The Sometimes Daughter

The Sometimes Daughter

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Exploring the complex bond between a daughter and her errant mother, this powerful novel follows Judy Webster, who, trying so hard to fit in her mother's unconventional and free-spirited life, and dealing with her own reckless urges, must finally decide what place her mother has in her life. Original. 50,000 first more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 249.47g
  • Kensington Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0758253257
  • 9780758253255
  • 2,079,246

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999 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 24% (238)
4 41% (413)
3 26% (258)
2 8% (76)
1 1% (14)

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This was a quick, sometimes enjoyable read. The title more aptly could have read "The Sometimes Mother", as the main character is fortunate enough to have a wonderfully present father. Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is born in a tent at Woodstock to unconventional (read "hippie") parents Cassie and Kirk. As familial responsibilities begin to hit, Kirk becomes a good, responsible father, while Cassie remains volatile, possibly unfaithful, and flighty, disappearing and re-appearing throughout the novel. Emmons does a good job of portraying the link between a mother's behavior and her daughter's mistakes, as Judy tries her best to fit in with the girls at her school and to live a normal life. I felt that the story was rather erratic, and moved too quickly in certain parts. It seemed to lack the sort of depth I'd associate with the weighty subject matter, and I had to check to see whether or not it was supposed to be YA rather than adult (in the former case, I'd give the lack of depth a pass, but it is labeled adult fiction. If you're looking for a rather effortless read, this one would be a good pick. QUOTES I nodded mutely. I had seen Barbie dolls on the television, although I'd never actually held one. Mama said they were fascist and paternalistic, designed to turn women into objects. But I thought it better not to mention what Mama thought of Barvie just then. For the first time in my life, I told a lie. "Sure," I said. "I like Barbies." And that was how I got my first friends. I wanted a real mother who stayed and who wasn't crazy and who took care of me, instead of me taking care of her. I didn't tell the truth, which was that my mother had been crazy and kidnapped me and taken me to a commune and almost died of a drug overdose and then joined a cult. Writing: 3 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 2.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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