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I actually finished Dear Pen Pal, the third instalment of Heather Vogel Frederick s The Mother Daughter Book Club series and where the club is discussing Jean Webster and especially her novels Daddy Longlegs and its sequel Dear Enemy a couple of years ago, and then promptly forgot to review it perhaps because while definitely to a small extent enjoyable, the novel is also and oncerather too stereotypical in many ways, with especially Lily Wong again being presented as a very intensely o I actually finished Dear Pen Pal, the third instalment of Heather Vogel Frederick s The Mother Daughter Book Club series and where the club is discussing Jean Webster and especially her novels Daddy Longlegs and its sequel Dear Enemy a couple of years ago, and then promptly forgot to review it perhaps because while definitely to a small extent enjoyable, the novel is also and oncerather too stereotypical in many ways, with especially Lily Wong again being presented as a very intensely one dimensional stock and cardboard like eponymous vegan activist character, although I do have to admit that she does become just a trifledeveloped, nuanced and human by the end of Dear Pen Pal But I guess my main reading appreciation challenges with this particular story, with Dear Pen Pal and, to be fair, with the entire The Mother Daughter Book Club series so far, are for all intents and purposes that the plot lines do seem to simply and mostly move and meander from one potential and often standardly overused issue of young adult, of school time concern and disaster to another, always framed with and by classic and conventional bully and bullying worries And yes indeed, even the main underlying thematics of Dear Pen Pal, the newly mandated school uniforms and the students rejection of and their fight against this dress code is really almost laughably standard and thus massively run of the mill for me as it is a much too commonly used theme in school based children s literature However, I would likely have considered a low three star and not a one star rating for Dear Pen Pal if the voices of the narrators had matured a bit from the first and second books and they really have NOT and in fact, I almost think they are sounding LESS mature and LESS developed than especially in book two of the series where the club was reading and discussing L.M Montgomery s Anne of Green Gables series, and where particularly Megan and Cassidy were developing strong independent points of view , andimportantly, if the book club s sojourn in Wyoming had been a little less woefully and frustratingly massively predictable For personally, I knew almost right at the beginning of the trail ride chapter that there would be a serious weather related issue endangering some of the riders and that Savannah whose very presence in Wyoming also feelsthan a bit contrived and artificial would of course end up being the one rescuing Jess and the others, or rather that she would be the one person to take the rooster along to find the lost riders, as this is such a standard and ridiculously overused scenario in stories involving riding camps and the like to be groan worthy not Savannah using Lefty the rooster to find the riders, bien s r, but the entire scenario of the riders out in the storm and the one usually unheroic and under appreciated person showing his or her true colours and heroism by locating them, by figuring out how and where to find them Now my criticisms notwithstanding, I have actually mildly and to a certain level enjoyed much of Dear Pen Pal and I do appreciate the added historical information on author Jean Webster and the fact that Heather Vogel Frederick has decided to include the fact that the latter died in childbirth But I am just not really at all wowed by Dear Pen Pal in and of itself on a personal reading joy and even on an academic and logistic level and because the multiple points of view and narration really do still feel not all that strongly conceptualised, not individual enough and the storylines themselves even with their attractive theme of a mother daughter book club often tend to seem rather standardly and mundanely teen girls issue heavy, I kind of am not even all that keen continuing on with the series and am only actually still considering it because I happen to own the entire set and perfectionist I want to finish what I have started.And finally, I guess what has been chafingandwith regard to The Mother Daughter Book Club series as a whole, as an entity and is the real reason, why upon reflection, I am ranking Dear Pen Pal with one and not with two stars is that ALL of the books chosen as club reads and generally, usually by the mothers, the parents have been standard girls literature classics And while I personally actually and totally love the titles selected so far and would have equally adored them as a teenager, when I was the same age as Meghan, Cassidy, Emma and Jess , I cannot help but wonder why there has not been at least ONE novel chosen that would appeal to Cassidy and her love of and for sports if she is supposed to read and appreciate standard and classic girls reading fare, which she does, in fact, end up doing, there should also be somewhat of a compromise presented and at least one book chosen that has sports as a main theme, as that would be the fair and the just way to proceed Sorry, but I just cannot help but think that especially Cassidy often and continuously appears to get shafted and ignored with regard to her personal wants and desires, and this sorry fact really is beginning to massively and totally infuriate me as the series progresses for there really is no sense of compromise with regard to the book choices, and what the mothers collectively choose, is seemingly read, with not much if any debate allowed REVIEWIt s no secret that I loved the first book in The Mother Daughter Book Club series You can read my review with a perfect score to match here Now I will gush about how much I loved the next two books I enjoyed reading about Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan during their seventh and eighth grade years at school With the addition of stuck up Becca, there is plenty of drama to go around.Much Ado About Anne is based on the classic Anne of Green Gables In this book, the girls are trying to s REVIEWIt s no secret that I loved the first book in The Mother Daughter Book Club series You can read my review with a perfect score to match here Now I will gush about how much I loved the next two books I enjoyed reading about Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan during their seventh and eighth grade years at school With the addition of stuck up Becca, there is plenty of drama to go around.Much Ado About Anne is based on the classic Anne of Green Gables In this book, the girls are trying to save Jess s family s farm, Half Moon Farm Emma grows in confidence, Jess worries about the farm, Cassidy struggles to accept her mom s new boyfriend, and Megan designs new fashions while being pulled away by Becca There is even a glamorous fashion show with beautiful outfits hello Girlie Meter Dear Pen Pal is based on Daddy Long Legs In this book, everything is a mess and everyone s life seems to be in turmoil I like how Frederick takes on real life issues The biggest change has to do with Jess, who is sent to off to a boarding school, and the girls realize just how strong their friendship is An additional cast of characters are introduced when the girls become pen pals with a book club in Wyoming They havein common than they ever expected What is in store for the book club next I am reading Book 4, Pies and Prejudice, to find out RATING5 Plot5 Characters5 Attention Grabbing5 Girlie Meter5 Ending25 TOTAL This is one of my favorite books in the series read it before I can t really tell anything about it because you have to read the first book. rating 1.5A mother daughter book club Pen Pals Daddy Long Legs An attractive book cover This held promise And then it disappointed Big time.Maybe it s because I started with the third book in the series Maybe that s why I couldn t keep the girls straight Jess goes to boarding school And someone likes someone else s brother And someone likes sports And the characters just aren t very well developed And the mothers are identified using the last name so we re supposed to remember w rating 1.5A mother daughter book club Pen Pals Daddy Long Legs An attractive book cover This held promise And then it disappointed Big time.Maybe it s because I started with the third book in the series Maybe that s why I couldn t keep the girls straight Jess goes to boarding school And someone likes someone else s brother And someone likes sports And the characters just aren t very well developed And the mothers are identified using the last name so we re supposed to remember which girl goes with which mother And then the pen pals there s another set of names And add to that the names of kids from the public school and the boarding school and it overwhelms.The plot is a series of incidents, many of them predictable or stereotypical E.g, Asian women are petite and excellent cooks Vegan food is awful School uniforms are ugly Too much emphasis on clothes Detailed lists of food served Lots of angst.The writing is not at all sophisticated Maybe that s intentional given that each chapter is from the POV of one of the girls But a littleediting would have helped E.g., this is the second to last sentence At least it s a beginning, anyway.This is a series about a book club with a focus on a particular book But honestly, all references to the book could be removed with minimal effect on the story That was disappointing I did like the biographical info about Jean Webster E.g., Mark Twain was her great uncle.Would I have liked this as a tween Maybe But, I must admit that I quit after 140 pages, and I don t intend to read any other books in this series Not even volume 1 For the mother daughter book club, everything changes in eighth gradeCould the book club break up When Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, she s not sure that leaving home and her friends is what she wants to do Meanwhile Megan s grandmother comes for a long visit and turns everything in the Wong household upside down Emma crusades against her middle school s new uniforms and Cassidy fi nds out there s a big change ahead for her family Inspired by Jess s unexpected opportunity, the book club decides to read Jean Webster s classic Daddy Long Legs, and there s an added twist this year when they become pen pals with the girls in a book club in Wyoming There s plenty to write to their new friends about, from a prank filled slumber party to a not so secret puppy and even a surprise fi rst kiss In this third book in the beloved Mother Daughter Book Club series, the girls learn that as long as they have one another and a good book they re ready for whatever eighth grade has in store The Mother Daughter Book Club are back for the girl s 8th grade year and Jess is not going to be together with the girls at Walden Middle School as she has been accepted on Scholarship to go to Colonial Academy in Town which is a boarding school Jess and the girls are upset about it, but at least they get to see each other on weekends Plus when the book club in start a pen pal exchange with a book club in Wyoming from an idea they read from the book Daddy Longlegs, the girls think it is okay The Mother Daughter Book Club are back for the girl s 8th grade year and Jess is not going to be together with the girls at Walden Middle School as she has been accepted on Scholarship to go to Colonial Academy in Town which is a boarding school Jess and the girls are upset about it, but at least they get to see each other on weekends Plus when the book club in start a pen pal exchange with a book club in Wyoming from an idea they read from the book Daddy Longlegs, the girls think it is okay Will they all survive their year in the book club and will Jess survive her year at Colonial Academy when her room mate is as mean as Becca Chadwick once had been Read on and find out for yourself.This is book 3 of the mother daughter book club and it was a pretty good read Definitely look for this book and the rest of this series at your local library and wherever books are sold These books are just good wholesome fun 3.5 stars I enjoyed this installment in the series. Dear Pen Pal is the 3rd installment of The Mother Daughter Book Club series A group of girls and their mother have formed a reading group to discuss books that they read throughout the year In Dear Pen Pal the group is reading Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster This year the mother s have paired the girls up with another Mother Daughter book club group This group is in Wyoming The mother s from both groups decide that the girls should become Pen Pals When the mother s say Pen Pals they do not Dear Pen Pal is the 3rd installment of The Mother Daughter Book Club series A group of girls and their mother have formed a reading group to discuss books that they read throughout the year In Dear Pen Pal the group is reading Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster This year the mother s have paired the girls up with another Mother Daughter book club group This group is in Wyoming The mother s from both groups decide that the girls should become Pen Pals When the mother s say Pen Pals they do not mean IM ing, or texting or e mailing Pen Pals They mean actually sitting down and writing a letter and mailing snail mail Pen Pals You must read the first two books to be able to follow the characters.Meet the girls Becca Becca is the newest member of the group The girls still cannot decide if she is a friend or an enemy So they call her a frenemy Becca s mom has decided that this is the year that she is going to improve herself all of her outlandish outfits make quite an embarrassing situation for Becca Becca s pen pal is Zoe Winchester Zoe s mom is the mayor of their town Will Becca and Zoe hit it off or are they too much alike to ever be friends Cassidy Cassidy is a girl jock she loves sports She is the first girl to be on the all boys ice hockey team Cassidy s dad has passed away and her mother has recently re married To add to Cassidy s disgruntlement with the situation her mother and step dad inform her and the group that they are going to have a baby Cassidy is not happy Cassidy is paired up as a pen pal to Winky Parker Winky s family own a Dude Ranch Cassidy is not getting along with all of the changes in her life Will this new little one soften her heart Jess Jess s family own a farm They work hard and there isn t much money to spare Jess loves her home and loves her friends Jess is given a scholarship to Colonial Academy A very prestigious boarding school for girls Jess doesn t want to leave her friends at Walden Middle School In order to please her family she agrees to go She is placed in a room with Savannah, a senator s daughter Savannah is a typical priviledged girl and the girls do not get along Jess is paired up as a pen pal with Madison Daniels Jess s mother figured since Jess loves to sing and Madison loves to play the guitar that the girls should have music as a common interest Jess likes Emma s brother Darcy When Savannah asks Darcy to go to a dance with her the little bit of friendship that Jess felt towards her evaporates Will the girls ever learn how to get along Emma Emma loves to write Emma loves to read Walden Middle School has decided to make students wear uniforms this year Will Emma find that the Pen is mightier than the sword and be able to change the faculties mind about uniforms Emma has a boyfriend, Stewart is Becca s brother Will Emma be the first club member to be kissed Emma is paired up as a pen pal with Bailey Jacobs Bailey s mother owns a bookstore The girls are sure to get along Megan This year Megan s grandmother moves in with her and her family Megan seems to get along better with her grandmother than she does with her own mother Megan s mother doesn t understand Megan s interest in fashion Megan doesn t understand why she is an only child Why does her mother have to be so different Megan is paired up as a pen pal with Summer Williams Summer sews quilts and Megan sews clothes, it should be the perfect match right So far I have enjoyed all three books in the Mother Daughter Book Club series I am looking forward to the next installment All 3 books deal with friendship issues and with social issues These novels are so refreshing from the novels that deal with drugs and sex I know that middle schoolers are dealing with those issues too, but there are also kids that aren t dealing with those darker issues of life BUT they still are having to deal with acceptance among their peers, family issues, and other growing up issues Life isn t all rose colored glasses, and neither are these novels Emma, Jess, Megan and Cassidy are back for another year of reading in their mother daughter book club in Heather Vogel Frederick s new book, Dear Pen Pal Cracking this third book in the mother daughter book club series is like reconnecting with old friends The girls are in eighth grade this year, and they ve learned a lot about friendship and family relationships.In their ever evolving lives, as it is with most of us, just when they figure out how to handle one challenge, another pops up This Emma, Jess, Megan and Cassidy are back for another year of reading in their mother daughter book club in Heather Vogel Frederick s new book, Dear Pen Pal Cracking this third book in the mother daughter book club series is like reconnecting with old friends The girls are in eighth grade this year, and they ve learned a lot about friendship and family relationships.In their ever evolving lives, as it is with most of us, just when they figure out how to handle one challenge, another pops up This time the challenges include dealing with a mean spirited boarding school roommate, changing family dynamics when new family members move in and others move out, and navigating relationships with boys.The girls are reading Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster, and Frederick once again seamlessly weaves in storylines that somewhat match those of Webster s classic The girls and moms learn fun facts about Jean Webster as they gather for book club discussions The book club members also connect with a pen pal club in Gopher Hole, Wyoming, and it s fun to read little snippets about the lives of these new girls and their moms through their letters.I can t wait to see what the whole gang will be up to in the fourth book of the series when the girls start high school I highly recommend this whole series for members of mother daughter book clubs with girls who are 9 to 13