Have you ever thought to yourself that your favorite book could be just a little better? Have you ever wondered why Lydia got away with running off with Mr. Wickham practically consequence-free? Or maybe the Wizard of Oz should have asked Toto what he wanted most in the world! If you've ever thought you could improve your favorite book by changing one little thing, you will understand the predicament high school sophomore Emily March finds herself in at the beginning of Little Women and Me.
Given an assignment in her English class to write a paper explaining how she would improve upon her favorite book, Emily decides there's one thing she could change in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women that would make it even better (spoiler alert - don't read the rest of this sentence if you haven't read or seen Little Women...) - Emily is going to save Beth! But while she is putting together her paper's outline and re-reading portions of Little Women, Emily is literally pulled into the story herself. It's the perfect opportunity to live out her favorite book and push it in the direction she thinks it should go. But how is Emily, now the fifth and middle March sister, going to do it?
Though some knowledge of Little Women will certainly help to appreciate the nods to the original story, it is not necessary to have Little Women memorized in order to enjoy Little Women and Me. Emily's hijinks and observations in 19th century Marchville (as she dubs the book's setting) are clever and on point with what teens today would likely notice about the classics. Some suspension of disbelief is required, but following Emily as she gets lost in the world of the book will make you think about how you would change your favorites, given the opportunity. It's a fun read that just might make you want to pick up Louisa May Alcott's original novel one more time.
Submitted by Jessie @ Zablocki