Sunday, November 6, 2016

Saving Phoebe Murrow - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Synopsis:

Have you ever tried to be the perfect mother? Isabel, a DC lawyer, does everything she can to keep Phoebe from harm, but fails when the mysterious Shane appears on Facebook and flirts with her teenage daughter.

A story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight) will make you question what's needed to keep your children from harm. Phoebe's mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing her career and her family.

Hard-working and caring, worried but supportive, all Isabel wants, in a world of bullies and temptations, is to keep her daughter Phoebe safe. With her busy schedule, though, she fails to recognize another mother's mounting fury and the danger Phoebe faces by flirting with a mysterious boy on Facebook. A cyber-bullying episode aimed at Phoebe pushes her to the edge with horrific consequences. In her search for justice, Isabel, a DC lawyer, sets out to find the culprit behind this cruel incident.

Saving Phoebe Murrow, set amidst the complicated web of adolescent relationships, tells a story of miscommunication and malice, drugs and Facebook, prejudice and revenge.

My Review:

When it comes to the Internet, people have "keyboard courage".  They'll type and post things they normally wouldn't do in "real life".  Such is the case with Saving Phoebe Murrow.

Phoebe is a teenager who wants to be liked and accepted.  She has typical teenager feelings and emotions, and knows what it's like to be the brunt of bullying.  She is also somewhat boy crazy and quite gullible, so it's easy prey when a mysterious boy on Facebook starts befriending her.  After some interaction with the boy, Shane, a course of events takes a turn for the worse.

Phoebe's mother is a professional career woman who has her own issues, and the book does a good job of telling that story without clouding Phoebe's story.  The mother is somewhat overprotective but wants to trust in her daughter.  She's judgmental herself, in that she isn't very accepting of other adults and she is concerned about what people will think of her and her family.  There's also another mother that's a very central part of the story.  My feelings for her were all over the place.  She just wants to fit in and be accepted, but feels slighted and takes actions that cause horrible consequences.

Saving Phoebe Murrow is the debut novel  of author, Herta B. Feely.  She did a fantastic job of reeling readers in.  I enjoyed how the whole story was told and how the characters were identifiable.  There is some sexual content and cursing, but it doesn't pollute what is being told.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Although the story is fiction, there's a whole lot of truth to it.  Cyber-bullying is real and Saving Phoebe Murrow shows what can happen when it's taken too far.

Part of the proceeds from sales of Saving Phoebe Murrow are being donated to The Megan Meier Foundation.
Have you or anyone you know been a victim of cyber-bullying?
Do you feel that social media has made it easier for bullying to occur?


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like a great read.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting read--so funny how these books and stories are now adjusting to stories based on current times...Facebook realities, etc.

Remus said...

I have seen this on several must-read lists. I will have to check and see if our library has it in yet

Sherri Lewis

Unknown said...

Hi there,

Hope all of you have survived the holidays, or even enjoyed them immensely. I want to thank Terra for the review and write-up about my novel. And I hope that all of you get a chance to read it and talk about the issues that are raised in it. Picking it up from the library is great (and if they haven't yet purchased it, maybe now they will), and so is buying a copy. I'm happy to "Skype" into a book group meeting in case anyone is interested. This novel was meant to entertain, but also to consider the impact of social media on our young teens, and even on adults. So...happy reading!

Wishing everyone a healthy, safe and happy 2017!

Cheers, Herta Feely (author of Saving Phoebe Murrow)