What constitutes a good mother? How much responsibility must a mother take for her daughter’s poor choices?

These are the issues at the root of Not My Daughter. Susan Tate is a single mom to her seventeen-year-old daughter Lily. She had her own daughter at seventeen, her parents threw her out, and she has had to struggle alone for all these years. She has made something of her life and stubbornly clings to the hard-won control over her life. She is the principal at her daughter’s school. At age thirty-five, she is the youngest principal to ever lead here.

But then she is blindsided by her daughter, pregnant at seventeen. Within weeks, her two best friends are also pregnant and a “pact” is revealed.

Suddenly fingers are pointing, questions are raised, a media storm is brewing…and Susan fears that her job will be terminated.

Her own best friends (whose daughters are also pregnant) are seemingly her only support system.

But in the weeks and months that follow, she discovers untapped strength—something she must draw on when more unexpected disasters loom.

What will Susan discover about herself and what she needs during this trying time? Will she finally be able to share her burdens with Lily’s father and her own mother Ellen? What will she learn about herself and about “mothering”?

A very dramatic and somewhat unsettling story unfolds as we reach the conclusion and the answers to these questions. Definitely five stars from me!


6 thoughts on “POOR CHOICES, ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY — A Review of “Not My Daughter”

  1. Oh how scary, great review. Is this also a new series or movie coming out? I think something.. Pact, sounds familiar.

    I would want to read this but when I can handle it.


  2. Actually, there was a TV movie last weekend, called The Pregnancy Pact, based on a similar scenario in Gloucester, Mass.

    But this story was different in that the main character was the school principal and mother of one of the girls. In the book, they refer to the Gloucester case, so that must have been based on real life events.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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