Jo & Laurie was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s original tale, Little Women, and Alcott’s own life itself. In this not-quite-retelling of Little Women, Jo is cast as Alcott, who has written the first volume of the book Little Women and now readers and her editor are clamoring for a sequel. Jo is dealing with some family strife as her two sisters are not terribly pleased to have their embarrassing incidents broadcast in fiction across the country and across the pond while also trying to come up with ideas for the second book. Laurie decides to help Jo by taking her on a grand adventure to New York City, hoping this will inspire her enough to help the words come spilling out.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the interactions between the three sisters. The March girls love for each other leapt off the page and felt authentic. Meg was sweet and practical. Jo was stubborn. They love each other despite the fights they have.
One of biggest issues is Harriet. She is clearly there as plot device and it bothers me. She never felt as real as the other characters, not as fleshed out or well rounded for the amount of screen time she gets.
Over all, I give this book a 4/5