Little Women and Me

Little Women and Me Emily March is sick and tired of being a middle sister So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she d change about a classic novel Little Women is an easy choice After all if Emily can t

  • Title: Little Women and Me
  • Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • ISBN: 9781599905143
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Emily March is sick and tired of being a middle sister So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she d change about a classic novel, Little Women is an easy choice After all, if Emily can t fix things in her own family, she might as well bring a little justice to the other March sisters Perhaps she can spoiler alert keep Beth from dying Or maybe she can pEmily March is sick and tired of being a middle sister So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she d change about a classic novel, Little Women is an easy choice After all, if Emily can t fix things in her own family, she might as well bring a little justice to the other March sisters Perhaps she can spoiler alert keep Beth from dying Or maybe she can prevent the boy next door from winding up with Amy instead of Jo But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the March sisters, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won t be as easy as she thought especially when she develops a crush on the very boy she planned to save for Jo After being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, Emily and not the March sisters may be the one who undergoes the most surprising change of all.Lauren Baratz Logsted s winning confection is a journey of self discovery that will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys time travel or a modern twist on an old favorite.

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    About "Lauren Baratz-Logsted"

    1. Lauren Baratz-Logsted

      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.Throughout college, she worked semester breaks as a doughnut salesperson, a job that she swears gave her white lung disease from all the powdered sugar she breathed.Upon graduation, she began work at the venerable independent spacebookseller, now sadly defunct as such, Klein s of Westport There, she bought and sold for the better part of 11 years.In November 1994, Lauren left the bookstore to finally take a chance on herself as a writer Success did not happen over night Between 1994 and May 2002 when Red Dress Ink called with an offer to buy THE THIN PINK LINE Lauren worked as a book reviewer, a freelance editor and writer, and a window washer, making her arguably the only woman in the world who has ever both hosted a book signing party and washed the windows of the late best selling novelist Robert Ludlum.Since Red Dress Ink s call in 2002, Lauren has been kept very busy with writing novels and checking her ranking on a daily basis She still lives in Danbury, with her husband and daughter, where she has lived since 1991.In addition to writing, Lauren s daughter keeps her busy, accounting for the rest of her time.Lauren s favorite color is green.Lauren s favorite non cat animals are penguins.Lauren wants you to know that, however you are pronouncing her last name, you are probably pronouncing it wrong.

    455 thoughts on “Little Women and Me”

    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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.


    6. 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 - [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. From Books and ThreadsI 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 ‘ma [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. I was really excited to read this booke 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 changedI don't know anyone on [...]


    11. 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 [...]


    12. Oh God. Unforgivably bad. It's like listening to a middle school mean girl retell Little Women, chapter by chapter.


    13. 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 [...]


    14. So this author knows better than the true author of a wonderful, nuanced, bittersweet, multi-layered classic? Excuse me while IThis is for people who want the obvious, "Disney-ed", sugared-up take (I stole that term from another 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 take him ser [...]


    15. 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 literaturewhat 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 JoAmy? REALLY? I see where Emily comes from with wanting to change that. And for some reasonI NEVER remembered Beth dying. [...]


    16. 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)[I ended up hugely disappointed. Emily is incredibly shallow and spoiled, constantly whining and complaining about being the middle child. She sets her sights on boys simply because they're paying attention to one of her other sisters, whether it's [...]


    17. 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 [...]


    18. 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 simp [...]


    19. 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 [...]


    20. 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.


    21. 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 [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. One of my favourite things I love reading about is tales where the main character gets sucked into another world especially the type of world that finds them living inside the book that they have been reading or in this case writing about. Our story starts in the modern world of 2011 when Emily March -the middle child is feeling invisible as the boy she is in love with likes her sisters Charlotte and Anne. The book then forwards into her English Class where the teacher Mr O has given them an ass [...]


    25. 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 [...]


    26. Any attempt to “rewrite” a novel – especially one as well beloved as Little Women – is bound to be polarizing. We either love it or we hate it.Those of us who think the original perfect as it is somewhat resent the mere attempt at alteration.How presumptuous, we think, for someone to try to “edit” our beloved classic!For those of us who have a gripe about the original, how we look forward to reading a variation we hope shares our sympathies and brings into the realm of reality the th [...]


    27. 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 [...]


    28. 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 [...]


    29. While this was a quick and fun read, I found I disagreed with the author about how Little Women SHOULD have ended. Basically the whole point for Jo's refusal of Laurie in the original Little Women is that she'd have to change her entire self in order to be his wife, because Laurie is "of society" and needed a wife as such. If she married him, Jo would be miserable. The ironic thing is that the whole point of Emily's journey is that she doesn't know who she is. She doesn't have an identity other [...]


    30. 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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