LITTLE WOMEN AND ME
By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pub. Date: November 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adults
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PLOT: I would first like to thank The Teen Book Scene for having me on the tour to interview Ms. Baratz-Logsted and Bloomsbury for sending me the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
If you are a fan of LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott then you will certainly get a thrill out of Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s LITTLE WOMEN AND ME. The story surrounds a contemporary teen girl named Emily March who winds up being sucked into her fave book…you guessed it… Little Women. Just like the March sisters from the classic book, Emily struggles with family problems, sibling rivalry and romance. LITTLE WOMEN AND ME is funny and endearing.
CHARACTERS & SETTING: The characters of Little Women come to life in this twist on the Alcott’s book. They are just as imaginative and reserved as they were in their 1800s setting. I like Emily, though sometimes I wanted to reach through the pages of LITTLE WOMEN AND ME to tell her to stop being so immature and grow up. But isn’t that part of the story in Little Women? Learning to grow up and finding your own way? Emily and the story will definitely appeal to the younger teen set. At times, there is a little over use of multiple explanation points and questions marks, including OMG, but I looked past that into the heart of the story which is about friendship, love and family.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Because I am a fan of Little Women from the book to the movies — old classic: Elizabeth Taylor and newer version: Winona Ryder — I found LITTLE WOMEN AND ME to be a fun and fresh. Who wouldn’t want to be whisked into their favorite story? I could think of a several books I would love to time travel in — Rebecca, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Historian, The Secret Garden…
I’ve had Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s THE TWIN’S DAUGHTER on my TBR shelf for quite some time. (I just haven’t gotten around to reading it.) The story sounds like it’s for older teens and darker in scope. Since I’m a YA crossover reader and like those kinds of novels, it would probably would appeal to someone my age, more than LITTLE WOMEN AND ME. After reading LITTLE WOMEN AND ME…I’m looking forward to giving THE TWIN’S DAUGHTER a shot.
I’m giving LITTLE WOMEN AND ME 3.5 “Mini Books” for being quick, cute read!
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