Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Just a little while ago I found myself at Barnes and Noble, a favorite place of mine, looking for a new novel to read. I love reading and find a great joy in escaping into other realities. As I entered the store, there was a display of classic novels, all on sale for five dollars. Just $5!! (PS that sale is happening all summer long!) So naturally I snatched up like 8 books.
I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to read first, but I knew I would struggle with some of the older language since I was so out of practice of reading that type of novel. I finally came to the decision of Little Women.
I've always thought about reading this novel and when I opened up to the first page I found it easy to read.
I then settled into my bed to read it with a cup of warm tea, was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it easy to read and comprehend, I quickly found myself sucked into the story.
Of the four girls, I identified most with Meg and Amy. I believe I identified with Meg for many reasons. I, like Meg, am the eldest of a family of all girls. I also strongly desire to have a happy marriage and wonderful children as Meg does. This is really evident for Meg in the second half of the book.
At first I didn’t think I was much like Amy with her gift for art. However it was in the second half that I felt a strong connection to her. If Amy lived in modern day time she would be totally into Pinterest and throwing all the social gatherings of her friend group. I love her desire to get along with everyone and do well in society. Her attributes make her a very desirable friend and companion and I really like that about Amy.
As for Jo and Beth, I still love the characters and their own additions to the story, however I don’t feel a connection to them.
To me Jo is too much of a tom-boy for me to find a connection to her as I have always been a girly girl and one of my number one goals is to be a mom. While we didn’t have a connection, I still enjoyed Jo’s sarcastic view.
I couldn’t find a connection to Beth to save my life. While most people probably became very attached to sweet and innocent Beth, I found her to be a little dull and unrealistic. She is too meek and good to feel real. However I can see that these attributes are ones to work towards and like her example and influence on the other girls.
Overall I loved this novel a whole lot more than I anticipated. The love stories were wonderful and I adored the stories of Amy’s time abroad. The genuineness of the characters made it feel as if I knew them personally and gave me a relationship with each.
If you were on the fence about picking up this classic I would definitely recommend it! Happy Reading
Hi! My name is Kylie. I'm 21 years old and am married to my best friend! I love my wonderfully normal life and hope you do too.