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

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  7,107 ratings  ·  879 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 navi

Hardcover, 245 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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,...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
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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...more
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
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
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...more
Veronica Adam
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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...more
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...more
Apr 14, 2014 Cashi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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!
This book is so amusing. There is so many different kinds of people in this book. There is always something different going on. I love this book
I finished the series as a pleasure read.

My issues:

1) Not very realistic.
2) All POVs seem the same.

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.


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

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...more
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...more
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
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
Jul 21, 2013 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 Marie 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...more
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...more
On the front cover of The Mother-Daughter Book Club: Drama is required reading. I didn’t know what to expect with this book because it’s for a younger audience, but I was NOT disappointed :) Emma has just begun middle school when her mom gives her the news, she has been signed up to join a book club with three other girls and their moms.

One of the girls is Emma’s best friend, but the other two couldn’t be more opposite. They’ve agreed to read Little Women and none of the girls are into books. H...more
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 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
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
Jackie Buckmaster-libert
Just finished reading this book with my 9 year old. She LOVED it and is anxious for us to start reading the next book in the series. After we finished reading it, I wanted to read Little Women! I really liked how it portrayed the relationships between the moms, the daughters, and the moms and daughters.

I also really like this author. My oldest daughter chose this author to write to as part of a 4th grade assignment and Heather Vogel-Frederick wrote her back (not a form letter). Really inspired h...more
Very cute series for young 10 year old is tearing through them. A group of friends join a book club that their mothers have arranged for them. The story mostly focuses on their young lives, but they draw parallels to the book they are reading, in this case, Little Women. I love to see girls, even fictional ones :) get excited about reading the classics and relating them to their lives today. They are definitely written for the girls, but I will continue to read the series with my daug...more
The novel “The Mother-Daughter Book Club” is a realistic fiction story about four girls in Massachusetts who know nothing of each other, until their moms form a book club. Each of the girls has their own unique personality: Emma, forever the bookworm, proves herself to be the smart one, Megan is the “fashionista”, she designs clothes and is the opposite of an outsider, Jess is an avid animal lover, whose mother is an actress in New York, and Cassidy is an athletic tomboy who plays hockey and doe...more
Based on the title and the cover of the book, this might seem geared towards later elementary school kids. It's Flouncy and pink, with the words Mother and Daughter together. Give this book a chance! I first read the preview pages on Google Books, and it seemed interesting, so I checked it out. I've got to say, this is one of the best "normal girl's life" books I've read so far. The cast of characters (Megan, Emma, Jess and Cassidy along with their mothers) are extremely easy to root for. And fo...more
I quite liked this book.

I liked how the narrators actually talked and acted like 12-year-olds (though, as many other commenters have said, the voices were not as distinct as I might have liked).
I liked how the romance/crushes stayed in the background and didn't dominate anyone's plotline.
I liked the character development present in most of the characters.
I loved the premise - my mum and I are going to read these books together, and maybe the books they read in the series, too.
I loved the relatio...more
Julia C
In the novel "The Mother Daughter Book Club" by Heather Vogel Frederick four extremely different girls come together in a book club formed by their mothers. Megan, Emma, Jess and Cassidy are all from different worlds. Megan is a shopaholic and would much rather be shopping than reading a book, Emma has already read every book ever written so why would she want to re-read another? Jess always has her mind set on her farm work, and would rather be milking the goats than flipping pages of some book...more
The Mother-Daughter Book Club is an amazing book written by Heather Vogel Frederick. It is a middle school drama story about four girls with four different hobbies and attitudes. Emma wears old hand me downs from neighbors and has already read every book in existence (even though she’s not that smart). Megan is part of the popular group, but not Queen Bee. She loves fashion, the mall, and most importantly, her social life. Cassidy is all about sports and no fashion. She wears baggy clothes and m...more
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