Little Women is a timeless classic and you probably know what it’s about but I’m going to give a small summary just because I can. The novel follows the March sisters (Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy) as they live and grow and adapt to life with their father away fighting in the Civil War. Their mother works and the sisters must learn and help and support one another in their own ways in fun, heartache, and challenges that only sisters can face and overcome.Like a lot of children’s classics, Little Women doesn’t have one over-arching plot (unless you count the lives of the March girls as the plot, which arguably it is) but instead is made up of little stories of each of the March sisters as they learn, grow, and discover their wants, dreams, and goals in life. It’s a simple narrative but one reader’s can’t help but fall in love with. It reminded me a lot of Anne of Green Gables in this sense, another one of my favourite children’s classics, and I love how even as an adult I was delighted and sucked into this novel. I even found myself laughing out loud at some parts!
It’s impossible not to love the March sisters and to identify with at least one of them. I loved how different each of the sisters were from one another, how they complimented on another and how despite their differences and disagreements they loved one another and would do anything to make the other happy. While this book is universal and can be enjoyed by readers of any gender, I think it holds a special place in the hearts of sisters and those who have sisters. Everything felt so real in the way the sisters interacted with one another, I feel that I haven’t read a realistic relationship of sisters in a long time and Little Women did it.
Little Women is a book that I hope will continue to charm and inspire readers for a very long time. It’s a book that warms your heart, something cozy to return to and get lost in. It’s a story that holds a special place in many reader’s hearts and does in mine now as well.
Publication: September 30th 1868
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Pages: 777 pages
Source: Birthday Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Fiction, Children, Classics, YA, Romance
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤
Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?