Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Blurb: Christmas won’t be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Fiction, Classics

Review:

This classic tale follows the adventures of the March sisters (Amy, Beth, Meg and Jo) as they navigate life, love and adolescence while their father is away fighting in the American Civil War.

There’s so much that I loved about this book! The characters were well written and the whole sense of familiarity made it a lovely reading experience. Alcott creates such a wonderfully warm atmosphere inside the March house, with a family that’s so close and would obviously do anything for each other. It’s such a special bond that this family share and the way that’s written makes you really feel like a part of it all. Alcott writes from a third person perspective, as if she knows the characters personally and is telling you about them, which creates a comforting sense of family which I really loved.

The characters were probably my favourite thing about this story. I loved how each of the sisters were so different, each with a special personality, their own creative outlets but the all sharing the same playful nature that bonded them as sisters. I know a lot of people claim to hate Amy March for what she did to Jo’s novel, but it’s a rash act out of classic younger sibling angry/jealousy. We later get to see Amy blossom into a lovely young woman who’s as caring and loving as any of her sisters. In all honesty, if has to pick a least favourite sister, it would be Meg. Prim to almost a fault and constantly moaning about how she wants nicer things (even though she knows her mother can’t provide them) she was the only sister to remotely get on my nerves. And who could review this book and not mention Marmee, one of the warmest and greatest fictional mothers I’ve read. She plays the key role of keeping the family together and the March family wouldn’t be the same without her. As for Laurie, who isn’t charmed by his cheeky nature and unwavering loyalty to the four girls we grow so attached to?

As for what I disliked about this book, it was mostly that the writing style wasn’t one that I found that easy to read. As with most classics, although the story and characters become timeless, the style felt clunky and left me rereading passages to make sure I could follow along with what was happening. As well as that, I’d note that in Little Women, there isn’t really much that happens. A lot of the big spoilers that people will know from the films actually happens in the follow up novel, Good Wives, which is set when the March sisters are older. I’d recommend reading that one as well and not just leaving it at the first novel so you get more of the story.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book. It’s such a timeless tale that is sure to put some warmth into your heart and is a classic story full of the importance of family and supporting each other, suitable for all ages.

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend?: Yes


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2 thoughts on “Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  1. I went to see this in the cinema when it came out recently and loved it so much that I need to reread the book again. I agree with your review completely, I can look past the writing style because of how amazing the characterisation is. I kinda love how the story is slow because I just want more and more of the characters. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Hannah! Also what a GORGEOUS cover your copy has wow!
    Alex xx
    https://alexandriakaywrites.wordpress.com/

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