Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Women ane Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she'd 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. - Goodreads.com

This has to be one of the most unique ideas I've seen before, especially in the whole classic-retelling arena.  This did not seem to me, strictly speaking, a retelling of a classic tale, because the author did something so different with it.  Yes, the majority of the scenes in the book come straight from Little Women, but they are all from Emily's point of view and therefore told in a different way, so that it gave the story such a unique new spin.

I loved Emily as a character.  She was sweet, smart, and so very funny.  Her narrative was engaging and so easy to read.  I literally flew through this book unexpectedly.  I think the summary is a little misleading, because not only does Emily find herself inside the story of Little Women, but she's also one of the sisters... one that wasn't in the original book. 

Fans of romance should be warned, as this story doesn't really have much romance in it at all.  This would normally disappoint me greatly, but I found myself not really missing it because the interractions among Emily and the sisters was so engrossing and fascinating, I had my mind on other things.

This was a fabulous story that had such a great message in it.  Fans of retellings will love it.  This is definitely not a book you'd want to miss.

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