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Eight Cousins

(Eight Cousins #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  35,066 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
When Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at "The Aunt Hill" to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed. How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls' boarding school, exist in such a spirited home? It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything. Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose's forw ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Dover Publications (first published 1874)
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Julie
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: massachusetts
This went from delightful to tedious in thirty pages. It's amazing to me that Jane Austen, who wrote some one hundred years before Alcott, could feel so incredibly modern and this novel so insufferably outdated.

If you like regular lines such as "Oh, you little dear!" and scenes of the older man holding the chin of the thirteen-year-old girl and tenderly kissing her rose-bud lips and telling her to mind him and all of her dreams shall come true (did I mention it is her uncle--her dear, dear uncle
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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 well-meaning overbearing aunts and migraines and addictions--some heavy stuff even by today's kiddie lit standards. (If you haven't read it and think I'm kidding, I'm not.) And when I wasn't fantasizing about Uncle A, I imagined myself with my own gaggle of guy cousins to pal around with--one or two tapping at my heartstrings, of course. Five stars? How about eig ...more
Catherine
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
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alcott devotees only
I never knew that Louisa May Alcott ever wrote anything other than Little Women, its sequels and some scary stories. But in 1875, Alcott published Eight Cousins, a predictable, bathetic novel featuring a ridiculously plucky orphan named Rose Campbell and her seven boy cousins; except for Mac, all of them would make Pollyanna appear a spoiled, selfish misanthrope. It’s no Little Women by a long shot.

The story began well enough, with Rose mourning the death of her beloved invalid father. Her uncle
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Andrea Cox
This was a delightful book with great charm. It had many twists that surprised me, and the characters were adorable. I loved the unconventionality that was Uncle Alec's doctoring. Very unique and special.

Content:
* expletives (a few)
* swearing by saints (twice)
* underage drinking, smoking, and gambling
* one or two mentions of gods and godesses

I was not compensated for my honest review.
Jessica
I love Little Women, I really do. Though I realize in retrospect that a lot of it is sort of . . . preaching the philosophies of the May/March parents. Which is fine, because wanting girls to be strong and self-sufficient is a wonderful thing.

But if you thought Marmee was a little too full of wholesome advice, this is NOT the book for you. The entire book revolves around orphaned Rose, and how her Uncle Alec, a free-thinking doctor, rehabilitates her. The virtues of fresh air, exercise, wholesom
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Sarah
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
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Kristen
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Alisha
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, happy-books
When I was in my early teens, there was a trifecta of authors that I devoured: Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, and Louisa May Alcott. I even made an informational web page about them on Angelfire... those were the days...

Anyway, revisiting a book like Eight Cousins reminds me exactly how I was influenced by these characters. A lot of my world view was shaped by this innocent wholesomeness, exemplified by Rose, the main character. Her ladylike presence automatically inspired people around her (name
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Tweety
Just as wonderful the third time round! :D
Ellen Hamilton
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to express how lovely this book was to me. I just loved it.

I am wondering though, what exactly was the disagreement between Dr. Alec and Rose's father? Was it that they both loved the same girl, Rose's mother? If so, then I fear that the next book, Rose in Bloom, will hurt a bit.

"Fathers and mothers are too absorbed in business and housekeeping to study their children and cherish that sweet and natural confidence, which is a child's surest safeguard, and a parent's subtlest po
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Gauri
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have nothing better to read
Shelves: childrens
Halfway through reading this book, I dismissed it as a saccharine funnel through which Alcott wished to teach children life lessons. After finishing it, I still think this is true, but I realize this book is dated and is more appropriately viewed as a piece of historical work. I mean this in the sense that there are some backwards views that are reflected in this book, but also some surprisingly progressive ones that Alcott cements, which is worth some notice.

There are parts of this book that s
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Kathryn
Oh my goodness this was such a good book and I already have the next one in the series, so I am all set. Sweet, loving, charming, delightful.
Ana
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you read Little Women and thought, “Wow, I wonder what other books Louisa May Alcott has written!” just know that I, a Little Woman superfan who has read almost all of Alcott’s books, think all of them are absolutely trash.
I’m sure Alcott was considered a feminist icon back in the Stone Age or whatever, but WOW she sucks at writing women.
She’s unbelievably judgmental when girls want to do anything that involves fashion or beauty. Like, yeah, you don’t need rich dresses or makeup to look pret
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Julia
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mela
Let's face it, Louisa May Alcott wrote a beautiful books for young adult/children. It is a fact. Period. ;-)

During reading I was thinking all the time that this book should be obligatory for children and also for parents (guardians). There are so many people who read guides for parents and so on. I think they should start with such books like this one. It is so full of wisdom that you can't miss it. And almost all of them are true today too. There weren't computer games or Internet in those time
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Duane
This is my favorite Alcott book outside of the March Family books. This is the 1st Rose book and is followed by Rose in Bloom. Not as good as Little Women but very good in its own right.
Arak
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
What a lovely book
Julie Davis
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was always my favorite Louisa May Alcott. I listened to Barbara Caruso's narration thanks to an Audible sale.

It was interesting reading this after having recently listened to Heather Ordover's discussion of Little Women at the CraftLit podcast. Essentially Alcott flips the situation of the poor but learning true happiness Little Women and applies it to orphaned, only child Rose who is a considerable heiress from a rich Bostonian family. We spend a year watching her being raised by her bache
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
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
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Sara
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading with the kids




November 2013: After a slow start and some confusion about who belonged to whom (because a pile of aunts, uncles, grand-aunts and cousins wasn't confusing enough without the addition of nicknames), the book started to settle into a nice tale once Uncle Alec arrived. This was probably not as well written as Little Women/Little Men/Jo's Boys but it had more story line and less sermonizing than Jack and Jill. LMA always seems to deliver on story line. Her characters are char
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"Aubri"/Lisa
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Emma Pierce
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all the Louisa May Alcott books I've ever read, and this book was no exception. I didn't like it as much as the Little Women series, but I still thought it was great. I think a lot of people would probably give this book a lower rating, but I loved the style, the simplicity of the story, and just how the whole thing was so sweet and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed Rose's characters and the characters of her cousins. It was such a refreshing change from the books nowadays, and I have to s ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
I enjoyed this one a lot better than Little Women
Mom
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much. Good lessons on doing the right thing and being a good person. Fast and easy read.
Zoe
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This charming book by Louisa May Alcott is as endearing as always - almost like coming home to a crackly fire and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Alcott will always be one of my favorite authors and I think she does a beautiful job in this book. Timid and weak Rose comes to live at the "Aunt Hill," affectionately nicknamed for its tons of aunts. Rose is an orphan accustomed to staying with dainty, polite girls. Will she survive rambunctious boy cousins and an amiable uncle full of bold ideas? With ...more
Tracy
May 10, 2012 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
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Jessika
Jul 29, 2009 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: own, classics, fiction
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
Danine
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've always wondered if a book was ever written without an antagonist. I thought such a book would be wonderful without evil. This is that book, and I suffered from a tremendous bout of ennui. I tried my vey best to put myself in the time which this book was written. But Uncle Alec is way too creepy and Rose is a whiney coquett. My god, I wanted to slap her, like over and over and over and over. I cannot bring myself to finish this book.
I'm excited to read other Alcott books, but this one reall
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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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