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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
As a middle school teacher, I am always looking for appropriate books to recommend to my students. Though they enjoy books like "Pretty Little Liars" they are not the most appropriate ones for them to be reading. The Daughters series is the perfect book to recommend for my middle school students. The daughters are great role models as they struggle to grow up. They face many out of the ordinary circumstances, but most girls can find something to relate to in this series and also get an inside look into a world they dream about living. The latest book in the series certainly does not disappoint. We meet a new character who soon becomes a "daughter" also as her father has decided to run for president. She considers herself the black sheep of the family, but soon a role reversal finds her being the role model and her older brother being thrown into a difficult situation. I love how the main character stands up for what she believes in even if it is not the easy thing to do. Young people need good role models and the character in this book displays exactly what I want my students to become--confident and out-spoken women who will not stand for something they don't believe in. Please Joanna Philbin don't stop this series. It is wonderful. I see many opportunities for you to continue the stories by either focusing on each of the daughters again or maybe continuing to add more daughters. Thanks for writing a great book I can share with my students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Emma is in hot water again after getting kicked out of boarding school, so she is returning to New York to attend her brother Remington's super ritzy private school. The school is filled with the rich elite where everyone's parents are someone. Remington is a legend at this school and Emma soon finds out a lot is expected from her and her recently dyed "Burgundy" hair color is the first that has to go since her father is about to declare his candidacy for president. Which Emma kind of tells everyone while she is covering for her brother during a speech. This small action propels her to the front of a campaign she doesn't really have her heart behind. Once again, she finds herself on the outside, but with three good friends now standing behind her, it makes things a bit easier.

Things are getting really weird for her since her father has declared his candidacy and she finds herself struggling to retain her own personality while trying to fit in and help her father. I want to cheer her on every time she acts out by showing up in inappropriate clothes, hair color and makeup or speaking her mind. Emma is in such a tough place and on top of this, she finds her perfect brother has a few dark secrets of his own. Another strong plot point is how Emma deals with her own issue of being dyslexic and her use of humor as a coping mechanism. Emma trying to conform to the perfect first daughter to be is like putting a square peg in a round hole. She tries, but she can't do it since she has to be true to herself. I really loved when she ignores the speech writers and speaks straight from her heart on the campaign trail which, not surprisingly, have the most impact on people.

This is one of my favorite series to recommend since it speaks so clearly to teens. It hits on several important issues like teenage drinking, body image, staying true to your friends and yourself. Sigh, I am going to miss Emma since she has such a spark and seems so real. This series is a bit like getting an inside take on the whole political - society world that you really only read about in tabloids. I guess I just hate to say good bye, but this is the last one in this series. Don't despair though, Philbin has a new book for next year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
I like this book except for the fact that there are a few editing mistakes. When Emma's at her dad's party at the Met, they say, "The Jurg." Unless you've read the second book in the series, you have no idea who that is. That shows that Joanna Philbin uses the same editor because the editor would've caught that otherwise. Also, if you're like me where you hate characters that totally mess up the plot, you're not going to like the last couple of chapters with Senator Gibbons. Also, make sure you have you're dictionary open. I read the other three books with no problem. I probably used the dictionary 30 times while reading this book! Geez, Joanna, give us a break; we're not 30 or 40 something like you!
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on February 23, 2012
They didn't ask for fame. They were born with it.
Emma Conway is a troublemaker. After being caught trying to sneak into a boy's dorm room, she is kicked out of her posh boarding school and forced to enroll in Chadwick , the private school her oh so perfect type-A brother Remington attends.
She quickly gets absorbed into the exclusive circle of Lizzie, Carina and Hudson. The three are daughters of famous and powerful individuals: Lizzie's mom is a supermodel, Carina's dad is a Multi millionaire media mogul and Hudson's mom is a world famous pop star. Which is just perfect since Emma is the daughter of Senator Adam Conway who has just decided to run for President of the United States. People are not supposed to know about this plan for months but Emma accidentally blurts it out at a party for her father.
She suddenly finds herself an asset to the early campaign of CONWAY FOR AMERICA with her gift of gab and individuality. Before long though she finds herself being changed to be the perfect presidential daughter whereas her brother, the perfect political son, is going the opposite way.
This is the fourth book in THE DAUGHTERS series by Joanna Philbin, herself a daughter of a famous father, TV host Regis Philbin. Her personal knowledge of the lives of the rich and famous is obvious in the series which started with Lizzie's story in The Daughters, followed by Carina's in The Daughters Break the Rules and Hudson's in The Daughters Take The Stage.
What I like most about the whole series is its lightness. There's no heavy drama yet they tackle things teenagers deal with: individuality, family problems, school drama, body image and relationships. Since this is teen fiction, of course there is romance involved, but I appreciate that it's not overwhelming nor too dramatic. It's clean and sweet, as it should be. The lessons in these books should resonate with young readers who are trying to find their way in life.
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on January 12, 2012
Joanna Philbin adds a fourth and final book to her series, The Daughters, which was first released in the summer of 2010. While some authors may have difficulties holding a quick succession of stories together due to overlapping promotions and storylines, Philbin manages to maintain a solid foundation in her story about four young girls who happen to be friends and have been born into wealthy and famous families. "They didn't ask for fame. They were born with it" goes the catchy subtitle phrase repeated for each of the four books.

In THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY, Philbin introduces a new daughter, adding to the previous trio of Lizzie Summers, Carina Jurgensen and Hudson Jones. Emma Conway doesn't start out like the others. She's a normal, rebellious, purple-haired teenage girl with a pet snake who gets thrown out of boarding school on the eve of her dad's big plans. Well, he plans to break the news soon, but his plucky little girl decides to stir the pot in a different direction once she is let in on the secret. It's supposed to be a secret, but somehow Emma doesn't get the memo.

Of the four daughters, Emma is by far the most average. She isn't raised by nannies or record company producers. She hasn't spent hours, days or years in the shadow of her famous parents. While her father, Adam Conway, is a prominent and promising democratic senator from New York State, Emma's 15 years have been pretty run-of-the-mill --- until the party decides that he would make a good candidate for a run at being the next leader of the free world. Emma is going about having her regular life at boarding school when she is thrust into the national limelight as the unlikely but endearing spokesperson for her dad's campaign. But she doesn't know how to follow the rules. In fact, breaking the rules is her trademark until it lets the cat out of the bag and sends the exploratory committee into a damage control tizzy.

Few children are found seriously engaged in the world of politics. That is exactly what makes THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY a fun fantasy about the lives of a politician's children (Emma has an older brother). The pressure is unmistakable and not easily handled by unprepared offspring. Philbin turns some wonderful phrases in this book: "But why do I have to pretend to be America's Perfect Daughter so my dad can get elected? It just feels dishonest," says Emma to Lizzie. And if there's one thing about Emma, she's honest. How often does that mix well with affairs of state? Bravo to Philbin for writing a real girl thrust into a tricky spot who handles it the only way she knows how: honestly.

Reviewed by Joy Held
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on November 22, 2011
Lizzie, Carina, Hudson, and new girl Emma are the Daughters. They are the daughters of the rich and famous who deal with some pretty funky stuff because of it. Most of the time, the girls are dealing with normal stuff like whether their crush likes them or not, but occasionally a curve ball is thrown their way. Like what happens to Emma, accidentally revealing her dad's political secrets on national television. Nice one Emma!

Each daughter has a different personality trait. Lizzie is the quiet and shy writer. Carina is practically oozing confidence with her leadership skills. Hudson is the thoughtful singer. Now, Emma is the spunky blue-haired debate speaker who can sweet-talk anyone. I would really be scared to death to do all that public speaking. gah! While Lizzie will always remain my favorite, Emma is still a great character and role model for kids. I love how each girl has a unique sense of style all their own. This famous foursome is tight and sticks together through anything. It really shows how important friendship is and how a true friendship never fades.

Joana Philbin, a daughter of a famous parent herself, is an absolutely amazing writer. She has managed to astound me once again by giving Emma a completely different voice than the other girls. I have fallen in love with her fun and flirty style of writing that had me flipping through pages with lighting speed. The way each book seems to end with happily ever after has always put a smile on my face.

Be prepared for a new take on the children of the rich and famous that proves they are not ALL stuck up. Be prepared to fall in love with this fabulous foursome as they take you behind the security gates. And most importantly, be prepared for some of Emma's witty spunk when you read The Daughters Join the Party. I love this feel-good series about friendship!
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on December 1, 2011
Emma, the last to know anything in her family, learns that her father will be running for President - on the day she gets kicked out of her boarding school. She was attending a summer session, but now her parents are scrambling to find her a school for the fall.

Her parents force her to attend the same school as her overachiever perfect brother - Remington. He's the golden boy of the family and the school.

Emma feels out of place next to him. Her family views her as a screw-up. She can't seem to do anything right. Luckily at school, she hangs out with Lizzie who introduces her to Hudson and Carina.

The three girls welcome Emma with open arms. Can Emma change people's opinion of her?

My Thoughts: I LOVED this series and I'm sad that this is the last book. I loved Emma's story. I loved her spunk, her outspokenness, and her daring attitude. I loved her determination and her spirit. I loved the romance, drama, and strong friendships in this series. I can't wait to read what Joanna Philbin writes next!
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on August 27, 2013
My daughter read the entire series this summer. She is going into 6th grade and we have been having a hard time finding books that she enjoys (girly, fashion related). She read and loved the two books from the Allegra Biscotti Collection and was hoping for more in that series but no luck yet. We hunted for another girly series and found this one. She couldn't put the books down - went from finishing one to starting another all summer.
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on May 15, 2013
I rate this book 5 stars. I'm 13 years old. I enjoyed this book as well as the other Daughters series. I recommend this book for girl teens. I love Joanna Philbin's books. I wish she wrote other books similar to these. But she writes enjoyable girl books.
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on August 7, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. Although most young people do not have to deal with the problems of these young ladies, it is still a very readable and enjoyable book and shows how many basic issues are the same for us all.
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