The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
The Mother-Daughter Book Club Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 9+

Just the read to jump-start your own book club.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 33 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Fat-Phobia runs rampant in this book

I thought this book was okay. Not a five star read, but not bad. However, there is a tremendous problem with the treatment of one of the characters specifically because she is large. The amount of time spent vilifying this character -- who is considered the most evil character in the book to boot -- specifically because of the size of her ample posterior is dismaying. Anyone who isn't thin will feel bad about themselves when they read this book. Anyone who is thin will feel guilty for the meanness. It's pervasive and ridiculous, and sets a terrible example of behaviour.
age 9+

Modern Age Little Women

Terrific! Wonderful book about 4 very different grils (and their moms) trying to navigate their way thru middle school. Some mean girl behavior, but book shows characters working through their problems and facing consequences. Some talk about liking boys, but all very innocent and age appropriate. A little bit of a fairy tale ending (not realistic), but the rest of the book was great.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate