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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, 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, felt older than 6th graders, and none of the dialog among the mothers sounded the least bit plausible The penultimate chapter in NYC, where the characters all fall into once in a lifetime kinds of opportunities was so over the top, just completely preposterous Maybe this would play better with the intended audience girls in the 9 to 12 year age range but I m skeptical Mostly, though, two things about this book really bugged me One was the depiction of Mrs Wong the vegetarian environmentalist and feminist Such a ridiculous, shallow, dated stereotype, right down to the hard as rock vegan cookies, the carrot crunchies give me a break and the request for tofu dogs It read like something from 1992 I actually flipped back to the copyright to see if the book had in fact been written in the 1990s I have no problem with poking fun at vegetarians and tree huggers But I don t like books written for young girls that play up stereotypes especially in ways that seem dismissive of what most people would hopefully consider to be admirable values I would have been just as annoyed had the stereotype focused on conservative Christians, or librarians, or some other group to which I don t belong And it s bothersome that the only character in the book who is presented as a silly ninny is the one who cares about the environment, social justice, and women s issues But the truly egregious thing about this book was the constant reference to the size of Mrs Chadwick s butt, and how all the girls and their moms laughed at it Really A book written for young girls the most fragile people on earth when it comes to issues regarding body image and self esteem that laughs at fat people For that reason alone, I would not recommend this book 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 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 having reread books one to three, I do think that my rather lukewarm responses at best were and remain pretty well spot on and indeed, the only reason, I am actually going to continue with the Mother Daughter Book Club is simply that I do have the entire series in my possession and kind of want to finish what I had originally started.ORIGINAL REVIEW While I did end up somewhat enjoying Heather Vogel Frederick s The Mother Daughter Book Club, I remain rather majorly conflicted and up and down, both hot and cold And I guess I am in factthan just a bit disappointed with The Mother Daughter Book Club, 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 all time favourite books, namely Louisa May Alcott s Little Women would be read and discussed, and the magic I was expecting, it never really did all that much materialise there were indeed a few hints of brilliance, and I did and do appreciate the historical and literary details on both Little Women and the Alcotts, but I was not even remotely as enthralled by the narrative, by the plot, as I had fondly and eagerly expected and hoped to be.Now the bullying described in The Mother Daughter Book Club especially in the beginning chapters was and remains a trifle hard to stomach although yes, that might well be due to this hitting a bit too close to the proverbial home for me And in fact and indeed, after having now finished The Mother Daughter Book Club, I realise that I actually have farissues and annoyances with some of the mothers, with many of Heather Vogel Frederick s adult characters than with the featured and encountered school bullying and nastiness For example, while I know that Cassidy s mother basically just wants to keep the family safe after the father s tragic death , her dictatorial refusal to allow her daughter to try out for hockey Cassidy s one joy, and her main connection with and to her deceased father , this is not only amazingly sad, but incredibly thoughtless and yes, rather putridly selfish if not deliberately cruel, not to mention simply stupid, stupid, stupid and I do well realise that Cassidy herself often seems to act in a similar manner, but come on, she is a child of eleven, and someone who after her father s death feels like an absolute alien in her family, as she is in all ways, her father s daughter, athletic, tomboyish, while her older sister Courtney issimilar to the mother, a former fashion model And I have to and perhaps with some guilt admit that I totally applauded and cheered Cassidy for swearing at, for totally mouthing off against her mother in a major way and when the family counsellor to whom Cassidy s mother then drags her reluctant daughter actually agrees with Cassidy that her mother is being unreasonable and self centred to not allow hockey, that was and remains for me, pure gold.And Megan s mother whom I consider one of the most stereotyped and typecast characters of The Mother Daughter Book Club, period is to me even considering my disdain for Mrs Chadwick probably the one mother whom I at this point consider the most clueless and frustratingly grating, infuriating even so much so that I actually started to actively feel sorry for Megan, bully that she is notwithstanding Mrs Wong seems to and for me the typical modern and wealthy activist parent, who might have some good ideas about saving the environment, who might even in many ways have her heart in the right place, but who also has no clue as to what her daughter actually needs such as some criticism and consequences for her nastiness and bullying behaviour, especially towards Emma and Jess and what she desires, where Megan s talents lie Mrs Wong blithely states that Megan will be and wants to be an environmental lawyer come on, she is just eleven , willfully ignoring and even rather nonchalantly and carelessly publically dismissing her daughter s artistic talents and that her interests clearly lie in the realm of fashion design Now with Jess s mother not in appearance as she is in New York for most of the story , the ONLY mother with whom I could really identify in any way was Mrs Hawthorne, Emma s mother and by that extension, with Emma as well, although Jess does come a close second I like how Emma and her mother are obviously close, and while she cannot fully protect her daughter from Becca Chadwick s bullying, she is also at least both willing and able to confront Becca directly That being said, seeing that Concord is not a large urban area, and while I can understand that Emma s family is not wealthy, is on a tight budget, I think it is potentially a bit problematic that Phoebe Hawthorne makes her daughter wear second second hand clothing from a well if not universally known local donor Nicole Patterson , as this seems to just increase the bullying Emma experiences and gives especially Becca and company increasing ammunition it is in my opinion akin to painting a huge target on poor Emma s back, and therefore, I for one think that Mrs Hawthorne should have been getting Emma s second hand clothing from somewhere else other than Concord.And with regard to the amount of bullying and nastiness that is part and parcel to much of the content and thematics of The Mother Daughter Book Club, and whether the same might be a bit over the top and too exaggerated, I have reached the personal conclusion that while Becca Chadwick and her cohorts are definitely a bit overly exaggerated, there is also and unfortunately much reality portrayed, as painful as that might be to fathom and consider Personality types such as Becca, Ashley and Jen do exist, and so do exaggerated parental types la Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Wong thus I consider The Mother Daughter Book Club somewhat exaggerated and stereotypical, but still ultimately realistic, in other words, exaggerated reality However, I do find itthan a bit disconcerting that Heather Vogel Frederick seems to majorly wallow and glory in negativity, problems and even cynicism until almost the very end of the novel there seems to be relatively little unadulterated joy displayed and depicted, and then suddenly, like a deus ex machina, Jess s mother returns to Half Moon Farm for good and everything is suddenly fine and lovely for everyone.Now as to the general organisation and conceptualisation of The Mother Daughter Book Club, I personally do find the constantly shifting viewpoints and narrators quite taxing and trying Nothing against alternate viewpoints and narrators, but if an author utilises this device, the narrators must have strong independent voices, so that potential readers can easily distinguish them from one another, and this simply does not all that much happen with the four daughters I kept having to flip back to check who was narrating, as especially with Emma and Jess, their voices are not always distinct and even Megan sometimes sounds confusingly wishy washy, as really, only Cassidy seems to have a voice that is always distinctly her own And finally, while the events portrayed and narrated in The Mother Daughter Book Club happen in grade six, when the girls are eleven years old, many of the musings do not sound at least to and for me like the thoughts of eleven year olds, but rather what individuals a couple of years older, say, around thirteen or fourteen might think and proclaim for when I was eleven, I generally did not think along those lines, with crushes on boys seemingly the be all and end all, even for Emma All in all, not a great, not an outstanding novel, but a decent enough offering and introduction , as I did end up finding The Mother Daughter Book Club a mildly enjoyable, although at times rather annoying and uncomfortable read, with for me, certain problematic issues of structure and style as well as too much stereotyping I do appreciate the premise and concept, but must admit that I for the most part am considering continuing with the series mostly because I own the entire set and thus feel somewhat obligated to continue and thus, I do hope the sequels will get a bit stronger and increasingly interesting 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 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 was a great pre cursor to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I was sold My daughter isn t a girly girl so the pink cover through her off a bit, but she liked the idea of the book so she read it anyway As a note, the characters read Little Women in their book club I would highly recommend reading this book first because there are spoilers My daughter loved the characters who were dealing with problems sixth graders often face, and she felt the characterizations were true to life I thought the characters were a little one dimensional, but I m not in sixth grade so I ll go with my daughter s judgement The information about Louisa May Alcott in the story is a little forced, but I love the fact that the girls are relating the book to their lives in interesting ways I also feel that you get to know the Alcott family in a unique way, and I learned some things about them that I didn t know before We re now interested in readingin the series which is great for me since it s hard to keep up with my daughter s reading Since each book is based on the girls reading another book we get two book ideas at once I would definitely recommend this book for 5 6th grade girls and their parents Great discussion ideas at the end of the book, too This was seriously such a fun concept Contemporary fiction with a theme of classic literature Yes, please I was expecting the book to beabout 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 This was seriously such a fun concept Contemporary fiction with a theme of classic literature Yes, please I was expecting the book to beabout 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 did a good job making the girls and their families unique I related most to Emma, though Jess was great too And Darcy was actually a really cool older brother D And a huge high five for literary minded parents There were many delightful events in this book, but the Independence Day celebration was probably my favorite Their little town is so rich with history That picnic at Louisa May Alcott s house closely rivaled it, though Unfortunately, this book had a lot of negative middle school drama Cliques, boy competitions, and verbal bullying basically everything everyone wants to forget about being a young teen Some parts were so embarrassing or cringeworthy a testament to the author s writing skill, I guess for the characters that it made things much less enjoyable to read Hopefully, because the mothers are now taking an active interest in their daughter s lives, things will change for the better They already are by the end of this book, I think Just a note, rebellious and unkind attitudes abound for a large part of the book Also, one character s mother view spoiler temporarily abandons her family to become an actor Her daughter is watching her show on the tv and finds it weird to see her mom kissing someone other than her dad Agreed That wasn t cool hide spoiler Altogether, this was an okay read I may dip into the series again sometime We shall see The book clubis about to get a makeoverEven 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 monthBut what begins as a mom imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama They can t help but wonder What would Jo March doAcclaimed author Heather Vogel Frederick will delight daughters of all ages in a novel about the fabulousness of fiction, family, and friendship 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 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 so different Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka Mickey for TeensReadToo.comMegan, 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 spendquality 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 Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka Mickey for TeensReadToo.comMegan, 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 spendquality 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 also helps that her mother just happens to be a librarian The book club is the last place that Megan wants to be She would rather be at the mall with her friends, taking notes for outfits she would like to design one day Her mother, on the other hand, has great dreams in mind for Megan Dreams that involve science and math camp and Harvard Megan hates that Cassidy would rather be out playing hockey then spending time in a book club She is proud of her tomboy status but her mother, an ex model, is less than thrilled Cassidy knows that this book club is just another way to try to make hergirly and she hates it Jess is best friends with Emma and has fun with her in the book club The only problem is that her own mother has temporarily moved to New York to be a soap opera star This means that Jess usually has to go to these book club meetings alone or worse, with her dad At the beginning of this book none of the girls are into the book club and would all rather be doing something else However, with a little help from Louisa May Alcott and a few other interesting events, the girls really come to love it This book was really, really good The characters are easy to relate to and the storyline is amazing This book did leave me a bit teary eyed, but it was a good teary eyed Pick up a copy of THE MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB and start reading it right away you won t be able to put it down While you re at it, pick up a copy of LITTLE WOMEN, too There are some fun questions at the end of this book that go along with it and that book is also amazing 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 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 see where I m going with this I thought the overall themes of friendship and tolerance were good ones, but they were presented in an entirely thoughtless manner Potentially good for reluctant readers, but I d hesitate to out and out recommend it A read alike that isn t so stereotypical is Lara Schaefer s Tea Shop Girls duology 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 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 For younger readers, I m sure they enjoy all those details better than I Some negative concepts are covered, such as cliques, bullying, and dysfunctional families Conservative readers may not appreciate all of this However, I did find myself drooling figuratively over all the literature themed Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the chapters, relating to the great authoress Louisa May Alcott, to Concord, and Orchard House itself Some of these scenes jumped to life for me, as real as watching a movie version of it which could be cool, by the way Overall It s cute Could definitely be used as a companion story to Little Women, when introducing the great classic to young readers feed the reading flame 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 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 and become friends