Jul 24, 2015
Little Women and Me by Laura Baratz-Logstead
Recommended for ages 12 and up
A beloved classic retold with a uniquely captivating twist!
Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets a school 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 Jo instead of Amy? Amy and Laurie ... What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!)
But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s 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.
Little Women and Me by Laura Baratz-Logstead is a refreshing and creative story. The author realistically captured and portrayed the angst of being a middle sister and the challenges of growing up. The storyline of Emily transporting back to the 1860's and living life with the March family is a unique and fascinating twist to a well known classic!
The story kept me on my toes, eager to see how Emily would "right the wrongs" she believed existed in the original classic. I was engaged and captivated throughout the whole book. The ending was a complete surprise for me!
So yes, I have to share that I really enjoyed reading this book! I also was relieved and grateful that this lovely classic was not morphed into a darker version of the original, which is so prevalent in today's re-telling of fairy tales and classics.