Monday, December 21, 2015

Audiobook Review: A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

Author: Susan Fletcher
Narrator: Melody Grove
Publication: August 25, 2015
By: Recorded Books
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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables, A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine. Paris, 1832 - a girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart. Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree and the baby brother she loved.

Mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend. Now, at 16, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship - the love of a boy?

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Audio: Melody Grove does a fantastic job of bringing Eponine and the rest of the characters to life. Her French is flawless and her accent made the whole experience much more enjoyable. 

Story: I love Les Misérables. I saw it on Broadway when I was 15 and have loved almost every adaptation since. (Except the movie version where Russel Crowe sings. That nearly ruined the whole story for me.) Les Mis was the inspiration for this book, but if you go into it expecting a straight retelling of Hugo's story, you will be disappointed. 

I was expecting a backstory filled with details and emotions that would add more layers to the character of Eponine I admire and respect. A girl who doesn't always make the right choice, does what she needs to survive, but who loves a boy so much she is willing to set aside her own feelings for his happiness. A girl who was bold, strong and ultimately, selfless. 

What I got was a sad, depressing story about a lonely girl with horrible parents and little to no backbone. The Eponine in A Little In Love is a shadow of the girl in Les Misérables. 

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