Over the course of my Book-A-Thon, I completed one of my goals and read a book that I have been reading and putting aside for a while, and that book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Now let’s see what Goodreads description of this book has to say;
“The timeless tale of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth – experiencing both hardship and adventure in Civil War New England. Though the March family may be poor, their lives are 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. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott created four of American literature’s most beloved “little women”.”
This description both sums up the book, but there is also so much more to this book. There is so much more to the characters, to the story, that this description is like a little teaser trailer before you dive in and read the book.
I will admit right now, that my copy was part one, which I didn’t know until after I had finished reading the book, and this big spoiler that I was aware of that happens, although I didn’t know which character it happened to, didn’t happen! I assumed I had heard wrong or who I had heard it from was wrong, so I ended up talking about it with my boyfriend and googling it, and luckily my boyfriend took my phone off my and Googled and looked for me. He told me my copy was only part one and I didn’t have the completed version, that I needed to buy Good Wives to continue reading part 2 and that spoiler does happen. You still with me? But luckily, I have like 11 copies of Little Women, so I do have a completed unabridged version, so now I don’t have to buy the second part. So that is why this review is for Part 1 only.
I really enjoyed this book, and the reason I picked this book to read is for a silly reason, because of an episode of friends, long ago! Ever since then it’s been on my list of books to read. I’m so glad that it has been and that I have finally read this book, even if I’ve only read part 1 so far. The characters are the most interesting aspects when reading this book, as even though the four of them are sisters, they each clearly have their own personalities. You have Meg, the eldest, Jo the boyish one, Beth the shy and quietest one and Amy the youngest. I do have my favourites of course, but I’m choosing not to admit those, as my favourite also ends up dying and I’m always left in heartache.
The story starts around Christmas Day, with the four “Little Women” deciding what was going to be happening with Christmas Day and with their money, deciding to spend it to treat their mother with Christmas gifts. We learn that their Father is away fighting in the war, so it down to their mother and the girls, whom some have jobs and earn their own money. This book ends, part 1, on Christmas Day, I think one year past, so this whole book takes place over the place of a year. During the course of this story, you get to see so many changes between the characters and so much happens during the course of a year.
I am so glad that I have read and finally completed this book. Now I am definitely going to have to read Part 2, or better known as Good Wives now, which I believe takes place 3 years after the end of Part 1. This could be wrong. This is why I need to write reviews straight after reading the book and not do a Book-A-Thon and read like 4/5 other books after the book and write the review a week later. Sorry.
I would definitely recommend this book and highly recommend that you try and get the complete unabridged version or buy both Little Women and Good Wives at the same time, otherwise you may be left devastated that you’ve got to wait for Part 2!!! 5 out of 5 stars.
Have you read Little Women? What’s your thoughts? Have you read both parts? Did you go further and read Little Men and Jo’s Boy’s? Comment Below ☺