Rating: 2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Either those that love Little Women or those who can't stand it--I'm not sure which
High point: Emily's commentary
Low point: Being restricted to the original story
Reader maturity: 13+
Unlike (it feels like) every other book-reading female on the planet, I'm not a fan of the original Little Women. I feel like I ought to be, since it's a classic beloved by many, but something about it rubs me the wrong way. While this certainly isn't the point of Little Women and Me (the remix, if you will), it gave a name to all the things that have bugged me over the years (with the exception of Laurie and Amy--I still like them together better than Laurie and Jo).
As for the plot of Little Women and Me, I found it restricted by the events of the original, as retellings often are. The narrator actually points out the jumps in time and the sudden appearance of characters who seem to be important but only show up once or twice. Another problem with retellings is that they tend to be predictable, and unfortunately, Little Women and Me is no exception. While I liked the idea of the book, I found it a little dull, although I did enjoy Emily's commentary on Jo's personality and other happenings in the story.
As for age-appropriateness, Little Women and Me contains language and topics that would make Louisa May Alcott blush, but it's not too wild for today's intended audience.
Title: Little Women and Me
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy
Book Source: Won from I Like These Books