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An Old-fashioned Girl

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,738 Ratings  ·  624 Reviews
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.
ebook, Project Gutenberg EBook [EBook #2787]
Published December 27th 2008 by Project Gutenberg (first published 1869)
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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
Mar 10, 2013 Hallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2012 Starry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
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
Anne Osterlund
Jul 26, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polly Milton is a fourteen-year-old country girl raised on old-fashioned values and invited to Boston for an extended stay with her friend, Fanny Shaw. Quite the unlikely friendship since Fanny, despite being only two years older, is no longer just a girl, not poor, and not old-fashioned. Little does Polly know the breakers which lie ahead: flounces and frizzles and the height of fashion, girls who consider flirtation the true purpose of schooling, and one particularly beastly red-headed boy who ...more
Sep 19, 2007 Retna rated it really liked it  ·  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
Naomi Sarah
Mar 25, 2016 Naomi Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, bleh-books
I'm sorry. I really am, because so many of my Goodreads friends rated this with fondness and good memories. Maybe this book would have meant more to me had I grown up with it. Maybe I should have been more patient while reading it. (It is a truth universally acknowledge that I am an impatient reader and that I sometimes skip long paragraphs just for the fun of it.)

Nope. This book was Meh to me. I thought it was annoying, even, and just dreadfully... by lack of better word... boring. And I real
Aug 23, 2007 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Aug 06, 2007 Dayna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Written the year after Little Women, and it shows. I had never read this book until now (thank you Gutenberg) and I see I haven't missed much. It seems to be a recycling of themes from LW, in particular Meg's visit to the wealthy Gardiners and her experiences at their balls and parties, as a "poor relation" (though unrelated). We also find themes that will come into their own in Rose in Bloom: the strong-minded women who are still "little womanly" enough to find their real fulfillment, not in th ...more
aljouharah altheeyb
من يتذكر مسلسل العولمة السعودي ؟
طوال سماعي للرواية بطلة المسلسل تذكرني بمنيره في العولمة. البنت القروية الجادة الطيبة القويه المثابره الصبوره خخخ

الرسالة أيضاً مشابهه : الأخلاق الأصيلة هي مايبقى، المال يزول، الجاه يزول، الحب قد يتغير، لكن الأخلاق وحسن العمل باقيان لايتغيران.
روايه كيوت
Jun 23, 2016 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute delight.

Another book by Louisa May Alcott, which showcase strong morals for young girls, similar to and even closely rivaling even Little Women (in my humble opinion) for quality. What an impact a quaint book like this can bring.

It's an emotional one, for sure; Polly Milton endures a lot throughout the story, and the reader endures it to right alongside her. In my heart, I truly felt for our young heroine at many climactic points. I guess I must be a little old-fashioned myself, and
Rachel Brand
Since graduating from university in June of 2013 I've read all of six classics. SIX. I'm a little ashamed of this. I discovered so many fantastic authors while studying for my English degree, and I was determined that I would read more of their books once I graduated, but this really hasn't happened. Having a baby hasn't exactly helped my ability to read classics (or non-fiction, for that matter. I get distracted so easily now. Baby Brain is a real thing, guys!) This is actually the first classi ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Phoebes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E’ il primo vero romanzo che ho letto, e gli sono affezionatissima! Questa è stata per me la terza o la quarta lettura, non ricordo, ma è la prima fatta “da adulta”, e volevo farla da tantissimo tempo! Da piccola ho amato davvero molto questo romanzo, molto più di Piccole Donne, e ricordo mi aveva commosso moltissimo. Però… non credevo proprio che avrebbe potuto commuovermi ancora così tanto anche adesso! Invece la lettura mi ha catturata come fece la prima volta a dieci anni! Non c’è niente da ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenagers
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
Jun 17, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2013 Lori Creasey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2015 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this during the summer. I read Little Women and my grandfather just so happened to buy me this lovely book (An Old Fashioned Girl)! I looked at the author and immediately wanted to start reading. I fell in love with the characters and the plot! It was interesting and I read it quite quickly!! It was a perfect read for summer! I hope I get the chance to reread this, hopefully in the summer time!!
Nancy Brady
Dec 14, 2015 Nancy Brady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read many years ago, I found this tale much better in my opinion than Little Women. This is Polly's story as she discovers life and love with what she has. She has wealthy friends, the Shaws, but that never bothers her even as she learns to make do with the little she has. This is a love story, too, with a satisfying ending.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

Polly is invited to stay with wealthy friends in Boston and finds herself to be an old-fashioned country girl. She is not worldly about parties, boys or acting like she has money. She would prefer to help her elders, read books and spend her time with hobbies. Polly seems to be helping each of the Shaws more than receiving their patronage.

I LOVE Little Women so was excited to read another book by Alcott but I found this one to lack the heart and story of Little Women. An Old-Fashioned Gi
Nov 09, 2007 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  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
Lydia Dyslin
Jul 23, 2015 Lydia Dyslin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**One minor spoiler that's not worth hiding the whole review over, but just a warning**

This book was good. I loved the first half, before the seven-year skip, the most. That was mostly little stories, adorable ones, ones that made you happy and your day a little brighter. :)

Polly was a strong female character. She wanted what was best for Fanny, who she had grown to love over the years that she came to visit the Shaws, and she gave up the man that loved her for her cousin.

Tom was nice (most of t
Sep 14, 2012 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Serenity Bohon
I hate giving a Louisa May Alcott book so few stars; it feels wrong. But this book was just too preachy. I love the scene in Little Women where Meg goes to the coming out party and learns a valuable lesson about being herself and such. But a whole book about how rich people are always frivolous, selfish, and disreputable but that poor people are stuffed full of piety and good character - it was a bit too much.
Shalini Kumar
Dec 01, 2014 Shalini Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, classic
This is a book to treasure. I cherished each and every word of it. The story revolves around 3-4 characters among which 'Polly' and 'Fanny' are the main ones. 'Polly' has become one of the most unforgettable character in my bucket list and has created great impact on my mind. Polly is the most understanding and genuine character I have ever read about. Her love for others and her unwillingness to lower her standards and morals for popularity are an inspiration to people of all ages and prove tha ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Gemma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
WARNING, there are some spoilers for Little Woman in the following.

Four and a half stars rounded up to five...

I started reading An Old Fashioned Girl expecting to be a little disappointed as I was with Little Women. ( I really didn't get the romance in that ) But I guess Louisa May Alcott just wanted to please us...

The book starts when fourteen year old Polly Milton is coming to stay with her friend Fanny Shaw in the city. Polly is from the country, and lot's of things are new to her, so Tom and
Kris Irvin
Aug 08, 2011 Kris Irvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, alcott
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
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
May 21, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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