Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Candace Reviews The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
Hardcover, 256 pages.
Published: April 24th, 2007 by Simon & Schuster

Description from Goodreads:
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.

This book is about four very different girls and their mothers (fathers and families too) and their highs and lows of one year.  We get the alternate perspectives of each girl and get to know them each quite well as they go through the tribulations of 6th grade, the pain of being made fun of, and the trials of a family separated. 

I really loved how we got to know each girl so well and saw the different sides of things while we were seeing the perspective from another girl.  Each one seemed very real and I could connect with them quite well.  It really brought me back to 6th grade, as it's not an easy time.   I loved how important family and friendships were in the book and how they stood by each other through thick and thin.  They went from not knowing each other very well (some of them anyway) to becoming very close. 

I'm a reader, so of course a book club is interesting to me.  But they took things further than just a book club.  They had parties and got togethers for the holiday's.  Since they were reading Little Women they dressed up as them and had special events.  Sometimes the girls thought it was completely dorky, but through these things they really grew and came to care for each other.

I most definitely recommend this one to middle grade readers, but I'm an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Find the author on her website.

Disclosure:  I got this book from the library.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

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