A LITTLE IN LOVE by Susan Fletcher
Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015 | Scholastic, 288 pages | Amazon~IndieBound
As a young child Eponine never knew kindness, except once from her family’s kitchen slave, Cosette. When at sixteen the girls’ paths cross again and their circumstances are reversed, Eponine must decide what that friendship is worth, even though they’ve both fallen for the same boy. In the end, Eponine will sacrifice everything to keep true love alive.
Looking for a little romance? A little intrigue? A little literary backstory? You should definitely add A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher to your reading list!
Consider this a sort of prequel/character study companion to Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables for the character Eponine. Don’t be daunted; however, with having to read Mr. Hugo’s masterpiece first, A Little in Love is a great introduction to his famous characters and their story written for a YA audience. Any teen or tween will find themselves easily pulled into Eponine’s story and world – as will many adults like myself.
Not a fan of historical fiction? Give this one a try. The prose is beautiful and haunting in its ability make the reader feel they are part of the historical landscape of France on the edge of revolution. The characters leap off the page and grab your hand from the very beginning making it difficult to put the book down as you constantly feel on the verge of something happening you can’t bear to miss.
This book will likely leave your heart in tatters, but in the loveliest way possible. You’ll ache to know more about the characters and lucky for all of us readers, we can pick the story back up in Les Misérables or many of the excellent films or musicals based on his work.
For a first foray into writing for the YA audience, Susan Fletcher hit this one out of the park. I hope we can expect to see more YA titles from her in the future.