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

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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
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Lola
3.5 stars. This is one of those books that would make a lovely present for a friend, especially someone who is having a hard time because it can give them comfort and remind them of the importance of reaching out to friends and family.

It is a contemporary graphic novel retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic LITTLE WOMEN, which I read when I was in high school and enjoyed tremendously. The main reason for that is when I was a bit younger, I really wanted a sister. I had a brother (still have
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Jasmine
It's been 150 years, you better get your act together and make Beth pull through this, guys.
MissBecka
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.
Ivy
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hate to support Another Little Women remake, but this one's gay, guys, this one's gay.

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
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David 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 ...more
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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Manybooks
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 ...more
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 - ...more
Jennifer
"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 thought
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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!
Kim
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.
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
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Romie
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!
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
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Cressida
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 ...more
Megan
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 ...more
QNPoohBear
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 ...more
India
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel like if this was just a story of a blended family overcoming obstacles and finding themselves I would have enjoyed it far more. Being an adaptation of Little Women brought with it a bit of back story, baggage, and reader knowledge that I don’t think translated as well as I would have liked.

That being said, the illustrations are gorgeous, the plot was relevant, and it was an overall fun read. I didn’t love it, but I liked it and I’m glad it’s here for readers who want a bit of social and
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Andréa
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.
Pressed Between Pages
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 ...more
Hannah
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.
Helen
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.
Julie
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
Ellen
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
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Liz
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Bethany Tyler
Gosh, I'm sooo annoyed at myself....

WHAT a waste of perfectly good reading time!!!!

So it was awesome UNTIL.......almost the end of the book, this bombshell explodes....that Jo is GAY????!!!! Ugh, totallly worst plot twist EVER!!!! Also, after that happened, the author was trying to make it seem like its OKAY to be gay!!!! just no no.... Its just so contrary to what I believe in..

Everything else was great too.......

So....I did like it apart from that....so 2.5 stars meh
Wendy
I really enjoyed this modern retelling of Little Women. I haven't read the original in years, but it was a favorite when I was a kid, so I recognized most of the bits and pieces that were either updated or changed. I'm not 100% sure this book would resonate as much with someone who doesn't know the original, but I guess I'll find out when I see how my students respond.

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Jeweliana
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best graphic novel I've read all year! I never read the original Little Women but I really enjoyed this take on it.
Emily
Full disclosure: I hated the original as well.

I appreciate what the creators tried to do with this graphic novel adaptation of Little Women. A blended, mixed-race family? Wonderful! Making one of the characters not straight? Wonderful! Changing the romantic decisions of another character to make her less passive? Wonderful! Writing out the completely unnecessary death of a third character? Wonderful! Including conversations about racism, sexism, and homophobia? Wonderful! But I didn't feel like
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Monika
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Confession: I'm not fond of LITTLE WOMEN. But MEG, JO, BETH, AND AMY is a contemporary retelling that corrected issues I had with the original book. Sometimes the girls' letters to their dad felt clunky, more like an info dump than realistic letters from his children. The Women's March illustration at the end included some trans-exclusive imagery, which was especially disappointing considering how diverse and inclusive the book otherwise was. But overall, I did enjoy this retelling, and look ...more
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