4.5 disco balls
The Ross Family on the outside are poster children for a successful nuclear family. Bobby and Emma Ross fell in love as children, only loved each other and would get married and have twin girls. The night of the girls fifteenth birthday the family will be changed forever. A video of one of the twins engaging in a sexual act is sent as an anonymous text to their peers.
Besides what this does to a young daughter the “shameful” event triggers a memory of a painful mistake for Emma (and will affect how she reacts). Bobby can’t comprehend how his daughter could do such a thing and distances himself from the family when they need him the most. The facade of a perfect family is just that, fake. Will this act – along with Emma and Bobby’s actions – be the end of the Ross family?
Although I am not a parent myself (I am an aunt, a sister, a friend) I do think this was one of those books that all parents (and really anyone) should read. Throughout the story I found myself very uncomfortable at times just thinking what if this happened to my family, someone I know, or even me; and, what would I do? Uncomfortable because its was painful to watch the process play out for a young girl who never knew this was a possibility. Uncomfortable because as a married couple I don’t know what I would do.
You can think that it wouldn’t happen to you, but it could happen to anyone. Especially with how ingrained social media is in all our lives nowadays. I am so thankful that my time in high school did not include the added stress of keeping a perfect appearance for social media. With how quickly something can go viral: can one mistake be with someone forever?
Sadly, there are many lessons in this book that are relevant to the world we live in. Author Rochelle B. Weinstein did a great job of playing them out in an authentic way. It is also a story of acceptance and forgiveness. I still don’t know what I would have done.
The book was well written and you will find it very hard to put down. The chapters are short and you can’t help saying “just one more.” I highly recommend this thought provoking read…so I have someone to talk about it with!
Thank you to Get Red PR for providing me an advanced reader’s copy of Somebody’s Daughter.
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