Little Women and Me

Little Women and Me

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Modern-day teen Emily March turns to Louisa May Alcott's famous book for a school assignment and finds herself mysteriously transported to the world of "Little Women," where she undergoes surprising changes.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
ISBN: 9781599905143
1599905140
Branch Call Number: y BARATZLOG 2011
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Alcott, Louisa May 1832-1888 Little women

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rbeckbro
Feb 19, 2014

An interesting answer to the universal question, "What would you change about Book/Movie/Show X, if you had that power?" Baratz-Logsted spins a gentle, frothy tale about a modern-day high school student who finds herself living as the fifth March daughter. This is an interesting vacation read, although I found myself wanting the author to push the book to the next level --- going beyond the usual tired stereotypes of high school students and delving further into the concept of stories belonging to their readers, to name my two main objections. Alas, she didn't, so this book stays off my "good literature" shelf, though it does have a place on the "cute stories" shelf.

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ChairmanOfChina
Nov 13, 2013

I disagree with the statement DanceFiddler had made. The purpose of this book is to express the author(and many others)'s opinion of what should have happened in Little Women, not to change most of its original structure. It would have also been a great story if Emily's intrudence changed the whole theme, but the original idea of the story was to "fix the glitch", not to make it into a completely different story. It is important to judge a book by what the theme and purpose the author intended, and how well they expressed it.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 22, 2013

Just don’t read this book. A fourteen-year-old girl gets sucked into the pages of Little Women and begins living as a fifth, middle March daughter. This happens in the prologue. Then over half of the rest of the book basically recounts the plot of Little Women with stilted dialogue (a bad paraphrasing of Alcott’s original) and not much additional information. It doesn’t pick up until the very end, when the protagonist manages to change one detail of the book—a detail I don’t even think needs changing, though many think it does, I guess. Anyway, I hate to be blunt, but this book is as boring as heck and has nothing to recommend it.

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primus
Sep 20, 2012

Reselling of little women and me

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bethshaw99
Jul 21, 2012

Little Women and Me is an entertaining book with a fifth sister added in from the future.....Emily. Her main goal when she goes into Marchland is to get Jo to end up with Laurie. Unfortunately, Emily's pretty boy-crazy, and falls for Laurie instead. Even though Emily sometimes annoyed me, this is a great book and I totally reccommend it.

booklady413 Jul 09, 2012

Good retelling of The Louisa May Alcott classic but this time add another March sister from the future, Emily.

crankylibrarian Nov 27, 2011

What if you could enter the world of your favorite book...and change the outcome? When 14 year old Emily March is asked to write about how she would improve _Little Women_, she finds herself sucked into the classic novel as a 5th sister. Although alternately bored, horrified and disgusted by their life of 19th century piety and deprivation, Emily quickly realizes that sibling love and rivalry (especially over boys) is not that different in 2010 than it was in 1862. But can she use her 21st century wits to save Beth from an early grave, and Jo from losing the love of her life?

Alcott purists may recoil, but the author's gentle spoofing clearly belies an abiding affection for the story and characters. And what modern day Alcott lover wouldn't chuckle over Emily's reaction to a Marmee lecture: " 'remember that we could never be fatherless-' oh, right she was talking about God again".

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whiteshadow13 Mar 13, 2012

Modern-day teen Emily March turn to Louisa May Alcott's famous book for a school assignment and finds herself mysteriously transported to the world of "Little Women," where she undergoes surprising changes.

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