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Saving Phoebe Murrow

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight) will make you question what's needed to keep your children from harm.

Phoebe's mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing he
Paperback, 425 pages
Published September 2nd 2016 by Upper Hand Press LLC (first published May 5th 2016)
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Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous author from twenty 7 books. Herta Feely needs an award world-wide for Saving Phoebe Murrow. I was glued to every page. I was drawn in by all the characters. I was amazed how each character had their own story line. phoebe Murrow told her mum that she was planning to go to secondhand shops with her friends. But there's no point lying to your mother as they will find out the truth anyway, mothers always do. A group of kids got caught smoking Marijuana, phoebes parents wanted to k ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I was really excited about reading this book, the entire plot concept really appealed to me. It tackles the modern day damage and danger that eventuates out of cyberbullying and how it can impact on individuals and the family.

I felt the book kicked off with a reasonable pace and it was immediately obvious to me that it was a very character-driven book. Isobel Murrow is a busy lawyer and is incredibly protective of her teenage daughter Phoebe, she comes across as somewhat of a Lioness and at tim

First off I would like to say about the book cover. I did wonder how that might tie in with the story as it seemed an unusual cover although attractive, who could not like a butterfly.

I see now at the ending why the butterfly was there. Once you read or, or if you have already read it, think in terms of 'holding a butterfly too tight' you may crush it, also, if you let a butterfly go, it may come back to you. Do not kill its spirit of freedom. Balance between caring about it and letting it fly i
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herta Feely's debut novel brings her readers a contemporary story about cyber bullying I think this is a book that should be read by teenagers and their parents and discussed as a family. It's a real problem in today's social media controlled world and one that needs to come to an end.

Isabel is a modern mother - trying to balance her jobs as a lawyer, the mother to a 14 year old and a 10 year old, and a wife along with being on various committees at her daughter's school. She tries very hard to
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saving Phoebe Murrow is a book that took me back a few years to being a teenager at school surrounded by bitchy, cruel girls who were always ready to knock you down with their comments. Every school and year group has bullies but this book in particular is about the desperately sad cyber-bullying of fourteen year old Phoebe. It’s a brave story, shocking in its honesty and naturally at times quite an uncomfortable book to read. The author’s writing is very engaging and this book has been niggling ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2-2.5 stars at best for Saving Phoebe Murrow. I am clearly in the minority on this book, as it has many glowing reviews. However, I just couldn't get into this book. I don't know if it was the topic (cyber bullying) or the fact that all of the adults were just down right despicable, but this one did not do it for me.

I usually love domestic dramas but more often than not, I found myself annoyed and more than once considered not
Camille Vargas
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Have you ever tried to be the perfect mother?" This book is loosely-based from the true story of 13yo Megan Meier whose life ended prematurely to suicide due to online harassment and bullying.
In this world of online-everything and young people very keen in dealing with their life's dramatics behind their laptops and mobile phones, Herta Feely re-emphasizes the impact of this on one's social, mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.

Other important things are discussed in here too.
Emily Williamson
If you like domestic dramas, you’ll love this. But you don’t have to be a mother or a woman to appreciate it. It’s a great, fast-paced read, and you’ll find yourself dying to know what happens to this young girl, Phoebe, and to the awful Sandy—a deliciously sinister character. Don’t be surprised, either, if you find that the characters make you shift your loyalties to and away from them at every turn.
Susanne  Strong
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First, thank you to Herta Feely, Upper Hand Press and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars.

Saving Phoebe Murrow is a book about cyber bullying and the effect it has on a young teenager, Phoebe Murrow, (who is bullied) her mother Isabel, her friends and their community.

Saving Phoebe Murrow is a thought provoking and compelling novel witten by Herta Feely - one which stays with you long after you've read it. It kept me up late because I simply had to finish reading it.
Bonnye Reed
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GABN Saving Phoebe Murrow is an interesting look into the world inhabited by the children of the 21st century. They face a much different playing field than we every dreamed of, back in our day.

I liked the politics that play under the main focus of our story, and the playground of the D. C. area where the action takes place. Cyber bullying plays a very strong roll, and is handled well as is self-harm and the whole aspect of of life in the 21st century. This was at times difficult to read, but i
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Saving Phoebe Murrow was a good page turner about social media and the devastating effects it can have on teens.

Parts of it were a bit far-fetched but I thought the storyline regarding Phoebe and her peers was, in fact, very believable.

I am glad that I grew up at a time when you could talk with one friend at a time on the phone, and otherwise the problems you had at school stayed at school until the following day.

I believe that the mob mentality that can happen on social media is a very real
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Herta B. Feely and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Saving Phoebe Murrow a novel by Herta B. Feely is a incredibly intense book that must be read by any parent or guardian that has a loved one in middle school or high school! This is a story that will really make you sit and think what is your child really doing on social media? What is really going on with them that they are not telling you? This is a chilling book of today's reali
Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars

Think 13 Reasons Why meets Revenge

A good read, with a snappy pace and interesting (some despicable) characters.
Liza Jane
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley and Upper Hand Press in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the synopsis of this story I was immediately interested. Being a new mother, I am worried about bullying. Not that she’ll be bullied now but in the future. As her mother I will always want to protect her, but would I go so far as to sabotage and torture another child to ensure my daughter is happy and popular?

Saving Phoebe Murrow, by Herta Feely, is a book that every human being should read. Thi
Sarah Joint
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very interested to read a story about cyber bullying, as it's something I've read about a lot in the media and can have devastating consequences. Ah, the awful teenage years. I did have a really hard time liking mother Isabel, who is pretty abrasive and controlling (not only to her young children) and judgemental, whether it's about someone's employment or how they look. Even towards teenagers, which is pretty bad. However, I do think that is kind of realistic for very strict parents. Oh, ...more
Kara Lauren
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review was first posted here:

First of all, seeing as September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, this book's release date is entirely on point. Everyone knows that bullying leads to many suicides unfortunately.

I was very excited to read Saving Phoebe Murrow, and I have been reading a lot of different books on bullying this month. The cover is beautiful with the butterfly and the rain hitting the window with the colors dripping down. I don't
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saving Phoebe Murrow is such a timely novel about the dark side of social media and how it can be used to bully others, often making their lives unbearable. Having been a target of mean girls long ago in my school years (the 70s), I know what Phoebe went through all too well, but thank goodness social media didn't exist then! I don't know how I'd have dealt with bullying on Facebook or other sites on top of the time spent in school.

This is a well written, fast paced book that held my interest fr
Kathleen Pasley
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling and engrossing novel that deals with contemporary topics as well as age-old issues of betrayal, jealousy, love, hate, and revenge. While most of the characters are not particularly likeable, they are well-drawn, complex and intriguing, with each having a very distinctive voice and point of view. There are twists and turns to the plot that keep the pages turning and the expectations of future surprises high. Once I started the book, I was drawn into the challenges facing Phoe ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My occasional run-ins with bullies in middle school and high school were bad enough. I couldn't imagine how social media could make a bad situation worse. "Saving Phoebe Murrow" explores the consequences of cyber-bullying in stark detail and wrenching, yet lovely, prose. I sympathized with Phoebe not only because I could relate to her but also because of her genuine voice. I'm not a mother, but this book really put me in a mother's shoes and made me think about what I would do in Isabel's positi ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Full review on my blog: ...more
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
Saving Phoebe Murrow is a harrowing tale of what one mom went through, a daughter who had nowhere else to turn and an unexpected bully hiding in the shadows. The story is all too real and makes you want to hold your children closer.

When I first started this book I was so excited. I love books filled with drama, angst, and suspense. I got those things but in a long drawn out way.

I loved the parts where we were in Phoebe’s mind and even her moms and dads. I loved the POV of the bully too. Phoebe
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an ebook copy for review. As always, an honest review from me.

Trigger warning: many fairly graphic mentions of self harm and suicide. Please do not read this book if you’re not in a mentally healthy place, especially if you’re sensitive to these topics in particular.

That being said I enjoyed the whirlwind of drama and incredibly serious topics. It reminds me of a mix between a Lifetime movie and episode of Law and Order SVU. Kind of a perfect
Savanah Rae
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Susanne Mills
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a stark reminder of how dangerous social media can be, how destructive jealousy and lying can be, and how our young people are not always mature enough to understand the consequences.
Having a child who has suffered from mental health issues this reminded me that I can need to be aware of all the people on her life, all the people online and how as parents it’s our job to make sure we can have conversations with our children.

Very well written, I enjoyed reading this book :)
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemingly tranquil lives feel the catastrophic shockwaves of cyber-bullying in Saving Phoebe Murrow. As this deplorable action chips away at the protective veneer of their material things and apparent success, I found myself asking if the repercussions would be the catalyst to modify their superficial behaviour.

Unfortunately, the questionable conduct of others has devastating consequences for almost 14 year old Phoebe Murrow. Her story shows the dark side of social media and how the internet can
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I flew through this book. It's a timely page-turner that will have you deeply involved with the characters--sometimes arguing with them, sometimes worrying for them, sometimes wanting to shake them into better choices. It's a very realistic portrayal of troubled adolescence and damaged adults. The writing is crisp, authentic, and fast-paced.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted @

WOW, what a mind blowing book. This is a must read for parents in this era where computers consume our lives. I loved the author's descriptive writing and all the incredible twists and turns you never see coming. It is an astonishing realistic portrayal of CRAZY parents and how detrimental cyber bullying is to a teenager. When I was young we did not have the internet so all bullying basically happened at school. Therefore, the bullying
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Saving Phoebe Murrow is a story of two very different women, with two very different parenting styles and how their choices impact their daughters and the rest of the their friends and family. It is a story about bullying, and the consequences of your actions, and it is a story that should be read and discussed all across the country. The effects of bullying are witnessed everyday, as the internet makes it too easy to be cruel without even considering the consequences or the impact your words an ...more
Long Island Dreams Book Reviews
Saving Phoebe Murrow
BY: Herta Feely
Reviewed By: Long Island Dreams Book Reviews
Stars 4 out of 5

This cutting edge novel delivers an insightful view of a serious epidemic that plagues our youth on a daily basis.
Phoebe Murrow is a thirteen years old girl who is already dealing with an overbearing mother, so when she is bullied at school her world turns upside down.
Feeling unloved and unwanted by her family and friends, Phoebe turns to a “boy” she met on Facebook for comfort.
Phoebe believes she is
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Upper Hand Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Saving Phoebe Murrow, in exchange for an honest review.

I had a hard time keeping my attention focused squarely on this book, especially as the plot slowed down in the middle. Cyberbullying and social media shaming is all too prevalent in today's society, as the main character in Saving Phoebe Murrow finds out first hand. I had two central issues with this book that prevented me from forming a connection with either Phoebe or h
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Herta Feely (also published as Herta B. Feely) is a writer and full-time editor. Her short stories and memoir have been published in anthologies and literary journals, including The Sun, Lullwater Review, The Griffin, Provincetown Arts, and Big Muddy. In the wake of the James Frey scandal, Feely edited and published the anthology, Confessions: Fact or Fiction? She was awarded the James Jones First ...more

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