The Daughters by Joanna Philbin is another fun and fluffy teen read.
Summers isn't famous . . . but her mother sure is! As daughter of
supermodel Katia Summers, Lizzie learned red carpet etiquette and how to
deal with the media from a young age. The problem is, Lizzie doesn't
take after her mother much at all, and as an awkward teenager, those
red-carpet photo sessions with her mom are misery. When Lizzie
accidentally lets slip to a reporter her real opinion of her mother's
new lingerie line ("a little slutty"), she becomes the kind of YouTube
sensation that nobody wants to be. While she's dealing with her parents'
reaction to her faux pas and the usual pressures of school, friends,
and boys, she is contacted by a photographer who is interested in using
her as a model -- the photographer works with real people, not
supermodels, and she says that Lizzie is "the new pretty." But if Lizzie
agrees to model, what will her mother think?
Though this is
definitely aimed at teens who are interested in stories of the rich and
famous, it is refreshingly low on Mean Girls. In terms of content, this
reads closer to The Clique than Gossip Girl
-- there's a little boy drama, but nothing that should make younger
teens too uncomfortable. I liked that the story focused mostly on
Lizzie's potential modeling career, and though she made some
cringe-worthy bad decisions, I felt that they were generally in
character. While the plot is a little predictable, it's no worse than
most of the popular books in this genre, and I would recommend it to
teens who can't get enough of this sort of thing -- though I probably
won't read any more of the series.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)