Les Miserables is known as one of the virtually untouchable books in reference to retellings. After all, who would want to try and retell a story that took almost 1,500 pages to write? That’s why, when I heard about A Little in Love at BEA, I was curious, yet very wary. How would the author be able to capture the story and tell it again? It didn’t make sense to me.
But, to my surprise, Susan Fletcher, the author, did a great job of retelling the story of Les Mis- this time, from Eponine’s point of view! I am so, so glad that the author decided to to explore Eponine’s character, because I really enjoyed learning more about her and her life after Cosette was taken away by Jean Valjean. I only knew a little bit after reading Les Mis, so this really helped to fill in the gaps. And oh my goodness, I never would have imagined exactly what happened with Eponine after Cosette left!
I don’t want to tell you exactly what happened to Eponine and her family, for fear of spoiling the book for you, so I will just say this. Eponine isn’t the rude, obnoxious character that you would expect from reading Les Mis. She actually is dynamic, and has many different layers to her.
For those of you who haven’t read Les Miserables, I actually would recommend this book. To be honest, I think that A Little in Love strips Les Mis to its core plot, and tells the same story, just from a different POV. I know that some people are intimidated by the length of Les Mis, so I would suggest this as an alternative.
I highly recommend this book! I give this book 4/5stars.