irene Stark, and new members Ruth, Jane, and Laura are thrilled to be asked to join. Slowly, the club is led by Irene to question the gender assumptions which hem them in on all sides, and they eventually take some shocking actions in order to redress the balance.

The characterizations are sharply observed, and the character interactions are equally perceptive and often simply painful to read, as the girls (and th
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Rachel
HAHAHAHA OH MAN. I dug this. Maybe this whole book is about the perils of feminism gone too far (OR IS IT), but I'm going to say IT DIDN'T GO TOO FAR ENOUGH.

I think this, in general, sums up my feelings.
Anastasia
I wasn't too wowed by this book. It wasn't bad by all means, it just...wasn't anything to write home about. It took a long time to get going and, personally, I thought the ending was extremely unsatisfactory - she ended with a list of what happened, I feel like the book - any book - deserves more than that. Also, although this may just be me, I found it difficult to remember which character was which and what their problems were.

Still, I wouldn't advise not reading this book. It is a decent, fa
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My 2015 Reading Challenge- Read a banned book

Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan, a secret society of girls or a social club? There are 10 members of this exclusive club at Modesta High School. When you get a special invitation, it comes in a special envelope. You get excited and feel special. Only the real popular and smart girls at school are part of this club.

So what is this book about and why was it banned from high schools / middle schools. Well this book about a teacher who was teacher these h
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Christa
By about page 75, I was like "Yes, I get it, there is gender inequality. Enough already...what is the plot? Where are we going?" My main problem with this book is that there are just too many characters. I found myself having a hard time keeping some of the girls straight because the author has about ten girls but she takes a long time to come back to each of them. Then there's a bizarre anti-climactic climax with a page and a half denouement at the end. Meh. It's just meh.
Joel  Buck
Reads a bit like a PSA, mostly due to lack of subtlety, but that's more in the first two thirds than in the final act, and even then the it's character's words that are heavy handed more often than the actual events. By the end the author manages to walk a fine gray line between black and white, to paraphrase her own statement, and she does so quite well. For all its extreme situations, and its brevity, at the core of this book is the idea that there's much more to the conversation about women's ...more
Andrea
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. It was certainly an easy, fast read, but the ending ruined it for me. When I saw the suspense building and realized there were only a few pages left, I knew that I wouldn't get the resolution I hoped for. We're only told what the girls are doing three years later, not how the events in the story played out at that time. The story is of the Modesta High School chapter of a group called Daughters of Eve. They're basically a sorority that meets once a ...more
Kerissa Ward
Mar 02, 2015 Kerissa Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women young and old
Recommended to Kerissa by: Jezebel
Shelves: feminist, young-adult
A high school art teacher turns the members of a high school sorority into militant feminists. What more do you need to know?!

Originally written in the late 1970s, Daughters of Eve is a rare example of YA literature that is still topical 30+ years later. It deals with the stress multiple young women experience as they become of aware of the expectations placed on them by family and society. In the course of a few months they rebel against the sexism, chauvinism, and gender norms pervading there
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Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
Good lord. What the fuck did I just read? This is one of those times that I felt a little part of my soul has died after finishing this. What an agenda! What an agenda! This is one of the worst anti-feminist PoS that I've ever read.

There is no cult in this book (which seems to be what most people try to point out as a reason why you shouldn't take this book as anti-feminist.) According to the book, it's a national club for women so that whole BS can be chucked out the window.

Basically, every mal
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Lee Ann
Now I'm creeped out and need to read something light-hearted and fluffy. I thought I read this book in high school and picked it up again because I wanted to read a book that has been on banned book lists. Now I'm not so sure I read Daughter's of Eve in my younger days.

Reading this book in 2014 was an interesting experience. It definitely feels outdated, but at the same time relevant. The book is well written, and I would have given it a higher rating if I actually like it. Unfortunately, Lois D
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Gayle Francis Moffet
I don't know that I love it, but I definitely like and appreciate it. This book was first published in 1979, and it's steeped in second wave feminism of the "men are evil" variety, but it's also a YA book about a small, secret club from the end of the seventies, so the whole thing goes cultish and over-the-top by the end. I love a good over-the-top book, and this definitely qualifies. It also gets points for being a book where, at the end, all the young women who have bought into this idea of me ...more
ambrose austin
my girlfriend and i talked about this a bit and we couldn't decide if this was pro or anti-feminist. at first it seems decidedly feminist. but then the main feminist turns creepsville and then there's some violence because of the feminism. as for the book itself - eh.
Ingrid
I read a lot of Lois Duncan as a kid and when I saw this at a yard sale, I snatched it up. A great read about a girls' club lead by a man-hating teacher. The characters' are nuanced and sympathetic and I love love love the ending.
Erin
I just re-read this. It was one of my favorite teen books...it shows just how easily people can be twisted by left-wing radicalism and how one-sided and scary those view points can be.
Kate
This book is not anti-feminism, but it is anti-extremism. As proven often in history, a just cause can easily turn horrific if people are willing to commit violent or dehumanizing acts in the name of it. Lois Duncan's choosing a good cause at the root of the extremism made the message even more effective. It gave a more self-aware portrayal of how easily someone can fall into zealotry if she lets her anger override her good judgment.

It starts when three girls are invited to join the Daughters o
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Jessica
this novel is The Stepford Wives, The Midwich Cuckoos, Clueless, and Mean Girls all wrapped up in one. It's just so over the top and fabulous. It's gross, yet hysterical. I can understand why feminists think it's anti-feminist, and anti-feminists think it's too feminist. highly enjoyable.

And Yes, Lois Duncan is the same Lois Duncan who wrote I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel for Dogs. This book is just ripe with satire of MRAs and Feminists. It's almost like a less pervy Russ Meyers film
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Mell
Great book. Loved this one, too. Would love to own the versions of Duncan's book I had as a teen. I think they fell apart from reading so often.
Metricula
Four stars for my enjoyment and not so much for merit. This book is baffling and amazing, full of bizarre student-teacher relationships and awkwardly updated to "contemporary" times from the 1970s. I think the confusion and relationships of the teen protagonists rings incredibly true, but the plot strung together at best. The twisted and sometimes militant representation of "radical feminism" is the stuff of Rush Limbaugh's nightmares and not really advisable in the playbook--unless you're out f ...more
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but gr ...more
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