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Meg and Jo (The March Sisters) (edició 2019)

de Virginia Kantra (Autor)

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"From New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra comes a heartwarming modern novel inspired by the timeless classic Little Women. The March sisters-reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth-have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook-slash-secret food blogger. Meg appears to have the life she always planned-the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be... When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters. One thing's for sure-they'll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams"--… (més)
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Títol:Meg and Jo (The March Sisters)
Autors:Virginia Kantra (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2019), 400 pages
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My favorite thing about this book was Meg. She, as a character, didn't stand out to me in the original Little Women, especially since we spend so much time in Jo's head. This retelling kept the integrity of each character while seamlessly integrating the contemporary environment. Meg is a perfectionist who is trying to balance perfectionism, twins, and an overworked husband. Her situation is so under portrayed in literature, or at least in many of the books I find myself reading. The character arc for Meg and Jo felt so realistic, and it made me both hooked on the story and happy to be there.

I would recommend this book to more of an adult audience, due to the fact that Meg and Jo are adults in the book, deal with adult situations, and make adult choices. This book also appeals to the part of me that likes seeing this book from forever ago in a new light. It's not graphic, so YA readers would be fine with it, but the story just relates better to me as an adult.

This was worth the read to me. It took a little bit to get a sense of what the timeline was and what the reader was supposed to assume had already happened and what had not happened yet. The story deviates from the original in a few key ways, but the choices seemed justified to me and the nicknames (Theodore, "Laurie", becomes Trey) fit the modern setting. Honestly, this book surprised me in a pleasant way and I'm excited for book two! [b:Beth and Amy|51298958|Beth and Amy|Virginia Kantra|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|78239961] ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
I ended up enjoying the modern tale of family, work, love, and siblinghood but I struggled when comparing it to Little Women itself. For me, this story was entertaining as a stand-alone contemporary fiction novel, but it just didn’t work with its goal of retelling of Little Women.

A lot of this is just coming from my own personal preferences but I struggled to connect and didn’t love the changes to the storyline that happened. I also fully admit that I have rarely enjoyed a retelling(I am talking to you, Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld!), so maybe I am just not a good candidate for these types of novels! I do have to say, I admire anyone that takes on the retelling of a classic and I enjoyed Virginia Kantra’s writing style very much.

So the book was totally fine…I liked some of the characters more than others (which often happens for me with family life fiction) but I just didn’t love this because of what I was hoping it would be. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
A charming and heartwarming book about navigating life, reality, and dreams, plus adapting the much-beloved classic Little Women. I enjoyed reading this book enormously. I do wish the author had delved a bit more into race/class issues, instead of a surface glimpse. That said, this book remains true to the spirit of sisterhood, and I am glad there will be a sequel. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
When you’re accustomed to a set of characters presented in very chaste terms it is a little jarring at first to read about them in sexual situations but eventually my brain did make the adjustment and appreciate Meg and Jo for the solid contemporary re-telling it is.

The point of view alternates each chapter between Meg, a stay-at-home mother to twins and Jo, struggling to get by in NYC as a blogger and prep cook.

Given that my least favorite section of the original novel involved Meg’s marriage, it’s not surprising that Meg’s story here took longer to pull me in than Jo’s did. Meg is the sister at the forefront of dealing with their mother’s financial and health issues and I was interested in her taking on those burdens, however, I found her marriage issues less compelling. It’s not that I find domestic situations boring, it’s just that their problems seemed like they could be resolved mostly just by talking them out which yes communication can be a big deal for a relationship to overcome but for the purposes of telling a story it wasn’t as difficult of a conflict as I would have preferred. The final third or so, once Meg and John graduated to conversations and with the renewal of Meg’s friendship with Sallie Moffatt, I did find Meg’s chapters more engaging.

Although not a foodie myself, for whatever reason I like to read about food and restaurants so that aspect of Jo’s story definitely appealed to me, but even more so I enjoyed her chemistry with Chef Eric Bhaer. It’s probably blasphemy to say you liked something in a movie more than in the original book, especially a classic book, but the movie relationship between Winona Ryder’s Jo and Gabriel Byrne’s Professor Bhaer, is one of the reasons I’m in the minority of those who never wanted Jo to end up with Teddy (here he’s called Trey) and this book captured a similar vibe to what I felt in that movie, that Bhaer respects her enough to challenge her rather than just offer to take care of her, that there is something grown up about their dynamic yet the confessions of feelings have a young giddy quality to them that is joyful and endearing.

As far as secondary characters go, I thought the author went in a smart direction addressing the affect the father’s frequent absences and charitable giving has on the family. Trey, although not heavily featured here, felt true to Teddy in his desire to be a part of the March family, and Amy’s as she should be, a bit self-absorbed but with a heart and I like that art and fashion are a big part of who she is in this modernized version, too, I’m eager to get to know her better in the next book. Most of all, I’m looking forward to Beth in that book, we get just a small taste of her life here and I am so intrigued to see how her introverted personality meshes with a singing career and a potential romance with a country music star. ( )
  SJGirl | Nov 26, 2020 |
I love Little Women and I doubly-loved this NYC/North Carolina reinvention in Meg and Jo. This story focuses on the older March girls, with Beth and Amy appearing like guest stars. Jo is a food blogger and prep cook in New York, while Meg is a stay-at-home mom to adorable twins in North Carolina. Amy's doing a fashion internship in Paris, and Beth is a country singer in Branson, MO??? (What now? The rest of these are so on-target that I'm trying to reserve judgement on this one until I read Beth And Amy).

This review is going to have spoilers, because it's almost impossible to discuss this book without mentioning ways in which it followed and deviated from the original. Anyway, Little Women came out in 1868, which makes it a 151-year-old spoiler.

I just loved the sisters' relationship here, and I absolutely believed that not just that they were really sisters, but the girls took wildly different paths and still called each other every day. I thought Jo's blog was a perfect updating. In Alcott's life, magazine serials were considered pop culture, and sometimes minimalized as lowbrow and easy. just like blogs today. I loved Jo and Eric's relationship, too.

My only concern was a moment where Jo and Eric decide that it doesn't matter whether they live in NYC or North Carolina, as long as they're together. Nope. Speaking as someone who moved from Brooklyn to Chapel Hill when my Southern boyfriend proposed, OMG, IT MATTERS A LOT. Jo, you deserve better than extra-slow conversations about traffic and college basketball, don't move to North Carolina!

Meg and John's story was believable and engaging, but a bit Romance 101. The basic premise is that Meg is running herself ragged being a supermom when her problems could be solved if only she could learn to ask for help from John, as if assigning the husband chores isn't just more mental load for the wife. I realize that grown men sometimes need to be told to take out the trash and buy milk and whatever, but it doesn't make for an appealing romantic hero. I always thought the modest, hardworking John Brooke was more appealing than selfish Laurie, so I really wanted him to be a great husband too.

Finally, I was just as sad as the March sisters when Marmee and Father's marital problems are revealed! The modern Mr. March is consistently and realistically inconsiderate towards his wife, leaving her with all the responsibility while he does Important Work, just like in the original story, but modern Mrs. March isn't having it. Plus, Bronson Alcott was off doing charitable works while his family struggled, making this a sick 151-year-old burn.

I loved this retelling, and I'm already looking forward to seeing the rest of the story in Beth and Amy. ( )
  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
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"From New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra comes a heartwarming modern novel inspired by the timeless classic Little Women. The March sisters-reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth-have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook-slash-secret food blogger. Meg appears to have the life she always planned-the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be... When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters. One thing's for sure-they'll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams"--

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