Sunday, January 31, 2010

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

Author Barbara Delinsky has a talent for choosing thought-provoking situations chock-full of real life drama to spin her stories around, and "Not My Daughter" is no exception.

Dedicated high school principal Susan Tate is a sterling example of what, with will and determination, a hardworking single mother can accomplish, that life doesn't always have to spiral down for a teenage mom. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, is her pride and joy, a model student, pretty, smart, and full of promise, and the two share a wonderful, close relationship...until Lily joyfully announces that she is pregnant.

But this is no typical teenage pregnancy, it is not an accident resulting from negligence, a broken condom, a forgotten pill, or a failure to take preventative measures, it was planned as part of a pregnancy pact between Lily and her closest friends, all of whom have decided they want to be mothers before their lives are cluttered up with college, careers, husbands, and other concerns, blithely overlooking all the difficulties and problems that assail teenage mothers.

As the pact becomes public knowledge Susan, as the high school principal ,finds herself at the center of a maelstrom of controversy as her own past is dredged up and, despite all her hardwork to prevent her own daughter and other young girls from going through what she did, her job is soon at risk, and even her own fitness as a mother is called into question.

"Not My Daughter" is a gripping and provocative story about choices and their consequences, the blame game, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters. I think this book would make an excellent choice for discussion groups and also for mothers and daughters .

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