Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin Review

"Daughters Rule Number Six: Never talk to the press about your parents. 

After leaking a story about the family business, impetuous high school freshman Carina Jurgensen is cut off by her billionaire father. Always resourceful, she fibs her way into a job as a party planner for New York's annual Silver Snowflake Ball. But when Carina finds out that the party committee expects favors and freebies from her dad's A-list connections, a choice must be made: Does she get real about her downgraded status, or pretend she's still the ultimate heiress?

Best friends and fellow daughters of celebrities Lizzie Summers, Carina Jurgensen and Hudson Jones are back in Joanna Philbin's second stylish and heartfelt Daughters novel."

Yep, these spoiled kids are back. Even though I hate to say it, these girls, Carina and Lizzie and Hudson, are really spoiled. Rich parents. Flashy credit cards. Fourteen years old. Not a care in the world other than high school. And their controlling and demanding parents.

Despite all of that, I still love them. They are unbelievable. Funny, clever in some situations, stubborn, and smart.

Carina... She is a smart kid. However, I felt that the author rushed a little in this book. Carina can't break her bad habit of shopping for clothes that quickly. A bad habit like that is much harder to break. Carina is an amazing character. I love how she grows and matures. She is a complete one eighty degrees of what she was like. She used to figuratively burn money and clean out stores. Now she carefully spends money only on things that are necessary. This is a best character change of all of the four books of The Daughters series. Carina and her dad's relationship changed dramatically too. I love how the relationship becomes closer and closer as more secrets and stories are revealed. The actions of Carina can sometimes be a little reckless. I wonder if she ever thought of the consequences before she acts on her actions.

Alex... The way the author describes him is making him look better than Todd. (Todd from the previous book, The Daughters). He seems so much more mature than Todd. And wiser. And smarter than Todd. To me, he seems much more appealing than Todd. (Sorry, Todd). I love the little moments between Alex and Carina. They are so adorable together. During some moments of the book, I will be egging them on, but they don't. (Oh how disappointing). When they finally get together, the book ends suddenly. (Which brings to the first issue of this book).

The Jurg... I have to admit, the Jurg kind of reminds me of the father from 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. It's nice to see a similar character to my favorite character in 52 Reasons To Hate My Father. They both teach their daughters a life lesson. They both withhold money. They both indirectly/directly suggest their daughters to go to work. Anyway, the Jurg is a complex character who has a lot of depth and not quite shallow at first.

Lizzie... Thank Goodness! A little more about Lizzie. Ever since the surprising cutoff of the first book, The Daughters (check out my review), I have been wondering what will happen to them. (Todd and Lizzie will appear). More info on Lizzie: Lizzie and Carina have a BFF spat in this book. Yeah... A nasty one too. It was exciting to see how their relationship heal and not fall apart like a lot of BFF relationships. (Real like BFFs usually break off after two or three years.)

Hudson... Not much on her. Although I am curious on what will happen to her and her album.

The writing was full of humor. It flows very well like the first book. Books like these will appeal to the Young Adult Audience and Children Fiction. The words are not complicated. They are quite easy to understand; however, I wished Joanna Philbin used a little more vocabulary. It would be appreciated dearly. Many of us readers truly do need to expand our fancy vocabulary.

Issue #1: The sudden ending. I was shocked by how the author ends the book. Now she expects us to read the next one? WOW. I wished she gave us a warning.

Issue #2: A little more chemistry between Alex and Carina. The first time they met was NOT love at true sight. It could have been an opportunity to wow us with the physical traits of Alex.

Issue #3: Lizzie and Carina's relationship. Seriously. They fought because of that?

Issue #4: Carter. That is all.

This book's rating is a four out of five. (Next book is The Daughters Take The Stage)

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