In this charming YA series tailored for younger teens, Joanna Philbin explores what it's really like to grow up in the thick of the celebrity world. The novels center around three friends: Lizzie, the daughter of a world famous super model; Carina, whose father is an internationally recognized media magnate; and Hudson, daughter of an a-list pop star. As these three level-headed girls work to strike a balance between ordinary high school events--like finding dates to the homecoming dance--and glamorous family functions-- like walking the red carpet with mom and dad--they discover the pitfalls of fame and the importance of friendship.
In book one, we meet Lizzie--the awkward-looking daughter of Katya, supermodel extraordinaire. Lizzie's not sure she can ever conquer her fear of cameras, but when she's approached by a fashion photographer who believes that Lizzie is "the new face of beauty," our sweet and usually shy heroine is thrust into the media spotlight. Does Lizzie really want to follow in her mother's footsteps? Or, would she rather be a normal girl worried about homework and the surprise resurfacing of her childhood crush? Being a daughter of a celebrity isn't always easy... but at least Lizzie has her other "daughters-of" friends, and, ultimately, her mom, to help her through.
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Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. and M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of The Daughters series, and lives and writes in Los Angeles. Visit her at joannaphilbin.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6–9—Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson are fiercely loyal 14-year-old BFFs in trendy New York. They have something in common—wealthy celebrity parents who don't always share their daughters' values. The novel is narrated by Lizzie, whose mother is the über-famous model Katia Summers, whom designers have named "walking proof of God." It's a tough act to follow, especially for gawky Lizzie, who has a large nose and frizzy hair. Knowing that she can never measure up, she hates it when they're forced to pose together at events. But when famous "ugly-model" photographer Andrea asks Lizzie to pose due to her unique, real-life look (the "New Pretty"), she defiantly ignores her publicist's commands and goes for it, and for the first time in her life, recognizes her own beauty. In the process, she begins a relationship with a boy she thought was out of her league. This fun, quick read will be enjoyed by girls who subscribe to magazines like Seventeen and love trendy designer clothing and accessories. While the writing is a bit formulaic, readers will be intrigued by the well-drawn characters and their growth over the course of several months. Tweens and young teens will eagerly look forward to the next installment.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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