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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
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Published December 20th 2011 by AudioGO (first published 1979)
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Maddie Yes and no. It is for the more mature reader, as it deals with teenage boys taking advantage of teenage girls, sexism, chauvinism, and strong…moreYes and no. It is for the more mature reader, as it deals with teenage boys taking advantage of teenage girls, sexism, chauvinism, and strong language. If the reader is more advanced and definitely knows about this sort of stuff, it is okay for a middle schooler. (less)
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Stephanie
Oct 27, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Joe Valdez
My Lois Duncan jag continues with Daughters of Eve and it's the best from the author I've read so far, a big, unwieldy but enthralling thriller with so much going on between the notes that it even develops a minor key in the paranormal. This one was first published in 1979 and revised by the author in 2011, not so much due to changes in technology or fashion, but in politics, with a high school in a fictional Michigan town curiously frozen in an era before feminism. Dry as a tinder box, this con ...more
Laura
Sep 17, 2007 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  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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Charlotte Stein
Jun 21, 2016 Charlotte Stein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A complete load of old nonsense. That anyone could think this is a feminist novel beggars belief. Nearly every man in it is awful, but the girls and their teacher are villainised for saying so. In fact, the teacher is flagged as a villain from the get go, leaving the reader in little doubt as to the message being drilled home here.

If Irene Stark is the villain, driven "mad" by bitterness and resentment at her position in life, then of course everything she says and recommends must be viewed wit
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Mary
May 01, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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♥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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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
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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Christy
Jan 11, 2010 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
GrayPyre
Jul 31, 2012 GrayPyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this book is about feminism but about extremism. I think it brings up a lot of great points for its time.
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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Kyle
May 20, 2007 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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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Oscar
Jul 15, 2009 Oscar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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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Christa
Oct 28, 2014 Christa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Taylor Evans
When I first chose to read Daughters of Eve I was very excited to read it. I thought that this book would be empowering for women, especially to young girls still in high school. But as a read through the book I was underwhelmed with the blunt stereotypes that degrade the characters. The book came out in 1979 so that could definitely be why the stereotypes are hard to read in 2015. In the book the only thing the parents think their daughters are good for is getting married and having children. A ...more
Roz Curney-Sherod
Mar 10, 2017 Roz Curney-Sherod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to catch my breath after things started speeding up and forgot some of whom the main characters were. From the beginning, "Daughters of Eve" is a thriller/YA/paranormal book geared towards adults. I didn't think I'd like this at first but the book, even though it was written in 1979 then edited in 1990 was very well written. The situations in the plot still unfortunately ring true today and makes you more angry that almost nothing has changed. The story takes place in fictional "Modesta, Mi ...more
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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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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Periodic
Nov 16, 2015 Periodic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book from when I was in high school. It's the story of a school club called the Daughters of Eve. The girls in the club all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, from being the unpopular girl at school to being the most popular. When their group's mentor sees men stepping all over the girls, she convinces them to react.

It's a pretty messed up story and you won't see the ending coming.
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.

June 2016: Updating to say I'm sorry to hear of Duncan's death. Daughters of Eve made a huge impression on me. I think it's often misinterpreted as anti-feminist. But I disagree. Observing these girls as they discover self value was enlightening.
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.
Ingrid
Mar 31, 2008 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Megan
Oct 18, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is my new misanrist bible.
Shana
One of my favorite Lois Duncan books and the subject matter is, sadly, as relevant now as it was in the 70's.
Erin
Jun 07, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah
Sep 14, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book was AWESOME!! and scary. Lois Duncan brings out the monster in everyone. I love her books
Halcyon Daze
This is one of Lois Duncan's more controversial books for a reason.

Plot:
Daughter of Eve is a prestigious, exclusive club in the rather small, conservative town of Modesta. This year, the club received a new adviser/sponsor, art teacher Irene Stark. Irene is smart, friendly, and cares deeply about her students. Said students are growing more and more resentful of the sexism they face from their families and from society, and with Irene's urging, they begin to take vengeance.

Review:
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Rose
Fair warning, this is going to be a long review.

Lois Duncan's book "Daughters of Eve" and I share a rather unique history. It started with five words: "You can't read this book."

True, this book was one of the top 100 books that were challenged or banned, I think, in its respective age group. My mom was the one who ruled on this one initially for me, though - took it back to the public library the day I checked it out. Long story short - she didn't want me to read a book about a man-hating cult
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was 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 grew up in Saraso ...more
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