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The Daughters (Daughters #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,777 Ratings  ·  487 Reviews
In this charming YA series tailored for younger teens, Joanna Philbin explores what it's really like to grow up in the thick of the celebrity world. The novels center around three friends: Lizzie, the daughter of a world famous super model; Carina, whose father is an internationally recognized media magnate; and Hudson, daughter of an a-list pop star. As these three level- ...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties
Here we have all the usual suspects:

1. The ugly-but-not-really-ugly girl who hates the spotlight and suddenly becomes the it-girl who is adored by everyone at her school. ((In this case the school would be the modelling world which is apparently full of "fakes" and all that jazz.

2. The dorky guy best friend from ugly-or-not's who has been gone for a while but has finally returned only hotter, cooler and BRITISH (because British men are a whole new level of hot *eyeroll*).

3. Barely there parents
Jun 28, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the books I like to call I'm-Under-A-Lot-Of-Stress-So-Instead-Of-Doing-Something-Smart-I-Rebound-By-Picking-Up-The-First-Dumb-Shallow-Overly-Hormonal-Book-I-Find-In-The-Teen-Section-For-A-Fluff-Read Generally I don't finish said books, but this time around I did.
The Daughters gets two stars for a fairly good message. Everything else is about as unrealistic as Neverland but we'll overlook that for a moment.
Lizzie Summers is the daughter of the most gorgeous super-model in the
Georgie R
Feb 26, 2012 Georgie R rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen Girls, Gossip Girl lovers
Recommended to Georgie by: Local library
Plot: Move over Gossip Girl, Celebriteens are front page news! As the daughter of a supermodel, Lizzie is used to living in her mother's shadow. But when a photographer spots her unique style and look, Lizzie becomes the new "it" girl of the New York fashion scene Cast into the spotlight, Lizzie isn't sure fame is all it's cracked up to be. Luckily, her best friends are also the daughters of celebrities and know just had to keep her grounded. But can they bring her back to earth before she loses ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: famous
Good story I would have loved it much better if the charachters were more 16-17 years old and not 14 which they completely didn't act like. I mean a 14 year old planning to go on holiday with a bunch of older guys and girls?

Didn't make to very believable not to mention none of them acted their age.

Other than that I enjoyed it but it did play on my mind the whole time of how young they were.

I liked her dad especially in the end it was actually them mom who came across all fake.
I mean her secre
May 09, 2011 Jodi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Something about The Daughters just seemed so cheesy to me. The whole premise of rich girls of famous people living in New York sounded like it could have potential. Then I began to read it. This was like the G-rated version of Gossip Girl to me.

I get that we are supposed to like these characters and sympathize with them and whatnot. However, what Philbin has given us is an unrealistic depiction of teenagers. She wanted her characters to be good girls - which they were - however, their beha
Dec 10, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daughters by Joanna Philbin was a captivating image of "living the high life." I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially considering it is perfect for my age. This book has aspects of friendship, fame, and becoming who you are, which is what most realistic fiction books these days touch upon. This is the perfect book to read on a weekend when you have actually finished all of you're assignments and I felt relaxed while reading it. The Daughters is about a super-model's daughters, Lizzie Sum ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Daughters is the debut novel by Regis Philbin’s daughter, Joanna Philbin. I almost feel bad opening up the review with that statement because the book is so much about separating yourself from your famous parent and creating your own destiny. But in the same way that living in the shadow can cause a child to question where they begin and their parents end, for a writer it can provide great material! That is exactly what Joanna Philbin did with her debut novel. She took her own personal exper ...more
Brinna E.
Jan 22, 2015 Brinna E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/interest level: Middle School
Reading level: 680
Genre: Teen and young adult
Main Characters: Lizzie Summers, Carina Jurgensen, Hudsen Jones
Setting: New York
POV: first person

Lizzie Summer's mom Katia Summer's is a model. Lizzie doesn't even think that she wants to be a model until someone shows her that it's alright to just be yourself. Lizzie starts to like being a model and is getting used to it, but there is other people who want Lizzie because she is famous right now. Lizzie realizes tha
Jun 01, 2011 Alaina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so the book is a boring jumble about a girl who isn't pretty. But she is. But in a different way.
I found the book boring and the ending was anti-climactic. I had no interest in reading the next book so I dropped the terribly boring story with a lame plot.
Just don't read it.
Jan 18, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think i was a bit old for this book? I'm not sure, it was okay but i found myself cringing at some of it
Mar 22, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is everything I wish the A-List/cliquesque books would be. It has that "fun children of the rich and famous" spin that is popular with young adult fiction but with characters act like normal girls with insecurities and crushes not catty uber bitches that make me glad I'm not in middle school anymore.

This book centers on Lizzie Summers, the daughter of famous supermodel Katia (think growing up as Heidi Klum's daughter). Lizzie and her best friends Hudson (daughter of popstar Holla Jones
Mary Kate
Dec 02, 2012 Mary Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Joanna Philbin was able to take me out of my ordinary teenage life and place me into the shoes of a teenage girl stuck behind the light that is her mother’s fame and beauty. She takes you alongside Lizzie Summers, a witty and thoughtful girl who likes to remain on the side lines even though she is the only daughter of Katia Summers the most beautiful supermodel. Lizzie and her two best friends Carina Johnson and Hudson Jones have always been with fame because of their parents’ fam ...more
michelle pham
Jul 20, 2015 michelle pham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He was ten years old and eating a red velvet cupcake the night he fell in love."


I found this book particularly interesting when I realized- halfway through the book- that Joanna Philbin is Regis Philbin's daughter: THE REGIS, FROM REGIS AND KELLY. Usually, the stories of fame and glory and celebrities are fictional and all, but I fe
Sydney Miller
This book is very realistic as far as being a celebrities daughter goes. It kept me wanting to read more and I could relate to some parts of it because it involves teenage girls. The ending I didn't really like but it also made me want to read the next one.
Yolie Gachelin
Jun 13, 2014 Yolie Gachelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My oldest daughter is getting into the reading world of fun! During the end of the school year she picked out the book "The Daughters". She wasn't able to finish the book before the school year finished. So at our public library, she requested the book. And within a day she finished up the book. So, it had me curious, what is my daughter enjoy reading that she read it so quickly. I to, open up the book and just couldn't put it down. It wasn't a book of suspense, but the writer did such a marvelo ...more
Bri Lang
Jan 21, 2015 Bri Lang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You should really read The Daughters book 1. You should read it because there is a lot of excitement and it makes you want to read on and on. For example, There was this part where one of the daughters was invited to go snowboarding in the Alps with a person she like, since her dad had a lot of money, she knew she would go. But then, all of the sudden, her dad cuts her off. She has no IPhone, no credit card, only 20$ a week, and no trip to the Alps. She tries to get her money back but her dad ju ...more
Yana Gaskell
Apr 30, 2015 Yana Gaskell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! It was so good. I loved how it got you guessing what would happened next. If you like realistic fiction this is the way to go.
Lauren Alexander
The Daughters by Joanna Philbin, is a very action filled book. There are three girls, Lizzie,Hudson and Carina. All three girls have very famous parents. Lizzie"s mother Katia Summers is a very famous model. Lizzie feels as if her mother has dragged her in to her career and does not enjoy all the cameras. Lizzie decides that she want to have a career of her own and not be apart of her mothers career. She meets with a photographer to have her pictures taken. She turns out to be a natural. The Dau ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Oda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
predictable, cute, enjoyable.
Would make a nice disney channel movie.
This wasn't a life-changer, but I did enjoy the points of view of the characters, being the children of celebrities. I'm sure that's not an easy way to grow up. Since it was written by Regis Philbin's daughter, I think she's definitely qualified to give these girls a voice. I hated how the story just dropped off at the end because I probably won't read more of the series, but I did like this book. I think it's just the thing I would have enjoyed in 6th grade when I was more into realistic fictio ...more
Fans of "Gosssip Girl" and its ilk will likely enjoy this novel of three best friends, all daughters of rich and famous parents (thus the title). Lizzie's mother is still supermodel-stunning in her late 30s, and Lizzie feels completely invisible beside her. She's uncomfortable attending fashion shows and red-carpet events with her mother. Then a nurturing photographer discovers Lizzie and unveils her "real beauty," and Lizzie begins to feel she might be able to hold her own in the fashion world. ...more
May 28, 2015 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of 3 best friends we have 1 that isn’t so popular or favorited by a lot of people she hates attention and hates the spotlight and suddenly becomes the it-girl who is adored by everyone at her school including the modeling and acting world. Lizzie isn't sure fame is all that great and she’s really unsure about everything. Luckily, her best friends who are also the daughters of celebrities and they know just how to help keep her grounded. The main conflict being that Lizzie becomes absorbed in ...more
Haley Brunkow
"The Daughters" centers around the life of Lizzie Summers and her two best friends. All three have famous parents and must live through the everyday difficulties of always being in the spotlight. In addition to that, Lizzie is still faced with the common challenges of school. Being the daughter of a model is not as fun as it seems. Lizzie is constantly put down for the way she looks compared to her mom. Every weekend she is forced to take pictures and go events with her. Lizzie thought she would ...more
Salve Duplayna
Nov 13, 2014 Salve Duplayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Daughters was a outstanding book that told of a life as a famous daughter of one of the most beautiful supermodels in the world. This story mainly focus on the life of Lizzie Summers, one of the three main daughters in the series. Lizzie's story is about the struggle between her love life, her family, and school. Lizzie expected that she would get used to all the paparazzi and fame she and her best friends Carina Jurgensen and Hudson Jones get for their parents fame and fortune, however, she ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Cloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson are famous. Well, they're famous because their parents are. Lizzie is the daughter of the famous Katia Summers, supermodel. Carina's father is the CEO of his own company. Hudson's mother is a famous singer. Everyone may think that their lives are great, but in fact, it isn't. Lizzie was an awkward teenager, the daughter of the supermodel, until Andrea notices her unique look and asks Lizzie for a trial shoot as a model. At first, Lizzie isn't enthusiastic, until she fi ...more
6Clardy K
Dec 11, 2015 6Clardy K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie Summers, daughter of the famous model Katia Summers, is very insecure and jealous of other people. Because Lizzie's mom is a model, Lizzie is very insecure about herself. Lizzie talks about her insecurities when she mentions her "bright red hair" and "abundance of freckles." (p.10) This shows that Lizzie is insecure about herself because she is always comparing herself to her mother and making herself feel under appreciated. Along with being insecure, Lizzie gets very jealous of others. W ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daughters is a cute story of 3 friends who seem to have everything they need in life. The first book of the series focuses around Lizzie. Lizzie's mother, a famous model, seems to spend more time worrying about her looks than wanting to spend time with her daughter and Lizzie really is not happy with this. Until one day, she is "discovered" and the world wants her as their new "face". Lizzie's mom is not so happy about this because she knows in this world people are very fickle and are only ...more
Helen (The Book Tree)
I have a very nasty habit of buying books from the bargain section of my local bookstore just because they only cost five or so dollars, and some of them sound really interesting. This was again the case with The Daughters by Joanna Philbin, although the bright orange cover underneath the dust jacket also helped with the decision.

The Daughters follows three characters, Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson. All three girls are the daughters of people who are very famous in their society, all for different
Caitlyn Shanes
I originally picked up this book because I figured that it would be an easy read. To be honest, it was. The book was simple in the writing and easy follow. The topic, while used often, was written fairly well and I have to say that, had I been several years younger, I probably would have loved this book. The plot was very common but there were some things in it that made me want to read it. I found the beginning to be a bit slow, but after a while it picked up. I enjoyed the evolution of Lizzie, ...more
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

O que posso dizer sobre este livro? Que além de uma leitura deliciosa, ele é uma graça. Daqueles que você começa a ler sem pretensão e quando vê, já está quase no meio dele e quando observa com mais amor e carinho, percebe que já terminou o livro e fica com aquele gostinho de quero mais.

O livro é infanto-juvenil, um mini Gossip Girl, mas enquanto o das meninas mais velhas há tantos babados e confusões, aqui o foco principal é mostrar crianças que apes
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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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