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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 175

Restricted to a membership of ten, the Daughters of Eve is the most exclusive club at Modesta High School; it is with an invitation to join the group that [Daughters of Eve] begins…. Although the story focuses on … three new members, it includes material about the other girls, about the influence of the bitter teacher who is sponsor for the [strongly feminist] group, about relationships among them, and about the meetings at which they discuss their problems as a group and as individuals. The style and characterization are competent, but the book is weakened by the amount of material and number of characters it covers and it has an embittered tone of hatred that colors the characterization to the extent that few of the parents or the males of any age have commendable facets to their personalities. (pp. 92-3)

Zena Sutherland, in her review of "Daughters of Eve," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1980 by The University of Chicago), Vol. 33, No. 5, January, 1980, pp. 92-3.

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