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Sworn to secrecy. Bound by loyalty.It's the high school's most exclusive club--but now a twisted mind is leading it. Who will be the first victim?
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Turtleback Books (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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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
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
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...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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Charlotte
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.
Sarah
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:
Where do I begi...more
Criss
I was a little wary about this one (audiobook from the library) because the blurb mentioned feminism gone bad. There's some great stuff in the book; one honest and objective discussion about pregnancy and abortion (not the one Irene has with the girl -- Irene is pushing the girl to make one choice, which is, erm... NOT a "pro-choice" attitude), and some good conversations about sexism and the reality of gender roles and gender norms.

Sadly, the lead "feminist" starts to go off the deep end, and w...more
H.Lee
I can honestly say that I think this has been my favorite audiobook that I have listened to so far. The narrator's voice was awesome. I was able to distinguish between all of the characters that were speaking. She really was able to get her voice to sound just like the guys. I was in awe and mesmerized. I wanted to do nothing but listen to this book from beginning to end.

The book starts off introducing each character and it does not take the listener long to realize all of their different situat...more
Katie Kenig
This was an odd little book. I picked it up to read because of all the controversy between antifeminists crying that this shows what happens when feminism goes bad and feminists yelling that it is antifeminists tripe and will damage the feminist movement. Frankly I thought it was neither.

I'm not even that sure this book is all that relevant any more. At least not so much so for people to kick up such a fuss. Daughters of Eve was originally written in 1979 and it shows. While the book,has been up...more
Julia
This book has not held up well over time. Too much has changed in society for this to feel anything but very heavy handed. The overly feminist tones, the "letting" women have careers, the mothers pushing their daughters to JUST get married and have babies, the men saying "I couldn't have a wife who made more money than me--besides, you'd have to stop working once you had kids..." It made it difficult to read at many points, especially the one daughter whose parents full support the two older bro...more
shannon
I read this book when I was younger -- a lot younger, maybe ten years old or something? Anyway I am on a kick of re-reading books I remember from my youth, and so I decided to re-read this one. And I'm left really confused after this re-read (i know i gave it four stars but i admit some of that is the Nostalgia Factor) because i have no idea what i'm supposed to take from this story. apparently every single man in the town of Modesta is HORRIBLE and a chauvinist, and women who attempt to "fight...more
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...more
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...more
Orchid
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Heidi
The lives of ten girls and one renegade teacher come together as they join the exclusive and secretive school service club, “Daughter of Eve.” In their small town in Michigan, the girls come from different family situations, and different teen struggles. But each girl encounters friends and family members with varying degrees of sexism, from verbal abuse to extreme physical abuse. The school leadership, too, seems to carry some outdated behaviors and attitudes about, particularly in their attitu...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...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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