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

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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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Jhoj I definitely think that you should read Little Women first. Then you can read the MDBC and understand all the references and not have any surprises…moreI definitely think that you should read Little Women first. Then you can read the MDBC and understand all the references and not have any surprises spoiled if you haven't reached that part in Little Women yet.(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
Mar 02, 2013 Ginny Messina rated it it was ok
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,
Jan 31, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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 really liked it
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
While I did end up somewhat enjoying Heather Vogel Frederick's The Mother-Daughter Book Club, I remain rather conflicted and up-and-down, both hot and cold. I guess I am a bit disappointed, as this was such an appealing and promising premise, not only the concept of a mother-daughter book club, but also that one of my favourite books, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women would be read, and discussed, and the magic I was expecting, never fully did materialise (there were hints of brilliance, and I ap ...more
Mandie Peterson
Oct 06, 2016 Mandie Peterson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of middle school books, contemporary books, young adult books, and fiction
Recommended to Mandie by: Katy Orsborn
Age: 10+
Plot: 4 stars
Characters: 4.5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
My Review: This series is so good. It's probably my favorite ever. All the characters are so real to me. It's impossible not to love them. I just love all of them! Obviously, I hate the characters I'm supposed to hate. Everyone (even unimportant characters) is so fleshed out and has their own pros and cons. There really aren't that many good middle grade books, but this series makes up for it.
I didn't like how they made fun of Mrs. Chadwi
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
Feb 03, 2009 CuriousLibrarian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
Jan 09, 2013 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-stories
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
Jun 23, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-library
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
Apr 14, 2014 Cashi rated it really liked it
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
Veronica Adam
Oct 14, 2012 Veronica Adam rated it it was amazing
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Madeline Smoot
May 11, 2010 Madeline Smoot rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I didn't like this at all for the first several chapters. Megan and the Fab Four are downright bullies and I didn't care for them at all. I also was annoyed that at first, all of the girls in the book club were annoyed that their moms had started the book club...none of them seemed to have good relationships with their moms. I recognize that tween girls and their moms sometimes don't get along...some have very strained relationships. But I have daughters in 5th and 7th grades and while there are ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2010 BookKids rated it really liked it
Shelves: midgrade, realistic
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
Oct 06, 2011 Melody rated it liked it
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
Lily Deutsch
Mar 10, 2015 Lily Deutsch rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
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
Rachel Duncan
Jan 31, 2014 Rachel Duncan rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite good enough for a 5 star rating but I would guess that this is a series that will just get better the more books I read. I loved the characters and I was quite surprised by how un-caricatured they were. Very impressive. I also loved seeing all the character's perceptions of each other. The main improvement I can think of is a more cohesive plot- each girl had challenges, but sometimes things felt a bit scattered.
Sep 25, 2013 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!
Jan 09, 2017 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you feel you must read this book, please, in the name of all that you love about books, READ LITTLE WOMEN FIRST. The most infuriating thing about this book is that it spoils several surprises from that beloved piece of American literature. The target audience for this book is not the age after girls normally read Alcott, so I implore you to READ LITTLE WOMEN FIRST. Or simply skip this book. You will seriously regret having the plot of a much better book spoiled. My own daughter does.

As a matt
Nov 16, 2016 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I CANNOT recommend this book.

The concept is so great -- mother-daughter book club! What could be better?! My 11 year old daughter and I took it on with gusto. We even bought four in the series! Ugh.

About 15 minutes in I had the full picture. Okay, I know, it's written for preteens, so no wonder that as the mother I could predict it all. But still... The book was uber-disappointing.

Lots of ugly bullying. In some books, this can be done well and provide a lesson for girls. In this case, the bull
Christine Marie
Jul 21, 2013 Christine Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Parker  Peterson
Sep 18, 2016 Parker Peterson rated it it was amazing
The Mother-Daughter Book Club, by Heather Vogel Frederick, is a great book that takes place in the present and is realistic fiction. I think the theme is that no matter how different people are from each other, they can still be great friends and get through lots of tough times together.

This book is about four girls, one that is very popular, Megan, one that is very sporty, Cassidy, one that loves reading, Emma, and one that is very smart and lives on a farm, Jess. They are all very different f
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
Michelle Ryan
Mar 10, 2015 Michelle Ryan rated it did not like it
Shelves: must-avoid, kid-lit
I've started reading books alongside my daughter to encourage her to read. We take turns picking books. I wanted to pre read this book because I had heard it was popular but didn't know enough to feel comfortable recommending it. I was so disappointed. The writing is poor. It passes back and forth through four narrators. But they all have the same narrative voice which is confusing. The characters are very stereotypical. Also, the last section (summer) is sensational and wholly doesn't match the ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Beck rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series! I've read each of the four books countless times and could still read them many more. The characters feel so real, like they were my best friends, and honestly, I can't describe in words how much I love this series. It makes me happy. =)
Here's the summary of this first book:
~~~~Contains Spoilers!~~~~

Four girls, different from each other in so many ways, and forcefully brought together by theirs mothers. Megan, a popular, fashion loving girl, who is friends with th
Mar 13, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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
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