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Jo's Boys

(Little Women #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  29,978 ratings  ·  742 reviews

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Set ten years after ‘Little Men’, ‘Jo’s Boys’ is the final novel in the unofficial series that follows the ups and downs of the March family.

The Plumfield boys – including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil and promising musician Nat – are now grown up, and finding their places in the world.

Kindle Edition, Collins Classics, 352 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by William Collins (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.

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

Read a book that is over 100 years old

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,
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
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.
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
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,
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 ...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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
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 ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Wonderful sequel; can't get enough of Jo!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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! :'(
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
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
"…books are always good company if you have the right sort. Let me pick out some for you.' And Mrs. Jo made a bee-line to the well-laden shelves, which were the joy of her heart and the comfort of her life.”

I DID IT! I really did it. I read a series within 4 days! I'm so proud of myself!!

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Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the March family chronicles.

First off, I noticed there seemed to be much more words of wisdom from Jo and Fritz in this one. The fact that poor Dan, after all his struggling, never was married but loved Bess all the while, was very heartbreaking because he was one of my favorites. My favorite couple was either the brave Emil and Mary (because they had been so through so much, and helped one another survive through it all) or Demi and Alice, because of his shyness and the
♡Ann  Matalines♡
...and the curtain fall for ever on the March family.

Little Woman is my inspiration in reading books. I longed to read it when I was in nursery and actually read it in elementary. It was my first book and I'm glad to wait for 7-8 years to read this. I didn't read little men so I was gobsmacked reading the changes of Jo's boys. The transition of roles and generations left me in a daze but it was worth it. I really admire Mama Baer's advice and don't forget the playwrights and drama. It was raw
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 works
I enjoyed this more than the previous book and I'll tell you why. It was bittersweet. Knowing that this was the last book in the trilogy brought forth nostalgia that I didn't know I had pertaining to this series. I might not have loved all the stories of what happened to the girls and their sons, and I might not have agreed with the decisions made, but there was a sense of realism in that.

Little Women will always be a classic I will re-read once in a while to recapture that innocence we never
Novelle Novels
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars
This is the final book in the little women trilogy and it does tie things together well. Set ten years after little men we meet the boys as most have turned into men. I loved the way that we find out how the boys have turned out. We do see more of the next generation March women; Bess and josie. My favourite of the boys is Daniel, yes he is the bad boy but he wants so much to be good. Jo is still very much of the matriarch but I love the others taking Centre stage more. I have
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so close to five stars, as I really enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things that I didn't like, if I'm being really honest about it. Meg irritated me in this. I felt she was really hypocritical, about her own life choices, vs the choices her kids wanted to make. I sort of understood her differing view, but she bothered me a lot. And I felt that there was a distinct lack of Nat, who was pretty much my favourite character from Little Men, and I wanted more from him. I did, however, ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction, 2019
As a tween and early teen I read all the LMA books and have since read Little Women and Little Men many times. For variety I decided to reread Jo's Boys this year. After a few chapters I almost put it down because the writing is very dated but I pressed on. Now I am glad I did. Reading this book as an adult over 130 years after publication (1886) is a very different experience from reading it as a child a little over 70 years after publication.

First, I am much more sensitive to the dated
Elvira Atvara
This was a good read mainly because of the previous books, especially "Little Women".

It is interesting to take the narrator of "Little Women", where Alcott writes "So grouped, the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama", and compare it to the tired narrator of "Jo's Boys" ("It is a strong temptation to the weary historian to close the present tale with an earthquake which should engulf
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