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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

(The Mother-Daughter Book Club #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  13,071 ratings  ·  1,439 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 n

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 sp…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)
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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
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,
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
EDITED TO ADD IN JANUARY 2020: 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 now ...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
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
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
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
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the first few pages, I could tell it would be a cute middle grade read. The writing style is charming and quickly drew me in.

The story is about a group of girls (about 12 years old), and their moms, starting a book club together. Their first literature pick? One of my personal favorites... Little Women!

Now, sometimes the girl-talk can get incredibly girly, when they chat about all the drama of middle school, boys, etc... some of this I skimmed through, to be honest (me, reading as an adult)
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
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
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
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
Amy "the book-bat"
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was enjoyable. I will be reading more in the series.
Stephanie A.
This book is so cute! Although the chapters are very episodic, leading to abrupt time jumps, I love the idea of the club and all the characters are great, though Emma and Jess are my favorites. Emma because she's shy and geeky and loves to write, and I love her family SO MUCH and was sorely disappointed at first when I realized the whole book would not be from her perspective, and Jess because I love both her dad and her wonderful organic farm with all its animals, and because her mom's absence ...more
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 didn' ...more
This was an absolutely delightful read that made me laugh out loud off and on, as well as giggle and chuckle. I had purchased this book very cheaply at a library book sale, knowing nothing about it. I was a bit thrown as I started reading, until I checked and discovered it is a juvenile/YA book. This was “just right” and just what I needed right now! I own the second book as well and will definitely acquire the rest of the series. Highly highly recommend!

And now I am even more motivated in my re
Christine (KizzieReads)
Some of this was good, but some was bad. There is a lot of fat shaming in this. This should not be in a middle school book. There was also a lot of hatred towards other girls and I just didn't like it. Some of the mothers were just as bad if not worse. Some of the mothers were great. There are a lot of tough subjects happening, and I understand kids are like this everywhere, but in order to change this type of attitude and behaviour, take it out of books. ...more
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
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
Michelle Gragg
Mar 05, 2015 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
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
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
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
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
Charlotte Fairbanks
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Would recommend for 11-13 year-old girls. But any age or gender could like it!!!
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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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
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!
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Middle school dramaaaaa
I loved how they have the girls develop healthier relationships with their moms during this whole book. Only bad part: I hated how the girls treated those who were mean to them. I hate the “mean girl” attitudes back toward the “mean girls”.
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