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Polly's friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches.
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Kwesi 章英狮
I'm one of the biggest fans of Louisa May Alcott after reading her Little Women when I was in high school. It was an amazing book that every girls and boys would love and cherish until end and it was one of the greatest classics that I read since I started reading. This time, Louisa May Alcott turned the old pages of this book into a magnificent old-fashioned story. Real and fluent in a way that every reader will appreciate the old ways and life of Polly Milton.

Me, myself is an old-fashioned. I...more
Hallie
I could never quite stomach Little Women, as a child or adult, but An Old-Fashioned Girl has all the positives of LW with less sentimentality, a proper romance with the right person, and social commentary I found much more powerful and direct than LW's. I loved it when I was young, reread it many times, and loved reading it to the girls.

Then when I was doing my second-time round studying, and we read Portrait of a Lady, I had a Moment of profound significance. Okay, neither profound nor really s...more
Retna
Sep 19, 2007 Retna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: any young girls who believes in being sincere
This book left me with such a happy feeling as a kid and I know I would still love this book when I read it again. It's like watching "The Sound of Music", you want to find comfort in it when the world dissapoints you, because you will be reminded that no matter what, being sincere and true to yourself will pay (and surely will get the boy/ the man you fall for!). Of course when you went to high school, you might learn another thing, that inner beauty didn't always prevail, thanks to the boys' h...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Do you ever feel like you are tied up in our times? Worrying too much about cell phones, fashions, and the latest whatevers? This book can set you straight. It gives you a peace of mind and fills you with simple pleasures.

The stories main character, Polly, we meet at the age of 14. She has come to stay with rich friends for a while. THey do everything so differently from she. The family has two daughters. One that is two years older than Polly called Fan, who cares for fashion, balls, and beaus...more
Ann
I confess I've only read Part One a few times, but I must have read Part Two at least a dozen. I'm not sure I can quite explain why a piece of juvenile fiction that suffers from no pretensions of being a great work of art is one of my absolute favorite books, but it is. There is something beautiful to me about the simplicity of the characters, the straightforward and unapologetic morality, and the everyday historical tidbits sprinkled through this book.
Mimi
This is exactly the style of writing that I grew up reading and the kind of book that I love. I am not sure how I missed it previously when in Louisa May Alcott stages, but I had never even heard of it. Luckily for me, the librarians had it on display at my library a week or so ago.

I appreciated many aspects of this novel. Most of what I love is summed up by Alcott herself in the preface: "If the history of Polly's girlish experiences suggests a hint or insinuates a lesson, I shall feel that, in...more
Sharri
Holy sermonizing, Batman! This isn't just an old-fashioned story, it's an old-fashioned way to tell a story -- heavy-handed preachiness in which dear little Polly, daughter of a poor minister, inspires morality among wealthy Bostonians, pleases her elders with her goodness and simplicity, and spreads joy to everyone in her path.
As subtle as a tornado.

If you can get past the preaching, the story has its charms. It shares some sweet elements with Little Women -- a spirited American girl grows up...more
Lizz
Well, I do like a book with great clothes descriptions and this book does not disappoint. I think I'm just too old to get behind an awesome heroine who sees the potential in a dude not worthy to lick her button-up boots. Yes, some assembly required, but love should not be a fixer-upper project. Still, the scene in which Fan meets all of the independent yet still "womanly" artists and writers is swoon-worthy as is when she, Polly, and Maud plan to remake Fan's old wardrobe.
Dayna
This is one of Louisa May Alcott's lesser known novels, but it is a good one ... in my opinion it's one of her best. I read it back when I was thirteen and I think it really shaped my adolescence. I kind of embraced being old fashioned because of this book. Polly is so thrifty and I loved the idea of being creative and saving money, especially as a poor teenager.

It's a good book ... especially for younger girls, or older ones that like remembering simpler times.
Maria
I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this book. It's so interesting to experience a story as told in 1868. The pace is slow, the focus is on revealing the characters of the people in the book. The story is a bit "preachy" and the vocabulary far beyond the American norm in 2012. But it is not harmful to actually use a dictionary as I had to do with "philopena." (C'mon, you know you don't know that word--go ahead and look it up!) What was most interesting to me was to see the "culture" of 1868--where w...more
Lori Creasey
I never read Little Women, and thought Louisa May Alcott probably only wrote boring books about parlour-room girls, but I decided to give this a try when a friend's daughter was reading it for school. What a refreshing break! When my kids were in school, they were stuck reading books about the haulocaust, broken families and other socially correct tales. There were no "Leave it to Beaver" type stories of happy families. This book should be read by every school child, so they can see an example o...more
"Aubri"/Lisa
Nov 09, 2007 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Young girls and fans of LMA
Shelves: classics
This particular novel by Ms. Alcott falls behind the Rose Campbell books and "Little Women" as my favorite, but there are parts of it that I find almost revolutionary. In particular the scene where grown-up Polly take Fanny to meet her artistic friends and they show her what it's like to be independent and make your way in the world on your own terms is quite "modern" in an age where womens' suffrage was just making its mark on the country. Many good lessons to be learned in this book as in Ms....more
Nenette
A good old fashioned story from which young people can benefit a lot from. It is a good reference for a class on character building and development. It may come off as a bit preachy for some people, but it is so full of life lessons that can be picked from an enjoyable read. Almostt two centuries since it's first publication, the messages imparted in this book is good and applicable to our present day as it was before.
Kris Irvin
Louisa May Alcott, why so awesome?! I mean really, how did I never know about LMA's awesomeness before I entered my 20s? This is ridiculous and someone, somewhere along the line, has failed me. Personally I blame my mother (because that's what mothers are for, right?)

This is the second LMA book I have read and the second one that I have been sucked into and unable to put down. This one felt a bit like "Eight Cousins," but I think it's just because LMA's style is so...not-stuffy. Which is comple...more
Carol
Polly Milton, a 14 years old girl from the country, goes to live with her significantly wealthier aunt, uncle, and two cousins in the city. In the first half of the novel, the saintly Polly imparts morals on her two somewhat spoiled cousins. Tom and his younger sister Fanny are basically good kids who have been overindulged by their parents and are now en route to becoming full-fledged brats. Polly, with her gently delivered lessons, saves them from this fate.

The second half, published separate...more
Della
Bagaimana cara terbaik mengatakan seseorang kuno atau tidak?
Tentu saja dengan melakukan perbandingan, apakah orang-orang zaman sekarang masih melakukan hal-hal yang dulu dilakukan orang tua mereka atau tidak.
Polly Milton, dalam usianya yang masih empat belas tahun, pergi mengunjungi salah satu kerabatnya, keluarga Shaw, di kota. Keluarga yang terdiri atas Mr. dan Mrs. Shaw, seorang nenek, dan tiga bersaudara Fanny (enam belas tahun), Tom (empat belas tahun) dan Maud (sekitar enam atau tujuh...more
Sara
A Louisa May Alcott classic and deservedly so. Many reviewers warned of the disconnect between the first and second section. The first portion of the book was originally written in serial and the second portion was the conclusion of the story making it printable as a book. Some reviewers complained that the break of six years between the two sections was awkward. I do not agree with that concern. While I agree that the two sections do read differently from each other, it feels appropriate as the...more
Catherine Lockwood
This was no doubt the most inspiring captivating book I have ever read. Louisa May Alcott shows 3-dimensional characters that all develop through a story and remain positive. It is often hard to find a story where all the characters are likable and feel realistic at the same time in a fiction novel. May themes are revealed also that show the conflict between the old fashioned and modern and rich and poor. The stereotypes that many people have toward these groups are proven to be wrong through to...more
Monica
OLD-TIME "JUVENILE" FICTION
Polly visits her friend Fanny Shaw on occasion throughout their growing-up years and becomes very much a treasured member of Fanny's family. Polly's family is poor and Fan's family is well-to-do, but cheerful Polly almost never complains about her lot in life. Eventually, Polly falls in love with Fan's incorrigible but good-hearted brother, Tom, and tries her best to be content with her life, even though she can't have him for her own. When the Shaws fall upon financia...more
skein
I cannot in good conscience give this more than two stars - it's still 'moral pap for the young' as Alcott once described some of her own writing - but it's a far work, less episodic, more ambiguous, better written, and less goody-two-shoes than Little Women. & I totally enjoyed the snarky asides referencing that first book - my favorite being - when "intimidated by the threats, denunciations, and complaints showered upon me in consequence of taking the liberty to end a certain story as I li...more
Kathryn
I just re-read this again and each time, I cherish this book more. I love Ms Alcott's simple style, the focus of the story with real issues that transcend the era, and the different kinds of love that she shows. It is not a grand tale, but beautiful in every way. This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Elevetha
It was decent enough. As a school book though, it was quite good. The romance was a huge contributing factor in making it fairly enjoyable.

Bit boring.

Polly is considered, by some, to be "old-fashioned". She recognizes the vanities of the world around her and tries to keep them at bay within herself. She is kind and modest. In the end, those around her respect and love her all the more for her "old-fashioned" ways. Some even try to emulate her.

Polly is a dear.
Tom is a romantic interest that can b...more
Jenny
An Old Fashioned Girl has always been one of my favorites of LM Alcott's works, and when I picked it up last night, I wondered if it would hold up well against adulthood and a literature degree and still resonate the same way it did when I was a pre-teen.

And it did. I can recognize a little bit of heavy-handedness in Alcott's dishing out of the moral, and there are certainly those who would scoff at the main character as ridiculously good, but I think the message Alcott tries to impart is just...more
Bree
Of all the Alcott heroines, I think Polly is my favorite. While not without her preachiness and morality, Polly actually struggles to do what's right, and worries about her family. There's a depth to her that is lacking in Rose, and dare I say it, even in Jo (while I love the March sisters, I think Alcott spread their personalities a bit thin trying to give each girl a voice).

We also get to see Polly over a period of several years, as she grows to love, but never quite understand, her Shaw cousi...more
Maria
I loved this book… both the first and the second parts. Louisa May Alcott has a way of making you want to be a better person with characters who preach without preaching.

And… (view spoiler). So very happy with the read and definitely recommend it to anyone who likes these sorts of books.
Kelly
Louisa May Alcott is good for my soul. I can count on being uplifted and emboldened in worthy pursuits when I read about characters like Polly, trying to be good and true to herself and overcoming her weakness. I like that she, along with other Alcott characters are not without fault, but show the kind of character to try again. It's always a good reminder that the easy and fashionable is not the way to happiness, and it has helped me be more patient with things I am waiting for.
Connie
I loved this book and I am so glad I bought it because I can't wait to read it again but next time I will make sure I have a highlighter because there was so much wisdom in this book. If we could all be more like Polly the world would be a better and much less selfish place. Thanks Sarah for the suggestion! I can't wait to read more things by Louisa May Alcott.



I am reading this one again I love it!!
Nadine Keels
I feel compelled to note that I'm not the most seasoned judge of literary merit and that even with judges, what one may deem to be a book's flaw another may deem to be the book's genius. As ratings here are based upon how much readers "like" the books they read, I accordingly base my ratings on how much I've enjoyed what I've read, (perceived) flaws and all. I'll admit that Alcott's admission at the beginning of An Old-Fashioned Girl's last chapter ruins the end of the book for me, but having co...more
Jessica
This children's book is preachy and the heroine is a slightly insufferable goody-goody; nevertheless I love this book. My favorite Alcott (after Little Women of course). I think the lessons this story tells ring true over a century after it was written.
Catie
Apr 12, 2008 Catie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all girls
Shelves: childhood-favs
Beautiful story- I immediately think of the song 'Innocent' by Stellar Kart. Innocence doesn't mean ignorance, but rather, implies a truer understanding of real meaning of life.
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t...more
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