Book Review of "Little Women" by bookshelfies

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I would like to thank bookshelfies for her contribution on this guest blog entry. The person responsible for writing this blog entry is my girlfriend, and I will be using her former Instagram handle to protect her identity. The following blog from bookshelfies was written after she watched the film Little Women, based on the nineteenth century novel of the same name. After watching the 2019 film, my girlfriend decided to read the classic novel from Louisa May Alcott.


"Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, with readers demanding to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume (titled Good Wives in the United Kingdom, although this name originated from the publisher and not from Alcott), and it was also successful. The two volumes were issued in 1880 as a single novel titled Little Women." (retrieved from

Notable Quotes:

"Money is a needful thing and precious thing, -and when well used, a noble thing,- but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, and contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace."

The setting of Little Women is loosely based on Concord, Massachusetts.

"Nothing more, except that I don't believe I shall ever marry. I'm happy as I am, and I love my liberty too well to be in a hurry to give it up for any mortal man."


I finally read a classic, and I think the movie inspired me and this beautiful edition! (she is referring to a special collectors edition of the novel). I loved the story, especially when they were young and then they grew up. Meg was my favourite sister, and I loved how she adored being in love and the way she cared for her children.

I also loved how her (Meg) mom supported her to marry for love and not for money. I also enjoyed Jo's character development and her adventures with Laurie, although I do feel she was a bit stubborn and hot-headed- but that is what makes Jo unique.

Beth was pretty quiet, and I liked how big her heart was. Beth was the type of character who cared more about the well-being of others, more than she cared about herself. The character of Amy, again, she was a bit of a brat, but she was also the youngest. I will never forgive her (Amy) for burning that manuscript, but at the same time she just wanted to be included; and I felt that where I'm the youngest in my family, I was able to relate to the character. But still in the 1800s, paper was the only way of saving the draft of your manuscript.

The story tells readers an important message, and I am so glad to have read it.


Rating: 4.1/5

(c) The Modernist Son, 2020-2021

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