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I finally got around to reading this classic novel in anticipation of seeing the new movie. Unfortunately it didn't really hold my attention and parts of it really dragged. Jo was by far the most interesting character.
The story is told in an almost fairytale manner and the episodes are often accompanied by clear morals. But what struck me the most was the intensity of the love amongst its characters and their willingness to see past faults and understand one another. Each had a distinct personality/ priority, but they all thrived in this environment of love and respect.
The second half of the book takes place seven years later and is more educational albeit less emotional. Jo is approximately the same age as me now, and through the sisters, I learned about independence, societal integration, and matrimony. I also found Alcott’s parenting skills ahead of her time, especially when Mrs.March told Meg to share the parental responsibilities with John. I cried when Jo did, smiled when Beth did, and loved the growths of these little women.
Lastly, I want to discuss the book’s relationship with the movie. The latter mostly stayed aligned with the book but did offer a Feminist touch, which I loved, but the one thing I did not enjoy was Amy’s lack of growth. In the book, she went from a spoiled, vain child to a prudent but lively young woman, but the transformation was not present in the movie. I also hated how the it changed Amy’s relationship with Laurie and Jo.
Overall, 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 (the book) is a masterpiece and is recommended for anyone who needs an emotional refill. It is also great for those who still consider themselves “little” and hopeful in life and love, regardless of age.
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An American classic, not written, but still relevant for current time. I’m particularly fond of, in Part 1, at-home plays on stage drama, journal publishing, postal delivery... in contrast to and more healthy than modern kids’ social entertainment.
When all grew into Part 2, a bit tedious on Victorian conformity though, I wasn’t tired of sweet indulgent prose. Transcendental spirit on living and death lift religious block on my reading. The preaching is compassionate, conflicting, never made succumb and resign into an action of grief but joy.
Have not watched 90s film, looking forward to the new release by my favorite director and actors.
A teacher put this book in my hands at the age of 8, and I have had a lifelong relationship with it. Louisa May Alcott has taught me bravery, adventure, love and loss, feminism, imagination, among many other life lessons. Far ahead of their time, the March sisters weave a captivating story of embracing individuality and happiness, even when your environment tries to prohibit you.
I had a hard time to be hooked in the beginning until I came to the middle of the part when Jo met the boy at the party. Overall, it's not bad and I wish I could have the wisdom of Mrs. March to hold my tongue when I supposed to do.
This is a wonderful book, not without it's faults in some areas and it was certainly not written by me. But I think that it is a very pleasant way to learn about life's moral lessons through the avenue of these young characters lives. I also know that not everyone is going to have the same opinion on the story and would probably make their own critiques, but that is what I think is so different about reading; Reading is not only about reading a story for one's own entertainment and forming of personal opinion but also to find out the writer's opinion and his/her point of view, and why they wrote what they did, discovering a book's purpose is truly rewarding if it is the right sort I think!
A must read. It was difficult for me to get into at first as I am not used to classical literature, but the morals of this novel are so relevant even for today’s society. It was nice to see an all female led cast of characters in an empowering novel. I was disappointed in how Jo’s story ended (specifically with Teddy), but at least it was honest. Overall, great story, great lessons, and definitely a must-read-before-you-die book.
Little Women without a doubt is certainly a timeless piece in the book community. Louisa May Alcott tells the stories of this fictional family the March family, four sisters growing up together and it seems so real. I had read that she used some stories of her own life and incorporated it into her book, and it prominently shows really well might I add! Her writing style is excellent, the narrative is through and through, and the development of the characters is amazingly realistic. The bond between these sisters are explored is numerous ways as they grow into young women and find their own ways through life. Each sister is different, and each of their journeys reflects it, which I believe makes the book timeless in its own way! This book was such an amazing read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book about life, coming of age, and just being yourself. 5/5 Stars. @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Med, the eldest sister in the family, married for love and had two beautiful children. Even though she struggled with financial trouble, later on, she was pleased with the life she choose. Jo, the second eldest, wanted to pursue a career in writing, throughout her journey, she found love and became an author of her first book "little Women" explaining the story of her life with her sisters.
- Nikki, Age 13
This book was absolutely wonderful. I loved following the story of the March family and the four March sisters. Many lessons were taught throughout the book: self loathing vs. self esteem, how to be grateful for what you have, how to be a good friend, how to be a good mother, work vs. play, etc. I would recommend this book to any women. I will say it took me a long time to read and I usually read things pretty fast but it was a great story I will treasure.
Little Women certainly deserves to be called a classic. As Louisa May Alcott tells the stories of this fictional family, of these four sisters growing up together, it seems so real. She based some of the stories off of her own life, and it shows. The writing is excellent, the narrative compelling, and the development of the characters realistic. The bonds between these sisters are explored, stretched, and redefined as they grow into young women and find their own ways through life. Each sister is different, and each of their journeys reflect it. From Meg's engagement to Jo's writing, from Beth's love of her family to Amy's art, each sister forges her own path, which is a powerful message to the women and girls of today.
Though some may say that this book is dated due to its portrayal of what a woman should be, I would argue that this book shows that the push for equality is older than what some people may think. Jo's own struggle for independence as a female writer in a male-dominated industry is proof that women have been fighting for themselves for many decades, dare I say centuries. The views portrayed by Marmee were very advanced for this time, and, though people might disagree with some of the more antiquated beliefs, the fact that she speaks up for women in her own day should be commended.
I would suggest this book to anybody, male or female. It shows us a world that few think of, and it does it in a believable, realistic way, dipping into the lives of four beautiful girls and allowing us to watch them as they shed their childhoods and grow into even more lovely women.
I really liked the book Little Women. It is about 4 girls that came back from the civil war when it was over, who were in love.
Nellie, Age 9
This should be on required reading list for all little girls. I have enjoyed this book since child hood and sought out copies to own. I own 2 that were published in early 1900s. The family bond of sisters, the pursuit to adulthood while fun reading it provides life lessons of morality in a setting easily applied.
Little Women is a great read because of its simplicity and the coming-of-age stories among four sisters in Civil War New England. Together, they face hardships, but also happiness. Not only does Little Women tell the story of four sisters, but also shares the moral lessons learned in life and the values centred upon family and love. Despite the fact, the March family suffer losses throughout the novel their devotion to each other is stronger than ever. The main character, Jo March who was based on the author Louisa May Alcott was a rebellious and outspoken tomboy with a passion for writing. Jo’s character comes across very strange for the nineteen century. I recommended this timeless masterpiece for all ages. 5/5 stars
- @janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Little Women is my favourite classic book, and has proved to be a book to be read over and over by the years. When you first open the book, you are greeted by four sisters by the name of March, and you realize you are meeting some of the best young women in literature. Each of the girls is so different in their own retrospect and emotion, from beautiful young Meg to feisty Amy. The March girls live in poor circumstances, but not so little that they cannot fare. But alongside the help of friendly neighbours, their dear Marmee’s help, and each other’s support, the girls get along in their jolly old way. There is rosy and helpful Meg, the oldest of the sisters and the sweetest of the group, ready to help her Marmee and sisters in anyway; but she also has an eye for riches and beauty that generally progresses in a beautiful way along the book. There is headstrong, ‘tomboy’ Jo, who is independent and has a strong will to do the things she believes are right. Quiet and delicate Beth, who stays at home with Marmee and is the little mouse pianist of the family. Finally, spoiled Amy who puts on quite a many airs about herself but can get hurt inside her artistic little heart. Together these girls bring a story of love, family and the power of being united. Each progresses through a pilgrimage during their lifetime that warms your heart and makes you so attached to them; it is hard to read the final words of the book. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This book is surprisingly good, it has its slow points, but it is still pretty good. But, TeenReviewBoard, I don't you and I are reading the same book. The Little Women book I read, had four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Any.
This is my favorite because it brings me back to the 1700s. ~Jasmyn, age 12
Josephine, or Jo, March is one of my favorite heroines of all the novels, movies, and plays I have read. She is near and dear to my heart because of how much I want to be like her. She is a strong, independent woman that has big dreams and big talent. The novel is a lovely story of four sisters interacting together, which is another reason I have a soft spot for this book. Please read it, and also watch the movie with Winona Ryder as Jo.
I *love* this book. It has been one of my favorite books since childhood.
The four sisters are so different as they grow up, but there is a good chance you will be able to relate to at least one of them. It's not an exciting adventure book; it's a book about growing up.
I would highly recommend this book to others.
The reason I first read this book in the first place was because it was given to me as a gift. I probably never would have picked it up myself, but I am glad I did read it. It’s a nice little story about five sisters and their mother struggling to be happy while their father is away, and learning to be proper young women entering adult hood. Though there is no major action such as battles, or superpowers, they do have their little adventures as a family, and you can learn the importance of strong relationships with your family. Some parts of this book are a little hard to get into, but some others will keep you frantically turning page after page to see what happens. I think this was a good book, and I would recommend it to others.
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Pros: Sweet and heartwarming. Traditional values; the March family learns and develops outstanding character. March sisters are independent and pursue their passions.
Cons: Perspective on what women can and should do is outdated and somewhat limiting.
Crushed that Jo and Teddy didn't get together, I ship it so hard.
This is a must read for all sensible young women(unless you're weird like anabelle porter). You really should have read the rest of the book, anabelle!!!
"BORING! Somebody would have to pay me 100 bucks or MORE to read this book! I read to the middle and was so boring! Nothing happens...no adventure.
Four "little women", Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, along with their mother Marmee, endure the hardships and enjoy the adventures in Civil War New England.