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Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: children, family-story, historical
Read in April, 2012

Rose is an orphan with an overabundance of family, specifically an unnamed number of aunts, uncles, and seven male cousins. On her father's recent death she became the ward of her Uncle Alec, who has made a bet with her aunts that after a year under his care, Rose will be happier and healthier than she has ever been before. Then he sort of drops out of the story most of the time and Rose spends time with every other relative she possesses, particularly her needy, mischevious, easily-tempted cousins.

I can sum this up in one paraphrase of Rose's big revelation at the end of the book: "The purpose of girls is to look after boys!"

Oh, LMA.


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