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Little Women

(Little Women #1, part 1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  19,634 ratings  ·  2,294 reviews
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'Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them?'


A heart-warming tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the lovable March family. Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy try to support the
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2012 by Vintage
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Izzy I don't think that Pride and Prejudice and Little Women is an opposite side of "the pond" thing. While Pride and Prejudice is much more of a romance, …moreI don't think that Pride and Prejudice and Little Women is an opposite side of "the pond" thing. While Pride and Prejudice is much more of a romance, a love story, Little Women is a story about family. Also, Jane Austen uses more satire than Alcott. There are definitely very comedic moments in Little Women though!(less)
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Barry Pierce
Okay I’m just gonna say this. I liked Little Women. I’m an 18-year-old guy and I liked Little Women. What. It’s quaint. It’s quaint as fuck. I’m such a Jo.
 Teodora
3.45/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

So, feeling classical and pinky, I’ve decided to read Little Women .
Finally.

I felt kind of intellectual when I carried it around with me in trains and subways, not gonna lie. But leaving that aside, I quite enjoyed it. I could actually label it as a cute and educative reading. But that's it.

There’s no much to say about it though. Everyone knows what’s it about. And if you don’t, you can find out what happens from Friends . Rachel and Joe
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Lucy Langford
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the unique personalities, individualism and traits of each girl and how the sisters handle and react to the ups and downs in their lives. The portrayal of sisterhood was accurate (I then learned that this book was semi-autobiographical so that maybe why the author wrote about this topic so well).

Absolutely loved Jo and her ambitious nature! I loved her creativeness and dreams of becoming a writer (despite its male dominance in this time period) and her aversion of what a “lady” should be
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, favourites
1.) Little Women ★★★★
2.) Good Wives ★★★★

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“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

representation: LOL this is a classic, fam. No good rep here!

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 4 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

Please note that Little Women is often split into 2 parts, and this review is just for part one.

I thought this was so wholesome! I absolutely cannot wait to conti
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Melindam
Original rating: 5 stars

Update: 4 stars - still a comfy-cosy/feel-good read, but I am aging or getting more mature or whatever you want to call it, so kissing goodbye to fresh bloom/youth/innocence/naivety and 1 star!

Ah, the idea of transcendentalism and the happy notion of inherent goodness of people and nature. How it appealed to me (it still does, but felt a bit spoon-fed this time round!)....

*SIGH*

*FEELING SAD, BUT BRAVELY FACING THE INEVITABLE*


It used to be a favourite book of mine, though
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Romie
the amount of love I have for this story surprises me. I didn't grow up with it, didn't get to see any adaptations, and yet, the moment I started reading, I knew it was something special. I fell in love with the characters, all of them. they all taught me something, and seeing them grow throughout the book was such a pleasure! I cannot wait to read good wives and see what happens to them all three years later! (4.5) ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
This mini review is part of a blogpost talking about three children's classics.

Little Women was one of the classics that had been on my wishlist the longest. I think I first came across it while watching that episode of Friends. I didn't know much about Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, but it seemed like the perfect children's classic for me.

Yet Little Women wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wasn't emotionally drawn into the sisters' lives, which is important for a character-driven novel. It's a
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Anna
I’d rather have my ear talked off by Austen’s Mrs Bennet than read another of the overly righteous March characters’ speeches!

I only pushed through (this being my third attempt to read Alcott’s novel) so that I can get the most out of the new movie adaptation, which I’ll be seeing at the cinema this weekend. From what I’ve gathered, Greta Gerwig put her unique twist on the story, interpreting the novel in a refreshing way, to fit a present-day context and challenge contemporary viewers. Finger
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Ms. Smartarse
While most people may associate the four March sisters with the Celestial City or the Pilgrim's Progress, my initial thoughts tend to veer towards Amy's bawling face in the 1987 anime version's German opening sequence, pictured here for your convenience.

Amy being spanked

Unlike some kids who'd hurry home from school to catch it on TV, I was more interested in the anime that would start 1 hour AFTER this one... and I wanted to give myself enough buffer time. So the end result was probably the same: in that I ende
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Noha Badawi
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is officially my favorite classic of all times.
I see myself in the future picking it up again and again and never getting bored.

I saw the movie first (the 2019 version) and I was so giddy in the theatre , laughing, smiling, crying and feeling all warm and cozy.

And as much as I feel in love with the movie; the book brought me more joy!
Don’t get me wrong, the adaptation is uncanny and perfect.
But what I loved is that book still made my imagination run wild, with more depth and details to the
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Layla
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classsics
4.75 stars which means you can basically consider it a 5 star rating except I have one minor thing I need to talk about
I want to start by saying that I really liked this book ,and compared to a lot of the classics I read, this one was one of the most enjoyable for these reasons:
· The Characters: I loved them. Personally when I connect with characters than the book just gets so much better for me because I'm actually invested. Jo was my favorite out of the sisters as I related to her the most b
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Cristina Argetoianu
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, 2019, owned
Rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was very enjoyable, loved all the little women, they are so precious, even though each of them has their own flaws. I feel like this is such a Christmasy read.
Karschtl
I once did a short presentation on this book, the following text was part of it.

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, which is now a part of Philadelphia, in 1832. But soon she moved with her family to the Boston-area, where she and her three sisters Anna, Elizabeth and May grew up. The four girls were educated by their father Bronson Alcott, who was a member of the New England Transcendentalists. Through him Louisa met other Transcendentalists like Theodore Parker, Henry David Thoreau and R
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Ghizlan
The rating is actually 3.5.
I seriously considered giving more but some parts of this classic book were just too boring i must say! But everything else was sooo good: the sisterhood, the ambiance of the 19th century and the joyful moments that they shared.
Everybody talked about which one is their favorite sister, but for me my favorite of all the family members is the mother Mrs.March,such a loving and caring women that made me think of my own.
So excited to go watch the new adaptation of the mo
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Constantine
Rating: Very Good

Genre: Classic

I'm usually not a big fan when the main characters in the story are children or teenagers but this classic is very well written by Louisa May Alcott. It's a beautiful story of the poor March family with four little girls, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. The author has given these girls or little women as their father calls them some very unique and distinctive characteristics. Each of them felt very real to me with their flaws and vulnerabilities.

One thing I want to stres
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Janani(ஜனனி)⁷
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the only person who could convince me to read a classic is Emma Watson. boy, am i glad.
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Loved this book when I was younger, re read it many times and enjoyed it each time. Lovely story line, family values and great character descriptions, at times very emotional.
Brierly
Little Women ticks so many boxes for me -- 19th century lit, American lit, women's lit, and semi-autobiographical.

I do enjoy how Alcott repurposes people from her own family as the March sisters, but even more so I love the allegorical implications of the four young women. Each woman represents a different approach to life for 19th century American women. To marry and raise a family (Meg), to care for one's parents (Beth), to focus on art/pleasure (Amy), and to pursue a balanced life (Jo, based
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Nika
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I'm too old for this book🙈 ...more
Christy
This is considered a classic for a reason. Aside from the occasional moralizing (or more than occasional), and from the "little women" domestic speak, this book is a gem of characters in miniature: vain Meg, slangy Jo, angelic (boring) Beth, temperamental Amy, not forgetting the rich and handsome "Laurence" boy. I still have not reconciled myself to the fact that Jo turns Laurie down, and although Jo's eventual mate, Prof Bhaer is dear and says "Prut!", I find refuge in the fact that he is old a ...more
Ygraine
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i know i'm not the only lesbian in the world to have grown up w strange & intense feelings about this book, an affinity, a confused, confounded identification, a sharp & still-achey betrayal. i think i love it more for what my heart made of it then than for what it is, although what it is is warm & well-intended & generous; re-reading it, the story, the characters are comfortable & familiar, but the things that stir in me are the same unfinished, unsettled feelings i felt when i was eight years ...more
Steppingthroughstories
What a beautiful little read . I fell in love and out of love with a few of the characters as the book went on. But by the end I didn’t want to have to leave the March sisters behind . My heart broke and was fixed again as the book went through their adventures and downfalls
zineti
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First 5 star read of the year. I absolutely loved the tale of little Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. It was such a lovely story full of lessons in which everyone can see a small part of themselves reflected.
Giulia
I loved this book when I was a child. I kept reading it and wishing I was one of the famous March sisters.
I had a children edition and I don't know if there may be some strong differences from the adult one. I can say though that I would love reading it again in the non-children version.

Let's just admire the gorgeous cover of this beautiful edition.
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This book follows the life of four incredible sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. They, in fact, pa
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Girl with her Head in a Book
 Oh, Little Women, how I love you.  My mother first read this to me when I was six.  Technically this is my second review of it as I also used it for my Book Report in Year 2.  I remember at the time that I kept being summoned out of class to show visitors to the school that I was reading Little Women - having worked as a primary school teacher, I now understand why the headmistress got so excited, it's a fair bit above the usual independent reading done by the average seven year-old.  In my Boo ...more
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Jo is such an honest voice. I love how refreshing this book feels after 150 years. The new full cast audible narration is great and I highly recommend! I enjoy the second part of the story more (Good Wives) so that’s why it’s 4 stars! The original books were two parts and the movie adapts both Little Women and Good Wives.
Peter
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was bought for me by my youngest daughter on my last birthday.

What can I say certainly the kind of book she enjoyed, for me, too sugary and very girly. A fun book that teaches morals and respect, so can't complain if it helps her to show more respect for her elders and help others where she can.
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Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful edition of the book. good to carry around, it's also one of my favourite stories of its time ...more
☆ sana ☆
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. JO MARCH <33
Mimi
This was the second time I read this book to refresh my memory of this story while waiting for the movie to come out. I have a better appreciation of it this second time around but I don’t anticipate the movie to be as good as the book.

PS: I would like to add an interesting fact about the book, for those who have read it:
According to Standard E-books (SE), "Little Women almost wasn’t written: Alcott wanted to publish a collection of short stories instead, but her publisher and her father press
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