MY REVIEW OF “SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER” BY Rochelle B. Weinstein
Kudos to Rochelle B. Weinstein, Author of “Somebody’s Daughter” for writing about significant issues in today’s society, in an emotional, intriguing, captivating, and descriptive story. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction, and at times reads as a nonfiction novel concerning legal agenda.
Rochelle B. Weinstein describes her colorful cast of characters of mostly family and friends as flawed individuals, who strive to be perfect. Some are complicated and complex. There is jealousy, lies, betrayal, support, love, and hope.
Emma and Bobby Ross own and live at a prosperous hotel with their two teenaged twin daughters, in Miami. They are described as a Picture Perfect family in everyday. This is also a coming of age novel. Both Zoe and her twin Lily will be turning 15 years old, and are very different. One is an athlete, and the other is on the debate team in school. At their 15-year-old party, it is made public that Zoe made a heartbreaking mistake, “a private and humiliating indiscretion” that has now gone viral and thrusts her and her family in the center of a public scandal. This tears at the community, the neighborhood, the school, friendships, and their family. There are feelings of disgrace, judgment calls, and revenge. This brings up past memories for Emma years ago, when she was younger.
I appreciate that the author discusses how media, I-Phones, cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram and You Tube can be a very dangerous format, and ruin someone’s life. Although the same media at times gives important information, it can also provide information that is not easily erased. Teenagers and young adults should be made aware of that fact.
I don’t think any parent truly wants to believe their son or daughter that can do or be caught doing something that can have consequences. At the same time, it is important to realize that no one is perfect. Another problem in society that the author mentions is alcohol at parties. Drinking in excess is a big problem for many people, especially teenagers and young adults. Communication is very important between parents and children. Is may be difficult to forget, but is it possible to learn to forgive?
I think that Rachelle B. Weinstein has written an important book about significant challenges in today’s society. I would highly recommend this book for everyone, as a must read. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.