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Not My Daughter by [Delinsky, Barbara]
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“A topical tale that resonates with timeless emotion.”—People

“Delinsky examines the roles people unconsciously play in families.” USA Today

“Delinsky proves once again a perceptive observer of family relationships. . . . A tautly emotional story about mothers and daughters.” —Boston Globe
“Timely, fresh, and true-to-life. . . . Explores multiple layers of motherhood and tackles rough questions.” —Publishers Weekly
“Delinsky has a knack for exploring the battlefields of contemporary life. . . . Not My Daughter [is] an emotionally intelligent [book that] offers readers what they want—high drama and realism.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Delinsky treads the same domestic themes as fellow best-seller Jodi Picoult.” —Entertainment Weekly
“An engaging writer who knows how to interweave several stories about complex relationships and keeps her books interesting to the end.  Her special talent for description gives the reader almost visual references to the surroundings she creates.” —Newark Star-Ledger
“[She] may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.” —Times Union (Albany)

“Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine.” —The Providence Journal
“Barbara Delinsky knows the human heart and its immense capacity to love and believe.” —Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA)
“Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel.” —Cincinnati Inquirer
“Delinsky [is] out there with the Anita Shreves and Elizabeth Bergs, perpetually bestselling authors who wrestle with bigger themes.” —Lexington Herald-Ledger

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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
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  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (Dec 9 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNOL0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was enjoyable from start to finish. I would highly recommend it especially to all the mothers out there. There were many moments when I was in tears. Does the heart good. It's a feel good book.
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a wonderful book in look at how teenagers think you'll stay up all night to read it all fantastic writer
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ec1a44) 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
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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
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ec1978) out of 5 stars Immature and awful Jan. 30 2010
By Kayla - 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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ecb564) 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.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ecb1e0) out of 5 stars predictable, a modern harlequin romance Feb. 2 2010
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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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ecb24c) out of 5 stars Bad...just bad Nov. 25 2010
By susannah - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am also so glad that I am not the only one who wishes I had my $7.99 or the time it took me to read this, back. True, I did read to the end, in the vain hope that the spaceship might land and approach reality, but no such luck. I got angry as soon as Lily told Susan she was pregnant and stayed angry the whole way through. What a lot of spoiled and selfish and stupid girls, and though I have not been through this, if a daughter of mine who was still in high school and under my roof did this, damn straight I would be livid, and for quite a while, and would not be so worried about hurting the girls' delicate sensibilities.

Lily was supposed to be smart, but in the book she was approaching mental deficiency to be so clueless that living costs money, and babies cost time and money and energy... and her "goody, I'm gonna have a baby and it's gonna be all mine and no one else can play with it, and of course I can afford it, I have my babysitting money and isn't it swell, the baby is three inches long?" sounded like she was getting a doll that she was paying for out of her own allowance or something. Then, to act like Susan was being Debbie Downer by not sharing Lily's giddy point of view was pretty unbelievable. I can think of very few acts more selfish than to choose to bring a life into the world with no job or money or maturity, for someone else to support, without their knowledge or consent. I didn't like that there were ZERO consequences for the girls, still being supported financially by the families, all is cool, and even brought Lily's parents together, "see what my baby did"....But hey the moms aren't babysitting, THAT'LL teach em.

I wanted Susan to act like an actual parent instead of a meek, almost servile enabler of fantasy. I am not for one stance or the other about what the girls should have done with the babies, what angered me is the fact that they just casually thought they should do this, and did it and the "this is our baby," and "I am doing this for you, and "you don't want this baby?" and " if you had told me you wanted a sibling, I would have adopted or gone to a sperm bank...", just made my head explode.

I tired quickly of all the yarn talk, and thought if I heard "but I'm a Perry" once more, I was gonna scream. I don't even know if I cared that much about the "pact" thing, teens do mimic and copy each other with or without pacts, so it still could have happened.

I used to really like Barbara Delinsky, but this was just wrong on every level.