Little Women and Me

Little Women and Me

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599905143
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.

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Little Women and Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute premise and set up, but I didn't love it. The idea of being inserted into your favorite work of fiction sounds fun though and Emily's adjustment to 1862 was well done.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to get into this book, but I did find it enjoyable in the end. Emily receives an assignment at school: choose a favorite book and select one thing that you would change about it. She decides to change Little Women, but can't quite decide whether she'd stop Beth from dying or if she'd make it so Jo ends up with Laurie rather than Amy. Apparently, this indecision results in her being transported back to join the lives of the March girls, as the new, middle March. I enjoyed how she was clueless about the background information -- if it didn't specifically happen in the book, she knew nothing of it. So when time advanced (three years in one example) she was completely caught off guard and had to ask Beth what important things had happened during that time. It was fun reconnecting with the March sisters, and also fun reading her reactions to some of the outdated amusements they occupied themselves with. Sadly, Beth does still have to die, but Emily manages to engineer it so Jo ends up with Laurie, and when Emily returns to her modern life she learns that the change stuck. Girls who liked Little Women might enjoy this.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Little Women years ago and only vaguely remembered the story. So for me, I wanted to read this book not really because it revolves around Little Women, but just because of the idea of being fully immersed - physically - into one of your favorite stories. I mean, how awesome would that be? Little Women & Me is cute and almost whimsical in that way, but it is also filled with some great messages. Emily March's story starts off when her English teacher gives her an assignment - to write an essay about one thing she would change in any book. She sets her sights on Little Women, but what would she change? Beth's death? Or Amy ending up with the guy meant for Jo? As she is contemplating this, she gets sucked into Little Women, in the most literal way possible. She find her self as the middle March sister. Everyone seems to remember her, only she doesn't remember them (well, other than the main plot-points of the story) and she doesn't remember her own history (in terms of what they would remember). It is all very confusing. As Emily settles into her new position in the 19th Century, she starts to worry, namely: what happens when the story runs out? Will she ever make it back home? Is time still functioning where she came from? Is she missing in that world - or worse - dead? Through all the confusion, doubt and frightening thoughts, Emily still manages to learn a lot from the March sisters - and maybe even teach them a thing or too as well.If you loved Little Women I'm sure you'd be able to sympathize with Emily's thoughts and hopes to make a few changes. If you have never read Little Women, you could quite possibly be like me and find connections to other parts of the story, even the idea of the story itself. Everyone thinks about what it would be like to be a part of a favorite book. The plot is just universally relatable.However, there were a few things that just didn't add up for me... I didn't understand how some parts of the book Emily saw coming, and others she didn't expect at all. Then (no spoiler), a plot point revolving Amy didn't seem right. Also, Emily has a really young voice and personality, at first it got me a bit irritated, but then I began to accept it. Other than that, I really was laughing when lingo from the 21st Century was intermingled with the 19th. Just the cross over of cultures was really entertaining to explore. So overall, fun idea and story, a very cute story.
LauraMoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of the classic "Little Women", so as soon as I saw this this book was based off that, I knew that I needed to read it. The main character Emily gets a school assignment to pick her favorite book, and to write a paper about three things she loved about the book and one thing she'd change. She could only pick one thing though according to her teacher so she knew she had to choose wisely. Everything changed when she starts writing the paper and finds herself as a March sister sitting in their living room. What fan of reading wouldn't love a chance to be plopped into a book and to have an oppurtunity to change something? The premise of that is so cool. The plot of the story at times dragged on a bit, but I loved the modern twist that Emily played in the role of Little Women, I felt like the time period rang true on both sides, and I loved how "modern" Emily slipped out a few times in the story, with words and phrases that weren't around back then. Emilys big struggle was figuring out what she wanted to change in the story and what her "purpose" was for being placed into the story. I don't want to spoil anything, but I loved the ending and the role that Amy ended up playing, and found that to be really unique and something I didn't see coming at all, and although the part with the teacher telling her to re-write her paper, confused me a bit (its been years since I read/watched Little Women) I also really like the twist that went into play there as well. I think the book had a great message, that sometimes change isn't always best, death is inevididable, and love can overcome a lot. It was a cute, fun read, and fans of Little Woman, and fans of reading in general, I think would all really enjoy this novel.
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Only a talented writer can spin together a tale with such an amazing blend of modern sarcasm and a classic story like that of LITTLE WOMEN. This story includes a plot of twists and turns, a smart alec voice from sarcastic teen Emily, and a conflict throughout. During the tale, Emily matures and learns to defeat the envy that often hurts her. Few things bothered me about this story. When I read LITTLE WOMEN, I found myself in love with Jo's character, but in this book, she is made out to be an annoying show-off. I also disagree with the idea that Jo and Laurie should be together; personally, I love the romance between Professor Bhaer and Jo. Otherwise, I loved this book.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I love Lauren Baratz-Logsted. I love her writing style, and I love her plots, and the same goes for this book: I loved Little Women and Me's writing. I loved the plot. (Hell, I was NOT expecting the plot twist at the end.) However, I will warn you now: If you cannot stand boy obsessed characters, this is NOT the book for you. Don't get me wrong; on every other level, I liked Emily a lot. I liked that she has to discover herself and learn things and I like her sass and I like that she loves to write. But the thing that made me struggle so much through this book was her constant obsession with boys. I have a few friends who are like this and they make me want to strangle them when they find a new object for their affections; in a book character, I can't stand the trait at all. It's not like Emily doesn't redeem herself. [SPOILERS] In the last few chapters, she does stand up for herself and grow up and realize that she doesn't need a guy. (Though, I have to admit, the change is rather sudden.) But until that happens, she's absolutely insufferable. EVERYTHING is about changing the story so she can get Laurie, even as she is telling herself that Jo and Laurie should be together. [/SPOILERS] When that's all a character can think about, I just - gah. But besides that - and this a HUGE besides that, as I kept having to put this down for long periods of time to go strangle pillows - I did enjoy it. The plot was interesting and the other characters were portrayed wonderfully.
ckafouros More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book. It took awhile (towards the end of the book) for me to really like Emily, since she had some deep middle child issues (can we say pity party much?). I don't agree with the author on Jo and Laurie being together. Like another reviewer mentions earlier, Jo would have changed everything about herself to fit in Laurie's world. Maybe the author should have done some research on the 1800's, for women in particular, since a woman of status (which Jo would have been if she married Laurie) main goal in life was to produce heirs and be a perfect model on femininity. Jo would probably stopped writing, and hence become miserable, killing our beloved free spirited Jo, who wasn't afraid to survive without a husband. Although I did not agree with the authors opinion about Jo and Laurie. I did love watching the main character, Emily evolve in to an unselfish person, and I really found that I enjoyed her getting Laurie to call her "dude". I would recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen, I think I somewhat accidentally emailed you the review, but pretty much, it's definatley a girls only book for anyone who likes Little Women.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to start this book. I liked the writing assignment. It sounded like something that I would have liked to have done in junior/high school. But, this story missed its overall mark with me for some reason. I actually liked Emily in present time. She really struggling with who she is. I imagine it's hard to be the middle sister (I have no idea). I also really enjoyed the comparisons she makes between her family and the sister in Little Women and also to the Bronte sisters. But I struggled with her after she's transported into the novel. Emily seems to adapt to world of Little Women a little to easily. The only trouble she seems to have is with key plot points. I think I would have more trouble with actually getting use to the differences. I also have to be honest in saying while I enjoyed reading Little Women, I can't say that it would be a book that I would read over and over. So, I was a little bored with basically reading the story again in this format. I did have fun with the very modern things that Emily did in the story. The way her sisters reacted to her was just great. I also like the twist with Amy and Father, it was unexpected. I also like Emily's reasoning in the end on what she would change in the story. It was a very sound judgement and I liked it. It also left me wondering who really does end up with Lauri (I could not remember for some reason lol).
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Feeling ignored and upstaged by her older and younger sisters, middle child Emily March receives an assignment from her freshman English teacher. What one thing would she change about a favorite book to make it perfect? While she ponders whether preventing Beth¿s death or fixing Jo¿s romance would make Little Women perfect, Emily March finds herself pulled into the book. She finds herself sitting in the March living room listening to Jo bemoan the absence of presents at Christmas. Since she¿s joined the March family and there is only one boy in sight, Emily decides that Laurie will be her boyfriend. The author and Marmee point out that each of the sisters has one character flaw which needs correcting. Emily realizes that her flaw is jealousy. By admiring Jo and loving Beth,¿by trying to fix a problem in the story, Emily hopes to return to her own time and family. Her observations about life in 1860s America are both funny and touching. Anyone who loved reading Little Women will enjoy this book. Many of us absolutely agree with Emily about the changes she contemplates making to the original storyline.
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Jenscorner More than 1 year ago
Emily's English teacher gives her class an assignment: pick a book you love and list 3 things you like about it & 1 thing you would change. Emily picks Little Women and the next thing she knows, she's sucked into the story she was reading. Why was she sucked into the book? How does she get home? Is she the only character in the book who's been sucked into it? Can she alter the story and fix the wrong that was done? I lvoed every minute of this book. The author has a talent for writing an intriguing story you don't want to leave. I hope you love Little Women And Me as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havent read it yet but sounds good i want to be a middle sister though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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