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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

(The Mother-Daughter Book Club #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  11,846 ratings  ·  1,299 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

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Hardcover, 245 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Olivia 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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emma
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is adorable and if a 200-page book about twelve-year-olds navigating friendships and reading Little Women with their moms doesn't sound like something you want to read right away, I simply don't know what to say to you.

also there are a lot of mentions of cookies, and that's something I'll always love.

basically this book was short (needed) and nostalgia-inducing (lovely) and filled with Little Women references (one of two books I've five-starred so far this year). it was, for me in this
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Ginny Messina
Mar 02, 2013 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,
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Kristi
Jan 31, 2012 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
Kate Willis
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was seriously such a fun concept! Contemporary fiction with a theme of classic literature? Yes, please!

I was expecting the book to be more about the book club meetings than it actually was, but I still enjoyed what it ended up being. ;) Also, you don’t have to be a Little Women expert to enjoy it. I’ve only seen the movie, and I loved guessing which March sister each character paralleled. (Once I figured it out, it was really cool to see that the plot had a few Easter eggs.) ;)

The author d
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Izzy
Aug 20, 2008 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
Manybooks
EDITED TO ADD IN NOVEMBER 2018: I am in the process of revisiting those instalments of Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club series which I have already read, as for one, I want to finally finish the series (reading the books I have not yet tackled and are languishing on my to-read pile and on my Kindle) and for two, I also want to check and verify whether my original star rankings are holding up to my rereads, if they are too high, too low or just about right. And indeed, after no ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Bridgette_E1
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was a very nice quick read about a group of girls that you would never expect to friends. Thier friendships start merely because of their mom's. all the moms came together to started a book club. all the girls hated it but after time they learn how to get along and be friendlier to each other. related to this book in many ways, but the biggest connection that I found was how the 4 girls are very similar the girls in "Little women". With all their differences they still find a way to connect ...more
Allison
Nov 16, 2016 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
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Kate
Mar 10, 2014 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
Susan
Jun 06, 2011 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
CuriousLibrarian
Feb 02, 2009 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
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Amber
Jun 22, 2015 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
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Jane Potter
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun novel! I love the concept of a mother daughter book club! I want to return to Concord after reading this book. loved all the allusions and discussions about Little Women--a favorite classic of mine!

The stories were engaging and easy to get into. I enjoyed the multiple perspectives. I was surprised how easily I identified with the characters as the girls are middle schoolers. But it was a lot of fun to read!

The ending sure wrapped up everything super well and almost idealized life for
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Allison Tebo
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
2 1/2.

I don't particularly like giving half ratings - but it does describe my feelings for this book. I came really close to liking it . . . but it ended up being more "okay."


It was clever how the authoress paralleled this story to Little Women and it definitely stirred up a lot of nostalgia for one of my favorite books. It also gave me a great desire to visit Concord - what a fascinating place!

I did find the girl's behavior absurd and considering how young they were. I had forgotten how old y
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Michelle Gragg
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kid-lit, must-avoid
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
Sophie Janet
If The Breakfast Club had a book club, instead of detention.

What I love most of all is that these girls are actually totally different from each other. There isn't the nerd who actually loves fashion, or the popular girl who likes video games vibe. Each girl is as they claim to be. (Nothing wrong with that, you just come to expect the "twist" after a while). There's no secret society in their motives. They are some of the most down-to-earth, realistic representations of girls I've read.

The home
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Carolynne
Jan 09, 2013 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
Cashi
Mar 15, 2014 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
Happy (spread The Word)
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So good! My favorite read as usual!
Mim Muller
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Julia Marie
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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birdie22
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love books with a series. That way if I like the first book I can read the next book afterwards. And that's what I loved about this book! After I read it, I started the next one immediately. (I'm not quite finished on the second yet). The way friendship was displayed in this book was great! It gives you a good idea about friends (and foes) coming together to read in a book club with their moms (which not all of them are happy about) every week. And you get to see how Jess, Emma, Megan, and Cas ...more
FlowerMae
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I liked how their friendship slowly grew, and how they went cool places and did cool things. But the reason why I didn’t give it five stars was because it wasn’t very realistic. They had to many good things happen to them. Every month they met up for a book club meeting, and they were reading Little Women. There was drama at school and between their family’s but they were always there for each other. I recommend reading this book, and I’m excited to read the next one!
Berkley
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My mom and I listened to the audio version of this book and we both liked it. ( I think my mom did 😉) I love how I can relate to most of the characters in this book, and I think it is really funny to see how the girls in this story come up with their own way to solve problems.
Elsa
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book/series is really good!! I've read all the books, and now I'm rereading them because I forgot what happened. It is good for readers who like realistic fiction and drama.
Veronica Adam
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Brittany
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

This was a light fluffy read, and I enjoyed it. Being a MOM made my point of view of this story much different than it would have been years ago. There isn't much to say.. the title say says it all. Nothing extravagant, just a simple read.
Audrey
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
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Madeline Smoot
May 11, 2010 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
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