a Romantic Retelling of Little Women


After Josephine “Jo” March publishes her first novel, Little Women, she immediately faces demands for a sequel. Her publisher, Mr. Thomas Niles, urges Jo to compose a book filled with romance and weddings. This proves rather tough in light of the fact that Jo does not see herself as a romantic writer. Nonetheless, she gives it her best effort, but there is also a lot of stress: lots of fan mail, a theatrical production of Little Women in London, and her sister Amy has an insatiable desire for luxuries - all funded by Jo.

When Theodore “Laurie” Laurence proposes a trip to New York as a change of scenery, Jo has no choice but to go along. The trip is filled with excitement and perhaps even a bit of romance. In the end, Jo is left with two questions: Will she write the proper sequel for her beloved characters, and will she make the right decision concerning her unfolding relationship with her dear Laurie.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
I read this novel last summer and loved the spin that the authors put on the March sisters' original story while keeping many of the external details identical. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this alternate ending. It was a fast-paced, delightful book filled with entertaining banter between the characters. I also appreciated how the authors showed the reality of writing a novel through Jo’s struggle with writing her sequel, Good Wives. It was both realistic and eye-opening.

Overall, this book was an exciting read that gave me a different outlook on the well-loved novel, Little Women I would recommend this novel to people who have already fallen in love with the March family: whether it be from the big screen or through the extraordinary words of Louisa May Alcott. This book is perfect for readers who would have preferred a romantic relationship between Jo and Laurie in the original Little Women. I recommend this novel to readers above the age of 12. It will not disappoint!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you love Little Women and/or contemporary retellings, with a side of romance and contemporary themes, this is the book for you.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.

Type of Book:
This is a retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women
Educational Themes:

As a retelling, the story sets itself up for comparisons with the original. What was the same and what was different are pretty typical questions. Nudge your reader to draw out "hints" from the original that support the plot of this retelling. 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow first. If you like retellings, this is surely one for you to enjoy.

Title Jo & Laurie
Author Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers © 2020
ISBN 9781984812018
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Historical Fiction, Romance
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