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Daughters of Eve Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1990

3.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprinted edition (Oct. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440918642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440918646
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,224,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I was reminded of Lord of the Flies. . . . [Daughters of Eve] is finely constructed and told.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Duncan takes care to maintain an ideological balance with her offending males and her twisted feminist.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Duncan’s latest thriller is as gripping and well told as its fine predecessors.”—Publishers Weekly

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Sworn to secrecy. Bound by loyalty.

It's the high school's most exclusive club--but now a twisted mind is leading it. Who will be the first victim?

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I just finished reading this book literally 10 minutes ago and it left me with a big question: What was the moral? The flap claimed that the book was about a crazy teacher brainwashing her students into taking undeserved revenge on men. However, I'm not sure the text backs this up. The "undeserved revenge" only happens three times, and while the second was underresearched, the first and third were in the right. Especially the third (the final scene in the book). It left me smiling and saying "Good!" when I think I was supposed to be shocked and horrified. But then, that's the main problem with this book. Are we supposed to agree with the Daughters of Eve, disapprove, or some combination? The author is very hazy about this. The problems the girls face are very real and easy to sympathize with--Jane's father hits her mother. Ruthie's brothers are horrible, cruel people. Ann shouldn't be tied down at 18. The club and the teacher are the only people in the entire book who even notice these problems, much less do anything about them. If the flap is correct and their response is just insane, then why no alternative viewpoint, a character who recognizes that the situations are unfair and then deals with them in a rational manner? Is the flap wrong and the author did not intend for the club's actions to seem crazy? Is Duncan advocating a world where domestic abuse, unthinking cruelty towards women and unfair labor divisions are a god-given right? Was she simply too lazy to illustrate the "proper" viewpoint? Did she never think it out beyond "feminism might go to far"? I'll probably never know, short of a conversation with Lois Duncan, but I do find it an interesting problem.Read more ›
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Lois Duncan is one of my favorite authors. Although I have read most of her books Daughters of Eve is by far my favorite. There are many characters including Ruth Grange, Laura Snow, Jane Rheardon, and Tammy Carncross. Even though there are many characters I believe Duncan still develops each character well enough for you to feel like your part of their lives. Also Duncan intertwines each of their lives with one another creating a more realistic relationship between the characters. The whole story in general unravels very slowly, but for me it kept me interested because I kept wondering what would happen next. The plot of the book was about a teacher Irene Stark, and a group of students in her club (Daughters of Eve) at Modesta High. In order to be a member of the club you had to receive an invitation in the mail. Most of the girls asked to join the club their family's (mostly their father figures) either didn't care or didn't understand the idea of the club. Irene is a feminist who was mistreated by her father as a little girl and never was in a good relationship. So, Irene with her strong views about men persuades the girls to do some pretty bad things to make up for Irene's past.
The only down side to this book are that because there are so many different characters and so many different scenarios and things to remember it is hard to keep all the characters straight. I often got confused and had to go back and re-read to remember what happened to whom. But even though that was a set back the book was still worth reading and I have read it about 10 times since the first. So I highly recommend going and checking out this book at your library.
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I read this book while I was in high school and loved it. Having just re-read it, I see that there are flaws in the story, but overall I think the book is still entertaining. The characters ARE somewhat one dimensional, but there are so many of them it would have been hard to fully develop every single one and still move the story along. I think one thing that is lacking is that Ms. Duncan might have taken more time illustrating WHY these girls feel so strongly about Irene. Is is just because she's young and different? Does she reach out to them in any way? A few reviewers have commented that the ending was not all that shocking. Just to put this in perspective, when I was in high school, school shootings were unheard of--there were no metal detectors, no security, nothing (at least not where I went to school). And when I first read it I was indeed shocked at the turn of events, and also horrified, as I recall. I also wondered why no one seemed to catch on to Irene sooner, but overall it's still a good read.
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I have high opinions of Lois Duncan as a writer. She has written several thrilling stories including Daughters Of Eve. Though I wouldn't consider Daughters Of Eve a suspenseful drama, I would consider it a dramatic mystery.
It all starts when the most popular club in school is assigned to a new leader, Irene Stark, who has a malicious hate and relentless grudges towards all men. Her past is haunted by a confrontation at her old school where she taught another Daughters Of Eve chapter, when she was forced to resign and replaced by a male. Bitterness run through her veins as she is put leader to another Daughters Of Eve club in a school called Modesta High. While comforting her students through their troubles and teenage problems, she at the same time brainwashes all of them into believing all men are trying to dissolve woman's rights to be independent.
Her sly words and sneaky exploitation builds the same kind of hate that she feels for men instilled into the girls of Daughter Of Eve. When one of the girls leaves town after trying to commit suicide because a boy broke her heart, the Daughters Of Eve takes drastic actions in creating revenge. This leading to other kinds of horrible plots and broken friendships towards all men that they accuse of doing wrong. Making awful accusations to not only men, but to the innocent.
And when another girl leaves the group because she feels the club is becoming too violent and deceptive, Irene doesn't only do what she can to keep the girl quiet, but also telling lies to the other girls in the process of her manipulation.
Even though this isn't one of Lois Duncan's most suspenseful books, it is one of my favorites.
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