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

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,049 ratings  ·  245 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
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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 h
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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.
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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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 someth
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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 d ...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 wa
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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
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 submitti
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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
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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 th ...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 p
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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 l ...more
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.
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.
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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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 Ci
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Eliana
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super cute, and everything I would want in a modern retelling of Little Women. I liked how the characters were super diverse in a way that felt very natural, and I'm definitely a fan of (view spoiler) I just wish it had been longer so that we could've gotten to see even more character development and adaptations of scenes from the original book. But I would gladly read any sequels that the authors decided to write! The shorter length also means t ...more
Pamela Groseclose
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Louisa May Alcott would be proud of this updated version of her book. This is my favorite book of 2019 so far. <3 I can't wait to promote and recommend this book to everyone I encounter.
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.
Steph L
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic retelling

As a fan of Little Women I wanted to read this. I loved the LGBTQ rep. The art style is amazing and adorable. I recommend this for anyone who has read Little Women and those that are looking for a quick Graphic Novel to read.
Rachel Macklin
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so cute with so much heart
Jessica
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely glorious modern retelling. I have never been so moved while reading a Graphic Novel.
Theresa
HOLY WATERWORKS, BATMAN. I don't know if it's all the prednisone and albuterol from my treatments, but I was a complete emotional wreck reading this. I really can't remember the last book that made me ugly cry (three different times, to be exact). The way the art and the expressions of the characters are paired with the dialog (and the strategic lack of dialog at some points) really drives the plot home. I will gladly admit that it's extremely cheesy and emotional, but that's kind of the point, ...more
manon
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this graphic novel out because I read the artist’s, Bre Indigo, webcomic Jamie on tapas. I’ve never read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – though I want to now – from which this graphic novel is based on. Indeed, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a retelling of this novel made for its 150th anniversary.
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is, without any book, my favorite graphic novel I’ve read this month. The art style is really adorable, and I absolutely love it. I also quite liked how each chapter end
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