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Eight Cousins (Eight Cousins #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  26,525 Ratings  ·  734 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1874)
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The latest book in my Louisa May Alcott kick...and I found it generally charming. I love the idea of "throwing out the window" the general practices at the time (wearing tight corsets and belts, taking strong coffees and cordials to improve health, teaching girls to act like 'ladies' instead of allowing them fresh air and exercise) and enjoyed watching young Rose become a picture of health and happiness. I also loved the idea that her uncle taught her to be a self-reliant woman (hence the emphas ...more
June Geiger
I had SUCH a crush on Uncle Alec, who rides in on his white charger bearing oatmeal and imported silk sashes and SAVES young Rose from addictions and migranes and well-meaning overbearing aunts; some heavy stuff for kiddy lit even by today's standards! If you haven't read it you think I'm kidding; I'm not :) Oh and when I wasn't fantasizing about Uncle Alec, I imagined myself with a gaggle of guy cousins to pal around or two tapping at my heartstrings, of course. Five stars? You betch ...more
Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 10-18

Some of my favorite memories of my early teen years were the hours that I spent reading Little Women with my sisters. We read the whole book together over a few months, sitting outside in the woods, each with a different project. Alcott always makes me think of those happy times, and makes me feel nostalgic.

My younger sisters have read many more Alcott books then I have, and I got to hear all about their favorites. The book I heard them gush the m
Feb 22, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women ages 14 and up
If you've read any Louisa May Alcott, the general ideas and characters will be familiar. The characters are all very high-minded and very concerned with morality, building character, proper behavior, etc. Being written nearly 150 years ago, some of the ideas on health, class and race relations, and gender roles are very antiquated, and can even seem a bit bigoted. But you have to remember the time in which it was written. The way they describe a Chinese man is particularly interesting.

The basic
Julia Reed
Jul 18, 2011 Julia Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I get the urge to travel down memory lane and read some of the books that I loved as a child. I went through a phase where I polished off all of the Anne of Green Gables series on my Kindle, and another where I did the Little House books, so I guess it was inevitable that when I next needed to scratch that "childhood period fiction" itch, I'd reach for one of my dearly beloved favorites, Louisa May Alcott. It's interesting to think that many of the authors of beloved children's fi ...more
Just as wonderful the third time round! :D
Nov 09, 2007 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls and fans of LMA
Shelves: classics
This book and its sequel "Rose in Bloom" are my favorite books from childhood - even more so than Ms. Alcott's "Little Women." Rose it a wonderful role model, despite her flaws - and who wouldn't want an Uncle Alec? Her kindness and generosity are virtues that we could see more of in this world.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Sep 09, 2015 Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls, and young at heart of all ages
I first ran across this book over forty years ago, when I was nine or ten. It was and still is one of my "magic carpets"--those books that take you to another time, another place, another situation. I know I'm not the only preadolescent girl who dreamed of a wise, adventuresome Uncle Alec who would turn up and take me away--take me out of school (loved learning, hated school), teach me to swim and ride and boat, shower me with presents, give me lovely comfortable clothes and my own room. As we r ...more
Debbie Phillips
Jul 06, 2015 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students and parents - middle school and up
Loved it.
This was the first time I have read this book, as far as I know.
It was sweet.
It was wonderful.
It was full of growing girls and boys.
The main character, Rose, such a sweet girl, grows and endures many trials and even helps her 7 male cousins to grow and mature as well.
She is so giving.
Just lovely.
The Aunts... hysterical, endearing, lovely, funny, strange, Great.
And Uncle Alec is the best. Anyone would love him to be their guardian.

a quote and a wake up call for all us parents/guardians,
Yair Ben-Zvi
While admittedly a very dated text (I was honestly amazed at the racial and gender mores that Alcott described so lucidly) there is still much to appreciate. However, and in the interest of full disclosure, I probably would not have read this on my own (it's part of a Trade Literature class I'm currently a part of)but I'm glad that I did; the prose is fluid and even fecund in its descriptive powers, and while it could certainly be construed as saccharine or treacle, I feel that unlike a lot of p ...more
Airiz C
Another delightful read from Louisa May Alcott—quite a breather from all the heavy readings I’m having lately! It’s not as good as her Little Women or Little Men, but it’s equally charming. Basically it’s about the sickly little girl Rose Campbell who must live with her numerous aunts in Aunt Hill and seven boy cousins after her father died. There’s nothing much to say when it comes to the plot, it’s just a series of slices-of-life zeroing in on one bud of a girl that was slowly growing into a f ...more
Jun 16, 2009 AngieA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"Eight Cousins" by Lousia May Alcott is one of my all time favorite books and I try to read it every couple years. The story of an orphaned teen girl(Rose Campbell) who comes to live with her maiden aunts and bachelor uncle is overwhelmed by the presence of 7 male cousins who all live within walking distance. We follow them for a year as bachelor Uncle Alec raises Rose in a healthy, happy environment. Rose "adopts" the housemaid, Phoebe, who can sing like a lark. Rose also exerts her influence o ...more
May 10, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, teen
I read this book more than once when I was between the ages of 8 and 12. My recent re-read came about when I realized I could download it for free onto my Kindle. If I were reading it for the first time as an adult, I would probably give it 3 stars, because the moral lessons can be a bit heavy-handed, and the word "pretty" is used 75 times, and the description of the Chinese character Fun See tiptoes too close to being racist, but my nostalgia for the book boosted it to 4 stars.

I was amused to
Jul 28, 2012 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think I just read some brainwashing pamphlet trying to convince everyone that cigars and earrings are evil, all fashion is vanity, and that women were put on the earth to make everything 'comfortable',being too stupid to better themselves with any sort of an education besides the culinary arts and sewing. How did this happen? Did Louisa write this in her old age when she turned senile? Or maybe it was her first novel as a budding author? Either way, this book was a great disappointment--I have ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this book is just as good as Little Women. It tells the story of a girl who has always been an only child, but after her parents' deaths, she is taken in by her relatives, and must learn how to deal with seven rowdy boys, several aunts, and an uncle who can, at times, be just as bad as any of the boys. I have loved this book ever since I was eight years old.
Aug 04, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louisa May Alcott's stories always have a way of making you feel warm&fuzzy. I love the manner of the time, though it is always amusing to see how women are "silly" and considered so much dumber than the men!
Lisa Vegan
Aug 06, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children of all ages
This is probably my second favorite Louisa May Alcott book (after Little Women.) At least it was when I was a kid. I remember envying Rose all those boy cousins; it seemed as though it would be so much fun to have so many built in boy playmates. And it’s yet another orphan story – I do have an “orphans” shelf on goodreads as I love books about orphans. I don’t remember this as a depressing or somber tale at all though.

On another note: I pulled out my copy of the book, and I’m very excited as I m
Jul 17, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frequent-re-read
I liked Little Women, but I have always liked this and its sequel so much better. Uncle Alec is a feminist at heart, surrounded by well-meaning relatives wanting to put their oar in (but still offering some wisdom and useful teachings in their own way). If Mary from the Secret Garden had grown up in a loving family from the start, I think she would have turned out very much like Rose. Having had lots of boy cousins myself, I love reading their antics (although mine never doted on me half as much ...more
Akemi G
Oct 05, 2015 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
One of my childhood favorite. Like most people, I read the author's Little Women first, then found this. And I actually like this better, perhaps because I was a quiet girl myself. I love Uncle Alec! (Unfortunately, I didn't have someone like him in my life.) I also read the sequel of this novel, Rose in Bloom. It was okay, but like the sequels of Anne of Green Gables, it loses some of the sparks of childhood--while not really adult, either.

Now, because I am not writing reviews for Little Women
Kate McMurry
A terrific audiobook version of a beloved children's classic narrated by Barbara Caruso

I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars

Q. What made the experience of listening to Eight Cousins the most enjoyable?

A. It is well performed, and it is a book so beautifully written with such appealing content, it stands up very well to being read aloud--which lesser books do not.

Q. What did you like best about this story?

Jun 06, 2016 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of children's classics
Recommended to Julia by: Erika McManus

*Buddy read with Erika*

As children's classics tend to be, this book was wholesome and heartwarming, if a bit preachy. The writing was nothing out of this world (for example, lacking in the beautiful descriptions you get reading Anne of Green Gables), and the plotlines fairly basic- it was the lovable cast of characters and the shenanigans of children that made this story a delight to read. It was initially very overwhelming to be thrust, as Rose was, into meeting her aunts, uncles, great-aunt
Dec 22, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming, darling book... just as any of Louisa May Alcott's works.

The story centers on a young girl named Rose and she is an orphan. (Don't we all love reading orphan stories?) She is sent to live on the Aunt-hill---that is, a place where her aunts live in houses all clustered together, on a hill. It certainly is a wonderful place. Rose has 7 cousins to play with---all of them are loud, merry, rambunctious boys. There is Archie, Charlie, Mac, Steve, Geordie, Will, and Jamie. Although it seems
Mary Ronan Drew
Rose Campbell is sad. Her parents have died and she has been handed over to an uncle. Uncle Alec is an MD and has been making his living as a ship's surgeon. As Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins begins, Rose is waiting at the old family house (somewhere on the south shore near Boston) with her great-aunts Plenty and Peace for her guardian to arrive.

She is of delicate constitution, as Aunt Myra points out, and doesn't know how to dress properly for a 15 1/2 year old, as Aunt Cora has noticed. She
Jul 28, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy hearing most things that Louisa May Alcott has to say. She pretty obviously slips her point of view into everything she writes, so good thing I agree with her most of the time. Very moralistic writing, but she's usually right and she writes about human issues that are more or less timeless. I enjoyed the story of Rose, but I wouldnt say its Louisa's best work because it was pretty disjointed, more like a bunch of vignettes than a cohesive line of drama. There really was no storyline. Yet ...more
By Louisa May Alcott
Copyright 1882 by James R. Osgood & Co., United States
Penerbit Orange Books
Alih Bahasa : Berlianti M. Nugrahani
Pemeriksa Aksara : Richanadia
Ilustrasi Sampul & Isi : Ella Elviana
Desain Sampul : Windu Tampan
Cetakan I : Februari 2011 ; 384 hlm
[ Conclusion in English ]

Rose Campbell kini yatim piatu tepat di usia 13 tahun. Beruntunglah masih ada sanak keluarga terdekat yaitu para bibi dari keluarga ayahnya. Meski Bibi Plent
I remember reading this book as a child and absolutely loving it, but sadly, in reading it again as an adult it had lost a lot of its magic. This is the typical 12-year-old girl's fantasy life - orphaned, sent to live with a charismatic uncle who dotes on you, surrounded by cousins who also dote on you and servants whose lives are improved by you, all while becoming healthy and strong through vigorous exercise and hilarious adventures in the great outdoors. Predictable and definitely aimed at a ...more
Miranda Kube
Basic Synopsis; Rose is a recently orphaned girl who is sent to live with her extended family, as her Uncle Alec was named her guardian in her parent's will. In addition to her uncle, there are several aunts and great-aunts that are all convinced that Alec, being a single, young man wouldn't have the slightest notion on how to raise a young girl. This might be partially do to the fact that the family is dominated by men - most of the Aunts are only by marriage to one of Rose's three other Uncles ...more
Dec 21, 2009 Jessika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Louisa May Alcott or for those looking for something cozy to read
Shelves: fiction, classics, own
What a charming, cozy little book--perfect for this time of year to read curled up with a blanket and some hot cocoa! For fans of Louisa May Alcott, this book will not disappoint. It is full to the brim with winsome characters, quaint morals and lessons, and enough heartwarming scenes to leave readers with that "warm, fuzzy feeling" for a while to come. Eight Cousins is not a real page-turner, but I found that I always looked forward to picking it up, even if I was content to put it down after a ...more
My Sister's Bookshelf
May 23, 2012 My Sister's Bookshelf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Rose is an orphan who comes to live with her great-aunts, Peace and Plenty, in Boston (a charming old-fashioned Boston that won’t look at all familiar to people who live there today). Her unknown super-uncle Alec has been appointed her guardian. Though it is definitely not what Alcott was going for, it is totally understandable to have a crush on Alec. Partially because his name is Alec (Mary’s first crush in life was Alec from The Black Stallion movie). And partially because he has tousled gray ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on my shelf for 10 years, and I've finally read it!

As this book seems to be meant more for young girls around 13 years old, so I guess some of the values would be educational for those who are at in that age group. Portions that talked about the harms of smoking, growing up healthily, and the rejection of women's fashion then, for example, sounded a little preachy to me. This could be because the book is *counts* 138 years old?!? And so the style of the book is a littl
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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
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