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A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

So as I wrote when I posted my interview with Susan Fletcher earlier today I’m taking part in her blog tour for her new book. As a part of the tour, I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been trying to think more before accepting books just because they’re free but as soon as I heard about this book I knew I had to read it because I loved Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables so a book telling the story from Eponine’s perspective really intrigued me.  And I have to say A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher really hit the mark for me.  It’s published tomorrow (2nd October 2014) and you should all buy it.  You can still enjoy A Little in Love if you haven’t read Les Miserables (or seen one of the adaptations) but you really should read Les Miserable as it’s a brilliant (if slightly too long in places) book.

The cover for A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher. It's red and dark blue with white bits and shows the face of a girl. It's hard to describe but it's awesome
The cover for A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher. It’s red and dark blue with white bits and shows the face of a girl. It’s hard to describe but it’s awesome

Paris, 1832.

A street 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.  But 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 sixteen, the two girls meet again and Eponine has one more chance.  But what is the price of friendship – the love of a boy?

I have to say Susan Fletcher has done a brilliant job with this book.  She’s managed to take a character – Eponine – who in Les Miserables is a thief and someone I think you’re supposed to hate and make her understandable, real and human. The thief becomes a teen girl who justs wants to be loved.  I don’t think that’s out of character for Eponine as she appears in Les Miserables because Susan Fletcher has simply taken the things there were hints of and fleshed them out.  She’s also managed to take another hateful character – Madame Thernadier – and give a brief insight into who she is and make her seem more human too.  I still didn’t like her though.

As I was reading the book the songs from the musical kept coming to mind – particularly at the beginning and I’m listening to the soundtrack now as I write this. I may have annoyed my neighbours lately with how much I’ve had it on. Not that I’m bothered by that.

I can’t say the end of the book surprised me because I’ve read the original and knew how it would end. But I was disappointed to reach the end anyway and as with the rest of the book thought it very well handled.

A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher is a power book that I loved and found hard to put down.

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