When New York City fourteen-year-old Carina impulsively reveals incriminating information about her multi-billionaire father, he replaces her unlimited funds with an antiquated cell phone, a Metrocard, and a twenty-dollar weekly allowance.
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The Daughters Break the Rules follows the story of three best friends and New York elite, Carina, Lizzie, and Hudson as they weave their way through teenage life in the spotlight. Carina, though the daughter of a billionaire, was cut off after a little snafu involving details about her father and his personal business. Though she's crafty, and she knows how to bend the rules to her will, she finds that without her father's name and contacts, the real world is a lot harder than she imagined. Can she pool her own resources and pull off the ultimate Silver Snowflake Ball, or will she be stuck admitting that she's been downgraded to part of the masses?
The Daughters Break the Rules is the second book in The Daughters series written by Joanna Philbin, daughter of the one and only, Regis Philbin. Like the first book in the series, The Daughters Break the Rules has a clear, easy-to-read tone, and a very concise writing style. Often mirrored in the prose is the author's own insight into growing up in a privileged environment, though it shows how normal and grounded she is. Unlike series such as Gossip Girl, this series shows the humanity of the girls, rather than the glitzy, flashing lights they live in.
Now, that's not to say that that The Daughters Break the Rules isn't brimming with details of the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. Alternating between name-dropping high-end boutiques and rich descriptions of life in the vibrant city, the book explores Carina, Lizzie, and Hudson much more than its predecessor. The Daughters Break the Rules explores what makes each girl tick, and gives them a little more depth. The one thing, however, that I will say does continue to irk me is the text speak jumbled throughout the book. Colour me crazy, but I'm a texter in real life...I don't love reading it in books. That said, I will admit it fits within the genre.
All in all, The Daughters Break the Rules is a fast-paced, entertaining, and easy read. It's not incredibly deep, but it does satiate your appetite for fun, friendly prose and likable characters. I give this book a strong 4 out of 5, and I'd recommend it for both YA and MG audiences, as well as those who enjoy realistic fiction and fans of books like Shopaholic (for the younger set). This title releases on November 2, 2010...you should all look into purchasing it!
I received this advanced reader's copy free of charge from the publisher, Hachette Book Group, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.