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The Mother-Daughter Book Club (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  8,639 ratings  ·  978 reviews
The book club

is about to get

a makeover....

Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month.

But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends nav

Hardcover, 245 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Brooke N. I see it being fun either way. You could read it ahead of time and know what the girls are talking about and speed through the book, or you could read…moreI see it being fun either way. You could read it ahead of time and know what the girls are talking about and speed through the book, or you could read it with them, however it would take longer to get through the book that way. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (less)
Molly Becca doesn't hate all of them. Meghan is one of her best friends, so she definitely doesn't hate her. I don't think she has anything against Emma or…moreBecca doesn't hate all of them. Meghan is one of her best friends, so she definitely doesn't hate her. I don't think she has anything against Emma or Jess, even though she is definitely mean to them. She doesn't like Cassidy because she finds her a threat when it comes to Zach. Overall, she's just another popular girl who thinks she is better than everyone and that it is okay to treat people as if they are below you. Her personality does improve slightly later in the series.(less)
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Ginny Messina
The overall concept of this book really appealed to me, and I approached it with the highest expectations. I loved the Concord setting and the fun facts related to LMA and Little Women. Unfortunately, there were too many issues that kept me from enjoying it. On a minor note, it was hard to follow and I had to frequently flip back to see whose voice I was reading. Not a big deal, but I’m glad I didn’t read it on my Nook.

I didn’t find the book to be at all believable. The girls, especially Emma,
I have been trying to find books to suggest to my 6th grade daughter. Apparently all of her friends are now reading Twilight, Hunger Games, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I've read all of these young adult books and have really enjoyed them, but I'd like her to wait a little longer before reading what I would consider books with older teen issues. We looked through goodreads for some suggested books and stumbled upon the Mother-Daughter Book Club. One person's review mentioned that it wa ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Izzy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls from 8-12
Recommended to Izzy by: no one
In the Mother-Daughter Book Club, there are four girls. Megan who loves clothes, Cassidy who loves hockey and baseball and hates girly things, Emma who loves books and food, and shy Jess who is best friends with Emma and her mother left her family to go o New York to become her star on broadway. As you can see they're all very different. Their Moms put together a book club and none of them want to go. Near the end of the story they all love book club and are all friend even though they are all s ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for

Megan, Cassidy, Emma, and Jess are as different as four preteen girls can be. Yet, their mothers are friends and have invented a mother-daughter book club to spend more "quality time" with the girls. The book that they have chosen- LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott.

Emma, whose mother was the brains behind the book club, has already read this book and many others. As an aspiring writer she reads any book she can get her hands on. It
Emma, Megan, Cassidy, and Jess are made to join a book club with their mothers where they are reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for the year. Will they become good friends and be able to get along through the book club and their first year of middle school? Read on and find out for yourself.

This is the first book of the mother daughter book club series and it was pretty good. I'll definitely continue with this series at a later time. If you like books about book clubs and friends, def ch
I was torn between giving this book 2.5 stars and 3. It's not so bad that it deserves 2 stars though.

This book is the rather cliche story of four girls who don't like/know each other very well, who become friends over the course of the book. You've got four girls with very distinct personalities to map to the March sisters. Unfortunately, the author chose to write the book from all four perspectives (alternating chapters) but largely fails to distinguish their narrative voices. The book would ha
Let me start with the positives. I liked how each chapter opened with a quote, and I enjoyed learning about Concord. I now think I would like to go there to visit, as the historical sites sound really neat. I also want to go on a sleigh ride like they did in the book!

I guess I am biased from the start because--with a few exceptions--I'm just not a huge fan of books that take place in the modern time period (I prefer historical settings). Further in its defense, this book is most certainly geare
The first book in what is possibly my granddaughter's favorite series. A welcome entry in an increasingly hard to find genre: Cheerful, realistic fiction appealing to girls 8-13. This one is fun, with lots of literary (Little Women) references. I had trouble distinguishing the four girls' voices sometimes, but that's a minor quibble. I did think a few elements were a little predictable (Spoiler alert: Megan's turnaround) but they lead to a satisfying conclusion that kids will relish. A wholesome ...more
Lily Deutsch
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
by Heather Vogel Fredrick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club is a fun, loving and heart filled book packed with pages to excite everyone!

The mothers want to grow closer to their daughters, so they form a book club. Now this wasn't what all the girls were planning, nor was it their idea of fun". When the girls find out that a book club is being formed and they have to join it trouble brews. On the first day of the book club, all the girls meet and have fun. The dreaded se
Veronica Adam
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I like the concept of the series, and the book was enjoyable, but there were several times when I felt that the voice of the various pre-teens just did not ring quite true. They did, in fact, read too much like an adult writing what was happening, rather than a teen's thinking or speaking. I know that, for instance, the character Emma, being a bright girl and a big reader, would speak with a larger vocabulary than many 12-year-olds, but the particular word selections & turns of phrase just d ...more
Reading Vacation
The Mother Daughter Book Club is the first in a four-book series. Each book in the series takes on a different classic in the setting of a mother and daughter book club. The first book explores Little Women, one of my favorite girlie classics.
I cannot begin to tell you how creative this book is. There are four sets of mothers and daughters in the book club. Each daughter can easily be compared to the main characters in Little Women. Jess is a shy animal lover, Emma loves food and books, Me
People who know me will be surprised to see me reading this non-dystopian, non-historical series, but I am friends with Heather, and it's always interesting to read outside one's comfort zone.

The plotting was solid. I liked Cassidy best, natch.

I had some trouble distinguishing the voices of the various characters at first, but that resolved as I got further in.

Some of the characters remained more caricatures than not, most notably the "mean girl" Becca and her mother, the fat-assed Mrs. Chadwi
By the time kids are in sixth grade, which I assume is the intended audience for this cusp-of-YA book, they should be reading books that challenge stereotypes, not reinforce them. If the examples in this book are to be believed, all rich teenagers are mean and obsessed with makeup; all environmentalists dress in beat-up jeans and bake rock-hard, disgusting vegan cookies; all girls who like sports are ill-mannered and hate to dress up; all bookworms are shy and cry at the drop of a hat... do you ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Cashi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book is the first book of the Mother Daughter Book Club and i loved it. This book follows four girls Cassidy(The Tomboy), Emma(The Writer), Jess(The Animal lover), and Megan (The Fashionista) and their lives starting 6th grade and being in a book club started by the girls mothers while in yoga class. This book was very cute and was very easy for me to get into. I just started high school so i was having some of the same feelings these girls were having their first day. Overall I will give i ...more
This book is amazing and I loved it! One of the things I liked most about the book was when something really happy for the protagonists happened but the book wouldn't even be over yet. I also liked how in the book every chapter would be from a different protagonist's point of view so then you could see what all of the protagonists were thinking. I highly recommend this book!
A wonderful concept for a series of books. A group of mothers get their daughters together to read the classics. Not all of the girls are friends at the beginning leading to conflict and reading about the internal emotions of each girl as she grapples with her 6th grade year. Not unexpectedly, I related more to the moms. I read the next book also and started the third when I realized that I was just not in the mood to continue to read about all of the emotional drama that each girl experiences. ...more
I've been reading this series for the fluff. It wasn't good.

The characters:


She is overall likable and sweet and reminded me a bit of myself. I thought the bullying was a bit over the top. No one in middle school OUTRIGHT TEASES SOMEONE FOR BEING POOR.



Also reminded me of myself, her mother somehow comes back to their farm after starring on an award winning soap. That was really weird.


Her change of heart was very unrealistic as was her Mean Girl personality.



Stereotypical t
Four New England sixth grader girls' lives change when their moms join them together to create a mother-daughter book club. These meetings for the girls become less of a pain as they gradually become friends. Towards the end their lives change but their close bond doesn't.
In the writing they change who's speaking in first person every chapter and it's really interesting how each character views a situation. The only problem I had during this book was that it seemed the book changed who was spe
Madeline Smoot
Most of the time I like to talk about books with magical powers and magical creatures (like the book I recommended for Friday). However, sometimes I like to talk about books that are firmly grounded in our reality but still have something magical about them — magical writing, magical characters, a magical charm to the reading experience. In other words, sometimes I like to talk about books like The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

I am exceedingly fond of this book. Not only is it filled with great, i

When four sixth grade girls are forced by their mothers to join a book club, they are afraid they'll find nothing in common with each other or Little Women, the book they are assigned to read. As they muddle through middle school, the unlikely friends find they may need each other after all and that a book written a long time ago still has relevance today.

Told from all four girls' perspectives, this book has something to offer every reader looking for a character like herself. Emma struggles to
I am exceedingly fond of this book. Not only is it filled with great, individual and well-rounded characters, but it also is a well-written book. In it, 4 girls, Megan, Cassidy, Emma and Jess (only two of which are friends) are horrified when their mothers decide to start a mother-daughter book club. Even the girls who like to read don’t want to participate in a club with girls they hate. And to make matters worse (in some of the girls’ opinions) they have to read Little Women instead of somethi ...more
Christine Marie
Jul 21, 2013 Christine Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cute reads, classics, girls, girl power, middle grade, awesome books fans
Recommended to Christine by: daredevil69
This was my second time reading this book, as I was rereading this series before I read the last book in the series. I truly missed reading about these girls, and I am so excited to finish the rest of the series, although it's bittersweet because IT'S ALL OVER AND THEY'RE GOING TO COLLEGE WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE OH MY GOODNESS EIGSSGLWYSTSNEKEYS!!!!!! *takes deep breath*

Anyways, it was definitely a different experience reading the first book this time around because I know what happens four boo
This book made me think of Ann Brashares Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, but for younger readers. Four girls living in Concord, MA (Emma, Jess, Megan, Cassidy) and their mothers form a book club to read Little Women over the course of the girls 6th grade year. The girls enter into this reluctantly, since all of them are very different, and several of them are not friends with each other. As the girls are finding their way through some very realistic middle years problems, their mother ...more
This book is my favorite out of all the books in the series.Why? Because in the first "Mother Daughter Book Club" they are younger and their story is more appealing. Unfortunately, I started reading the series from the middle to the last to the first so I got the pleasure of reading this marvelous book last... Just a tip. If you ever want to read this book, start with the first one!
This book was okay. It wasn't bad. It was realistic fiction, and it truly was realistic. What I wasn't so crazy about was that there was really not a big problem, or anything like that. I do want to read the second book though, because I hear that the mean girl*, joins the book club.

This book wasn't bad so I gave it three stars.

*no spoilers allowed
Suzie Bookgirl
A lovely story about three mums who form a bookclub with their daughters who are not necessarily friends or really very keen. They decide to read Little Women (Which I have not read). By the end relationships have formed and the group are tight. Lovely story.
Chloe Armstrong
This book was a great refresher in the realistic fiction section of my reading, a great intro to a world of middle school girls and boys. And This is accurate, trust me I should know, I'm in middle school too!
Angie Butcher
Love this - great for 11-12 year olds! The book is interesting with some drama and conflict but good talk about girls and getting along with people different than you. I like the whole series.
Jennifer Swanson
I borrowed this book from my teenage daughter. I just loved it. Heather Vogel Frederick does a wonderful job of introducing us to four tween girls with unique personalities and,of course, their mothers. She accurately depicts the struggles of middle school and how difficult it is to fit in sometimes. I especially appreciate how she wrote about the adults in this book. She made them real characters, something you don't always see in this day and age where most tv shows make the children smart and ...more
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