Jo & Laurie
Bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore "Laurie" Laurence.1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration—museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself!But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo's desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken. When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart's desire or lose the love of her life forever?

Jo & Laurie Details

TitleJo & Laurie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781984812018
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings, Fiction

Jo & Laurie Review

  • Romee Darling
    January 1, 1970
    If everyone can rate this one star without reading it, I will rate it 5 stars. Why is this wrong? It's just fiction, really. I read about books with Romeo ending up with Roselina, The prince ending up with a reedemed Stepsister, Christine ending up with the Phantom of the Opera... REALLY NOW. This book is not saying THIS IS HOW THE STORY SHOULD HAVE ENDED, just explores the possibility of what if.
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    Great. Let’s just completely ignore the intentions of Alcott with this glorified fan fiction. Count me out.
  • Enne (they/them)
    January 1, 1970
    i miss ten seconds ago when i didn't know this existed
  • Gretal
    January 1, 1970
    it's 2020, let's not shove a gal who is clearly not attracted to men together with her childhood guy friend come on
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds like it could be fun, I dunno. Let's actually read it before we judge it, ey? Peeps need to chill out and stop 1-starring this just cuz they dislike the idea of it.
  • Sierra Elmore
    January 1, 1970
    Jo March sweetie I am SO sorry
  • Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    ABSOLUTELY NOT! TAKE IT BACK!Not only is this complete LW sacrilege, it’s a massive F you to the queen that is Louisa May Alcott. This dumbass fanfic should never have left the drafts. This completely screws over Jo, her autonomy, and completely undoes the point that LMA made by asserting Jo’s independence and desire to find who was right for her. SHE SAID NO, LET IT CONTINUE TO BE NO!Jo and Laurie are best friends and if they became something more they would KILL each other. They’re too similar ABSOLUTELY NOT! TAKE IT BACK!Not only is this complete LW sacrilege, it’s a massive F you to the queen that is Louisa May Alcott. This dumbass fanfic should never have left the drafts. This completely screws over Jo, her autonomy, and completely undoes the point that LMA made by asserting Jo’s independence and desire to find who was right for her. SHE SAID NO, LET IT CONTINUE TO BE NO!Jo and Laurie are best friends and if they became something more they would KILL each other. They’re too similar and headstrong. Laurie wanted the quintessential wife who would adore him. Jo questions people —especially her bff Laurie—way to much to be that person for Laurie. They would be miserable! Take this travesty back please. (The authors are very nice people and I wholly respect them as writers and people, but they didn’t respect LMA when writing this. Do some contextual research, loves.)Edit: I am not bashing on the authors or their ability to write. I’m not bashing on anyone who WANTS to read this book. If you think this concept is what you want to read, more power to you. As someone who adores LMA, her characters, and the intent and history behind her story, I cannot get behind this book and that’s my opinion and choice.
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  • Eva B.
    January 1, 1970
    [image error]Listen, I liked the idea of Jo and Laurie together when I first read the book. Except I was 11 then, and didn't get why the leads didn't end up together. I'm older now, and I can let go of that and appreciate their adorable friendship. This sounds like a massive middle finger to Alcott's story and disrespectful for her vision. If it was Alcott's intention for them to end up together, she'd have done it back when Little Women was published :/ Sounds like the authors jumped on the hyp [image error]Listen, I liked the idea of Jo and Laurie together when I first read the book. Except I was 11 then, and didn't get why the leads didn't end up together. I'm older now, and I can let go of that and appreciate their adorable friendship. This sounds like a massive middle finger to Alcott's story and disrespectful for her vision. If it was Alcott's intention for them to end up together, she'd have done it back when Little Women was published :/ Sounds like the authors jumped on the hype train for the movie....
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  • Rebecca Crunden
    January 1, 1970
    What about Bhaer???Also, “Girls write to ask who the little women marry, as if that was the only aim and end of a woman’s life,” Alcott wrote in her journal after the publication of the first volume of Little Women. “I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.” Source. What about Bhaer???Also, “Girls write to ask who the little women marry, as if that was the only aim and end of a woman’s life,” Alcott wrote in her journal after the publication of the first volume of Little Women. “I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.” Source.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    So this just completely ignores the fact Laurie married Amy?
  • Élia Fernandes
    January 1, 1970
    Let's complete disrespect Louisa May Alcott's intention in writing Jo as a strong character who chose whomever she knew was best for her, let's take her agency as a woman just so you can sell your fanfic...As a fanfic writer myself, I'm here to tell you this should have never left FF.net or AO3...Maybe it should have stayed in the drafts!Count me completely out of it!
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  • Isabel ✰
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read plenty of revisionist retellings (Song of Achilles anyone) but imo the story is so much more powerful without jo/Laurie. Women! You are not a bad person for not liking a man back and just wanting to be friends!
  • Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot wait for this!! I totally respect Laurie and Amy but I’m also completely down to read about a Jo and Laurie ship because little Sue was heartbroken when I first read LW and realized they weren’t getting together. Let me dream! Maybe I’m just a romantic but I’ve never had trouble shipping characters both canon and otherwise. Hermione and Ron? Yes. Hermione and Draco? Hell yes. Draco and Harry? Sure. Alina and the Darkling? Hot. Alina and Mal? Perfection.
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  • Rosa Torres
    January 1, 1970
    THE UTTER DISRESPECT. Leave Jo fucking be.
  • Kaya
    January 1, 1970
    I am a HUGE fan of Little Women. I’ve read the book countless times, and, well, y’all know all about my obsession with the movie already. So obviously I was really excited, yet slightly nervous about this, and know the story very well!The second thing I wanted to talk about is the fact that people are prejudiced against this book without even reading it. This isn’t mere fanfiction, nor a simple retelling. The storyline itself takes place in between part one and part two, and even the characters I am a HUGE fan of Little Women. I’ve read the book countless times, and, well, y’all know all about my obsession with the movie already. So obviously I was really excited, yet slightly nervous about this, and know the story very well!The second thing I wanted to talk about is the fact that people are prejudiced against this book without even reading it. This isn’t mere fanfiction, nor a simple retelling. The storyline itself takes place in between part one and part two, and even the characters feel more like Louisa May Alcott and her family, and less like attempts at paralleling the originals. So, I think that the Goodreads rating* should currently be taken with a grain of salt, because many people are rating it one star without just cause.*if you’re like me, then you rely on goodreads WAY too much. goodreads basically controls my life. what a dystopian novel that would be, come to think of it.Jo is both the Jo we know and love, and also how I’d imagine Louisa May Alcott to be. She’s struggling with writing the sequel to Little Women, while dealing with the grief of losing her sister Beth."Who knew a heart could break open so expansively? Who knew whole kingdoms-with no master, no queen, no governance, obedient to no rule of law, accountable to no country custom, unruly to all logic whatsoever- could rise in a heartless wake?"Laurie STILL HAS MY WHOLE HEART AND SOUL. He’s still the clever, kind, snarky, passionate boy from the novel. However, we get to see from his perspective, and we watch him struggle with his (seemingly) unreciprocated feelings for Jo.[image error]Marmie is Mama Abba, a small change that Jo had made for purposes of her book. Amy and Meg are familiar but not total copycats of their doppelgangers in Little Women. And that is a small piece of the genius of this novel. Somehow, the authors took beloved, familiar characters, and managed to make them their own.The plot itself is brilliantly woven with small references to the events that happened in the original story, and little twists of unique ideas. We get to see *certain* relationships develop, and I was never bored reading it!and oh. the romance of it all.You might be thinking “well duh, this is a historical ROMANCE. Don’t be so surprised”. And you’re probably right, but that didn’t stop me from being shocked at how easily I fell in love with how adorably awkward the two main characters are. One of the lines that has totally stuck with me concerning Jo and Laurie’s tale is the phrase:"the greatest love story never told."Am I the only one crying in a corner…? Seriously, their chemistry was always off-the-charts. And it’s no different here, where Jo can’t realize her feelings and Laurie is tortured by the knowledge of his own. IT’S ALL TOO GOOD FOR WORDS.I would recommend this for fans of all who adore Little Women, and honestly just historical romance in general because AH the feels!That’s it! This was a bit of a longer one but I would wholeheartedly recommend giving this a chance, because IT’S SO GOOD. It is a story that’s thrilling in its originality, yet comforting in its familiarity. It’s a story I’m so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to read! 4.5 stars _________________________________________________“the greatest love story never told.” this is one of my new favorite retellings. so different, yet so familiar. full rtc! thank you to penguin teen for the arc via netgalley , in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Sara-Grace Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    NO. NOOOO. NOOOOOOOO ABSOLUTELY NOT
  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    January 1, 1970
    Oooh la la!!! This seems amazing! There has always been a part of me that wished for Jo and Laurie to have ended up together though I love his love with Amy but Jo is special! Oooh la la!!! This seems amazing! There has always been a part of me that wished for Jo and Laurie to have ended up together though I love his love with Amy but Jo is special!
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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    As if 2020 hasn't been enough of a mess. Take it back. Let's pretend this never happened. As if 2020 hasn't been enough of a mess. Take it back. Let's pretend this never happened.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Erasing history is a toxic thing in general.But erasing history on topics which we, as a species, are still struggling to fully embrace...is an absolute fuck no.It's stuff like this that reaffirms the highly dangerous, inaccurate, and bigoted ideology that sexuality is controllable. Count me out.
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  • Pansy O'Hara
    January 1, 1970
    Literally cannot wait to read this book! Jo should have married Laurie!
  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Hiya!Odd one out over here. I really loved this. Idgaf 🤷‍♀️
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful and heart-warming novel that takes place immediately following the end of Little Women. It re-imagines some of the events of Little Women and gives the reader a chance to revisit the characters. It's labeled a YA book but I would recommend it for Little Women fans of any age.
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  • Ishi Time
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Teen through NetGalley! I have neither read Little Women, nor have I watched it, and as embarrassing as it is, I don't know what it is about either. My review is not based on how accurately I think the original story and characters transfer over into this book, but on how I enjoyed this book as a whole, independent of anything else. Overall, I enjoyed this book―it was wholesome and cute! I found it really easy to read and it flowed really well. Conside I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Teen through NetGalley! I have neither read Little Women, nor have I watched it, and as embarrassing as it is, I don't know what it is about either. My review is not based on how accurately I think the original story and characters transfer over into this book, but on how I enjoyed this book as a whole, independent of anything else. Overall, I enjoyed this book―it was wholesome and cute! I found it really easy to read and it flowed really well. Considering that this book has two authors, I didn't think there was any noticeable change of tone in the narration. The reason I really liked the book was because of the characters. I loved Jo, her relationship with her sisters, and her personality. She is a writer struggling to write a second volume of her book after the first was a huge success. As a female author, she battles for her right to write what she wants; she always has to succumb to what is expected of her by her publishers and readers. Though I face none of the prejudices of the time, I do relate to her as she is going about writing and thinking about her plot. I loved Laurie as well. I've always enjoyed the childhood-friends-to-lovers trope so I was really rooting for them throughout the book! I loved Meg and Brooke as well!I won't include many details, but some of my favourite scenes were when the three sisters talk about possible plots while sitting in Vegetable Valley, the church picnic, and the last conversation between Laurie and Harriet. There are a couple things I think could have been done better. One is the pacing. Weeks could go by in the matter of paragraphs, but a good half chunk of the book takes place during the week they spent in New York. Also, Brooke is considered to be an intimate part of the group of 4 (Jo, Laurie, Meg, and Brooke). It's said several times that the 4 of them were close and could finish each other's sentences. Though I see that's very true of Jo, Laurie, and Meg, I don't think that was true of Brooke at all. He seemed to be more on the outskirts to me. Another thing I had a problem with was Jo's view on marriage. Though I understood why she didn't want it for herself, to support women means to support their decisions, even if they might be different from your own.Other than those three things, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others :)
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I love retellings of my favorite fairy tales and Austen stories, but this is the first one I've read about Little Women. I had no idea what to expect, and it was an interesting read. Jo is much younger than I expected her to be at this point in the story- they have her at seventeen, and the timeline seems a bit off from the original story. Beth has died, and Jo is a successfully published author of Little Women, but is struggling with the sequel she is contracted to write. The authors did a good I love retellings of my favorite fairy tales and Austen stories, but this is the first one I've read about Little Women. I had no idea what to expect, and it was an interesting read. Jo is much younger than I expected her to be at this point in the story- they have her at seventeen, and the timeline seems a bit off from the original story. Beth has died, and Jo is a successfully published author of Little Women, but is struggling with the sequel she is contracted to write. The authors did a good job of capturing her unrest during this time of her life. It's difficult for Jo to discern what the future holds for her and her sisters, wanting things to stay as they have been, but recognizing that marriage, travel, and career will change everything. She seems scared of her growing feelings for Laurie, and that fear prevents her from embracing the progression of their relationship into something more than friendship. I found her voice to be slightly immature, especially when whining and fighting with her editor. Some chapters were told from other characters' perspectives, such as Meg (which I found myself skimming), but I appreciated being able to get inside Laurie's head. Overall it was an entertaining take on the classic, especially for readers who wished for the childhood friendship to turn to romance.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Ruby Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    hm. I consider myself a pretty hardcore little women fan, as in like i have a vintage copy, sobbed my eyes out the first time I read the whole book, and consider the recent adaptation one of my favorite movies of all time. I come from a family of four girls after all. so whilst I do agree with many, many reviews on here stating that canon Jo should not be with Laurie, this is not canon Jo. It's a completely different character. therefore, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. there ar hm. I consider myself a pretty hardcore little women fan, as in like i have a vintage copy, sobbed my eyes out the first time I read the whole book, and consider the recent adaptation one of my favorite movies of all time. I come from a family of four girls after all. so whilst I do agree with many, many reviews on here stating that canon Jo should not be with Laurie, this is not canon Jo. It's a completely different character. therefore, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. there are many notable differences in this in comparison to the actual little women, ones that make Laurie and Jo slightly more plausible. though I do wish the authors had worked out their conflicting characteristics a little more before pinning Jo and Laurie together. but alas, I have very few complaints. it was very entertaining. i myself was anxious to see the two characters get together, even though i knew that was obviously how the story was going to end. like many books i enjoy, i do not believe it is the pinnacle of wonderful fiction, but i do think it's a fun little story for anyone who loves little women. anyways, i give it four stars. i had fun, and got a rather pure romance, and that was honestly all i wanted from this story.
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  • SophiAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I want to start this review with just mentioning that this book is getting an unnecessary amount of hate because of what it's about. The Goodreads rating has been going down because people who haven't read it are rating it! If this isn't your cup of tea, no problem, but I'm here to judge the book on the content, not just on the idea. Personally, I thought this book was cute. Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz both know how to write a solid book, so I didn't think there were any glaring Okay, I want to start this review with just mentioning that this book is getting an unnecessary amount of hate because of what it's about. The Goodreads rating has been going down because people who haven't read it are rating it! If this isn't your cup of tea, no problem, but I'm here to judge the book on the content, not just on the idea. Personally, I thought this book was cute. Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz both know how to write a solid book, so I didn't think there were any glaring issues with it. I think that's it's an interesting reimagining of the ending (and beyond) of Little Women. Stohl and de la Cruz, in my opinion, make the characters their own enough that people who haven't read Little Women will be able to enjoy this. While I liked Laurie and Amy getting together in the source material, I didn't mind the changes made here. However, this book did drag a little bit. It wasn't anything groundbreaking or lifechanging, but I didn't think it was supposed to be. Overall, I think that this was a light, fun, and cute read that a lot of YA readers will be extremely happy with!3.5 stars
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  • Ilhaam
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to MBC books for sending me an ARC.“Because of all the other little sisters- the ones you’ll never know or meet- who you’ve made believe they could tell a story on their own.” I grew up reading classics like Little Women and The Secret Garden and Heidi. So when I say that I think these authors did an amazing job of this retelling, I mean it. They captured the vibe of Louisa’s writing perfectly, it honestly didn’t even feel much like a retelling and felt a lot like it could have Thank you so much to MBC books for sending me an ARC.“Because of all the other little sisters- the ones you’ll never know or meet- who you’ve made believe they could tell a story on their own.” I grew up reading classics like Little Women and The Secret Garden and Heidi. So when I say that I think these authors did an amazing job of this retelling, I mean it. They captured the vibe of Louisa’s writing perfectly, it honestly didn’t even feel much like a retelling and felt a lot like it could have act been the works of the real author. Just,,the vibes were immaculate.Let’s talk about Jo & Laurie. Of course, like the general public I was never really a Jo & Laurie shipper and I don’t think I’ll really ever ship them in Little Women. But here, Melissa and Margaret really truly did something. They made Jo & Laurie Jo & Laurie in a way that not many people could have done this well. Without giving their actual relationship much screen time, I still felt like I knew how they grew together and how I knew, just like the other March sisters knew, that they would inevitably end up together. I don’t know if it was the watering hole or the inside jokes or the way Laurie just knew her, inside out and upside down, but it was perfect. And in the end when they became JoandLaurie I was so happy. And one more thing we HAVE to talk about. The emphasis placed on the sister bond. Obviously it’s really important in Louisa’s actual book but here it was just as good. Everytime a book character has a good relationship with their siblings my heart goes💞 because it’s so precious i honestly can’t. As someone who has a younger sister I felt like Jo’s relationship with Amy was done so well. The perfect blend of frustration and love. And Meg. So so cute.The only thing I didn’t love about this book was that we glossed over Jo’s trauma regarding Beth a little bit in the end. I feel like it would’ve been easier to connect with her if we’d explored that further in the book.All in all this book was such a heartwarming, cute read that it kind of made me want to read some more historical fiction🥳. If you’re a fan of classics or Little Women id highly encourage you to pick this up!(It also definitely didn’t hurt that I pictured Laurie as Timothee Chalamet the entire time🌝)
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  • Grace Mullins
    January 1, 1970
    Many years ago I was a preteen who HATED that Laurie and Jo did not end up together. So shut up and take my money cause I need a fluffy retelling like this after over a decade of still being heartbroken.
  • Makenna Morgan~
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just eh. I was super excited leading up to it because Jo & Laurie should have ended up together, but this didn’t do their relationship justice. It was boring and I had a hard time getting through it. Almost 300 pages were just set to developing the characters in Little Women and setting them up for the plot of this book. The authors’ seemed to get better with writing Jo & Laurie’s romance as the book went on, but it really just wasn’t up to Louisa May Alcott’s standards. The last 6 This book was just eh. I was super excited leading up to it because Jo & Laurie should have ended up together, but this didn’t do their relationship justice. It was boring and I had a hard time getting through it. Almost 300 pages were just set to developing the characters in Little Women and setting them up for the plot of this book. The authors’ seemed to get better with writing Jo & Laurie’s romance as the book went on, but it really just wasn’t up to Louisa May Alcott’s standards. The last 60 pages were okay and had more of Jo and Laurie, but I still had a hard time getting through them. Anyways, I liked the ending. So, I would have given this 2 stars if the ending wasn’t as good as it was. In the end, I’m a little bit disappointed at this little story. It isn’t what I hoped for.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the original "Little Women" by Alcott, my heart was broken in two by Jo and Laurie's relationship. I shipped them HARD. Once I got into the acceptance stage of my grief I fell in love with the newly adapted movie and all the relationships and the growth between the sisters and love interests. BUT I was thrilled to jump into another parallel universe in which Jo and Laurie could possibly end up together.The language and the characters felt true to the original story. I was wrapp When I first read the original "Little Women" by Alcott, my heart was broken in two by Jo and Laurie's relationship. I shipped them HARD. Once I got into the acceptance stage of my grief I fell in love with the newly adapted movie and all the relationships and the growth between the sisters and love interests. BUT I was thrilled to jump into another parallel universe in which Jo and Laurie could possibly end up together.The language and the characters felt true to the original story. I was wrapped up in the relationships and loved that we got multiple perspectives from Meg and Laurie and Jo. Jo is still the obstinate, stubborn girl we love. I still get frustrated with her inability to believe people want to live lives other than she sees fit for them, and fails to see what is right in front of her. Some people believe love takes away a part of you, but in reality I think to love and to give your heart to someone is one of the bravest things of all. I believe this book captures that. Laurie had a "feeling of longing and belonging, all tied up together at once, in a way that somehow contradicted and completed itself. It didn't seem real or even possible, but there it was, every time he saw the Marches. What was the word for that? But as soon as he wondered he knew....Home." The family we choose, not the one given to us by birth..One of the most lovely books I've read this year and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it a fellow Little Women fan who is up for an alternate ending. A story full of heart, love and longing and a lot of growing up. Add this to your summer list!Thank you to Penguin Teen for the opportunity to read and review this one. I will eventually be purchasing a copy of my own. 4.5 STARS
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