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Bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore "Laurie" Laurence.

1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Shifty Reads
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If everyone can rate this one star without reading it, I will rate it 5 stars. Why is this wrong? It's just fiction, really. I read about books with Romeo ending up with Roselina, The prince ending up with a reedemed Stepsister, Christine ending up with the Phantom of the Opera... REALLY NOW. This book is not saying THIS IS HOW THE STORY SHOULD HAVE ENDED, just explores the possibility of what if. ...more
Enne
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as no
i miss ten seconds ago when i didn't know this existed ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as never-reading
Shelves: reviewed
Great. Let’s just completely ignore the intentions of Alcott with this glorified fan fiction. Count me out.
Ann
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sounds like it could be fun, I dunno. Let's actually read it before we judge it, ey? Peeps need to chill out and stop 1-starring this just cuz they dislike the idea of it. ...more
Gretal
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no
it's 2020, let's not shove a gal who is clearly not attracted to men together with her childhood guy friend come on ...more
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
Initial thoughts upon reading the synopsis for the first time: ABSOLUTELY NOT! TAKE IT BACK!

Not only is this complete LW sacrilege *insert academic swoon*, but it’s also a massive F-you to the queen that is Louisa May Alcott.
This fanfic should never have left the drafts. This completely screws over Jo, her autonomy, and completely undoes the point that LMA made by asserting Jo’s independence and desire to find who was right for her.

SHE (Jo) SAID NO, LET IT CONTINUE TO BE NO!

Jo and Laurie are b
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Kaya
I am a HUGE fan of Little Women. I’ve read the book countless times, and, well, y’all know all about my obsession with the movie already. So obviously I was really excited, yet slightly nervous about this, and know the story very well!

The second thing I wanted to talk about is the fact that people are prejudiced against this book without even reading it. This isn’t mere fanfiction, nor a simple retelling. The storyline itself takes place in between part one and part two, and even the characters
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Stacey
Jan 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020
So this just completely ignores the fact Laurie married Amy?
Élia Fernandes
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let's complete disrespect Louisa May Alcott's intention in writing Jo as a strong character who chose whomever she knew was best for her, let's take her agency as a woman just so you can sell your fanfic...
As a fanfic writer myself, I'm here to tell you this should have never left FF.net or AO3...
Maybe it should have stayed in the drafts!
Count me completely out of it!
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Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait for this!! I totally respect Laurie and Amy but I’m also completely down to read about a Jo and Laurie ship because little Sue was heartbroken when I first read LW and realized they weren’t getting together. Let me dream!

Maybe I’m just a romantic but I’ve never had trouble shipping characters both canon and otherwise. Hermione and Ron? Yes. Hermione and Draco? Hell yes. Draco and Harry? Sure. Alina and the Darkling? Hot. Alina and Mal? Perfection.

REVIEW:
So I finished the book,
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Rosa
Feb 08, 2020 added it
THE UTTER DISRESPECT. Leave Jo fucking be.
Grace Mullins
May 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Many years ago I was a preteen who HATED that Laurie and Jo did not end up together. So shut up and take my money cause I need a fluffy retelling like this after over a decade of still being heartbroken.
Celia McMahon
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hiya!

Odd one out over here.

I really loved this. Idgaf 🤷‍♀️
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Oooh la la!!! This seems amazing! There has always been a part of me that wished for Jo and Laurie to have ended up together though I love his love with Amy but Jo is special!






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Lauren (thebookscript)
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first read the original "Little Women" by Alcott, my heart was broken in two by Jo and Laurie's relationship. I shipped them HARD. Once I got into the acceptance stage of my grief I fell in love with the newly adapted movie and all the relationships and the growth between the sisters and love interests. BUT I was thrilled to jump into another parallel universe in which Jo and Laurie could possibly end up together.

The language and the characters felt true to the original story. I was wrapp
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
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As if 2020 hasn't been enough of a mess. Take it back. Let's pretend this never happened.
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Ishi Time
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Teen through NetGalley!

I have neither read Little Women, nor have I watched it, and as embarrassing as it is, I don't know what it is about either. My review is not based on how accurately I think the original story and characters transfer over into this book, but on how I enjoyed this book as a whole, independent of anything else.

Overall, I enjoyed this book―it was wholesome and cute! I found it really easy to read and it flowed really well. Conside
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Toni
Jan 29, 2020 marked it as not-interested
(My initial review for this book was driven by a hasty and uninformed decision, so I am removing it. Nonetheless, what with my backlog and all, I'm unlikely to read this book in the foreseeable future.) ...more
Pansy O'Hara
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Literally cannot wait to read this book! Jo should have married Laurie!
Janssen
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, audiobooks
This was SO CHARMING.
SophiAnn
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Okay, I want to start this review with just mentioning that this book is getting an unnecessary amount of hate because of what it's about. The Goodreads rating has been going down because people who haven't read it are rating it! If this isn't your cup of tea, no problem, but I'm here to judge the book on the content, not just on the idea. Personally, I thought this book was cute. Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz both know how to write a solid book, so I didn't think there were any glaring ...more
Ruby Teresa
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
hm.

I consider myself a pretty hardcore little women fan, as in like i have a vintage copy, sobbed my eyes out the first time I read the whole book, and consider the recent adaptation one of my favorite movies of all time. I come from a family of four girls after all.

so whilst I do agree with many, many reviews on here stating that canon Jo should not be with Laurie, this is not canon Jo. It's a completely different character.

therefore, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

there ar
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Amanda
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and heart-warming novel that takes place immediately following the end of Little Women. It re-imagines some of the events of Little Women and gives the reader a chance to revisit the characters. It's labeled a YA book but I would recommend it for Little Women fans of any age. ...more
Brogan Lane
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, favorites
Regardless of one's opinions on this book's whole concept, one has to admit that this is a good book. If you subtract Jo and Laurie's romance, you are left with a narrative and a writing style that mirrors Louisa May Alcott's.

I was thoroughly shocked by how well Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz captured Little Women's tone, humour, the March family dynamic, the language, the setting and the characters. It was beautiful. Absolutely stunning. As soon as I read the first page, I knew where I
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Ilhaam
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to MBC books for sending me an ARC.

“Because of all the other little sisters- the ones you’ll never know or meet- who you’ve made believe they could tell a story on their own.”

I grew up reading classics like Little Women and The Secret Garden and Heidi. So when I say that I think these authors did an amazing job of this retelling, I mean it. They captured the vibe of Louisa’s writing perfectly, it honestly didn’t even feel much like a retelling and felt a lot like it could have
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I love retellings of my favorite fairy tales and Austen stories, but this is the first one I've read about Little Women. I had no idea what to expect, and it was an interesting read. Jo is much younger than I expected her to be at this point in the story- they have her at seventeen, and the timeline seems a bit off from the original story. Beth has died, and Jo is a successfully published author of Little Women, but is struggling with the sequel she is contracted to write. The authors did a good ...more
˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as do-not-support
jo is not attracted to males say it with me !!!!
Makenna Morgan~
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was just eh. I was super excited leading up to it because Jo & Laurie should have ended up together, but this didn’t do their relationship justice. It was boring and I had a hard time getting through it. Almost 300 pages were just set to developing the characters in Little Women and setting them up for the plot of this book. The authors’ seemed to get better with writing Jo & Laurie’s romance as the book went on, but it really just wasn’t up to Louisa May Alcott’s standards. The last 6 ...more
Jennifer H.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I devoured this in 12 hours, that doesn't happen near as often as I would like. I have always been a fan of Little Women and its beloved characters. More so, I am a big fan of Jo & Laurie as a couple. As a reader and a fan, I am thrilled that this did not disappoint in the slightest. A little "what if" retelling is good for the soul. How it unfolded was fun, emotional, and creative; not what I was expecting at all. I loved every word, consider my whalebone corset thoroughly melted. 😉 The banter ...more
Ron
Mar 31, 2020 added it
what is DIS hunny?
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