The Daughters Break the Rules Review

Monday, October 4, 2010

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.
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.

Taken from GoodReads.

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.

19 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this one and I had no idea Regis Philbin's daughter wrote a book! I can see how the texting in the book would get frustrating, that would irritate me as well. It does sound like a cute story though, thanks for this review!

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  2. Sounds like something I could read for fan, especially if there is something of the shopaholic books in it, cos those are so fun

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  3. I've never heard of this series, and am half tempted to read it solely because of who the authors dad is. How horrible is that?

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  4. What a cool book!! I've never heard of the series but I love when we can turn something that is adult into a young adult novel such as these for several to enjoy! Great review thanks!

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  5. Thanks for the review, Melissa. Looks like a book I'd like to read!

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  6. Huh, I've never seen this! Excellent review =)

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  7. It sounds really realistic and fun. :)

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  8. This book sounds cute and fun! i might try it :D

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  9. I really loved the first one... I thought it was fun and light while still being insightful and having some meaning. I definitely can't wait to pick up this one!

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  10. I have not heard of this book either.

    I also have been up all night tinkering away... Now there is an award ready for you over at Steampunkery & Book Reviews because I do love your posts.

    This is a formal humbly invaitation to accept the award & perhaps a pot of tea... if you do not, there is no harm.

    Mad Scientist
    madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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  11. I haven't seen this one before. Thanks for the review!! :-)

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  12. I'm itching to try this just because she's Regis' daughter. Lame reason, I know, but totally true. I love me some Regis. Great review!

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  13. This is on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the great review!

    -leslie
    booksandmakeup.blogspot.com

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  14. Awesome review, Melissa! I had no idea this was regis' daughter!

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  15. I always enjoy a fun romp and this sounds perfect for when you just want to have an entertaining light read. Great review (as always).

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  16. Glad to hear that there's more depth to counter the name-dropping. Great review! :)

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  17. These sound fun and cute. Thanks for the great review!

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