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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the mo ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hannah Webber cherishes her only son. She becomes consumed with making sure Sam gets everything he needs, even if it means harming her marriage in the process.

Sam is accepted to a high ranked boarding school, Dunning, and Hannah feels all her hard work and sacrifice has been worth it.

Sam loves the freedom of boarding school and spreads his wings out from under his mother’s watchful eye. In doing so, he finds out about something sinister at the school involving sexual misconduct, and he doesn’t
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg has written a compulsive and raw story about The darker side of parenthood. Parenting is the best, most rewarding, toughest, and least appreciated job you will ever have. This book really zooms in on the mother son bond as well as the fallout of helicopter parenting. As a mother of two boys and a girl, I do admit there is a different bond that you share with your boys then you do with your girls. I am not going to say it’s better or worse it’s just kind of different, ...more
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Aug 03, 2019 added it
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Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Webber is a helicopter mother that goes over the top wanting the best of everything for her son Sam. It causes great conflict between her and her husband.When Sam gets accepted to an elite New England boarding school, Hannah couldn't be more happy. Sam is happy to be out from under his mother's wing but finds it very difficult to fit in. That is until he gets invited in with a group of boys. When Sam discover the dark happenings and evidence of sexual misconduct he sets out to expose all ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
As a mom of a 10 and 7 year old, I could deeply relate to this story of the nurturing relationship it takes to be a parent in today’s world. While I don’t think of myself as a “hover mom” like main character Hannah, I can see why she felt the need to be involved so deeply with her fourteen year old son’s private school life. With topics of bullying, sex, drugs, and the peer pressures of today’s teens.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars!

*Thank you to SuzyApprovedBookTours for this gifted copy in
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
There is A LOT of pressure that teenagers face these days.
And having a helicopter mom like Hannah Webber...? Not exactly helping the situation!

Hannah hovers. Like, a lot. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure Sam is at the top of everyone's list, and has every opportunity he deserves - including getting into the prestigious Dunning School. Even if she has to sacrifice her own life and possibly even her marriage.

And when her only child is accepted to th
Laura • lauralovestoread
“𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚗𝚎,” 𝙼𝚊𝚡 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍. 𝙰𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗. “𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚎. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠, 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 , 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕.” —𝙹𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚎 𝙼𝚌𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖𝚜 𝙱𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚐, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚗𝚎

As a mom of a 10 and 7 year old, I could deeply relate to this story of the nurturing relationship it takes to be a parent in today’s world. While I don’t think of myself as a “hover mom” like main character Hannah, I can see why she felt the need to be involved so deeply with her fourteen year old son’s priv
Linda Zagon
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
inda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Nine" by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, She Writes Press, August 20, 2019 part of Suzy Approved Book Tours

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Author of "The Nine" has written an intense, captivating, intriguing, thought-provoking, and emotional novel.  The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction, with Suspense. The timeline for this story takes place mostly in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in
The Nerd Daily
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

Sometimes the universe puts the book into your hand that you are supposed to read. The Nine is probably not a book I would have picked up to read, but with its themes of parenting, letting go, letting a child turn into an adult, and then begin a life of their own, as well as the ever-changing status of all of our relationships if we don’t nurture them appropriately, this started to hit very close to home. As a parent of a seni
Susan Peterson
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nine is a compelling, thought-provoking and timely story that revolves around Sam, a high schooler at an elite boarding school, and his mother, Hannah, whose ambitions for her son consume her. Sam has a hard time fitting in with his classmates, until he is invited to join a secret, power-wielding group of boys at his school. Hannah is a helicopter parent, anxious for her son to excel, fulfilling her dream for him to attend an Ivy League School. When Sam uncovers evidence of illicit activity ...more
Every good mother wants to love and protect her children, but how far is too far to go when it comes to looking after them? Hannah Weber is teetering on that thin line already when she helps her son get into the area’s most prestigious boarding school, but when Sam gets into trouble away from home, she stretches her remote meddling skills to a whole new level. If she doesn’t find a way to make everything right for her baby, her Ivy League dreams may be dashed before applications are even submitt ...more
Aug 21, 2019 added it
It’s a fabulous coming of age novel with a touch of suspense. The story centers around helicopter Mom, Hannah sending her son, Sam to an elite boarding school. When Sam witness an illicit act he has to decide if he will follow the pack or stand up for what’s right. I had so much fun with this book. I wanted to know what Sam would do and how Hannah would handle it. I flew through this book in one sitting.

I don’t have kids so I am not sure how I would be. Not sure if I would be a heli
Cortney Walton
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a book! This book felt so realistic in this time and age which scares me when my own son goes to school.

This book tells the story of an overbearing mother, Hannah, and her super smart son. Sam.

Sam is accepted into a prestigious private high school where everything isn’t what it seems. Eventually Sam will end up getting g framed for something he had no part in.

Overall, this book was very good. The relationship between Hannah and Sam was very heartfelt. You could feel Hannah’s p
Huge thank you to the author and SheWritesPress for sending me an advanced readers copy of The Nine and it's matching tote to go with it #backtoschool19 - I haven't stopped using it since and read this book in two days.

With that said, not only was I hooked by the story-line but also because it is New England based like myself. This book had you constantly on the edge of your seat and made me fly through each chapter to find out more about Dunning and what has just been discovered...<
Rachel Turner
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found The Nine to be fascinating. I was able to relate to Sam, as my mother was also a bit overbearing when I was growing up. I loved how each character’s voice was so distinct and well-fleshed out, and I felt invested in all of their outcomes. Secret societies, corruption, and privilege make for an engrossing, fast-paced read, and I definitely recommend this one!
abdulia ortiz-perez
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this for honest Review.
This is the first time reading anything from this author. I'm so grateful that I got the opportunity to review her book cuz its so good. I'm giving this a big big super 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book talk about the struggle of being a parent and how to handle your kid when they need you the most. Even though it fiction it talk about drugs, abuse, sexual abuse, bully, school, and being parent.
This was a eye opening cuz nomatter what school you put your child
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
3.5 stars

The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg tells the story of prestigious East Coast boarding school Dunning Academy. Hannah Webber is a helicopter mom to the extreme and she frets and worries all four years her only son Sam is enrolled at Dunning. Rightfully so, as Sam ends up involved in all kinds of sinister and shady business at that school. With everything we hear about in the news these days, it makes you think a story like this probably isn’t that much of a stretch.

As I read this b
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
Wow! The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg really pulled at my heartstrings. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the mother, Hannah. While her marriage is crumbling, she enrolls her son, Sam into a well respected boarding school. The series of events that follow are unthinkable and a parent’s worst nightmare! Sam is unknowingly caught in a web of scandal and deceit with a prestigious and secret group of students at the school. Hannah desperately tries to help her son in every way possible. The b ...more
Donna Hines
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hannah has always wanted to be a mother. She never expected what would come next!
It's every parents dream to afford an affluent education for their child and Sam was no exception when she sent him to the prestigious New England Boarding School.
Under the guidance of the headmaster everything seemed to be running smoothly at Dunning until it wasn't & all hell broke loose.
Sexual misconduct has come to light and has exposed a secret undertaking worthy of a King.
Now it's a
Belle Brett
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Nine is a compelling modern-day tale inspired by the biblical story of Hannah and her son Samuel. In The Nine, Hannah wants nothing but the best for her only child, Sam. Prestigious Dunning Academy will open doors to an Ivy League college and more. However, sending Sam away to boarding school at age fourteen is difficult for Hannah, who wants to be privy to every aspect of his life. What Hannah doesn’t know is that Sam has been invited to join a long-standing secret society, the Nine, which ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nine is an original story with unpredictable events for the most part. Helicopter Mom, Hannah Webber is a bit aggravating throughout this novel. She wants a child badly, but she is quick to send him off to a private boys school that isn't really within the family budget. Hannah's son, Sam, is a bright and shining light, with a great future ahead, but he finds himself in a very serious situation that threatens his future at the prestigious school he attends. The author weaves a tale of danger ...more
Ashley (b00ksinparadise)
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg was a believable, and fantastic novel examining life at elite boarding schools, and what can happen there. I am giving it 4/5 stars, and if you love novels about secret and underground societies or novels about boarding schools, this is one that you need to add to your TBR! Blasberg covers a great variety of themes and writes a killer ending, but she also does a great job of creating characters with realistic relationships.

The Nine was the perfect book to
Cindy Roesel
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg's follow-up to her hugely popular novel, EDEN, comes THE NINE. Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son.
THE NINE is a timely novel about a helicopter parent and all the craziness that brings with it. Blasberg portrays a mother completely immersed in her child's life while trying to come to terms with her own inadequacies.
I look forward to what she writes next.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I cannot explain why I didn't like this book. I just...didn't.
Barbara Stark-Nemon
The Nine<\I>, Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg’s eagerly awaited second novel, delivers a tightly plotted tale that taps the vein of secret terror every first-time parent harbors when sending a child on their own into the world. With devastating precision, Blasberg mines the insecurity, the denial, the projected hope and ambition of a mother singularly devoted to her only child played against revelations of dark doings at an elite prep school. Hannah, the mother, has neglected cultivating her ow ...more
Danielle Rylance
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Sam’s mom, Hannah, had a dream for her son to attend an Private high school (ivy league, elite). Her husband, Edward, didn’t really understand her obsession with her dream, but worked hard to pay the expensive tuition for his son. While at Dunham Sam joins a secret society “the nine”. He goes through a serious of hazing, discovers underground tunnels, learns that his friend Justin gets off the hook because he has family members that went there before him. Sam discovers hidden cameras in the show ...more
Nicole Harbour Lau
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a mother for nearly six years, and everything about it - the extreme love I have for two little boys who simultaneously make my life so much richer and worthwhile, yet also have the capacity to push me to my absolute limits; the way it feels to have two pieces of your heart walking around outside your body; how the days seem to stretch on forever but the years seem to fly by - still has the ability to shock and amaze me.

Just last week, I hugged and kissed my five-year-old goodbye and
Jewel Hart
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel takes the reader into the world of elite boarding schools, whilst also juxtaposing a mother and son relationship when the close bond is severed.

Hannah Webber had to learn patience when waiting for her first-born, and from her perceived duty as a responsible parent she orchestrates his every move and makes every decision for him during his growth to early teens. Convinced that attendance at the revered Dunning Academy is the best school for him both academically and sociall
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Hannah Webber wasn’t sure that she would be able to have children, but she’s finally able to conceive Sam. Hannah put her heart and soul into raising Sam at the cost of both her marriage to Edward and her own self interests. When the time for Sam to go to high school came, Hannah decided that Sam should only go to an elite prep school, so that Sam would have his pick of the top colleges. Hannah was thrilled when Sam was accepted to Dunning Academy, one of the most exclusive and prestigious prep ...more
Suzy Michael
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given this book by the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

The Nine is an emotional and tense suspense novel about the pressures that parents put on their children, bullying, finding yourself, and standing up for what is right.
14 year old Sam is thankful to be at Dunning, a prestigious private boarding school in New England. For the first time he is out of his mother, Hannah's watchful eye. She is a helicopter mom to the extreme and puts a lot of pressure o
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Jeanne Blasberg is the author of EDEN: A Novel. The winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction, and finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, and Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. EDEN was released in May 2017 by She Writes Press. Jeanne's second novel, The Nine, will be released by She Writes Press in August 2019.

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