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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 th ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published November 8th 2011)
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Shazzer
Mar 01, 2012 Shazzer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2011-ya
What is everyone's problem with Amy? Am I the only one in the universe (besides Ms. Alcott, of course), that doesn't mind that she ended up with Laurie? Without giving away too much of the ending, I was very annoyed. I don't mind messing with the classics a little (I wouldn't read so many Pride and Prejudice sequels/prequels/reworkings if I did), but this one took it a little too far. I felt an active dislike for the source material, and it really turned me off. But I was having trouble with the ...more
Manybooks
I count Louisa May Alcott's Little Women as one of my all time favourite novels ever, and thus, when I read the general premise of Lauren Baratz-Logsted's Little Women and Me, I was definitely and even pleasantly intrigued. I mean, who has not at least at one time or another fondly dreamed about being transported into one's favourite novels, experiencing the joys, the struggles and perhaps even the tragedies of the presented characters? That being all said, I do have to admit that my potential j ...more
Jessica
Jun 01, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
In the Author's Note at the end of this book, Lauren Baratz-Logsted basically excuses herself by saying that, if things in her book seem to come out of nowhere completely at random, that's just because it's written episodically, just like Little Women! I would have screamed, but I had reached a Zen-like state where nothing in this book could move me to extremes of emotion. I was simply too tired.

Too tired of listening to Emily, the narrator, whine.

Too tired of seeing the March sisters, my belove
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Catherine
I don't think I've ever given a book a one star before but I've never read a book where an author has had so little regard for the three most important things in writing: her readers (this reads like a cartoon from Nickelodeon with the most awful time travel/world transition I've ever read including WHOOSH! as part of that - is that what she thinks her readers want or expect?), her characters (cardboard, 2 dimensional constructions of what teens were portrayed like in movies 10 years ago), and t ...more
Laura (thishufflepuffreads)
Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Although it lagged in the middle and it felt like the author was pulling from each chapter of little women; I did enjoy the twist at the end.
Becky
Apr 19, 2012 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty terrible. It takes Little Women chapter by chapter and cheapens it. While any reader who will pick this book up is mostly likely a fan of Little Women (I myself have read it probably about a dozen times), the author - and the main character - seem both to disdain it and never have really read it. The most glaring error, to me, is the description of Marmee giving the girls copies of "Pilgrim's Progress" for the first Christmas that they then read religiously every day, while - ...more
The Library Lady
As someone who has been reading and re-reading the real, actual "Little Women" for going on 40 years I am going to hide this one on the shelf rather than putting it in the highlighted "new books". That's how appalled I am by this hunk of junk.
And I've got a rant to write about assholes who buy into the Prince Charming myth as told by Disney and can't get why Jo and Laurie are SO wrong for each other and why Professor Bhaer is SO right for Jo.

Snarky crap featuring the sort of whiney teen you'd f
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Emily
Oct 01, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-releases
From Books and Threads

I think I need to preface this review by saying Little Women and Me was not for me. I definitely think there’ll be readers who’ll enjoy this romp through the classic nineteenth century novel, but I can’t count myself as one of them.

I try to take a book’s premise at face value – e.g. I don’t have a problem with the main character being sucked into a book, and I don’t feel the author needs to explain how this happened, but I greatly prefer the rules of the ‘magic’ stay consis
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Sandra
Oct 19, 2011 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I regret to say that I didn't like this book that much. I was enjoying it right up to the point of the story where Emily is sucked into the story. It went downhill for me from there. My beef is mainly with the character of Emily- when she arrives in the 1860s she has no regard for the past. She introduces her modern slang to the characters and is constantly whining to herself about how different the time period was. Her teenage mannerisms were very over the top and detracted from what might have ...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
I was really excited to read this book...the premise sounded amazing and so fun: modern girl gets sucked into the actual book of "Little Women."

Unfortunately, Emily (the main character) was rather annoying, stuck-up, rude, selfish, and forward. She denigrated and mocked the March girls, for the most part, and their whole world and story. That attitude prevailed for 99.9% of the book. It kind of ruined the story for me.

I liked some things: the major plot point the author changed...I don't know an
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Monica
Jun 07, 2013 Monica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Currently reading this book because I purchased it on Kindle accidentally and felt weird about wasting $1.99. First, this book was obviously not written for people my age. However, I think any decent human being at any age would find Emily to be wildly selfish, highly delusional, and downright mean.

Also, bold move on the author's part to take digs at some of the most beloved female characters in literature. It's true: we gals definitely have way too many strong leading ladies with whom to identi
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Miko O.
Nov 08, 2013 Miko O. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Oh God. Unforgivably bad. It's like listening to a middle school mean girl retell Little Women, chapter by chapter.
Kelly Hager
Emily has just received probably the coolest English assignment ever: write about your favorite book, tell three things you like and one thing you'd change. She quickly decides to do Little Women, but is having problems deciding exactly what she'd change. Beth dying? Or Laurie ending up with Amy instead of Jo? And then she gets sucked into the story. As in, all of a sudden, she's helping Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy figure out what to buy Marmee for Christmas. FINALLY, a chance to right the wrongs in L ...more
Heidi
So this author knows better than the true author of a wonderful, nuanced, bittersweet, multi-layered classic? Excuse me while I...

This is for people who want the obvious, "Disney-ed", sugared-up take (I stole that term from another Goodreads reviewer, who put it better than I could) on life. Alcott kept Laurie and Jo apart for a very good reason, which was that they weren't right for each other. It says everything that Jo always called Laurie, a little condescendingly, "My boy". She could never
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Sinai C.
Jun 26, 2012 Sinai C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
...Now. I think I'm a reasonable person when it comes to rating books. I have very few books I've rated one star. But THIS... piece of literature...what can I possibly say about it that hasn't already been said?

My perspective on Little Women: Now, unlike others, I really think Jo and Laurie would have made a great couple--I'm ALWAYS for the guy that was there first. And if it wasn't Jo...Amy? REALLY? I see where Emily comes from with wanting to change that. And for some reason...I NEVER remember
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Kim
May 03, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
When I spotted this on the New Books shelves at my library, I snatched it up so fast that my head nearly spun. I have a huge, huge love for Little Women and thought that this would be a fun, light-hearted twist on a much-beloved classic.

(view spoiler)
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Angelc
Jun 04, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea for this book seemed really cute to me, and the writing is fun and sweet. I think we'd all love to be plopped down in the middle of our favorite book. However, I seem to find with most variations on classics, that they seem to be repetitive of the original book. I know that goes with the territory, but still, I feel like I already know the story.

Ah, Laurie and Jo, there's a controversial couple if ever there was one. When I read the original story, at first I was disappointed when they
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Ensiform
Jun 29, 2013 Ensiform rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Emily March, a middle sister who constantly schemes to get boys’ attention from her sisters, is magically drawn into the 1860s world of Little Women, as a fifth sister. Deciding that she has been put into the story for a reason – to save Beth’s life – she charges forth, oblivious to her anachronistic speech and behavior… only to get sidetracked by rivalry with the similarly creative Jo and by the arrival of Laurie, the love interest for one or more of the girls.

This is a generally simplistic nov
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Abby
Jul 22, 2013 Abby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not actually finish this book. I gave it 50 pages. However, the last 11 of those were pity pages, because I knew as soon as the author used "itch" in place of "scratch" on page 39, that this book was hopeless. I grabbed it because I LOVE Little Women, but she butchers it, and I love it too much to allow this kind of thing. If I could give it negative stars I would.

I want to point out that I usually give a book 100 pages, but even then, I almost always finish them, unless they are truly te
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Caitlinleah
Nov 18, 2013 Caitlinleah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-o-week
This was a pretty annoying book. The protagonist was such a flat, childish whiner. I rushed through it I found it so unpleasant. The idea was great, the execution much less interesting.
Anna Gray
Little Women has been one of my favorite books ever since I chose it for a book report back in middle school. Jo March is probably the one literary character that I identify with over everyone else, and I imagined how cool it would be to be one of the March sisters. I crushed on Laurie and thought him to be extremely wonderful. So when I heard about this book, I thought it would be something that I'd love. I hate to say that I was wrong.

While I have a lot of issues with the book - and I will get
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Renee Hall
Jun 07, 2013 Renee Hall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who aren't really fans of Little Women
First this book annoyed me, then it made me angry, then it made me confused, and then I was just left feeling bored and dissatisfied. Granted, the jacket copy calls this book a "confection," so I wasn't expecting great literature. Even so, I was disappointed by how fluffy and silly this was.

Here's the thing: The assignment the main character (Emily) is given by her teacher is to choose a book she loves and write a paper about what she loves about it and the one thing she'd change about it. But
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QNPoohBear
Emily March is a typical 21st century teen. She goes to school, does homework, fights with her sister and dreams of getting together with the cute jock with whom she eats lunch every day. Emily feels sorry for herself though. She's the middle sister and never gets anything she wants, not even the boy, for he has a crush on her older sister! When Emily's English teacher gives an assignment to change something about a favorite book, Emily knows she wants to write about Little Women. She identifies ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 15, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sheralyn
Sep 15, 2013 Sheralyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-teen
My feelings about Emily and her jaunt into the world of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy is mixed. On one end I was interested in what many consider the flaws of the story. I enjoyed reading more of Beth and loved the ability to come closer to her. I had fun laughing over Aunt Marge and was cheering Emily on when she bit her head off.
On the other hand I was upset every time Marmee was cut down in Emily's thoughts. I wanted to crawl into the book to slap her. I whole heatedly agree that Emily was a selfis
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Reading Vacation
Jun 06, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily gets transported into the actual Little Women book! I am so jealous. I can easily picture myself in Little Women as a friend of the March sisters. I would be best friends with Beth because she is so sweet and caring. I would want to protect her from getting sick.

In this story, Emily gets to experience Little Women first hand. It takes her awhile to adjust to the way people spoke in that time period and she has a funny encounter with pickled limes. Lauren Baratz-Logsted captures the time pe
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Eileen
Aug 17, 2013 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the middle part of this book where Emily is trying to adjust to life with her "new family" and wondering where she fit in, as a "middle March". I like that there are times she enjoys Jo's active and blunt character, and then there are times when she thinks Jo is just a pain in the ass, just like a normal sister relationship. But the ending is a bit strange for me, and it introduces more questions, for example, why could Emily return to her real life and not the other girl? And if Emily ...more
Epeeblade
Dec 24, 2011 Epeeblade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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Amytiger
How you know an author is trying too hard to sound younger than she is:
1. She uses the word "radical".
2. The word "coolio".
3. Whenever a fairly big word is used, the main character congrats herself for using a PSAT word. No high schooler, especially a freshman, goes around saying a word like nefarious and then going being all like, "Good PSAT word!" or even going "Woo-hoo!"
4. The word "dramarama".
5. Granted, this happens in 2011, but it still isn't the 1980's. No one addresses another human bei
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Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology. She also has what she calls her “half-Masters” in English from Western Connecticut State University (five courses down, another five to go…someday!).

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