Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (ARC)
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Versions: hardcover

Summary (from goodreads):
Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she's change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can't change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won't be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all. Lauren Baratz-Logsted's winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.

I'm sad to say that this wasn't my favorite novel. I was hoping that I would love it, but Emily, the main character, irritated and frustrated me. Emily is the middle sister, and she always gets left out and always gets the worst things. So when she is assigned to change one event in a novel, she chooses Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. She picks up the book and starts to re-read it but suddenly gets sucked in to the past. Emily is now the middle child of the March family and gets treated with indifference which irritates her. To get back to her life she has to save Beth from dying. But will she end up saving herself along the way, as well?

Like I stated, Emily wasn't my favorite character. She is supposedly supposed to be a freshman in high school but acted like a 6th grader with her attitude. The story didn't ring true to me in a way, which I hoped it would. But it was really cute, and half way through I started to enjoy it more.

Will I reread it?
Probably not but I don't want to discourage anyone else from taking a chance on Little Women and Me. I would recommend to fans of Little Women and classic novel retellings.

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