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The Daughters Take the Stage

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The Daughters Take the Stage

Everybody suffers an identity crisis from time to time. The episodes of "Who am I?" happen regularly during a teen's life, and Hudson Jones --- daughter of music superstar Holla Jones --- is going through a normal bout of "What do I do with my life?" when she realizes her mother is going through the same thing at the same time.

As if the boundless questions bombarding a teen girl aren't enough, 14-year-old Hudson must cope with the angst of her mother's dating and the way her mother takes charge of Hudson's blossoming music career. Like mother, like daughter? Hardly. Because of their similarities and differences, Hudson and Holla create the average mother-daughter fireworks, except that this relationship is a very public one. Everything they do and say is plastered on the front page of the New York papers by virtue of Holla's worldwide fame and the paparazzi camped outside their apartment 24/7. What's a young girl to do?

In Hudson's case, at first she panics, then she gets a life coach and embarks on the road to finding out who she really is. She discovers she's different from the person and mega-star her mother wants her to be. Enter the struggle for identity, and Hudson resorts to hiding her real ambitions to be a jazz musician from her mother and record label. Yes, Hudson has a recording contract at age 14. Talent runs in the family, but Holla thinks she knows the route her daughter's career should take. More funk, a harder beat in the background, and flashy hip moves at the microphone catapult young Hudson to instant stardom.

Hudson goes along with her mother's plan, at least in the beginning. Who is she to argue with the world's biggest music star with more platinum hits than Hudson can count lining the walls of their upscale New York apartment? Tight, sparkly dresses and an edgy sound don't suit Hudson's style, and she sets out to recapture her music and start her young life with a determination to realize her dream of being a successful jazz pianist and singer --- with or without her famous mother's blessing.

THE DAUGHTERS TAKE THE STAGE, the third in this feisty series, isn't your average sugar-coated, pop culture story about some rich kids. It seriously takes on the issues of famous children, addressing them realistically with compassion and ingenuity. Joanna Philbin's writing background from an MFA in Creative Writing undoubtedly has given her the muscle to write such good books out of the starting gate. It's her unique perspective of the rich and famous that makes the stories special, writing with the heart her characters display.

Reviewed by Joy Held on May 10, 2011

The Daughters Take the Stage
by Joanna Philbin

  • Publication Date: October 3, 2011
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • ISBN-10: 0316049085
  • ISBN-13: 9780316049085