Release date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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.
The entire plot of Somebody’s Daughter focuses on the Ross family and how a risqué scandal involving the daughter, Zoe impacts their family. The effects are devastating and have serious repercussions, Zoe’s sister, Lily has to deal with gossip and rumors at school and online and her parents marriage begins to find itself on shaky ground as well as Zoe’s actions stir up old memories for Emma. The characterization is fantastic and felt so true to life, many times while I was reading this I felt like I was witnessing private family moments not meant for public consumption, that’s how accurate Weinstein’s portrayal was. I felt their emotions right alongside them, their pain, confusion, anger and disappointment among many others, this was a highly emotional read.
This book totally wrecked me, it took some of my worst fears as a parent to girls and magnified them in a wholly realistic and believable manner. As much as this was an emotional read, I think it’s such a timely one and covers an important subject that impacts not only parents, but the youth of today. Social media is here to stay, every single day new apps are hitting the market that appeal to young men and women and as teenagers, they’re not capable of always making good choices which makes the fact that they literally have thousands of apps available at their fingertips so, so scary. Forget apps and just think about the phones themselves, everyone has one and that isn’t changing either, but do kids today really know the power technology has? How one mistake, one wrong decision, can seriously impact their life, possibly forever? One picture, one video can have huge implications. This book explores these questions and many more, I could go on and on, its times like this that I wish I had read this one with a book club!
Highly recommended for parents of both girls and boys, it was written in such a smooth way and ended up being a super quick read for me because I just had to know what would happen to each member of the Ross family, I was totally invested and cared for these people.
Somebody’s Daughter in three words: Timely, Touching and Fluid.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.