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Four sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after the father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing. Beth helps with housework, and Amy attends school. Their nearest neighbor is a wealthy man whose orphaned grandson lives with him. The sisters introduce themselves to the handsome shy boy, Laurie, who is the age of Jo. Meg is the beautiful sister; Jo is the tomboy; Beth is the musician; and Amy is the charming artist with blond curls. Jo is impulsive and quick to anger. One of her challenges in growing up is to control acting out of anger, a challenge that also faced her mother, Marmee. Marmee advises Jo on speaking with forethought. The boy Laurie enjoys his neighbors, joining the family often in play and home theatrics written by Jo. His grandfather, Mr. Laurence, is charmed by Beth, and gives her the piano used by Laurie’s dead sister.

Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0681992824
ISBN-13: 9780681992825
84 Book Reviews
  • x_goddess_x
    x_goddess_xabout 1 year44 stars
    Great book! It's about a tale of sisters, figuring out things that step in their path. It's a great book to read!
    • mauiham24
      mauiham24over 1 year55 stars
      I like the book Timothee Chalamet is in the movie
      • Bookworm almost 2 years
        I just finished this book and I loved it and can’t wait to read a nother book of hers. I liked jo the best but all of the other sisters too.
        • emmacookie976
          emmacookie976almost 2 years55 stars
          It is very good so far, I love It! One of my favs already!!!!!
          • horseridinggirl
            horseridinggirlabout 2 years55 stars
            Little Women shows the fun, drama, and fear that the March sisters went through almost daily. Reading the book, you almost feel like you are experiencing the dramatic events with the family.
            • funtimes123
              funtimes123about 2 years
              I am not done reading this book yet but I have read about half so far. I love books that take place a long time ago and this book does it is about 4 girls and what there life is like. I reccomend this book for someone who likes reading things anout the war and old timey things.
              • fluffykitty10
                fluffykitty10about 2 years55 stars
                I thought this book would be hard to understand and not the most exciting but once I started it I really enjoyed reading it. The characters in particular really added to the book and gave it character.
                • Gryffindorslothabout 2 years
                  Brilliant! I haven't read it all yet, but it really does keep you interested. A great book, one of my favourites.
                  • bibliophile13
                    bibliophile13about 2 years55 stars
                    This book is probably one of my all time favorites. It is emotive, jocular, sometimes doleful, and kind of addictive. The description is so precise and the characters are so authentic, reading it is almost like watching a movie (Even better if I do say so myself). The story is consistent and doesn't bore you. I would definitely recommend this worthy book to anyone who loves an exciting drama! My only regret is the fact that I can't relive the experience of reading it for the first time with all of the shockers and surprises. But still, exceptional book!
                    • girlpower4ever
                      girlpower4everabout 2 years55 stars
                      The novel "Little Women" stars the March sisters, Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy. They are four sisters who live in a relatively poor home, their father a chaplain in the war and their mother usually at work. Because of this, they are very accustomed to each others' company. Meg is the oldest and very pretty; Jo is second-oldest and quite tomboyish; Beth is shy and the mediator; and Amy, though the youngest, considers herself supremely important and good-looking. The sisters are at different times in their life and often have disputes about their perspective in life. But, despite marriages, fights, broken hearts, occupations, and deaths threatening to catapult them further apart, they will always be the March girls. A wonderful book about the importance of family, Louisa May Alcott captures people's hearts with her writing even hundreds of years after her lifetime.