Little Women book review

ImageLittle Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

ISBN: 978-0-689-83531-5

Genre: Young Adult

Age Range: 12+ (Grade 7+)

Reviewed by Cassandra Hsiao

Based on her own whimsical home life, Louisa May Alcott pens a well-loved story of the four poor but contented March sisters: sweet Meg, fragile Beth, lively Jo, and pampered Amy. It’s a coming-of-age story with transformations from naïve girls to beautiful young women. Filled with adventures, plays, pranks, letters, tragedies, and courtships, Part 1 chronicles the sisters’ lives together. Part 2 includes Meg’s marriage, Jo’s aspirations, and Amy’s surprising romance. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes comic, Little Women will certainly capture readers’ hearts from the famous opening line uttered by Jo, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

Alcott recreated her own family’s experiences through Little Women. One of her journal entries read, “[The book] reads better than I expected. Not a bit sensational, but simple and true, for we really lived most of it, and if it succeeds that will be the reason of it.” Little Women certainly has succeeded through American history. Not only did Alcott live the story, but we live most of it too. In the characters, readers will find parts of themselves hidden inside each sister—arrogance, anger, hopefulness and passion. What the book doesn’t have in terms of depth, it makes up in terms of arresting optimism. Readers will recognize the familiar struggles to conquer weaknesses and fortify strengths in Little Women. Thank you, March sisters for all that you’ve taught me.


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on December 31, 2013, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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