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Not My Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Delinsky
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"A topical tale that resonates with timeless emotion."  —People, 3 1/2 stars

"Delinsky proves once again why she's a perennial bestseller with this thought-provoking tale.... Timely, fresh, and true-to-life." —Publishers Weekly 

"Emotionally intelligent... Delinsky has a knack for exploring the battlefields of contemporary life." —Kirkus 


 “Engrossing reading.” —People

 “The author seamlessly resolves relationship issues . . . with absorbing storytelling–a winning combination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Delinsky is a first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors.”
The Boston Globe

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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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767928962
  • Publisher: Anchor (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNOL0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MAKES A GOOD MOTHER? Feb. 19 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived exactly as described. May 9 2011
By Tess
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book came in a protective box, in perfect condition as the description suggested it would. It even arrived earlier then the estimated delivery date!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Delinsky's latest novel reminds this reviewer just how powerful a story --- even a fictional one --- can be Jan. 11 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on
NOT MY DAUGHTER is a riveting story that confronts a subculture of teenage girls and their pact to become pregnant. Barbara Delinsky's tale is set in Zaganack, a small coastal town in Maine that serves as a microcosm of the social, political, economic and cultural landscape of our times. A company town for an upscale retailer, Zaganack is an old township of family ties and deep communal relations, and its values are reflected in that understanding. But this town will be challenged by the age-old question: What makes someone a "good mother?"

Susan, Kate, Sunny and Pam have been friends for a long time. As part-time co-workers, they even created PC Wool, a subdivision of the local retailer specializing in dyed wools, designs and patterns. Just as the mothers are close to one another, so are their four daughters, Lily, Mary Kate, Jess and Abby. The girls are all intelligent, popular and outstanding high school seniors whose mothers are anticipating them going forward with their education when they graduate.

At a mother-daughter evening out, Lily announces to her mother that she is pregnant. Susan, who became a single parent as a teen, is confounded by the news. She also learns that Lily is not the only one expecting --- Mary Kate and Jess are as well. Susan informs Lily's father, Rick, who has always been part of their lives but upon hearing this news decides to become more involved. When it is discovered that there has been a pact between the girls to become pregnant, the characters of each of the mothers and their relationships with their daughters are brought into question. How could this have happened to their smart and wonderful children?

For Susan, the high school principal, Lily's pregnancy has unintended consequences. Susan is faced with defending herself as both mother and principal as she too was an unmarried teenage mother. Her core principles are put to the test as she is criticized for being an unconvincing role model. Some parents and others question if this is history repeating itself.

As the town, school and businesses try to figure out the why, where and who surrounding the pregnancy pact, there are increasing calls for Susan's resignation. Will she keep her job? What about the girl's lives, their friendships and their babies? Is marriage something for all of them to consider? Each mother and daughter must evaluate their bond to one another and the new lives growing inside the young women.

Barbara Delinsky's latest novel reminds this reviewer just how powerful a story --- even a fictional one --- can be. She has captured through her characters and their difficulties some of the social and cultural fabric of our times. This tale reflects the struggles that teen pregnancy creates for the mother-daughter bond, female and family relationships, and their professional and community lives. Delinsky's characters are like friends you might know, and with her uncanny ability to tell a story, you won't be able to wait to turn the page.

With realistic dialogue, credible characters and defining values, NOT MY DAUGHTER is one worth bringing to your book club or using in a discussion with family and friends.

--- Reviewed by Jennifer McCord
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Immature and awful Jan. 30 2010
By Vicky - Published on
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I couldn't make it through. It sounds like it was written from the point of view of a 6th grader. Three best friends DECIDE they want to intentionally get pregnant and all three then announce it to their parents as if they just won the elementary school spelling bee and they're SHOCKED that their parents are unhappy. But the kicker is, the parents act like their daughters just lost an elementary school spelling bee and instead of treating it like what it is -- three extremely selfish, manipulative, shallow, and irresponsible girls taking it upon themselves to ruin their own lives, the lives of the men they so casually slept with, and the lives of the poor innocent children they're about to bore -- they end up bellyaching for page after page about what this all means and what ever will become of their reputations, their jobs, what people will think.

I'm sorry, but these parents should have been beyond LIVID at what these girls did. I'm never in favor of parents disowning their children, but come on! What parent in his or her right mind would be so cavalier about this? No screaming? No "who the hell raised you?" No "I didn't raise a young woman so selfish and self-involved as this"? None of that? It was more of a "well, what can I do now?" kind of attitude. I found it hard to swallow.

The dialogue was hard to get, frankly, but even more disappointing was the relationships. I expected a true mother/daughter story with strong emotions and scenes I could visualize in my mind. Instead, half the book was about the girls with their heads in the clouds and the other half was the mothers trying to cover it up with ridiculous dilemmas like "should I out the other girls or should I not?"

Anyway, I was disappointed in what I got.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I finished this... March 24 2010
By E. Piccolotti - Published on
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I've read a few Barbara Delinsky books and found them to be alright, but this one was a real struggle to finish. The plot is completely unrealistic and the characters spent so much time wringing their hands about these selfish girls' "situations" that I did not care at all what happened to them by the end. Even when Delinsky threw in the slight "twist" about something being wrong with Lily's baby, it still wasn't enough for me to sympathize with her after reading about all her selfish decisions and thought processes in the beginning of the book. The drama over whether or not Susan would keep her job was also over the top and silly. Delinsky barely skimmed over the legal reprucussions Susan could have if this sort of unlikely situation ever took place in real life.

I too, was bored by the ridiculously monotonous passages detailing the women dying their yarn. If the yarn was supposed to be some sort of metaphor for what they were going through in the novel I didn't get it. That is the only reason I could think of for Delinsky mentioning it ad naseum. Anyways, skip this book if you don't want to be bored, it comes off as a poor man's Jodi Picoult novel.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars predictable, a modern harlequin romance Feb. 2 2010
By Love to read - Published on
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I purchased this book based on the many 4 & 5 stars rating and this was the first time that I have read anything from this author. To put it bluntly - this book was awful. The story is unrealistic, has a total pro-life approach ( which is fine but come on lets be realistic and not so in your face ) and was so sappy, predictable that I finished it only because I had purchased it for my kindle and gave it the benefit of the doubt that it MIGHT get better but - it didn't. It reminded me of a teen soap opera.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 11 2010
By Denise Crawford - Published on
I had high hopes when starting this book. The topic was timely, right out of the headlines -- the plot mimicking the Gloucester, MA pregnancy pact. Four high school girls decide that they are going to get pregnant together and thus support each other through the ordeal. The girls are but 17, high school seniors, and all seemed extremely immature despite the author telling us constantly that these were honor students and exemplar leaders of their class.

I was disappointed in this novel because of the ultimately rosy picture painted of this whole pregnancy situation. Despite the fact that the parents suffer because of the girls' decisions, the result is that the girls end up having it quite nice at the end -- just the way they planned. The parents capitulate and support them financially and physically. There really seems to be no bad repercussions to their stupid decision to get pregnant, and the "happy happy" ending really irritated me. it all just tied up nicely -- nobody lost their jobs or their reputation or anything substantial despite all that happened. I thought the parents of the pregnant teens were rather "too supportive and helpful" and that the girls were never made to accept total responsibility for their poor decision. Deciding to get pregnant, and not involving the father, is selfish and very immature. This was not really emphasized.

That said, the novel purports to examine what it means to be a "good mother" or good parent. I think this was the only redeeming concept -- however, most of us who are parents realize that we can't control what our children end up doing and the decisions they make regardless of how vigilant or how strict we are. All we can hope is that our kids don't make decisions that are unfix-able should they be the wrong choices!

All in all, I won't be recommending this book. Skip it.
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