Review: Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

little women and me by lauren baratz-logsted

Emily March is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she’d change about a classic novel, Little Women is an easy choice. After all, if Emily can’t fix things in her own family, she might as well bring a little justice to the other March sisters. Perhaps she can–spoiler alert!–keep Beth from dying? Or maybe she can prevent the boy next door from winding up with Amy instead of Jo?

But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the March sisters, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be as easy as she thought… especially when she develops a crush on the very boy she planned to save for Jo. After being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, Emily–and not the March sisters–may be the one who undergoes the most surprising change of all.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s winning confection is a journey of self-discovery that will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys time travel or a modern twist on an old favorite.

Description taken from Goodreads.

I was excited to read this book because I thought that it would get kids into Louisa May Alcott’s writing and LITTLE WOMEN in particular, but if you’re looking at this book because you loved LITTLE WOMEN, then I would suggest not reading it.

There are many books that do a great job of going from the past to the present, or vice versa, or from a book to real life, and do it in a way that is magical and exciting. LITTLE WOMEN AND ME was not one of those books. The author changed way too much about the book itself, and Emily was just unlikable. I thought that it was great that she was a fan of Louisa May Alcott, but Emily just happens to start forgetting things about the novel when she gets transported to that world.

There was little to no world-building in this novel and the amazing setting of LITTLE WOMEN was very poorly portrayed. Not only the setting but the plot was bland. There was nothing new added to the overall story and Emily didn’t learn anything or come out any changed at the end of the book. I do have to give credit for the great plot twist at the end, but it wasn’t enough to save this story. While this book had great potential, it definitely wasn’t for me. If you’re looking for something similar, I would recommend Paul Acampora’s I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD. 1 star.

pg count for the hardback: 312


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