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December 3, 2019
This is a modern-day retelling of the literary classic, Little Women. In this version, Meg is a married, stay-at-home mom with twins, and Jo is working as a line cook at a restaurant while she waits for her food blogging career to take off. When their mother gets sick, they both have to return home to North Carolina to help her out. (Their two younger sisters are only minimally featured in the story, but I hear there’s a sequel coming next year that focuses on them.)
I’ve never read Little Women all the way through, because I find it dreadfully boring. 😬 But I know a lot of people love this book—like LOVE love it. I was hoping that author Virginia Kantra would be able to spice up the story a little—and, in all fairness, she does, to some extent—but it wasn’t enough for me.
Many of the themes present in the first book are here, as well: the importance of sisterhood and the message that family always comes first. But it drove me crazy that both Meg and Jo always seemed to be playing second fiddle to the men in their relationships—Meg in her traditional marriage to a basic AF brosef, and Jo in her annoyingly clingy and insecure relationship to her boss at the restaurant. I couldn’t believe how much these women deferred to the unremarkable and unworthy men in their lives. I mean, we’ve all been there, but, ugh, it was pathetic.
So I’m sorry to say Meg and Jo just didn’t do it for me. Since I never loved the classic in the first place, I probably wasn’t the target audience anyway. But if you love Little Women, I’d still give it a shot.
Thank you to Berkley and Net Galley for the ARC.