The Daughters Take the Stage is about a daughter living under her mother's shadow. Hudson the daughter has a mother, Holla Jones, who is a rock star. Hudson is also very talented. Her mother wants her to become a rock star and excellent stage performer just like her, but that is not what Hudson wants. Her mother is everywhere. Holla Jones's music plays over the speakers in many stores and her picture is everywhere. When Hudson tries to perform like her mother, she just cannot do it. After an embarrassment when she walked off of the stage, all the people at her school think that she is not talented and that she cannot sing. She has a chance at an album, but she says that she does not want to do it because her mom changed her songs so much that they did not feel like hers anymore. She wants to sing her music her way, not the way her mom sings it. She joins a band and keeps it a secret from Holla, but when Holla finds out that Hudson can sing on stage, she forces Hudson to do Saturday Night Live with her, but Hudson does not follow through with it. I would recommend this to other readers who are always pushed to follow in someone else's footsteps. This would help them realize that just being themselves is the best for not only them, but others as well.
~Victoria, Teen Book Reviewer