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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  5,446 ratings  ·  871 reviews
Little Women with a twist: four sisters from a blended family experience the challenges and triumphs of life in NYC in this beautiful full-color graphic novel perfect for fans of Roller Girl and Smile.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: with their father serving in the military overseas, they must work overtime to make ends meet...and each girl is strugg
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Review on sale: It's been 150 years, you better get your act together and make Beth pull through this, guys.

Review after reading: Mostly this just made me want to re-read the original, though I definitely appreciated the steps it took to update the material (Meg is going to college! Beth pulls through!). It just feels very slight to pack all of the stuff that happens into a not-that-long graphic novel.
francis moore
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy was a perfect graphic novel. I'm familiar with Bre Indigo's art from her webcomic Jamie, and it perfectly fit the warmth and emotion of this book. I'm familiar with the story of Little Women from a coloring book I obsessively colored as a child, so to see it translated so colorfully once again was really serendipitous for me.

The diversity definitely didn't feel forced, which was something I was afraid of. On the flip side, it felt natural and necessary. Overall, this was
Dave Schaafsma
This is a comics adaptation of the nineteenth century classic written by Rey Terciero and illustrated by Bre Indigo, modernized to include email exchanges and making the family blended and Jo lesbian. I just read Spider-Gwen, and there will now be a black woman Bond, so it's all good. Some of the basic themes and emotional highs and lows of the original are touched on here, and I did like Jo here just fine, but I thought the writing was not up to par, pretty sappy, and the correspondingly LW-lit ...more
MissBecka Gee
I liked how they made everything so modern, I'm just not sure the story worked as a graphic.
Everything felt glossed over and less dramatic.
Maybe I've just romanticized my memories of Little Women?
I think a re-read has just been added to my 2019 to confirm.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars

I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Women! I thought the author did a wonderful job making this story modern and diverse, nothing felt forced. Everything naturally fell into place. It was nice to sit back and spend time with my little women again.

I wish there was a teen version of them when they are older, I wanted to see Amy grow up!

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Emma Shacoconut
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love Little Women, but I do think only really clicks with me when set during the Civil War. Modern adaptations have failed to grab me, and this one is no exception. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy...means well. The illustrations are pretty and bright, and changing the Marches to a biracial family was a concept that worked in some places, if not all. The problem is that the story doesn't seem to be written from a point of view that can love the characters, while also allowing them to struggle - everythi ...more
Yes, Rey Terciero's 2019 graphic novel Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women does definitely and indeed contain some if not even many of the general thematics of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 Little Women (that the March family's father is away serving in the United States army but this time and unlike in Little Women of course not with the Union Army during the US Civil War but somewhere in the Middle East, that the modern incarnation of Meg March still d ...more
"Bring it on, life. March girls can take anything you throw at us."
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel is a retelling of the classic Little Women. The familiar plot line is captured with a fun present-day twist as it incorporates parental overseas deployment, a multiracial blended family, chemotherapy, coming out as gay, cell phones, email, snapchat photos, and more. Creative liberties were taken when connecting the dots as to how the March sisters came to be a family which I th
Sarah Wyatt
This was SO SO SO good! Awesome female characters, a diverse family. Somehow covered so many topics including poverty, bullying, lgbtq+, cancer, disability, love all in just this one book without feeling like it was trying too hard.

I have to confess--I haven't actually read Little Women, so I can't compare it to the original. But just as a stand-alone graphic novel, this was so good!
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was really, really good. A very solid and emotional retelling of Little Women, and an extra half star for not killing off Beth. Also it’s gay so that deserves another half star.
Melanie  Brinkman
"We are the March sisters, we can do anything."

This year hasn't been the easiest for the Marchs. With their father overseas, they all work overtime to make ends meet and that's not even considering their own personal struggles. But school woes, health scares, boy troubles, and simply feeling lost can't keep them down, so long as that they've got each other. So they can take anything the next year throws at them, right?

A story of sisters and sisters and sisters and sisters. Louisa May Alcott's be
I'm not quite sure what the authors/illustrators were trying to accomplish with this. At times, it adhered strictly to the original story...and at others, it threw everything of the original out the window in favor of unfamiliar characterization and modern-day moralizing. It seemed what this book really wanted to be was somewhere in between...and it just didn't quite get there. ...more
Reading this and seeing the new Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, I just kept thinking, “What is the goal of adaptations?” Books into movies, I get. They bring the book to life and reach a wider audience who will either seek out the book, or never read anyways but now have this way to hear the story. I LOVED the most recent movie. But I am really struggling with how some books are being rewrritten or turned into graphic novels. A small part of me likes the idea of the author paying homage t ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I had such high expectations! But ultimately, it was hard to look past that this Little Women adaptation had a very thin coat of diversity painted on top of it. Like, if 99% of LW readers identify with Jo, then why is she the one white sister? Let's make Teddy Latino and the landlord Orthodox Jewish (btw THAT felt weirdly reliant on old stereotypes.) And the picking-and-choosing of which original LW plots to follow as opposed to 're-telling' was hard for this fan to get past. I admire the at ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the cutest graphic novel I have ever read!!!😍😍😍 im obsessed. I want to rewatch the 2019 Little Women movie and reread the book now.
laura (bookies & cookies)
I, WOW. Just wow.
As someone who was first introduced to the 1994 classic movie, dodged endless terrible adaptations, looked forward to new ones, AND read the book that started it all (as a precocious 13 year old who lugged it around to the playground hang out spot), this book is DEAD-ON. WOW.
I don't know what to say, but every little detail is included, even Amy's limes!

It's a new twist, the March sisters live in Brooklyn in a small apartment and their dad is fighting in the Iraq.
Jo is submitti
I haven't read little women yet, but it doesn't mean I was able to really enjoy this graphic novel! I loved reading about these sisters who are all so different but love each other so much! I loved that it dealt with racism and homophobia, something I hadn't expected! now I'm even more excited to pick up the book it was inspired by! ...more
Elizabeth A
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, kids-ya, 2020
Little Women is a seminal book for me, and I've found myself to be completely incapable of objectivity when it comes to adaptations or retellings. Thankfully I've really liked most of the film adaptations, but since I'm not a fan of retellings, I picked up this copy from my library with a fair amount of trepidation.

This graphic novel is targeted at middle grade readers, and as an adult reader it was a tad too twee in places, but oh so fun. The story is updated and set in modern times with a blen
Ms. Yingling
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The March family lives in a brownstone in the city. Their mother is a harried hospital nurse, and their father is fighting overseas. Things are economically tough, and each girl has their own wishes for Christmas that don't come true. Jo, whose biological father left when she was a baby but who was adopted by Robert March when he married her mother, what great literature. Meg, the oldest, wants the latest fashion. Beth, the quiet musicia
Rod Brown
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little Women, fixed! So much better than the original novel!

Rey Terciero pulls the cast into the modern day, adds diversity, and jettisons all the awful, sexist social morals of the 19th century. And good riddance to them.

Other stuff had to go too, for space. I missed the focus on Jo's writing and the sister's plays. I was happy to see that Laurie, the little punk, was mostly sidelined.

Wisely, this graphic novel adapts only the first part of the novel, meaning the new story doesn't have to rush
Shannon Barry
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
"Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" a Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo — I am so overwhelmed, and in such a positive and empowering way. "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" is absolutely magical, and, in my opinion, a nearly PERFECT modern retelling of "Little Women" which is steeped in research of the original book itself, but also the Author, Louisa May Alcott, and her family. As a historian of Alcott myself, I could see and pick up on all the beautiful references of the original text that the authors l ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The March sisters live in contemporary Brooklyn with their mother, a nurse, in a five-floor walk-up apartment. Their dad is away from home with the army in the Middle East and all the girls miss him terribly. Money is tight and eldest girl Meg dreams of marrying a rich man so she can quit her job; Jo wants to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel and write one herself; sweet, shy Beth has a passion for music but can't bring herself to perform in public, while youngest sister Amy is fabulous th ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
While I love the idea of the March family becoming a mixed race blended family, the writing in this lacked any of the warmth of the original.

Jo's writing in her journal wasn't good, so how are we supposed to believe that she's going to be this great writer. Beth's character was virtually unrecognizable due to her personality. And Laurie was basically a background character.
A little preachy / heavy-handed with the messages, but otherwise a great retelling. The changes to the story made it much more appealing to me than the original. And I found all of the characters to be more likeable in this format / retelling.
I loved it so much!! I haven't read Little Women but I did see the movie and this did have the same vibe, just a modern update ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I think this will have great appeal for fans of Smile and similiar GNs, it was enjoyable and the art style was appealing. I just felt like it tried to cram so much in, blended interracial family, economic struggles, racism, sexuality, woman's rights, that it felt like tokenism on parade at times. They could have made this a series, still included all the things, but dealt with each more indepth. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was not for me but I think that if you go into not expecting the magic of the original, you may like it a lot more then. For me though this was not what I was wanting and I was left very disappointed.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Piyali
A fantastic update to a classic story, one that I read again and again as a tween and teen. I love how Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo brought the March sisters' story into 21st-century Brooklyn - a mixed race family, a father serving in the Middle East, LGBTQ themes, Beth loving Nina Simone and Jo loving Jeffrey Eugenides and Toni Morrison - the list goes on and on. One of the sweet spots for this reader was Meg's journal at the end, reminding us that "A hundred years ago, a girl didn't have a lot ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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Some aspects of this retelling I think fit really well (the diverse family; war in the Middle East; a different disease.) But other aspects felt forced (like some politicism and heavily-emphasized feminism) or wrong (where was the character growth? Did the shortened timeline affect this? Why is Brooks portrayed in such a shallow light by the end?)

I typically enjoy graphic novel versions of classic novels, but maybe I can't get behind the modernization of them. (I really love reading about the Ci
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