Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
(Doubleday, 2010, 343 pages)
Susan Tate is a high school principal who has worked hard to get where she is. She was a teen mother who is raising her seventeen year old daughter Lily single-handedly. Because of her own circumstance, she has launched a high-profile campaign to educate students about preventing unwanted pregnancy.
Lily reveals to Susan that she is expecting a baby. If that wasn’t trouble enough, she learns that Lily’s two best friends are also pregnant. They have formed a pact. Susan is struggling with the news because she thought at home she had done everything right when it came to Lily. When it came to her students, she was sure she was doing everything possible to help prevent teenage pregnancies. She and her daughter are very close and Lily knows what her mother has gone through to make sure they have everything going in the right direction for them. Lily is a wonderful daughter and Susan has a successful career. Now Susan has to decide yet again what would be best for her and Lily while Lily slowly realizes the impact of her decision to become pregnant.
Even though this book is fiction, there are situations that are true-to-life. Yes, of course there is some drama but it is not over the top. The author did a great job of coming up with scenarios that were very realistic and possible in the world we live in today. She also included some hard life lessons that could happen in any family which is why I think this would be a great read for teenage girls and all moms. I think this book will give readers a lot to discuss including mothers and daughters. This is a heartwarming story that will grab and hold your attention to the end.