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Home for the Holidays (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #5)

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Join the mother-daughter book club for a holiday season with all the trimmings!

This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it promises to be a Christmas to remember. Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy, and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips too, because the book club is tackling the
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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BEST. BOOK. EVER. I am curled up with my Betsy-Tacy Afghan and a box of tissues. Not because the book is sad! Because I am so happy! And a dork, but what can you do??!!

Summary: Loved it. Loved all the BT references. Technically, by adding the 5th girl, I found it harder to follow which girl was narrating each chapter. It would have been helpful to have the narrator's name on the top or bottom of each page, so an easy glance would remind you if Emma or Cassidy or whomever was talking. Also, addin
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Home for the Holiday is the penultimate book in one of my favorite middle grade series, the Mother Daughter Book Club. We've been with these girls since they were eleven years old. Now they're fifteen turning sixteen. The book club goes on. The club even grew from four daughters to five. Now the girls consist of Emma, Cassie, Jess, Megan, and Becca.

Each book in the series is set during a different year in the girls' lives. In a slight twist, Home for the Holidays took place during the first half
I really wanted to like this a lot, but it didn't really do it for me. At first, I couldn't understand why I didn't like it more, because all the references and things the characters loved I love. (Skating, England, Jane Austen and, of course, all things Betsy-Tacy.) I boiled it down to two major objections. First, the voice of each character sounded exactly alike. I had to check who was narrating each chapter multiple times and that was annoying. It's not enough to just have one character who's ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
Shelves: children
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

While all the books of this series have involved boys to some extent, this book seemed to veer away from the "coming of age" gestalt that characterized earlier books and more towards "chick lit". There was just an awful lot about boys in this book, what with Jess and Emma having boyfriends, Cassidy finally being interested in boys, and Becca and Megan fighting over a boy.

Of course, this being the fifth book in the series, I'm already invested in t
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Ms. Yingling
In this fifth installment of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the girls prepare for Christmas while reading the Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy-Tacy books. While they would all like to recreate the warm family environment of the books, all of the girls have some unheaval in their lives. Cassidy's family may move to California. Megan's British boyfriend breaks up with her. Becca's father is out of work. Jess suffers an injury that prevents her from going on a ski trip. Emma is busy, and all of the ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's, Historical, Book Lovers, Teen, YA
Recommended to Marie by: daredevil69
Original read dates: April 15th, 2012

4/15/12: Once again, the girls of the Mother-Daughter Book Club astound me! I read this book in one sitting and it was pure enjoyment. My one problem with this book is that it wasn't as good as the previous and I felt it was kind of pushed by her publisher. Definitely not as purely awesome. Also, the plot is now predictable. After all these books, I saw the Secret Santa mix-up from the start. These are really my only complaints. Besides this, this book was ju
Mar 15, 2012 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls of all ages
This, the 5th installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, covers the fall/winter of the girls' sophomore year in high school.
This time part-time "mean girl" Becca Chadwick lends her narrative to the story. Yes, this girl is a snot. But WHY is she a snot? WHY does she act the way she does? Through her own voice we are given another dimension to the Mother-Daughter Book Club experience.
The book club selection this time around is the "Betsy-Tacy" series by Maud Hart Lovelace. (This is pret
Julie Graves
Emma, Jess, Cassidy, Megan, Becca and their mothers are all back for a new season of the Mother-Daughter book club. This season the girls and their mothers will be reading the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Since they will all be in different places for the Holidays they decide that they will celebrate together on New Year's Eve.

The girls have picked names among themselves to be Secret Santa to. As each girl opens their gifts each day they are disappointed in their Secret Santa. It see
This Christmas season, join the girls of the mother-daughter book club for a variety of holiday-themed adventures! Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips, too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year’s Eve.

But unfortunately, nothing goes quite as planned for any of the girls. On a Christmas cruise with their families, Megan and Becca fight over the dashing son of the ship's captain. Cassi
A perfect way to end the year, nicht wahr?

Sometimes the very fact that a book exists is enough to warrant five stars! Here the MDBC reads the wonderful, marvelous, fantastic Betsy-Tacy series (and all before Christmas, so I'm guessing the next installment will be in the Spring of the same year? I guess the girls are getting older too quickly!). My love for the B-T books knows no bounds, so I was automatically going to love this - and I was not disappointed as Heather incorporated our ornament ex
Because I have never read the Betsy/Tacy books, I couldn't delve into the plot lines of this one like I have previous books in "The Mother Daughter Book Club." It also only spans a few weeks, as opposed to a year like the others, I felt it sped along too quickly.

That being said, I enjoy seeing where these characters, these girls find themselves. They are growing up and yet, they remain friends with each other (though not without misunderstandings, but who has ever had a friendship and NOT a misu
Oh my gosh, so charming. The girls, now sophomores in high school, have decided to read the Betsy-Tacy series for their book club. The author hung around with many of the people I know and got everything just right. She pulled my favorite quotes and made my favorite allusions and reading about all of our BT fan traditions (ornament exchange!) was so much fun. And man, I've always wanted to try hosting a progressive dinner. It'd be so much fun.

I think I might have to buy this one. I don't really
Bianca C.
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I really enjoyed the first few books in this series. For some reason, I didn't read the last one, but the only problem I have with this book is that the girls don't feel like sophomores, I still feel like they are 8th graders, and some depth in their characters is missing. That said, I do love some of the characters and I adore Concord, I would so love to live in a place like that. I love a lot of elements but the characters need to grow up more. The only other complaint I have is Mrs. Wong ,ser ...more
Karen Arendt
Absolutely loved it! I was relieved to know that the author had not heard of the Betsy Tacy books as a child, too. I am definitely checking those books out! I found it interesting to read some of the story from Becca's point of view, which by the end of the book, had me rethinking her personality somewhat. Like the addition of book club discussion questions, too! Hope there will be another book in the series!

Even though the girls are sophomores in high school, the story line is perfectly clean f
Earlier this year I was introduced to both the Betsy-Tacy books and to Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club, and I fell in love on both scores. It turns out that HVF too is a BT fan, and this book spectacularly brings both series together. In their sophomore year of high school, the girls of the M-DBC read the Betsy-Tacy series, and the result is classic Maud and classic HVF. At the end of this book there was nothing to do but sigh contentedly and reach for Heaven to Betsy for a l ...more
Home for the Holidays (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #5)
By Heather Vogel Frederick

Life is finally back to normal as Emma's family has finally returned from England. In honor of Becca's grandmother visiting, the girls decide to read the Betsy-Tacy series until New Year's, and then take on another book for the second half of their sophomore year. As the holidays approach, plans are being made for exciting excursions, from California to a Caribbean cruise. Upon their departure, each member draws
Another great entry in the MDBC series. As always, the author has trouble making her narrators distinct - even with the gang splitting up for Christmas, I still needed to keep flipping to the front of the chapter to see whose POV were on.

Some of the running gags are getting old - Mrs. Wong is hardly anything but a caricature by this point, and doesn't have a personality beyond "vegan hippie environmentalist." I couldn't believe that *only* one person raised objections to a 20-year-old getting en
It seems I grow up with these books. Half the things they go through, I've been through. It's amazing how many characters I'm like. I'm like Emma and her writing skills (and her name), Jess and her love of animals and singing, and Cassidy with her love of sports. I hope that more of these books are written!
Great fun to see the five heroines (and their families!) of this series reading Betsy-Tacy! While it was difficult at times to distinguish between the characters, the author's love of her craft and her appreciation of Maud Hart Lovelace made this book a delight to read.
Riya Kumar
Home for the Holidays was a really fun and lighthearted book. I read it over the holidays and I thought it was perfect because it was exactly like I felt that holidays should be like for a group of friends. Specifically, I enjoyed seeing the friendships stay strong, even though the situation was kind of serious. In particular, I thought the scene where Jess’s friends help her with a common teenage situation was very relatable in a silly way. One part of the book that I did not like was when the ...more
This is a warm, cozy series that I would have wanted to live in as a middle schooler. Is it kind of cheesy & not terribly realistic at times? Yeah. But it's so full of nice characters & a lovely setting that you just don't care. Watching the lives of the five girls who form the mother-daughter book club's junior members change as they grow up is interesting, & seeing how their hopes, fears, & family lives affect the way they interact with each other is as well. The interaction wi ...more
Like Heather Vogel Frederick, I didn't grow up with the "Betsy-Tacy" books. They weren't a part of my childhood landscape. I only became aware of them a few years ago, and when they were republished in shiny new editions, I snapped them up eagerly, just like Emma does in Home for the Holidays. Just like for Emma, the prospect of getting to experience a literary treasure that I was unfamiliar with gave me chills. I ended up loving Betsy and all her adventures, and I couldn't have been happier whe ...more
As the Christmas season begins in Concord, snowflakes and magic are in the air for the mother-daughter book club. The girls are sophomores in high school and have now been friends for what feels like forever. For the first half of the school year, the club is reading the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. They’ve managed to do the impossible: find a series that Emma hasn’t read! This Christmas is bittersweet: none of the girls are going to be home for the holidays this year. Megan and Becc ...more
Home for the Holidays follows the stories of five girls who are in a mother-daughter book club together. Each goes on their own adventure as they read the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Megan, the fashionista, and Becca, the queen bee go on a Caribbean cruise and find themselves in a fight with each other because of a secret that Becca is keeping from Megan. Jess, the genius settles for Christmas in New Hampshire with Emma, the bookworm, after a sledding accident cancels her trip to Sw ...more
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Review from "Rosie Girl" formerly known as "Daisy Daughter"

Home for the Holidays is number five in the Mother/Daughter Book Club Series. This realistic fiction novel is about five teenage girls who leave their homes in Concord, Massachusetts for different winter vacations. The girls go on different adventures in Laguna Beach, New Hampshire, and even a Christmas Cruise to the Bahamas. Megan and Becca fight over the captain’s son while Cassidy visits her home state of California. An unexpected sle
My Rating: 4/5 stars

The very first thought that popped into my head when I opened the book: Yay, we finally get to read from Becca's POV!

No, really. I loved getting to read from the POV of someone new, because it really made everything different. It gave you a whole new perspective on the story itself. Becca thinks very different from the rest of the girls, so getting to read from her eyes was interesting. I wish Frederick would have done this for the first four books as well. I would have loved
Well, I was supposed to wait until December 2013 to read this but patience's not being my forte (ahem), I got as far as mid-January before starting it (well done, I know :D).

And I'm glad I did! I totally enjoyed this dose of holidays cheer during a bleak month of January.

This was probably my fave book of the series so far. The girls are reading Betsy-Tacy books (which I've never heard of), but this time I focussed more on what's happening in their lives than on the book club events.

For the first
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