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    Modern retelling of Meg & Jo from Little Women

    Little Women is the book that started my love of reading. My Mema and Bepa gave me a copy and I read it until it was falling apart. Meg and Jo is the contemporary retelling of Little Women. I could not pass on this book. Jo was always my favorite. She is the oldest, in charge, and her daddy’s girl. She is still my favorite. I love her spunk, her going into the unknown, and how she grew up to be strong woman. Yes, she comes home after a tough situation and she struggles to not let it get her down. She grows while she is home into a stronger, open hearted, and willing to accept help person all while finding happiness that she didn’t know she was craving. Meg, oh Meg. You are so reliable. She takes on the world, does everything for everyone, and doesn’t accept any help from anyone. As the story goes on we see her struggle to keep up with her day to day life while adding more and more to it as the rest of the family needs help. I love when she realizes that accepting help doesn’t mean she is less of a mom or a wife or a sister. She becomes a complete and wonderful woman as the story goes on. If you are a Little Women fan, you have to read this book. I am so excited to read Amy and Beth’s story.
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    Contemporary retelling of Little Women

    Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra is a modern reimagining of Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott. Little Women is my absolute favorite book which is why I was curious about Meg and Jo. I wanted to see how an author would modernize this treasured classic. Let me state that this was a mistake on my part. I wish I had looked up the author and noticed that she writes romance novels. This book focuses on Meg and Jo. It is told from their perspectives in alternating chapters. Jo still wishes to write, but newspapers are letting staff go. For some reason, Jo was hired at Gusto by Chef Eric Bhaer to work as a prep cook. I found this particularly odd since Jo disliked the domestic arts. Jo has a blog titled Hungry which provides an insider’s view of the city’s food scene. She does it anonymously which Jo is glad she did after hearing what Chef Bhaer thinks about food bloggers. There is an attraction between Jo and the chef which develops into something more until complications arise. Meg is married to John Brooke and they have very busy twins. Meg quit her job as a loan officer to be a stay at home mom at John’s urging because his mother worked two jobs and was never at home for him. While Meg loves John and the twins, she is dissatisfied with her life. Meg comes across as whiny (it is unattractive). She likes things done a certain way, so she does it all herself but then complains that she does not get help from hubby. Meg makes some poor choices. I did not like how Meg was portrayed at all. The story is set in Bunyan, North Carolina so there are stereotypical Southernisms in the story (“Bless her heart” was a repeated phrase). I especially disliked how Mr. March was portrayed in this book. It was unappealing and disappointing. Abby March, the mother, is one who does not like fuss (as we are told repeatedly). I missed the warm, loving Marmee from Little Women. Beth is a singer who performs in front of audiences at Branson (can anyone see the shy Beth doing this) and Amy is an intern at Louis Vuitton in Paris (I could see Amy doing this). Laurie is called Trey in this version and let me just say he is nothing like the kind boy next door from the original. Meg and Jo comes across as a typical romance novel. It lacks the warmth of family, sisterly bonding, love, and compassion that was present in the original Little Women. The author was brave to tackle such a difficult project, but I feel she missed the mark. There is a preview of Amy & Beth at the end.
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