Not My Daughter

Not My Daughter

Large Print - 2009
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A pregnancy pact between three teenaged girls puts their mothers' love to the ultimate test in this explosive new novel from Barbara Delinsky, "a first-rate storyteller who creates characters as familiar as your neighbors." ("Boston Globe")

When Susan Tate's seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily's best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter's pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?

"From the Hardcover edition."

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780739328026
Characteristics: 484 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 28, 2017

I put off reading this one because I thought it would be more about the teens - and who wants to re-live those years of angst? But it is more about the mothers and how their relationships with each other and their daughters are affected, and what they all learn about themselves. The fact that these girls were top of their class and popular made the idea that they'd make this pact is improbable at first, although, eventually the original reason for the pact becomes evident. It did keep me reading, as I enjoy stories that delve deeply into relationships and how events affect them.

Oct 03, 2011

I really enjoyed this book! I had a hard time putting it down. I wished that they could have focused more on the daughter and her journey through the pact and pregnancy, rather than the book mostly being about how it affected Susan's work life and job. Overall, awesome book, happy ending for all.

jessica_wirth Aug 09, 2011

As a mom this was definitely an enjoyable and thoughtful read. Not something I would typically pick up, as it was chosen through my book club, I was surprised at how much I liked it. I thought the characters were easy to relate to and thought the range of reactions were pretty representative of how something like this might be reacted to in a real life situation. I would definitely reccommend this book. I would even consider reading it WITH my daughter when she is of age, its a good conversation starter/learning opportunity. Lots of ways to take this work of fiction and apply it to real life.

debwalker Jun 19, 2011

When three high school girls make a pact to get pregnant, their Maine town is shaken to its core.

Mar 31, 2011

Fascinating read. I would've liked to understand the girls motivation a little more, but the adult characters were well-developed and intriguing. I had a hard time putting it down.

Aug 30, 2010

Good plot, but it could have included more from the girls' perspectives. Also, included way too many details that basically got at the same thing over and over. Could've been much shorter. Liked the happy ending. It's a book after all, not real life. It's allowed to be happy.

shirleygolden Aug 01, 2010

Enjoyed immensely. I always have a hard time putting down her books

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