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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Philbin Narrator: Michal Friedman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Daughters Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607883005
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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-headed girls work to strike a balance between ordinary high school events—like finding dates to the homecoming dance—and glamorous family functions—like walking the red carpet with mom and dad—they discover the pitfalls of fame and the importance of friendship.

In book one, we meet Lizzie—the awkward-looking daughter of Katya, supermodel extraordinaire. Lizzie’s not sure she can ever conquer her fear of cameras, but when she’s approached by a fashion photographer who believes that Lizzie is “the new face of beauty,” our sweet and usually shy heroine is thrust into the media spotlight. Does Lizzie really want to follow in her mother’s footsteps? Or, would she rather be a normal girl worried about homework and the surprise resurfacing of her childhood crush? Being a daughter of a celebrity isn’t always easy … but at least Lizzie has her other “daughters-of” friends, and, ultimately, her mom, to help her through.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading Joanna Philbin’s funny, witty, and poignant debut is like getting an insider’s glimpse into the gilded world of those born to be famous.”

    Alyson Noël, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ever wonder what it’s really like to grow up in Manhattan with a famous mom of dad? Well, Joanna Philbin is going to tell you. Gossip Girl herself would love this new series.”

    Cecily von Ziegesar, New York Times bestselling author

  • “As if navigating their high school hallways weren’t enough, these girls have to do so under the entire world’s watchful eyes!”

    Seventeen

  • “The daughter of talk show host Regis Philbin tackles a topic that’s close to home in her predictably glam (think paparazzi chases, designer apparel, and Fashion Week appearances) but thoroughly enjoyable debut…Despite the potential for a contrived story, Philbin’s portrayal of the girls as down-to-earth overachievers who crave normalcy keeps the book in believable territory. Lizzie’s physical insecurities (given that her gorgeous mother has been called ‘walking proof of God’) and growth make her particularly relatable. Who knew? Stars’ daughters—they’re just like us.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers will be intrigued by the well-drawn characters and their growth over the course of several months. Tweens and young teens will eagerly look forward to the next installment.”

    School Library Journal 

  • “Philbin has an appealing writing style that gets readers into a New York state of mind. Along with the designer names and posh addresses, there’s some introspection, too.”

    Booklist

  • “The three teenagers are "the daughters"—best friends who are always looking out for each other and helping one another maneuver through life as a daughter of super star parents…Lizzie is the main character in this book, and she is quite likeable. She has layers of depth with her love of literature, desire to be a writer, and a general distaste for the world of modeling that her mother exists in. This is a fun read and great beginning to a series that will probably be widely read within its genre.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Joanna Philbin, Regis Philbin’s daughter, knows all about growing up in the spotlight. She tackles that lifestyle in her debut novel about three fourteen-year-old BFFs—Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson—whose parents are all incredibly famous…The real draw to this story is the friendship between the three girls. New York City is the perfect backdrop for these young teens to explore their own lives. These scenes portraying teen drinking and unchaperoned parties are not addressed, giving the impression that this is acceptable behavior…Girls will be drawn to the three friends and look forward to the next volume.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Narrator Michal Friedman’s voice is sweet and high pitched, offering character voices that fit the clichéd conversations of the teens…Preteen girls will enjoy this peek inside the world of the rich and famous.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 1/21/2014

    " This was a great book. Being about the daughters of superstars, there weren't as many scandals as I expected there to be, but it was interesting enough for me to keep turning the pages. All three main characters were immensely likeable, and over, this was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 15smith_caroline | 12/25/2013

    " The book The Daughters By: Joanna Philbin is about three teenage girls who grow up with famous parents. This book is in the perspective of Lizzie Summers the daughter of Katia Summers the famous super model the book takes you through the trouble Lizzie faces with her two best friends Carina and Hudson trying to fit in with the kids at their school because their parents are famous and people judge them because of this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/25/2013

    " If I were a teen I would totally dig this book, but as an adult it was cute enough but did not blow my mind. Like another reviewer said, the characters should have been slightly older (maybe 16 or 17 instead of 14) bc some of the things they said/did were not believable for freshman in high school. But it looks like it is going to be a fun, wholesome-ish series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzypants | 7/3/2013

    " I loved the Great Gatsby references :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 6/29/2013

    " amazing book a bout the stars children life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bork | 6/1/2013

    " My daughter bought and read it first. Then we got the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/4/2013

    " Good. Not memorable but good after something dark and/or heavy. If I had to describe it in a few words they would be: Fluffy, Sweet, ok2good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 3/8/2013

    " I can really realate to this redhaired girl! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farha | 12/18/2012

    " this was so good! read it!! its a must "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Somunachi Okee-Aguguo | 11/12/2012

    " Loved it cnt wait 2 read d 2nd 1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire W | 8/5/2012

    " I've been reading a lot of books so I need to catch up on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailey | 4/18/2012

    " LOVED IT. THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!!! ITS SO GOOD, YOU CANT SAY MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 1/13/2012

    " fun, easy read! I read it in a few hours and would recommend it, especially to female students. not racy at all but not too goody-goody either :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AdeleSecrest704 | 1/9/2012

    " Interesting plot and good characters but it was too girly for five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viawinterpurple | 1/7/2012

    " I love this book so far. Its about a girl whose mom is a model and she has always been dragged into the spotlight with her mom. But now...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Cordill | 12/23/2011

    " A funny and semi-cliche book, but definatly a good read!!! The tenses and POV of the story kind of got me confused, eventhough they never changed, it almost seemed like they did. Other then that an funn read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 10/3/2011

    " This book was good light fluff..but I am not compelled to read the 2nd book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Spaulding | 9/3/2011

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 7/24/2011

    " I loved this story! It was fun to read, the characters were nicely done and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine | 5/28/2011

    " This one like the first one was very good. So, i hope the third and fourth will be good too! :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 5/28/2011

    " 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it. It's just teen drama fluff, but it's fun. Joanna Philbin came into our bookstore and talked about her books. She was very kind and down to earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi-Beth | 4/6/2011

    " Cute book. Definitely reminds me how teenagers always think they know everything and could teach a teenager a thing or two about integrity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucie | 3/4/2011

    " This book was amazing and all of my friends and I passed it around! Yay! I love the whole entire series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 3/2/2011

    " Great sequel about Carina and now I am waiting for the third book about Hudson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 2/27/2011

    " I loved this book! Such a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/26/2011

    " I can't believe the blonde is such a shopaholic!!! Haven't finished it yet.. Stay tuned! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/13/2011

    " GREAT book... it's a cute story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/5/2011

    " Loved it! It's totally about girls in H.S., but it's still really great. Sort of Gossip Girlish without anything naughty!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/4/2011

    " Was kind of fun. Thibk I will read the other ones in this series. Haven't read a teen book in awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/27/2011

    " Cute story. I really liked the ease of reading and the storyline. I look forward to the next book in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Joanna Philbin

Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of television host Regis Philbin and started her first novel at the age of seven, but she only got as far as the second chapter. She went on to receive a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on a Poppy series set in the Hamptons.

About the Narrator

Michal Friedman (1967–2011) was a singer and voice actress. She was the voice of Annalise in Speed Racer, Tildie Soames in Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, and Tune in Winx Club, among others.