Wednesday, November 30

Book Review: Little Women

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Pages: 527

Summary: Little women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy, and the reader experience the hard lessons of poverty and the growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through the dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, of the March sisters, women and men of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married in Part I. Part II chronicles Meg’s joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo’s struggle to become a writing, Beth’s tragedy, and Amy’s artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a sweet coming of age story, during the civil war era, and a lovely written classic, well worth reading and rereading again.

I enjoyed the writing of the book and how the author told the story, I always enjoy when the author addresses the reader, I find it makes the book more intimate - and it helps get a bigger idea as to what goes through the individual characters minds, because of the liberties the author is able to take. I found it worked very well for this book, as you were able to follow all the sisters throughout the book with ease and get a well rounded grasp on their character and development.

I did feel the reader didn't get a chance to get to know Beth, all the other sisters had significant time devoted to them, but Beth was pushed aside, her tragedy later in the book didn't have a big effect on me, because I barely knew her compared to the rest of the sisters, it was like the author knew the characters fate, so she didn't bother to develop her fully, like the others. I think if Beth had been more developed, her tragedy would have been a lot more emotional and hit you harder - so you wouldn't have expected it coming. Another issue I had was I felt some aspects of the books, courtships, indecisions were becoming a bit redundant, after a while some things just didn't move on as well as they should, it was like the author kept recycling certain aspects of the plot - Amy and Laurie for example, I felt that issues surrounding them could have been tied up earlier, rather than the continuous dance around it.

Overall, the book was a great read, with a fun cast of characters and it's a great read for young adults ad the young at heart.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, well written and sweet coming of age book.

What to read next: Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice

Challenges: 11 in 11, 1001 Books, Book Blogger's Bucket List, War Through the Generations


  1. I've never read this one. I think I would enjoy it. Great review.

    1. yes you should read little women but it is a book for juniors ,right.

  2. This is one of my favorite books. Beth was based upon Alcott's sister Elizabeth, who faced the same fate. She was (apparently) very shy and retiring -- very private, like a bit of light blowing through the window. I believe this essence is what Alcott captured in Beth: she wants her to be elusive. A quiet life unoticed, and then lost.

    “There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”

    - Louisa May Alcott Little Women (1868)

  3. I haven't read this book, but do have a nice copy on my shelves just waiting for me. I did give it my daughter, who told me that it was indeed a lovely story, and one that I need to read. Fantastic review, Jules!

  4. I really want to reread this, but I never seem to accomplish that goal. One day!

  5. Linda - Well I'm glad to hear, er read, that I am not the last book blogger on the planet to read read Little Women - hopefully you get a chance soon.

    Jillian - Thanks for the information, gives me a bit of a new outlook on Beth, still I wish we were given a little more time with her.

    Zibilee - Oo! Another person who hasn't read the book! It's a very enjoyable read she is right a very lovely story.

    Kailana - I know the feeling, I have a lot of books I want to reread. Hopefully you get a chance soon.

  6. this book reviem is so better than other for english project.