Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

Page Count: 237
Published on:  April 22nd 2008 
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Genre(s): Contemporary, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Children's Fiction
Source: Print: Paperback: Loaned to me
Age Rating: PG-10

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Twitter: @HVFrederick

Goodreads synopsis:

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 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 do?
Acclaimed author Heather Vogel Frederick will delight daughters of all ages in a novel about the fabulousness of fiction, family, and friendship.

Hey guys!

        The Mother Daughter Book Club is about 4 girls who are very different. Megan loves clothes and fashion and she wants to be a fashion designer. Emma loves books and wants to be a writer. Jess loves theater but is very shy. Cassidy is new in town and loves sports. All of these girls come together when their mothers start a mother daughter book club. The first book they start is Little Women. All of the girls are reluctant to start it and are kind of embarrassed to be in the book club, but eventually they start to become closer as friends and enjoy their company. The girls are supportive of each other and learn to be best friends.

        I was lent this book by my friend Julia. I was automatically intrigued with the premise of the book because of the discussion of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Julia had told me that one of the characters loved to read and another loved clothes and wanted to design clothes in the future. I thought this book was super cute and I really liked how the friendships developed throughout the story. It handled middle school bullying pretty well, and I liked their discussions about Little Women. I really liked the girls' characters and I could relate to their personalities and their dreams. I really loved their parents too. They weren't portrayed as stupid or lame. 

        The plot was really amazing. I loved how it progressed and I loved how the girls learned how to be themselves. The only problems I had with the book were that there were sooo many cliches in it and that Frederick gave away all of the spoilers from Little Women. I felt that because this book is written to be read by middle schoolers that that may not have read Little Women. I also wish that the parents, their names, had been distinguished differently. I found it really confusing when they would go by "Mr. or Mrs. blah blah blah". I couldn't remember who's parent was whose and it got kind of confusing. 

        I feel like this book was really well thought out and super cute. I really want to read the rest of the books. There are six books in the series, all of them having really clever names that are based off of the books that they read in the book club. I'm really excited for Much Ado About Anne because it's about Anne Of Green Gables which is one of my favorite classics. 

My Favorite Character(s): Megan, Cassidy, Jess, and Emma
My Least Favorite Characters: Becca and her ghastly mother

If You Love    #    You'll Love The Mother Daughter Book Club!
I read all of those when I was in middle school and they remind me of this cute book. :)

Enjoy guys!