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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Lizzypants | 7/3/2013

    " I loved the Great Gatsby references :D "

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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.