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Little Women and Me [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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. 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.


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"a consistently entertaining read that delivers a genuinely original heroine and frequently hilarious satire." ~ Kirkus Reviews


"I'm a hyperventilating, cheering, hand-flapping clapping, total fangirl of Lauren Baratz-Logsted. I fell in love with her Gothic suspense The Twin's Daughter, adored her girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy boarding school romp The Education of Bet, and I had a laugh-out-loud blast with her latest...Lauren is an absolute genius!" ~ Small Review

"This would be a perfect offering for the Mother-Daughter Book Club crowd." ~ Kiss the Book

"Lauren Baratz-Logsted [is] a wonderfully imaginative and bright writer... LITTLE WOMEN AND ME is a fun, breezy book that makes you think and laugh at the same time. And any book that will encourage kids to go back and take a good long hard look at classic American literature is a wonderful book indeed." ~ Jana Siciliano, Bookreporter.com

About the Author

LAUREN BARATZ-LOGSTED is the author of more than a dozen books for adults and young readers, including The Twin's Daughter, Crazy Beautiful, and the Sisters 8 series, which she cowrites with her husband and daughter.


www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com



Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TIM7TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Fourteen-year-old Emily March is fed up with being the middle sister. The love of her life, Jackson, only has eyes for Emily's older sister, Charlotte, and, to make matters worse, her weird English teacher assigned an essay over the weekend. The assignment is to take a novel and select one thing to change in the plot. Emily immediately reaches for Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women, one of her favorite books, and mulls over whether to write about preventing Beth from passing away or ensuring that Laurie ends up with Jo instead of Amy. As she's thinking, Emily is suddenly transported back in time and finds herself living in the world of Little Women. Emily doesn't know how or why she has arrived not only in 1860s New England but as a member of the March family. As the events of the original story continue around her, Emily learns to adapt to her new life with older sisters Meg and Jo and younger sisters Beth and Amy. Being a 21st century teen in 1860s Massachusetts, however, has its downsides. Not only is Emily plagued with Victorian sensibilities, a war, and, hairy legs, she is also engaged in a battle of wills with Jo over the attentions of Laurie, the March's teenage next-door neighbor. Will Emily be able to accomplish both of the changes she had in mind for Little Women?

Amongst the recent bevy of modern adaptations of classic novels, Little Women and Me stands out as a must-read for anyone with even the slightest hint of liking for the original story. The novel immediately takes the reader into Louisa May Alcott's creation. Those who have read Little Women will recognize characters, events and even quotes from the classic. The addition of Emily, a clever and sarcastic 21st-century fourteen-year-old, makes for a delightful and laugh-out-loud take on the original novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book November 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This has to be one of the most unique ideas I've seen before, especially in the whole classic-retelling arena. This did not seem to me, strictly speaking, a retelling of a classic tale, because the author did something so different with it. Yes, the majority of the scenes in the book come straight from Little Women, but they are all from Emily's point of view and therefore told in a different way, so that it gave the story such a unique new spin.

I loved Emily as a character. She was sweet, smart, and so very funny. Her narrative was engaging and so easy to read. I literally flew through this book unexpectedly. I think the summary is a little misleading, because not only does Emily find herself inside the story of Little Women, but she's also one of the sisters... one that wasn't in the original book.

Fans of romance should be warned, as this story doesn't really have much romance in it at all. This would normally disappoint me greatly, but I found myself not really missing it because the interractions among Emily and the sisters was so engrossing and fascinating, I had my mind on other things.

This was a fabulous story that had such a great message in it. Fans of retellings will love it. This is definitely not a book you'd want to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fanfiction August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a lot like fanfiction; the auther threw a character into a well-loved book and rolled with it. Don't get me wrong, I read and write fanfiction... I want to be an author one day and it's good practice, but I expect more from a novel. But HEY, we went into the book knowing that was what we were getting, so that's not really the reason I disliked this story so much.
The story was written in "and then this happened" style. I found it hard to get into. The author was basicly like: "this happened. And then this happened, and then this, and then this, THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BOOK! Ech!! But the biggest dissapointment was still to come:

**spoilers** The other reason I didnt like it was the end. Jo ends up with Laurie. Yeah, they get their puppy love, but then when they grow up they are going become an old bickering couple. THEY WERE NOT MEANT TO BE TOGETHER!!! What about the poor, sweet, gentle professer that clicked so well with Jo in a ying-yang sort of way? Jo and Laurie are sussposed to love eachother differently; as jolly, lovable, playful, understanding brother and sister. They should go on JOLLY LARKS together, not be friggin romantic and get friggin married!!!! The very idea makes my skin crawl. I cant believe the author couldn't see that. Louisa may Alcott would be horrified. **end of spoilers**

Other than those giant faults, it was a pretty good read. It had me squeeling at a few parts, obnoxious tern that I am, and it was an iteresting idea. All in all, a two-and-a-half star read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment February 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Little Women fans may enjoy the many spin-offs available, but this one won't appeal to fans who expect an old-fashioned read. The author seemed to try too hard to sound young, and this became tired. The ending may satisfy, but the cutesy tone turned me off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun, interesting book. January 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hesitated buying this book because I thought it was geared towards teens. But, Little Women was and is one of my favorite books of all time. Lauren Baratz-Logsted posed a scenario that kept me reading every page. I had to know the outcome and I won't give the ending away, not even a hint. This is a very good book for young or old. I enjoyed every word.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and kind of inane
I was hoping for more of a lighthearted visit into a familiar realm, and for a great story to share with my daughters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This book was amazing it was funny and sad both. I truly enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it!
Published 6 months ago by John and Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny and entertaining adaptation of Little women
As a reader I have often come across books which, even if I liked them, I want to change in one way or another. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fizzah Younis
3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying
I love the idea of going into your favorite book & becoming part of the story, but this girl was so selfish & mean spirited in her real life that you expected the experience to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars As a fan of the original Little Women, I was disappointed
I wanted to LOVE this book. I really did. I grew up reading Little Women and it's forever one of my favorite books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. A. Meyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and terrible "heroine" (contains spoilers)
I went into this book with great expectations. Little Women is the one book I reread every single year, never quite getting tired of the adventures of the four March sisters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NextDoorGirl
2.0 out of 5 stars High expectations were not met
I thought this sounded like a clever idea but the book fell short. The main character is very annoying. The "twist" of the story is stupid. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great a great twist on a beautiful classic never would I think that amy would actually be oops I shouldn't tell you just READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!
Published 15 months ago by damais
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and thought-provoking "alternate reality" look at an old...
A fun read for anyone who likes OR dislikes Louisa May Alcott's writing... with a laugh-out-loud twist at the end. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars little women and me
I love the book Little women and this book was wonderful. I had always wanted to be in a book and for the main character to fall into the book and become one with it was really... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dee
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More About the Author

I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. It was published in 11 countries and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with my husband and daughter). Recently, I've published a few ebooks as well, including a comedic romance for adults, The Bro-Magnet. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.

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