Review

A Little in Love

A Little in Love

A Little in Love

by Susan Fletcher

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Romance
Published: October 2nd 2014
by Chicken House

four-half-stars

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Summary:

Paris, 1832. A street-girl takes a bullet, clutching a love note to her heart. What is Eponine’s story?

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.

Review:

And perhaps I live too and always will, for love is the strongest thing of all—and love never dies, never dies.

A Little in Love is a retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables from the perspective of Eponine. The result is an emotional and beautifully written novel that will stay with you long after you finish it.

In Les Misérables – both the original book and the musical – Eponine’s story is relatively simple and overlooked. A Little in Love adds so much depth and emotion to Eponine’s story – all leading up to her tragic sacrifice.

Eponine is such a complex character. She is a victim of poverty, abuse, and unrequited love – yet, despite all this she still believes in the power of love and kindness.

I will give. Yes, I had to steal but I would try—try really hard—to give as well. With each bad thing, I’d do a good one, because that might, just might, make it all better. I’d be kind more than I’d be cruel.

The romance between Eponine and Marius is, as expected, heartbreaking and bittersweet. You can’t help but sympathize for Eponine as she watches Marius reject her affections and fall in love with Cosette instead.

Love. Redemption. Friendship. This is Eponine’s story, and it’s not something you want to miss.

Because such things don’t matter! Not to me. Pearls? Satin? They’re worthless in the end. It doesn’t matter how much money might be in our pockets or whether we are thin or well fed. What matters is our hearts, and what is in them.

four-half-stars

62 thoughts on “A Little in Love

  1. I saw this book recently and was immediately attracted by the title, knowing straight away what it referenced! Les Mis is my favourite musical / generally favourite thing ever, and I read and adored the book in February. I was a bit disappointed by Eponine’s story in the book, though. The musical, or at least the 2012 film, makes out that she and Marius are good friends — “Eponine, you’re the *friend* that has brought me here / Thanks to you I’m at one with the gods and heaven is near” — so I always imagined she was friendzoned, in contrast to his falling in love with Cosette without knowing her. Whereas in the book, she actually falls in love with Marius hardly knowing him, either. So it’d be nice to see a bit more of their relationship, and also to see her a bit more, because I do love her character in the book as well as the musical, even if she doesn’t get that much page time.

    PS Thank you for visiting Ink, Inc.! <3

    1. If you like Les Mis, definitely give this one a try Emily.

      And I definitely get where you’re coming from re: Eponine’s story. The book and the musical / movie definitely portray her quite differently. A Little in Love follows the book’s portrayal of Eponine (she falls in love with Marius hardly knowing him), but their relationship IS expanded upon much more. Definitely let me know if you decide to give this a try – I’m curious to see what you’d think of it if you do end up reading it.

  2. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read the original not seen any of the movies. Maybe this would be a fun way to read it even though it isn’t the original?
    Great review!

    1. This is definitely a great way to get to know Eponine without reading the entire 1,500+ page book or seeing the 3+ hour musical / movie. 😉 Thanks!

  3. And noowwwww, you’re really making me want to watch and read Les Miserables! I’m so far behind on classics like this and want to be more….rounded, if that makes any sense?? I’m glad you were able to fall in love with this! It sounds lovely! <3

    1. I’m horrible at reading classics too Keionda – Les Mis was actually the first classic I’ve read. Let me know if you decide to give it a try!

  4. Omg I freaked out with excitement when I saw how high your rating was! But…I haven’t seen Les Mis. *hides* So it probably wouldn’t mean anything to me. BUT YAY THAT yoU LOVED THIS SO SO MUCH!!

    1. C’mon, Cait, you’re making it sound like I never give high ratings. 😉 And you don’t have to read Les Mis to enjoy this. Sure, it’d be nice to know where the story comes from, but you’ll be able to follow along without having read the original.

  5. I’m ashamed to admit that I have neither read nor seen Les Mis so I definitely need to get on that ASAP! I’m excited to see that this is a really fascinating spin-off, though. I love when a re-telling explores different aspects to a classic so I definitely want to pick this up after immersing myself in the world and this character. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Zoe, and gorgeous review!

    1. Definitely give it a try when you’re in the mood for a classic! It’s long, but so worth it. Thank you Keertana! <3

  6. Oh wow, this sounds so good! I don’t think I’ve seen any other Les Mis retellings before. I really enjoyed the movie and always felt sorry for Eponine, so I’d definitely be interested to see what Susan Fletcher imagined her story to be like! Thanks for bringing this to my attention!!!

    1. You are so welcome Jenna! Thank YOU for the lovely comment! And I agree – Eponine’s story is so tragic, and it’s even more tragic seeing everything from her perspective.

    1. I absolutely love the Les Mis movie, book, AND musical! (Although I might be biased considering I am a huge musical theatre fan…) Definitely give this a try once you’ve seen / read it.

  7. Oh this sounds so good! Eponine was always my favourite character in Les Miserables, and I thought her story was quite heartbreaking. A book with Eponine’s detailed life story? YES! This is definitely on my TBR now! Great review!

    P.S. I tagged you on my recent post here and I really hope you will join in! If you don’t want to, it’s fine. 🙂

    1. I completely agree – Eponine is such an amazing character and one I’ve always wanted to know more about. This book does a pheonominal job at creating a backstory for her. Let me know if you end up deciding to give this a try. 🙂 Thank you! <3

      (And thank you so much for the tag too! I'll definitely join in. xD)

    1. Thank you so much Brittany! That made my day! <3

      And I completely agree - Eponine is such an amazing character and one I've always wanted to know more about. This book does a pheonominal job at creating a backstory for her.

  8. Lovely review!
    And THANK YOU for bringing this to my attention. I must read this – because Eponine <3 I mean, I already sympathise with the character and.. this sounds really wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you Annika! And if you’re an Eponine fan, you’re going to absolutely love this. 🙂 Let me know what you think of it if you end up giving it a try!

  9. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages but have been a bit wary (because I love Eponine and I hate Marius!) but I’m glad you enjoyed it because that makes me just a little bit more confident about going and reading it now! Great review!

    1. If you like Eponine, you’re going to absolutely love this. It does a great job creating a backstory for her that makes her feel even more sympathetic. (And ugh…Marius. I feel you.) Thank you!

  10. I’m yet to read Les Mis *dies in shame* but this one looks really, really good, Zoe- and I daresay your review is pretty encouraging as well!! Great review, and love the quotes you chose!

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques

  11. This sounds like such a fantastic read for Les Mis enthusiasts. I absolutely agree, Eponine is such a complex character and I’m happy she gets to shine in this story. And nice touch with including “On My Own.” I actually sang a duet of this with my best friend when I was in school. XD Good times! Anyway, lovely review, Zoe! I also like the new look for Stories on Stage! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Summer! Definitely give this a try if you’re an Eponine fan – it is an amazing retelling of her story. And that’s so cool that you sang “On My Own” as a duet – it’s such a heartwrenching and beautiful song. (But, then again, so is every other song in Les Mis. xD)

  12. I somehow have not yet read Les Misérables (and I honestly have no idea how) so I kind of strayed away from this book, even though I thought the cover was so pretty. I’ll definitely have to read Les Misérables and then come back and check this one out!

    1. Definitely Kelly! Both books are so beautifully written and heartbreaking, so if you read them make sure to have some tissues nearby. xD

    1. It was definitely overlooked, and this really does a great job of diving into her story with more detail. And I agree – I shipped Marius & Eponine much more than Marius & Cosette. 😉 Thank YOU for always leaving such sweet and supportive comments Joy! <3

  13. Oooh, I haven’t heard of this one before, but you’ve certainly got my intrigued! I have quite a fascination for all things Les Mis! I’m definitely going to challenge myself to read the original classic one day, but I’ve adored watching it performed as a play. Lovely review!

    1. Thank you Hannah! And if you like Les Mis, this is definitely going to be right up your alley. 🙂 Let me know if you decide to give it a try!

    1. Thank YOU for the lovely comment. If you like Eponine’s character, you will absolutely love this one Jeann. It’s so emotional and beautifully written. 🙂

  14. I have a copy of Les Miserables and really want to read it but it’s so intimidating *glances at bookshelf* I feel like it could crush me. Physically, Haha

    I also tried to watch the musical but had no idea there was going to be NO talking in it at all, just singing and the people I saw it with didn’t really have the patience for that (I kinda didn’t either) But I do want to experience the story, one way or another.

    1. It is definitely intimidating, but it is so worth it Alise. And haha…I don’t blame you about the musical. If you’re not into musicals, it’s definitely a bit hard to enjoy.

    1. I am so glad you are intrigued Charnell! I hope you end up giving it a try and that, if you do, you end up enjoying it as much as I did. 🙂

  15. This sounds really great. I do love a good love story (even if it has unrequited love). I love Les Miserables as well. Great review, I really want to read this now.

  16. Oh, I know how you feel about Les Mis as well Zoe and this sounds so lovely, if not bittersweet. How did you feel about having another author take on the classic? I can imagine it would have taken a little getting used to. This is the first time I’ve heard of this one and super excited. Incredible review Zoe, loved it! <3

  17. This sounds like such an emotional book! I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction, so I’m not sure if I will enjoy it or not. I haven’t watched/read Les Miserables either, so the fact that it’s a retelling doesn’t appeal to me either. However, I really really love the title! (You could say I was a little in love with it… ayyee 😉

    Denise | The Bibliolater

    1. Even if you’re not much of a historical fiction or a Les Mis fan, I’d still say to give this one a try Denise. It’s beautiful and emotional. And haha…your puns are amazing! xD

  18. I have never read Les Mis, or seen it…….but I intend to at some point, I promise. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! Great review 😀
    Thanks for stopping by @thelifeofamirkwoodelf !

  19. This was such a great review, thank you for sharing! I am really familiar with Les Mis (perks of being French…? haha), but I’m not that into historical fiction very much. However I have to say, with that review, that book cover and title, I might change my mind about it all… 😛 Thank you for this 🙂

    1. Definitely let me know if you decide to give it a try Marie! It’s a great read even if you’re not especially into historical fiction. Thank YOU for the lovely comment!

    1. Yeah! So glad to hear you’re intrigued Resh! If you’re a Les Mis fan, you’re going to absolutely love this. 🙂

  20. Wowwww, this sounds really good! Now, I admit, I have not read (or seen, for that matter) Les Mis. Do you think that’s something I’d need to do before reading this? Because I want to read it. Especially since you loved it so much! Fabulous review!!

    1. Yeah! So glad you’re intrigued Shannon! I think you could read this without reading/watching the original. In the book / musical, Eponine is featured fairly little, so it’s not worth watching a 3+ hour musical or reading a 1500 page book when you can just Google her backstory. 😉 Let me know what you end up thinking of it if you decide to give it a try! <3

  21. Hi Zoe! I’ve seen the movie, haven’t read the book (guess your blog is full of all these hiding faces at the moment – you can start your own safe-house girl!!). Would still love to see the musical on stage. if this book is as beautiful as your review – it will be worth the read.

    1. Oh my gosh, this comment made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words Mareli! <3 Definitely let me know if you decide to give it a try, okay?

  22. OHH THIS BOOK! I had never felt much sympathy for Eponine (I mean, I didn’t like when she died, of course, but I’ve always found much more to be sad about in Marius’ story. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” gets me each and every time like the first time.), but A Little In Love did it! How she struggles and wants to be good, but fails herself. So, so good–I wish more people had read this when it came out! Wonderful review, Zoe!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did Rachel! And I agree – in the musical and the book we don’t know much about Eponine besides her unrequited love for Marius, so this really gives an emotional backstory to her character.

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