The Mother-Daughter Book Club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club is a book written by Heather Vogel Frederick.

Plot Summary

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 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 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.


The book is divided into five parts: "Fall", "Winter", "Spring", and "Summer" and each girl has their own chapter.



The book starts of with Emma on the bus to her first day in the 6th grade at Walden Middle School in Concord, Massachusetts. She gets made fun of by Becca Chadwick and Ashley Sanborn because of her hand-me-down skirt from a girl named Nicole Patterson (who is in the same grade as her brother, Darcy).

Emma talks about how she hates the first day of school. She started hating the first day of school when she started fourth grade, when her ex-best friend Megan replaced her with three popular girls named Becca, Ashley, and Jen. She also explains that she became rich because her father created a "computer gizmo." Emma also explains that Megan made "the most amazing clothes for our Barbies."

As she enters the school, her brother Darcy helps her find her homeroom. She asks if her best friend, Jess, is there too, but isn't. She enters the class and is sitting across from Megan, and sitting next to Zach Norton, her crush. Emma also explains that Darcy calls Megan, Becca, Ashley, and Jen "the Fab Four."

When Emma gets home, she eats dinner with her family. She explains that her father does all the cooking, that her mother is a terrible cook and "she can't even boil water." She also explains that her mother is "a Jane Austen nut" and that her mother named she and her brother after characters in her favorite novels (Emma after Emma and Darcy after Pride and Predjudice). Her mother tells her that she and a few mothers were talking and that they decided to start a mother-daughter book club. Emma asks her mother who is going to be there but she refuses to tell her.


Megan texts Becca that she and her mother are in a book club and that she hates it. Her mother tells her that starting the club will look good on her application to the academy (which Megan has no interest in; she wants to be a fashion designer).

Megan describes that she and her mother are 100% different and that she likes to help causes. Meanwhile, Megan and her mother are driving to the library for the meeting. She sees Zach Norton (she also has a crush on him) and exits the car quickly and waves casually like she doesn't care. She also sees Ethan MacDonald, and Third (his real name is Cranfield Bartlett III). She also sees Emma Hawthorne, whom she hates and in her mind she compliments her outfit.

As she and her mother, Emma, and Emma's mother enter the library. A few minutes later, in walks in Cassidy Sloane with her mother (a former, world famous model), Clementine. Megan compliments Cassidy in how she doesn't look anything like her mother and how much of a tomboy she is. Also, Jess walks in and compliments on what a weird-o she is. She also describes how Jess's mother "ran away" from home to go to New York to audition for a television show called "HeartBeats".Becca's mother enters the library and Megan states that no one likes Becca's mother. Becca's mother says that she's sorry that she couldn't come shopping with Becca, Ashley, and Jen in a mean way.

The first meeting of the club ends.


Cassidy walks into her home after school and her mother greets her from the kitchen. Cassidy walks into the kitchen and sees her mother is making cupcakes for a Halloween party that her mother hosted without confronting Cassidy first. Cassidy makes a mean comment about her mother's cupcakes. Cassidy sets off a temper tantrum and goes to her room. Meanwhile, she confronts her older sister, Courtney, who tells her that


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