Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.
Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.
As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage, a family, and friendships forever.
This is a story on social media and how one picture, one text, one video can change the life of not only the person/people in the video but the family of that person also. I found this story so realistic to the teenage world today. One video was take of sweet 15 year old Zoe and her whole world was changed. Her school life was extremely tough with all the peer judgment. Her home life was hard due to her parents, father especially, not know how to deal with it. Everything she did or thought was called into question. At the end of this drama it was amazing to see the family and their friends come together stronger than they started.
The characters in this story are so real. The mother trying to be understanding, the father wanting to control the situation, the sister just wanting to protect, and the person videoed (I want to say victim but she wasn’t portrayed as such) not knowing who to trust. I could see this happening to many families and having the same reactions as this family. The mother is the hero. She doesn’t give up on anyone, she doesn’t accept that there is no way back from this, and she never stops loving her family.
The side story didn’t seem to add as much to the story as I thought it might. The secret the mother holds onto adds a small twist but doesn’t change my feelings towards the book. With or without the side story this is an eye-opening, conversation starting, and heart breaking/heartwarming story. I think it is a great read for a young adult as it can teach a life lesson and a good read for parents so their eyes are opened as to the world of teenage texting and videoing.
Somebody’s Daughter is not a WOW book, but it is a book that will make you take stock of your life, appreciate the little things, and maybe understand your children a little better.
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