Book Review: Little Women

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Little Women 

by Louisa May Alcott
Published: 1868
Ages: 10 & up

I just finished reading this book for the third time. Perhaps I enjoy Little Women, because you can see yourself as one of the main characters. Maybe I enjoy this book because I have two sisters who each have her own personality yet we like spending time together. I would describe this classic as a coming of age with personal struggles, family relationships, and four unique perspectives as the girls become young women. I can’t give this book an age frame, since it’s on many ‘book lists’. The first time I read this book I got it from the adult fiction section at the library. However, this book truly can be enjoyed for readers who like a glimpse into a different time frame, wholesome writing, and similar life struggles as their own. There are out dated words that you may need to look up, which was helpful reading with my kindle. I’ve also listened to this book.

Little Women takes place in Concord, Massachusetts, in the nineteenth century. It is the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy who begin at the start of the book from the ages of sixteen to eleven, respectfully. Technically, the book is divided into two sections that the reader clearly picks up. The March family was once well off, but due to the war they lived somewhat in poverty. As the oldest, Meg is mature, sometimes motherly, and follows society expectations. Jo wishes she was born a boy who is a writer, fairly independent, and outspoken. Louisa May Alcott’s own life is supposedly closest to Jo. Beth is timid, stays close to home, and is a gentle soul who helps others. Amy is an artist, proper, and plans to marry rich. Throughout the book, you witness illness, coming out parties, Christmas celebrations, courting, importance of religion, future dreams, marriages, and children. Little Women is a fairly long book for younger ages, but I still think many ages will like it.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Little Women

    Mommy's Lessons said:
    January 3, 2012 at 5:01 am

    This is one book I am looking forward to my girls being little older so I can read it to them!

      Caroline responded:
      January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

      That’s a wonderful book to share with your daughters! Thanks for stopping by.

    Michelle Isenhoff said:
    January 3, 2012 at 5:04 am

    That’s so funny! This is on my list of books I am making myself read this year. I’ve tried several times to start it and I just haven’t been able to get over that hump. I liked the movie, though, so there’s hope for me yet.

      Caroline responded:
      January 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

      I also enjoyed the movie. (I should have added that to my review.) There’s actually more than one version. The style of writing may be difficult to get into after awhile, but I enjoy the story. Let me know what you think after you’ve read it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    sonja spikman said:
    January 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Just read the book again.Always enjoy the sisters and their relationship.Our book club is reading March the novel about the girls father next month so we decided to ‘re- read’ Little Women. I always enjoy this wonderful heart warming book.

      Caroline responded:
      May 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      My book club also read March, but I never finished it. How was it? Thanks for visiting.

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