Little Women

Little Women

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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780147514011
0147514010
Branch Call Number: Ju F ALC

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yellow_mustard
Apr 10, 2021

SO sexist It's hard to believe this was written by a female. I just let the messages of self-sacrifice and servitude and domesticity fly over my head and enjoyed the wholesome childhood fun in the first part. The second part gets a lot more complicated, as romance becomes an issue. I like Jo the most out of the March sisters.

My mother introduced this book to me at a young age, and I loved the book and loved watching it turn into a movie as well. The four sisters are lovable characters with each possessing unique qualities in which young girls can relate to. One of my favorite parts about the book is watching the relationships develop, and Laurie was one of the best characters in my opinion.

InnisfilTeenReads Feb 16, 2021

"Little Women" follows the story of the March sisters and their journey into adulthood. The book covers themes such as love, heartbreak and the importance of family. When the girls branch out into their own lives, they begin to miss their childhood and how well they had it. Jo, the second oldest sister, dreams of being a writer. Meg, the oldest, grows up to be a mother, and struggles to accept the hardships. Beth, the third daughter, was a happy young girl who loves the piano. Finally, Amy, the youngest with the biggest temper, moved to France to learn how to paint. Their friend, Laurie, is the subject of MANY romantic escapades.

I would recommend this book for anyone! The book shows a strong importance in why young girls should be independent and follow THEIR own dreams. This classic has been read by many, and it wouldn't hurt to add another! If you like to cry, laugh and cheer for joy, the book is for you. There are also several movie adaptations that you can watch if you prefer visuals and sound, but the book is an amazing starting point.

Similar reads: "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maude Montgomery, "Pride ad Prejudice" and "Emma" by Jane Austen

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zainabmaria
Feb 09, 2021

L. M. Alcott’s Little Women is a heartwarming classic tale of love, tragedy, and family. The March sisters are endearing characters who undergo trials that teach them valuable life lessons. The novel encapsulates the hardships of growing up and leaving behind childhood, and simultaneously emphasizes strong morals.

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karendejong
Jan 17, 2021

A classic of children's literature, and a must-read for any age!
It speaks to the author's talent that a tale firmly fixed in the Victorian Era is still highly readable today.

The only reason why I didn't give it a full five stars is because of the overly sentimental morality lessons that Alcott addresses directly to the young reader. When I was a girl reading old children's books from the shelves in my grandparents' house, those kind of paragraphs were done in red ink -- makes it easy to skip!

One might think it odd that this talented and prolific author is famous for only this one book. That is because all her other works were -- in her own words -- rubbish; what we would call pulp fiction today. She was more interested in writing for money than writing for literature's sake. She came from a poor family and was determined to use her brains to make money, and this in a time when there were few opportunities for smart women to achieve that goal. And she succeeded! It was her editor who challenged her to write something worthy of her talent.

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yyjiang_0
Dec 30, 2020

A very good classical book that is inspiring and teaches people how to be happy despite hard times. Beth, Amy, Jo, and Meg all are very poor but their mother teaches them that money doesn't buy happiness and they learn that lesson throughout the story.

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atticus0129
Aug 06, 2020

I've read this book 4 times and I never get tired of it. it's such a heartwarming book and has lots of morals in it and the romance is wonderful.

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priya_i
Aug 01, 2020

Little Women is a classic novel that centers around the lives of four sisters living in Massachusetts in the 1800s. The story spans several years, so we get to see the girls grow up and go through their lives. It was a wholesome story overall and it was nice to see what happened to each of the sisters as they became adults. However, the story is lengthy and I am not a particular fan of this narrative style. It’s not that I don’t like classics; I loved all of the Anne of Green Gables books.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 02, 2020

Personally I’m a huge fan of period pieces as most novels that are written from the 1800s or later are usually interesting and fun to read but for me Little Women was a bit of a boring book. Don’t get me wrong it has it’s moments, and its moment are wonderful but overall I found the novel to be unsatisfactory. However I believe Little Women is considered to be in the collection of classic American literature so I recommend reading it if you are interested in familiarizing yourself with classic literature. I also recommend it if you want to read something to calm yourself down as it is wholesome and more or less a very timid novel. 1.5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Tdruid
May 19, 2020

Never read it as a child, so I’m reading it now. I have seen the classic movie, so I was aware Jo was a tomboy & gifted writer, but had no idea she was manic-depressive, which she clearly was, from the book’s description of her behavior. And a boy born without *ahem* external genitalia, due to what we now know is a prenatal nutritional deficiency, & therefore doomed to life as a female. I’m sure Louisa May Alcott had no idea.
I can see why this was a popular book for mothers to give their daughters 100 years ago, when what they wanted most was for them to be obedient & self-sacrificing. I can’t think of worse advice to give a girl in this century.

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blue_dog_17792
Jun 01, 2019

You're father, Jo.

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connect_n_feel098
Dec 13, 2017

"I hate affected niminy-piminy chits!"

(regarding dressing up): ..."which was not exactly comfortable, but, dear me, let us be elegant or die"

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Dianak15
Jul 12, 2016

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

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 26, 2015

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”

Let us be elegant or die!

"Please forgive me for being so cross. I came to make it up, and I can't go away till I have."

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

[Amy] enjoyed the delightful sense of power which comes when young girls first discover the new and lovely kingdom they are born to rule by virtue of beauty, youth, and womanhood.

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

[T]o be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of [Jo's] heart.

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

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Kittypippy
Jun 23, 2016

this is a book called "little women" it has four sisters: Meg,Jo,Beth and Amy they all love each other but they are very poor but they keep helping each other even when times get rough with the help of their friend Laurie they have a lot of fun too.

a classic book

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