Thursday, November 24, 2011

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release: November 8, 2011
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex
Buy this Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Quick Thoughts:
Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is not a page turner, there isn't much action. That being said, neither is Little Women, one of my favorite classic novels. SO that is why I was so excited to read this. However, it fell a little flat for me. 

The first part of the book throws the reader into Emily's life- I enjoyed this as I felt Emily acted as a typical young girl, a wee bit annoying. I'm a little bit jealous about her writing assignment- I would have LOVED to pick a favorite novel and change what I didn't like about it. But as soon as we're thrown into the Little Women world, the story moved slow and I had a hard time paying attention. In short, the beginning of this book is okay... the middle is too redundant and boring, the ending is satisfying. I liked the conclusion.

The premise of this book is intriguing, different. The plot is fun- time travel can be fascinating when done right. And Emily in the past is quite humorous at times. She did get under my skin a few times, but overall, she is a fun character. It is definitely entertaining watching her evolve and figure out why she is sucked into the world of the March sisters in the first place.

I'm going to go ahead and recommend this book to those that are big fans of Little Women and the younger young adult audience.

1 comment :

  1. Little Women was the first classic I ever read, and still remains one of my favorites. So ditto that I've been excited to read this book. But a lot of reviews I've seen mirror what you said here, so my enthusiasm has waned a bit. I'll probably still read it, but it's not quite at the top of my TBR pile.

    Thanks for the honest review!




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