Nov 28

The {Teen} Book Scene: Mini Review of Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub. Date: November 2011
Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adults
Source: Publisher
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Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.


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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6 Responses to “The {Teen} Book Scene: Mini Review of Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted”

  1. I read this one too. I liked it alot but I’ve never even read the real thing. I thought it was really fun. I like the mini review!

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  2. Small Review says:

    Aw, I agree! I love the original story and I thought this was a nice twist on it. I wanted to tell Emily to grow up sometimes too, but you’re totally right about that being part of Little Women.

    I LOVED The Twin’s Daughter, even more than this one. It is older YA. The story is told from the perspective of a teen, but all of the adults in the book play a huge part and the teen is more of an observer to it all.

    I agree with you about Rebecca. I would love to stroll around Manderly.
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  3. Awesome review! I would love to travel to The Secret Garden myself!
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  4. oh gosh i need to read this one next!

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  6. I love Little Women so I think I would enjoy this book. Great review 🙂