Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

I really enjoyed this book.  It reminded me a lot of Jodi Picoult’s novels for some reason; I think it was the writing style or maybe just the topic.  Jodi Picoult did tackle a similar topic in her book “Plain Truth.”

Barbara Delinsky writes about a New England high school principal named Susan who finds out that her 17-year old daughter and her two best friends (the daughters of Susan’s two best friends) have all gotten pregnant.  Ripped from the headlines, anyone?  While one teen pregnancy in their small town is a concern, three pregnancies sends the town reeling.  Fingers are pointed at Susan for being an irresponsible parent – she had also gotten pregnant at the age of 17.  In addition to Susan dealing with her daughter’s pregnancy and wondering if she was a bad mother, her job is in question and there are calls for her resignation.  Susan’s best friends are also struggling with the news from their daughters, but in different ways.

The reviews of this book by other Amazon readers were not as good as I expected and I’m not sure why.  Many people said that it was unrealistic and the parents didn’t scream at or punish their daughters for getting pregnant… but would that have really been the best way to handle it?  I think most works of fiction are unrealistic in one way or another and you just have to take it for what it is.

Barbara Delinsky has a ton of other books (nineteen total!!) that seem to have a common theme around mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.  She has another new novel coming out in March called “More than Friends“.

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