The Matchless Work of Feminine Development
This relatively old-fashioned book, Little Women, is the epiphany of feminine classics and is essential for gaining literary intelligence and diversity in genres. This story follows that of the lives of four loveable characters, Meg, Amy, Jo, and Beth, during their journey of mentally flourishing from big girls to little women. Regardless of the rather (let’s admit it) cheesy previous sentence, this book has a significant message that holds pure morals and early, however a bit outdated feminist ideals. The reader soon develops attachments to its well-developed characters as one progresses throughout the book. Despite being set in the mid to late 1800’s many connections can still be created from the book to one’s own personality. Little Women is a phenomenal novel filled with romance, joy, and many, many tears.
Where is it Set?
Despite never explicitly mentioning the location of the book, Little Women is semi-autobiographical to Alcott's early life with the setting roughly resembling that of Concord, Massachusetts. (Link below)
How was it?
To be honest, I only chose to read Little Women because Joey Tribbiani and Rachel Green from the show Friends read it. Overall, the book was very charming. It certainly did not have me on the edge of my seat, anxiously flipping to the next page the whole way through (some parts are exempt), although when one finishes Little Women, it comes with a sense of achievement, pride, and much more appreciation for the plotline and its message. This book really makes one feel a close connection to its characters, which is sometimes hard to come by when flipping through some of the AP books. As a teenaged guy, it probably wasn’t the most masculine choice of books, but even so, it has undoubtedly increased my admiration for good, classical literature. I recommend anyone to read Louisa May Alcott’s quaint little book, no matter how slightly outdated its themes may be. It’s the kind of book that’s perfect for curling up in bed with a cup of tea on a rainy day.