Little Women Book Review

Admittedly, I saw the recent movie first. I know, I know. I shouldn’t have. But be that as it may, here we are. I wanted to like this book. I really did. I think my problem though is that it literally feels like two separate books to me from parts one to two. Like… what happened?!

First and foremost. I find this boom beautifully written. I have to be in the mood for this type of more flowery, descriptive writing, but it can do my soul good. I enjoyed hearing about the childhood adventures and the lessons learned along the way.

I’ve struggled a bit with the character Jo more so in the book than in the movie. In the movie it seemed more so digestible that she wanted to retain her independence and that’s why she refused Laurie, but in the book it seemed more so like she regretted her response soon after. Or at least struggled more. It’s weird to me that she can write about love but seem so obstinate when it comes to her own relationships with men. Though, I partially understand as I am often not aware if people are flirting with me. In some instances I identified with Jo … and it’s heartbreaking that the culture pretty much solidifies how marriage is giving away independence for women. I can see why Jo wouldn’t have that. Definitely. But then… by the end of the book it’s just like her love interest professor just magically appears or something? I did not feel like the storyline between her and Laurie was resolved at. all. Could just be me. And then she creates a school for boys… BOYS! After all of her lamenting how women can’t do what they would like in society and can’t be independent?! I just can’t. The beginning of this book I adored and then by the end it was like oh, Jo pairs off like we thought she wouldn’t, which, I guess I can live with … but the school was just too much for me. It’s not how I imagined Jo. I feel like it paints the picture that women “will come around” and have a family in order to be happy. Sigh. I don’t think I need to have kids or marry to be happy. I just… UGH.

Amy. Oh. Amy. I hated this character. Lol. Wrecking Jos book? Ugh. I don’t know what it’s like to have a sister but if a sister of mine wrecked something precious of mine I don’t know if a near death experience for her would fix that for me. Lol

Meg. The bit about her trying to make conversation with her husband just kills me. I get it. Women were mostly involved in domestic affairs but I found it so painful when he was trying to talk “on her level” about a bonnet. Puke.

Anyway… loved the first half. The second made me actually angry. There you go. Would love to hear some of your thoughts.

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