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Jo's Boys

(Little Women #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  32,406 ratings  ·  926 reviews
Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys revisits Plumfield, the New England school still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. Jo remains at the center of the tale, surrounded by her boys—including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and promising musician Nat—as they experience shipwreck and storm, disappointment and even murder. [Bantam Classics Synopsis ...more
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Published (first published 1886)
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The book, ladies and gentlemen: (I very much tried to make everything chronological. Anything that isn't, such as Josie whining about acting or whenever the Professor decides to grace the world with his presence, is completely due to my lack of remembrance and also my utter lack of desire to go back through the entire book, rather than skimming for the important bits, as I am already doing.)

Professor: *chortles*

Plumfield: If everybody could just stop acting in plays here, that'd be great.

Nan: ER
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
My A-Z challenge for the year with the lovely and vivacious Karly and Kristin has officially begun!

A is for Alcott

Let the games begin....

I always find that reviewing an Alcott book is a bit difficult. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with her. I read Little Women only a few years ago at the request of my mother who loved it, but didn't like the other two books in the series. And honestly, I agree with her. Little Women though moralistic and preachy, is a very beautiful and tender story a
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
Jo's Boys is my personal favourite in the Little Women series. The book really touched me on an emotional level, especially Dan's story line and I was a little sad that he did not get a conventional 'happy ending' like the other boys did. ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better lose your life than your soul
Jo's Boys ~~ Louisa May Alcott


And thus, we come to the end of the March Family saga … Better known for Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott concluded the story of her feisty protagonist Jo in this final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of Jo’s boys. Entertaining, surprising, and overall a joy to read, Jo's Boys is nevertheless darkened by a bittersweet tenor.

Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo's Boys revisits Plumfield, t
Rachel Brand
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2008, classics
Finally! I started reading this as soon as I finished Little Men, but didn't really get into so put it down for a few months. Around page 150 I suddenly got hooked on the stories within the book (because every chapter in an Alcott novel has its own individual plot) and read a few chapters every day until I finished it. It's obvious at the end that it's the last book she'll write about the March family as the last page lists what happens to every character - which is a bit sad, as Alcott's novels ...more
Taking place ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys shows us the Plumfield clan—led by our aging friends from the original story--growing up. Alcott makes you care deeply about her boys and her girls, giving each dramas of their own. Dan becomes a rough and rugged anti-hero, Nat a tempted world-travelling musician, Nan a single-minded doctor. Josie and Ted are much like their namesakes Jo and Laurie: impulsive and fun and always in need of some moral lesson or other.

It’s a book of racial and clas
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generalfiction
A long, sometimes tedious, but almost always charming epilogue to Little Women and Little Men. Alcott wrote it in 1886, eighteen years after Little Women and two years before her death. She must have known, feeling the effects of mercury poisoning from her time as a Civil War nurse, that the lights were really going out, the curtain about to fall.

In this book Alcott continues to find a platform for her ideas, including women's suffrage, co-education, rehabilitation for criminals, and temperance,
Paul E. Morph
If you’ve read the previous books in the series, this is more of the same. Nothing spectacular but a perfectly pleasant lazy-day read. I’m glad I read these books but I very much doubt I’ll ever return to them.
There's a certain sense of emptiness that only booklovers will know. Upon closing a dear book and saying goodbye to its variety of language and characters, it can often feel like some precious part of one's soul is left behind and lost forever. And here I am; with a bittersweet lump in my throat and a melancholic longing for something more.

"Jo's Boys" by Louisa May Alcott is different from the other books in this series. It is far more dramatic - even violent at times - in its plot, and is gener
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
*opens book* Ah, I can’t wait to re-visit all the characters from Little Men.

A few chapters later: It’s kind of boring, but all the boys are still awesome, especially Dan. But he has a beard. That’s weird. Oh, well, I’ll just ignore it.

Later: Wow, this is really boring. Too much moralizing. Whole chapters of it. But at least the Josie-wanting-to-be-an-actress thing is interesting. I wish Alcott would focus more on Dan everyone else, though. And am I the only one who sees definite similarities be
Yes indeed, I do have to admit that while Little Women is both brilliant and will always remain a strong and magical personal reading favourite and that Little Men albeit unfortunately not quite as delightful as Little Women is still engagingly readable and as such also a solidly successful sequel, Jo's Boys (the third and also the final instalment of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women series), while I guess that it does provide a decent enough conclusion in so far that it presents and features ho ...more
I grew to love all the characters in Little Men, so one is bound to love this one just as much. There's plenty of laughter and fun in this book. The end bit has some emotional scenes with wandering Dan and I would have loved to see him happy. Ah, but that is life! A lovely read. ...more
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the entire series of the March family and their descendants. I homeschool and picked up Little Men for inspiration. I gleaned so many wonderful insights for educating young children, finding our personal missions and following your bliss. In reading the entire series, I get a vision of what I want our lives to look like as I raise my children and the kind of experiences I want them to have. It is easy to involve yourself in the lives of the people in these books because y ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Preach it, Louisa May! Or, maybe stop preaching it. This book is preachy, y'all. Moralizing and sermons on every page. Blahhhhhh

Also, Meg grew up to be a bitch.

Did not like.

OK, there were some good characters (like Nan, the independent woman doctor) and some good messages (many of Alcott's views were progressive, such as women's rights etc), but for the most part... nah
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
This was a great conclusion of the Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott. If you enjoyed Little Men, you will enjoy Jo's Boys as it tells what happens to the boys of Plumfield as they get older. Definitely check the whole Little Women series out as they are all a joy to read. ...more
Liss Carmody
In all honesty, this is a dreary book. Imagine the epilogue to the Harry Potter Series, which most people agree is somewhat hamfisted and not up to par, if not blatant fan service. Now imagine if J.K. Rowling had written it into a full eighth book, rather than a single chapter. That is what we have here. As the third (or fourth, depending on how you care to look at it) and final installment in the chronicle of the March sisters and their families, this draws much too heavily on the less-compelli ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-booklist
The last sentence of this book had me in tears:

" And now having endeavored to suit every one by many weddings, few deaths, and as much prosperity as the eternal fitness of things will permit, let the music stop, the lights die out, and the curtain fall forever on the March family."

Its sad to say goodbye to a family that I've come to know and love in this past year... Jo has become somewhat of a mentor to me after reading Little Men and Jo's Boys... and so, yes, I'm somewhat emotional that I've
Victoria Lynn
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Another great work by Louisa May Alcott! A must read for Little Women fans! I just love this book!
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was so amazing! So many good morals! One of my new favorite classics and now I feel like the absolute BIGGEST little women fan and now I’m proud to say that I’ve read all the books!😊 highly recommend this book and that last line... it was so heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time😭😍
I am sad to see the curtain close on the tales about the March family! It is a little slower-paced than Little Women, which is my hands-down favorite out of the series, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The thing I love most about Louisa May Alcott's March family series (Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys) is the way she gently weaves her philosophies about childrearing, feminism, education and living a good life into her stories in such a gentle, non-preachy way. This will ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Wonderful sequel; can't get enough of Jo! ...more
I've really changed my opinion about Jo's Boys in my reread of this book. I first read this book when I was 14 or 15 and I recall really liking it. Rereading it as an adult really changed my mind about this book, though. I don't know if it's because I've become completely jaded (I hope not) or just because changes taste as one ages, but things definitely changed the second time around. The excessive preachiness was maybe even more apparent in this story than in Little Men. I wonder how much of t ...more
Paula Vince
Here is the final book in the March family series. The boy students in Little Men are now ten years older and forging their paths in the world, while Jo and Fritz Bhaer anxiously watch to gauge whether or not they've lived up to their full potential. Some of the young men venture far from home, and we follow their stories. I think Emil's is the most exciting, Dan's is the most emotional and Nat's is the most relatable. Meanwhile, there is now a big University on the grounds of Plumfield, for tho ...more
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Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like books that will make them cry
Gosh! I thought Little Women made me cry. This one was even more heartbreaking. Poor Dan. I need to reread these books.
Not the best book but at least every loose end was neatly tied up?? Oh, my little heart... Dan deserved better! :'( ...more
Klara Gonciarz
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such an adorable, charming continuation of the March family adventures. it is truly extraordinary how light, natural the author made her history seem through her intuitive, facile but noble language ("I do like men who come out frankly") heart warming ("Mothers can forgive anything!"), full of gripping, extraordinary characters ("Boys don't gush, so I can stand it. The last time I let in a party of girls, one fell into my arms and said, "Darling, love me!" I wanted to shake her,' answered Mrs. J ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louisa May Alcott is a wonderful and intuitive writer that expertly understands human emotion. She writes her characters true to life and always makes them so relatable. I enjoyed reading this over again after many years.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some quotes:
p. 116 "Virtue, which means honor, honesty, courage, and all that makes character, is the red thread (British put a red thread in their ropes) that marks a good man wherever he is. Keep that always and everywhere, so that even if wrecked by misfortune, that sign shall still be found and recognized. No matter what happens to your body, keep your soul clean, your heart true to those who love, and do your duty to the end."

p. 112 "It is the struggle with obstacles which does us good. You
Alcott's multi-generational saga of the March family, begun in Little Women and continued in Little Men , is concluded in this third and final volume. Mrs. Jo's "little men" have grown up, and this book follows their various and intertwining adventures as adults...

Leaving aside a few charming passages in which Mrs. Jo must hide from her adoring fans (a snippet of authorial autobiography?), this book has always been a major disappointment to me. While no one would deny that the earlier wor
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Standing by the 5 stars. As I've said before, these people are too intimately wound up with my psyche to be rated objectively.

There's some preaching but to my eye it's not as heavy-handed as in Little Women. There are lots of great female role-models (with respect to the times). All of the young women are working toward careers, with the exception of Daisy (that natural housewife!). The young men are supportive and for the most part, respectful. There are anachronisms aplenty, but there's also
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